|Kat Edmonson||Old Fashioned Gal|
Kat Edmonson — Old Fashioned Gal (April, 27, 2018)•★•√ “Jedno z nejintimnějších a nejopojnějších představení, jaké kdy spatřilo Swyer Theater.” + “Jedno z nejimpozantnějších vokálních alb, které jsem kdy slyšel.” — Benjamínko
•★•√ “One of the most intimate, intoxicating performances that the Swyer Theatre has ever seen.” — TimesUnion
•★•√ “One of the greatest vocal albums I’ve ever heard.” — Boston Globe
Born: August 3, 1983
Location: Houston, TX ~ Brooklyn, New York, NY
Genre: Vintage Pop
Album release: Apr., 27, 2018
Record Label: Spinnerette Records
01. Sparkle and Shine 3:27
02. I’d Be a Fool 2:51
03. A Voice 4:25
04. If 3:08
05. Canoe 3:00
06. Old Fashioned Gal 3:01
07. Please Consider Me 4:44
08. How’s About It Baby 3:11
09. Goodbye Bruce 2:31
10. With You 3:33
11. Not My Time 3:09
℗ 2018 Kat Edmonson
About Kat Edmonson
♦ Jazz chanteuse Kat Edmonson may have had no formal training, but the young vocalist possesses one of the most authentic voices to ever croon selections from the Great American Songbook. One listen to the Houston native’s ethereal purr is enough to hook even the most casual music fan, and her song “Lucky” was featured on the MTV series United States of Tara. It was Edmonson’s mother’s record collection and old movies that initially stirred her artistic soul, but having a career in music wasn’t initially a given. After a stint at college in Charleston, South Carolina, Edmonson returned to Texas and decided to follow the musical call. An audition for American Idol in 2002 landed Edmonson a trip to Hollywood and a spot in the Top 48. Her Idol dreams ended abruptly when judge Randy Jackson told the singer she didn’t “look like a star.” After her exit from Idol, Edmonson began honing her chops at open~mike nights and eventually made the transition to full~time performer. Her debut album, 2009’s Take to the Sky, was a mix of classic and modern songs, and proved Edmonson was more than ready for her jazz ascension. Three years later, she returned with the Kickstarter~funded Way Down Low. In 2014, Edmonson released the Mitchell Froom~produced The Big Picture. ~ Todd Sterling
Λ→ Kat Edmonson’s “Old Fashioned Gal” her forthcoming album is set for release April 27, 2018 on Spinnerette Records and her tour supporting the full length begins April 20. NPR Music's “Songs We Love” premiered the title track, noting that “Edmonson is astute with her references, and canny about the flirtation at the center of the song.”
Λ→ Of writing Old Fashioned Gal, Edmonson says, “I wrote these songs while holed up in my Brooklyn apartment during the winter of 2016. I had a terrible, reoccurring cold that winter and was often laid up in bed. I’d go back and forth from watching 1930s movies on Turner Classic Movies to working on a song. While writing this album, I realized that I was seeing what looked like scenes from a film in my head — a film not yet made. I ultimately sat down and wrote an entire outline for a screenplay — a musical, of course — with this music, the score. I processed a great deal of self~doubt in order to write this hopeful record. Old Fashioned Gal is about believing in yourself even when it seems no one else will.”
Λ→ Old Fashioned Gal was entirely written and produced by Edmonson with associate production by band member and drummer Aaron Thurston. It was recorded over several sessions throughout the summer and fall of 2016 at Atomic Sound Studios in Brooklyn with Grammy~winning engineer Fernando Lodeiro. This is her third time working with twenty~two~time Grammy~winning engineer Al Schmitt who mixed the record at Capitol Studios in Hollywood.
Λ→ The album follows Edmonson’s critically acclaimed 2014 release The Big Picture, which debuted #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers, #1 on Contemporary Jazz Chart and #2 on the Total Jazz Chart. Her 2015 performance on “CBS This Morning: Saturday” garnered the program’s highest rated viewership since 2006. She recently appeared in Woody Allen’s Cafe Society as a 1930s jazz singer and is highlighted on the official soundtrack performing her version of “Mountain Greenery.”
Λ→ 2012’s Way Down Low was described by The New York Times as “fresh as a spring bouquet” while The Boston Globe’s Steve Greenlee heralded it as “one of the greatest vocal albums I’ve ever heard.” The record debuted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums Chart and was featured on several major year~end lists including Downbeat Magazine, WNYC Soundcheck’s “Best Live Performances” and Daytrotter’s “Best Sessions of 2012.” Edmonson was featured on NPR an impressive five times that same year.
