Our experience at the Lounge was first class. The food and wine selection was excellent. After dinner we went into the music hall and enjoyed the concert. The opening act was Luke Wade. He is a local artist from Fort Worth. He was late because he had just played a private fundraiser for President Obama that was hosted by Bill Clinton. The guy came in through the main entrance for the public, ran up on stage, and asked for two minutes to get ready. He performed on guitar with a fiddle player. He put on a very enjoyable show. He sounded too much like John Mayer to me. That should tell you that he could sing and play at a very high level.
After a brief intermission Kat Edmonson sang and was accompanied by a acoustic guitar player. Her guitar player was a French Canadian and he was a spactacular musicain. She performed every song from her latest album and covered a song by Ella Fitzgerald (Champagne) and also Brian Wilson (I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times.) Her cover of the Brian Wilson song was easily one of the highlights of a very magical night. She infused the song with a pathos that exceeded the brilliant original song by The Beach Boys.
Kat Edmonson was raised in Houston by her Mother and Grandmother. She grew up listening to their LP records. (This is this story’s link to my blog..) She especially loved her Grandmothers LP’s. She grew up listening and loving The Great American Song Book. Her songs are full of amazing lyrics. She is also a very effective and interesting live performer. She understands subtlety and technique like very few performers I have seen recently. I picked up her latest CD “Way Down Low” and I cannot stop listening to it. The CD features a duet with Lyle Lovett. The lyrics are a great example of her work:
The Long Way Home
I’ll take the long way home tonight Please don’t wake up I’ll be alright Going about my usual day, I had no idea Cupid and friends had other plans for me, now i see And so, before I call it a day I’m making stops along the way Well I’ll be laughing with the moon in sea of delight and thinking every little bitty star in sight When I, take the long way home tonight I’ll take the long way home tonight Please don’t wake up I’ll be alright, going about my usual day, I had no idea Cupid and friends had other plans for me, now i see And so, first, before this day is through I’ve got some things I’ve gotta do Well I’ll be laughing with the moon in sea of delight and thanking every little bitty star in sight When I, take the long way home tonight Well I’ll be winking to the (? wise one?) who always knew And babbling with the brook about my love for you
When I, take the long way home tonight, tonight When I, take the long way home tonight.
If you can’t hear the Soul of Cole Porter in those lyrics then you must not have ever heard a song by him…
Check out Kat Edmonson. She just recorded an episode of Austin City Limits with Willie Nelson. Here is the link to her site: Kat Edmonson. Her music and lyrics are fantastic. The ghost of Cole Porter lives!