Monday, May 05, 2008

KXCI presents Kathleen Edwards May 13th


Concert preview by Scott Denton (Monday Music Mix)


KXCI is sponsoring Canadian songwriter Kathleen Edwards’s return to Tucson after nearly a three-year absence—she last played Plush in June, 2005. Prior to that performance I had appreciated her first two studio albums, Failer (2003) and Back to Me (2005), but wasn’t in love. But I fell hard for the live show’s display of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers-style, no-nonsense authenticity. Small wonder, that the first album Edwards owned was a Tom Petty record. It must have blown her mind to have the Heartbreakers’ keyboard player, Benmont Tench, playing on her second album.


Her touring band—including her husband, guitarist/producer Colin Cripps—provided a soulful, classic American rock platform for her down-to-earth charm. I was sold when she spontaneously jumped off the stage, without missing a lick of her rhythm-guitar playing, to dance with an inebriated fan who had been creating a bit of a distraction throughout the set.


She is touring in support of her most recent album, Asking for Flowers, on Zoë. On this album she is again accompanied by Cripps and Jim Bryson from her touring band as well as Tench and fellow studio musicians Greg Leisz and Don Heffington.


This is also the first record on which her song narratives venture beyond the autobiographical. “Alicia Ross,” for example, draws from a true account of a Canadian teenager’s murder and its effect on the girl’s mother.


Her performance at Club Congress will be an early show, learn more at http://www.hotelcongress.com/club/.


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