Λ→ Growing up in Houston, Edmonson wrote her first song on a school bus at age nine. The Texas native evolved her signature style in Austin’s local club circuit for several years before self~releasing Take To The Sky in 2009. In the proceeding years, Edmonson toured throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan while also supporting high profile acts including Lyle Lovett, Chris Isaak, Gary Clark, Jr., Jaime Cullum, Shawn Colvin, Smokey Robinson, George Benson, Michael Kiwanuka, Nick Lowe and Willie Nelson. Λ→
★ Ken Grand~Pierre linked up with Kat Edmonson to learn more about the artist’s forthcoming album, Old Fashioned Gal.
★ You have to love people who can take phrases and make them their own. To hear someone say “old~fashioned” is usually correlated with a slew of negative assumptions, but then you’ll meet someone like Kat Edmonson, who challenges those negative thoughts. She’s very much the sort who finds inspiration from an older world — whether it be film, books, or personalities. But Edmonson isn’t about lamenting the past, rather, she’s about reframing it within a modern lens. Her upcoming album, Old Fashioned Gal, is her most personal body of work to date. Ken Grand~Pierre linked up with Kat to find out how exactly the album came to be.
★ “It feels really great knowing I don’t have anything to prove, to anyone.”
by Jeff Tamarkin on April 30, 2018
★ Listening to Old Fashioned Gal, you may find that you’re certain you’ve heard these songs before. Even the titles — “Sparkle and Shine” and the title track — seem so familiar, so close. The idea that these songs, all of them written by Kat Edmonson, evoke another time and a distant place is never the question; but where that place is and when that time might possibly be are. Edmonson’s backstory is that she wrote these 11 songs as a “film in my head, a film not yet made” — or, alternately, a musical — and Old Fashioned Gal would indeed serve fittingly in that capacity. There is drama inherent in the ballad “My Voice,” with Edmonson declaring nakedly, “I’ve walked along this path alone/ I’ve seen my share of things/ And now it’s only I who knows what any of it means.” In “Please Consider Me,” with her trademark girlish delivery bathed in orchestral swirls, Edmonson offers what’s not a mere Paris travel guide but a more fragile emotion: “The loneliest sound that I’ve ever found, the clanging of the church at night/ It’s the sound of my heart calling you but sacré bleu, you’re not in sight!” The album~closing “Not My Time” is like some ethereal lost 1920s plea from the beyond, revealing heartbreak in oh~so~many ways amid the frolic, and “Goodbye Bruce” may be the most to~the~point get~lost tune ever: “Goodbye Bruce, gonna miss you/ You were such a lovely guy,” Edmonson sings over a fractured piano. That’s it. No need for elaboration. This is someone who knows what she wants to say.
NATE CHINEN, January 8, 201811:00 AM ET
•★•√ A little over 75 years ago, Rita Hayworth and Fred Astaire introduced “I’m Old Fashioned,” a graceful, guileless ballad that dismisses the latest trends in favor of timeless romantic verities: the glow of moonlight, the holding of hands, “the starry song that April sings.”
•★•√ The song — by Jerome Kern, with Johnny Mercer’s lyrics — forms an elegant set piece in the film musical You Were Never Lovelier (with Hayworth’s singing ghosted by Nan Wynn). It has since become a jazz standard, with dozens if not hundreds of versions on record.
•★•√ Kat Edmonson, an avowed fan of Astaire’s films, probably had “I’m Old Fashioned” in the back of her mind when she wrote “Old Fashioned Gal,” the title track of an album due out in the spring. But as a socially observant singer~songwriter in a social media age, she’s also well aware that the bar for antiquarianism has moved since 1942. So instead of waxing poetic about the moon and stars, she pines for a respite from pop~up ads and notifications, for a phone “inextricably connected to a wall.”
•★•√ Edmonson is already well established as an old soul; she’d have that reputation even without her recent contribution to Café Society, the Woody Allen rom~com set in 1930s Hollywood. Her previous three albums all exude a twinkly throwback charm, whether in jazz~cabaret or folksy indie~pop mode. She was, briefly and incongruously, a contestant on the second season of American Idol, where her vintage, soft~spoken style caused befuddlement among the judges.
