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Kathleen Edwards

A fixture on the Americana landscape, Kathleen Edwards was born in Ottawa, Canada, the daughter of foreign service parents who played piano and guitar in their spare time. At five, Edwards began to study classical violin, which continued through her early teens. At that point, the Edwards family moved overseas. Removed from the influence of mainstream North American pop music, Edwards delved into her older brother's collection of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and early Tom Petty records. After high school, she landed back in Ottawa, where she sang and played her guitar in local clubs while networking with other musicians in the scene. In 1999 Edwards recorded her debut EP, Building 55, and toured throughout Canada to support it, busking and opening for acts like Hayden and Jane Siberry along the way. A bad breakup led to more songwriting, much of which took place after Edwards moved out of Ottawa and into rural Quebec. Those songs became the basis of Failer, her debut full-length, which she recorded in Ottawa in late 2001. The album was a heartfelt mixture of folk and country, and drew upon influences like Whiskeytown and Gillian Welch. A major critical buzz began to swirl around her music, and gigs at the 2002 South by Southwest festival -- as well as an opening slot for Richard Buckner -- led to a deal with Zoe/Rounder, which released Failer in January 2003. The album garnered rave reviews, and Edwards toured extensively in support, headlining her own club dates and playing arenas in support of Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones. In 2004 she headed back into the studio to record her second album, with guitarist and bandleader Colin Cripps serving as producer. The final product was Back to Me, which arrived in stores during the spring of 2005 and introduced some pop elements into Edwards' dusty Americana. It was followed in 2008 by Asking for Flowers. It would be four years before her next album, Voyageur, which chronicled a love affair from beginning to end, appeared in 2012. ~ Johnny Loftus
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Kathleen Edwards


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    Female Focus
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Albums by
Kathleen Edwards

Top Songs by
Kathleen Edwards

  1.   Song
  2.   Change the Sheets
  3.   Back to Me
  4.   I Make the Dough, You Get the Glory
  5.   Empty Threat
  6.   Mint
  7.   The Cheapest Key
  8.   Asking for Flowers
  9.   In State
  10.   A Soft Place to Land
  11.   The Lone Wolf
  12.   Pink Champagne
  13.   One More Song the Radio Won't Like
  14.   Summerlong
  15.   Sidecar
  16.   Hockey Skates
  17.   Six O'Clock News
  18.   Away
  19.   Wapusk by Justin Vernon
  20.   Maria
  21.   House Full of Empty Rooms
  22.   Goodnight, California
  23.   Oh Canada
  24.   Good Things
  25.   Westby
  26.   Alicia Ross
  27.   Sure as Shit
  28.   Sweet Little Duck
  29.   Independent Thief
  30.   Buffalo
  31.   Going to Hell
  32.   Oil Man's War
  33.   It Must Have Been Love
  34.   National Steel
  35.   For the Record
  36.   What Are You Waiting For?
  37.   Copied Keys
  38.   Chameleon/Comedian
  39.   Mercury
  40.   Somewhere Else
  41.   12 Bellevue
  42.   Scared at Night
  43.   Pink Emerson Radio
  44.   All of My Memories
  45.   Old Time Sake
  46.   Run

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