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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

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

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