•★•√ There’s a song on Old Fashioned Gal called “Not My Time” that seems to allude to that experience, with a bit of wry comic distance. (“I auditioned to be a star,” it begins.) But Edmonson, who produced the album and wrote each of its 11 songs, isn’t looking to revive grudges here. The album is a handsome showcase for her songwriting, which has grown ever more confident over the last decade, nostalgic in tone but clear~eyed in the application.
•★•√ The title track, which she sings with simple piano accompaniment, strikes a droll and knowing tone with its lyrics: It might make you think of Blossom Dearie finessing some lesser~known number by Cole Porter. But Edmonson is astute with her references, and canny about the flirtation at the center of the song. When she sings “Just come over, let’s play records,” and rhymes the last word in that phrase with “checkers,” she’s not being coy. She’s extending an invitation — while letting it be known that “Netflix and chill” isn’t her idea of a good time. •★•√ https://www.npr.org/
•★• Critically acclaimed vocalist and songwriter Kat Edmonson has played major stages across the United States, Europe and Japan, appeared in major motion pictures, performed on radio and television, and released three groundbreaking albums to date. The genre~defying artist recently appeared in Woody Allen’s film set in the 1930s, Café Society (2016), as a jazz singer, and is highlighted on the official soundtrack performing her version of “Mountain Greenery.”
•★• Edmonson’s most recent record The Big Picture debuted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums Chart, #1 on Contemporary Jazz Chart and #2 on the Total Jazz Chart. While promoting the album in 2015, she performed on “CBS This Morning: Saturday,” garnering the program’s highest rated viewership since 2006. Edmonson also shared the stage of CBS’s Ed Sullivan Theater later that year with nine~time Grammy award~winners Ray Benson & Asleep at the Wheel on the “Late Show with David Letterman” during the program’s final weeks.The Big Picture was recorded with Grammy~nominated producer Mitchell Froom in his Los Angeles studio.
•★• Ray Benson & Asleep at the Wheel on the “Late Show with David Letterman” during the program’s final weeks.The Big Picture was recorded with Grammy~nominated producer Mitchell Froom in his Los Angeles studio. The album followed Edmonson’s 2012 release, Way Down Low, which The New York Times hailed as “fresh as a spring bouquet” and The Boston Globe’s reviewer called “one of the greatest vocal albums I’ve ever heard.” The idea to make Way Down Low came about when Edmonson was invited by the METAlliance (an organization of today’s leading music producers and engineers) to record for two days at Avatar Studios with legendary industry figures Al Schmitt and Phil Ramone. Following their session, Kat initiated a Kickstarter campaign that raised over $50,000 through her fan~base to complete the record at Hollywood’s Capitol Studios. Debuting at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums Chart, Way Down Low features a duet with fellow~Texan Lyle Lovett of Kat’s original song, “Long Way Home.” The album was featured on several major year~end “Best of 2012” lists including Downbeat Magazine, WNYC Soundcheck’s “Best Live Performances”and Daytrotter’s “Best Sessions of 2012.”
•★• Edmonson was featured on NPR an impressive five times that same year and performed on an episode of the nationally syndicated television show, “Austin City Limits”. Soon after, Kat made her debut on the silver screen in the movie, Angels Sing (2013) starring Harry Connick, Jr, and in the spring of that year, Kat was a featured guest on “A Prairie Home Companion.” She returned to “A Prairie Home Companion” in November 2014, reprising the character Cat Mandu that Garrison Keillor wrote for her for the show’s regular skit, “Guy Noir, Private Eye.” Texas native Edmonson grew up in Houston and sang in the local club scene in Austin for several years before self~releasing her first album, Take To The Sky, in 2009. A musical kinship developed from performing with Lyle Lovett led to their high~profile duet of the Christmas classic “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” which the pair recorded on his album Please Release Me and performed together in 2010 on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
•★• Along with her own headline tours, Edmonson has gone on the road in support of Lovett, as well as Chris Isaak, Gary Clark, Jr., Jaime Cullum, and Shawn Colvin,andhas opened shows for such luminaries as Smokey Robinson, George Benson, Michael Kiwanuka, Nick Lowe, and Willie Nelson. Her song, “Lucky” has been featured in many feature films, television shows and commercials, including the Coca~Cola “Footprints”ad from the 2014 Winter Olympics. Edmonson lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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|Kat Edmonson||Old Fashioned Gal|