Mad. Sq. Music: Kat Edmonson

UPDATE: Due to wet lawn conditions, the Mad. Sq. Music: Oval Lawn Series concert will be held on the south gravel. See you there!

Kat Edmonson’s major influences are her mother’s Great American Songbook record collection, listening to 50’s and 60’s music on Oldies 94.5 in Houston where she grew up and the black and white films she watched as a child.   These influences come to life in her album The Big Picture, released last year, which “tours us through bygone eras reinterpreted by a newly metropolitan outlook” (Austin Chronicle).   Edmonson wrote or co-wrote all but one track on the album, showcasing her flair for clever songwriting, intricate arrangements and behind-the-beat jazz vocal phrasing. “What Edmonson has done is capture the nuances of human coupling and decoupling, and all the moves in between, with melodic finesse, narrative precision and emotional articulateness in four minutes or less. To put it another way, this isn’t head-in-the-clouds stuff, but it sure is dreamy.” (NPR)