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Kat Edmonson & Catherine Feeny
October 7, 2013
Doors 7 p.m.., Show 8 p.m. | $18 | Minors OK w/ parent or guardian
Alberta Rose Theater
3000 NE Alberta St Portland, OR 97211
With the major label release of her second album Way Down Low, Houston native Kat Edmonson is poised to surpass the impressive success of her first release Take To The Sky.
That 2009 debut brought praise for the Houston native from major music media like The New York Times, which found her “fresh as a spring bouquet,” and NPR’s All Things Considered, which hailed her “timeless sound.” It also brought her to the attention of fellow Texans Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett, with whom she shared the stage. In fact, Lovett even enlisted her for a duet on the Christmas classic “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” which they performed together on tour and on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
But Edmonson was also able to attract the support of industry legends Al Schmitt and Phil Ramone. This, along with a successful Kickstarter campaign, allowed Edmonson to complete an ambitious sophomore project that is now taking her to an international audience.
Initially self-released by Edmonson last year, Way Down Low was recorded at the historic Avatar Studios in New York and Capitol Studios in Hollywood with Grammy-winning producer/engineer Schmitt (Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Sam Cooke, Neil Young) and input from the late Ramone (Billy Joel, Paul Simon). Her first album to showcase original material, it was co-produced by Edmonson and quickly declared “one of the greatest vocal albums” ever by The Boston Globe, as well as “a welcome antidote to these frantic times” by her home state’s Texas Monthly.
Way Down Low debuted at the top of the Billboard Heatseekers chart, garnered a feature on All Things Considered and led to Edmonson’s January appearance on Austin City Limits.
“It generated such a buzz that everything started to snowball,” says Edmonson. “I was on NPR so much I gained a wider audience, and after doing so many opening tour slots and one-off shows, I did my first national headlining tour at the start of the year.”
Catherine Feeny grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, part of a tight-knit family for whom music was a uniting force. Absorbing Springsteen through her older brother, Simon and Garfunkel through her parents and The Smiths through her elder sister, she early on developed a keen ear for songwriting.
Feeny received classical training in voice at the Settlement School of Music and began learning to play the guitar as a young teen. Idolizing the likes of Sinead O’Connor and the Indigo Girls, she joined several bands and began writing her own songs.
Joe Purdy recorded her first album, a self-titled affair that garnered acclaim for its compelling songwriting and sparse, melancholic mood. The album won Feeny an audience in Belgium where it was championed by French language radio station Classic 21.
Feeny’s second album, “Hurricane Glass” was produced by Sebastian Rogers, an English producer/artist she met at the Hotel Café. The song “Mr. Blue,” an earlier version of which had been included on her first album, was picked up by KCRW in LA, and later featured in “Running with Scissors,” “The O.C.,” and “Miss Conception.” It also ended up on the A-list at Britain’s most popular radio station, Radio 2.