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LAist Clears The Dust Off: Kathleen Wilhoite

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Most actors fancy themselves to be a jack (or jane) of all trades.... Few actually are. We were therefore surprised when we stumbled upon an older, but noteworthy recording by Santa Barbara native Kathleen Wilhoite. Although she's an accomplished musician, Wilhoite is probably best known for her 1996 stint as Chloe Lewis on ER. Don't let that scare you away. She warrants a listen.

We encourage you to check out Wilhoite's earthy 2000 release "Shiva." Her voice is strong, soulsy, vulnerable and [occasionally] gravelly. She channels a bit of Bonnie Raitt and Shelby Lynne, but creates her own sound.

Still not convinced? Then load your iPod with these free downloads, all courtesy of her official website.

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Like what you hear? "Shiva" is available through a special link on her website. You can find her latest effort, "Pitch Like a Girl," on Amazon.LAist typically focuses on new, local and indie music. But occasionally, good music slips under the radar. Whenever we find something old and noteworthy, we'll bring it to your attention as well. After all, good music is, well, good music... regardless of its age.