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

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