“Fresh as a spring bouquet” -New York Times
Kat Edmonson seemingly came out of nowhere in 2009 to take the Austin, TX music scene by storm. The Texas native grew up in Houston with a mother who introduced her to the Great American Songbook. Determined to be a singer, she auditioned for American Idol during its second season, but soon returned from Hollywood to Austin. Back in Texas, Kat became a regular at the Elephant Room, a premier Austin club, building a following and making musical connections that energized her career. Her self- released 2009 debut album Take To the Sky hit the top 20 on Billboard’s jazz charts, adding enough juice that she found herself playing gigs with Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett. A musical kinship with Lyle led to a high-profile duet on the Christmas classic “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” which the pair performed together on tour as well as on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. On her tour with Lovett, Kat opened nightly, performing songs on which she’d begun writing and working. This set the stage for Way Down Low, her second record and first to include her original material.
Kat’s second album is now being called “one of the greatest vocal albums I’ve ever heard” (The Boston Globe) and “a welcome antidote to these frantic times” (Texas Monthly). Despite its humble beginnings, Way Down Low recently debuted #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and has since landed Kat on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and an upcoming taping on Austin City Limits Live. After selling out club shows in New York, Boston, Houston, and Los Angeles, Edmonson hit the road last fall supporting fellow Austin musician Gary Clark Jr. and later, Chris Isaak.
“I think she’s great. She’s got such an authentic, almost old-time jazz quality about her.” – Lyle Lovett
“A voice that at times exudes raspy confidence of a veteran soul singer, and at other times recalls the coquettish quality of a silver screen starlet.” – AOL Spinner
“Kat is a tremendous talent…with a style and charm that reaches fans in the worlds of blues, rock pop and beyond.” – Al Schmitt, nineteen time Grammy winning producer and engineer
“Equal parts Billie Holiday and Bjork.” – All About Jazz
With Special Guest Milow
Over the last five years this Belgian artist (born Jonathan Vandenbroeck) has emerged as one of Europe’s most exciting young talents: a plugged-in singer-songwriter with the ability to touch a crowd and the pop know-how required to make great records. He’s an old-school soul with a new-fashioned sensibility, a troubadour fascinated by technology. Milow’s music gleams with the inherited songcraft of his heroes—Ryan Adams, Bruce Springsteen, Jack Johnson—but it also reflects a point of view all his own, with specific concerns about growing pains and the future of his generation.