Kathleen Edwards

One of the things I like best about entertainment blogging is going to bat for an artist that deserves a big chunk of spotlight, but sometimes has to settle for a sliver. One of my favorite singer/songwriters, Kathleen Edwards, will release a new CD at the beginning of March and play a show at The Paradise a few weeks later. She is so worth your time, money and support. Since the recording and radio industry can’t seem to do anything right these days, it’s up to us — the true music lovers to get the word out. Mission accepted.

I’ve been on board the Edwards bus since her debut album, “Failer” back in 2003. It contains some of the sharpest, truthful, and delightfully self-effacing roots rock songs you’ll ever hear. The sadder but wiser quality of the lyrics are surprising coming from a younger performer, but they ring absolutely true. Kathleen is Canadian, and like many artists who hail from the North she seems blessed with the gift of perspective. Unlike many emerging artists in the U.S. and U.K. she doesn’t sport a giant entitlement sticker on her guitar case. The music is front and center not the act.

So, let me throw out a few tracks from “Failer” and the follow up “Back To Me” to consider. Download ’em, let them swim around in your head for awhile — I’m betting you’ll go back for more.

From “Failer”: “One More Song The Radio Won’t Like” — “Hockey Skates” — “12 Bellevue” — “National Steel” (Actually the version of “National Steel” that I like best is on a Live EP called “Live From The Bowery Ballroom”).

From “Back To Me”: “In State” — “Somewhere Else” — “Copied Keys” — “Away”

All these songs are wonderful, heartbreaking, and singular in their own way. I mean “Somewhere Else” is built around a simple C, F, D-minor chord progression yet it manages to capture a moment of world-weariness that is deep and universal. “Away” contains the haunting lyric, “Memory’s a terrible thing/When you use it right.” It’s all great stuff that deserves to be heard by a much wider audience.

I’ll have more on the new CD, “Asking For Flowers” in the weeks ahead. You can give some of the new tunes a listen on Kathleen’s website — here’s the link. http://www.kathleenedwards.com/

Let me know what you think.

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