Kathleen Edwards and Clare Burson Recap

As I had predicted… Friday night was a great night for music in Knoxville with Kathleen Edwards headlining a show at my new favorite Knoxville music spot, The Square Room.

Kathleen was Kathleen… which is to say she had the audience in tears with her songs and in stitches with her between song banter. My wife and I brought a couple of friends to the show who had never heard much of Kathleen’s music before, and there were more than a few tears shed at some of the more tender songs such as “Asking for Flowers.” I guess the performance was just that powerful.

Kathleen was joined on stage by her husband and guitar player Colin Cripps, and it was great to watch the two of them interact with each other as they played. They seemed to know each other’s every move and stayed in perfect harmony the whole night. It didn’t matter if they were delicately maneuvering through a heartbreaking ballad like “Scared at Night,” blasting through an up-tempo rocker like “Back to Me,” or playfully fumbling through The Outfield’s 1985 hit “Your Love” …they held the audience in the palm of their hands.

The absolute highlight of the show came toward the end of the main set when Kathleen noticed that an audience member had dozed off during one of her songs. The carnage unfolds in this youtube clip…

Thanks to BirminghamSteve for the awesome video. More from the show can be found here.

An unexpected highlight came from opening act Clare Burson. Clare is a songwriter from Western Tennessee who now makes her home in Brooklyn.

I don’t really know much more than that other than she’s been touring with Kathleen lately and has a new CD called Silver and Ash that should be released in the near future. She was handing out samplers of the upcoming album after the show. Judging by how it sounds I’ll be greatly looking forward to hearing the full disc. I couldn’t find an official release date or a link to pre-order the album… but there is a link to buy Clare’s previous recordings at the end of this post.

The songs on the album are all loosely based on the story of Clare’s Great-Grandfather. When he was 14-years-old, his parents sent him to live in South Africa so he would not have to enlist in the Jewish army. He lived what sounds like quite an amazing life and eventually he wound up in Memphis and started a family. (I hope I remember all of these details correctly).

This song is called “Baby Boy” and seems to be written from the perspective of Clare’s Great-Great Grandmother after sending her son away. The song is atmospheric and filled with heartache. I’m very glad I had the opportunity to discover this new artist last Friday night.

Clare Burson: Baby Boy (Buy music from Clare Burson)

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2 Responses to “Kathleen Edwards and Clare Burson Recap”

  1. Hey, I know Sparky! – he gets around, doesn’t he? (major understatement). I met him at a Todd Snider show in South Florida in April 2005 – super-nice guy (waving if he’s out there… 🙂http://www.eighteenminutes.com/setlists/2005/20050414.html

  2. I love how she changed the lyric to “F is for falling asleep at my show!” and stared straight at the guy.

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