Kim Edwards – Audio Gumshoe 158

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Kim Edwards

Kim Edwards album art for Wanderlust

Songs Played

– Wanderlust
– The Show
– It Was Me
– Oceans
– No Other (Acoustic Version)
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About the Show

Each of the songs I’ve written for Wanderlust has been a reflection of a different place of travel—the album is a collection of songs from my journeys.

Kim Edwards is one of the artists that I featured on my recent “The File Box – Part 2” episode of Audio Gumshoe. Her songs are smooth, soulful pictures of her experiences. She shares talent that comes from a lifetime of deep musical exploration. She explains:

As a kid I studied Alan Menken’s Disney Scores for The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin. I remember being 14 and doing some online research and I found the company in charge of the scores and I wrote them said ‘I’m a student of orchestration, could you send me some scores?’ and they did!

The music on this episode of Audio Gumshoe is from the album “Wanderlust.” The songs are described as “chamber pop.” Kim’s early study of classical piano has obviously contributed to the lush arrangements and appreciation for the classical styles. She starting training at age four and was a piano performance major in college for a short while. It is obvious that she has a firm grasp of music theory, orchestration, and arrangement, all of which can be heard on Wanderlust.

From her press package:

Kim’s uniquely playful musicality has garnered favorable comparisons to Regina Spektor and Ingrid Michaelson. Wanderlust debuted at #25 in the iTunes Top 200 Singer-Songwriter charts, an impressive feat for a totally D.I.Y. artist who used standard networking platforms like Kickstarter and Facebook for exposure.

Photo of Kim Edwards smilingShe explains that she simply put out a Facebook message asking friends and fans to support her digital release. On the day of her Facebook message she noted that she had been scanning the bottom of the Top 200 Singer-Songwriter list on iTunes. It wasn’t until she moved up to #92 that she realized that Wanderlust had debuted that well. By day’s end the album had reached #25. She said, “[it] was remarkable considering there wasn’t any marketing or publicity.”

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Artist Links

Kim Edwards
Kim Edwards on Twitter
Kim Edwards at Facebook
Kim Edwards at YouTube
Kim Edwards at ReverbNation

Associated Links

Association of Music Podcasting
Blubrry Podcast Network
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Boxcar Bandits – Audio Gumshoe 152

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Songs Played

– Tall Cactus
– Cell Phone
– Oh Mother
– Whiskey Before Breakfast
– Hamlet Chicken Plant Disaster //

Equally at home at a beer joint or concert hall, the Bandits meld old-time, bluegrass, western swing and country with the sounds of string band instruments to create the “North Texas Skunkgrass” sound.

It seemed time to offer something out-of-the-ordinary on Audio Gumshoe. Though this statement itself may a bit ironic. There’s not a typical — or usual — sound for this show. I’ve offered big rock, pop, Americana, trance, metal, blues, outlaw country, rockabilly, latin, world-music, looped acoustic, and even “industrial-tinged alternative folk“. So, why not a bit of “skunkgrass?”

Boxcar Bandits on StageSo, I get a submission from Brooks Kendall, Jr. of Flight Music Group telling me about this band out of Denton, Texas called Boxcar Bandits. I don’t listen to bluegrass music, typically, but as soon as I previewed these tracks I was hooked. This is just feel-good music. The fact that these are live tracks gives these selections even more vitality. The ambience of the club, the audience, and the stage conversation lends a feeling of “being there” that makes this a great listen.

Boxcar Bandits - stage imageEach of the songs on this episode is from the new album “Live from Dan’s Silverleaf” released in November by Boxcar Bandits. When you listen to the full album, you’ll hear the crowd enjoying the music, you’ll hear the band talking to each other, you’ll hear warts-and-all. And that’s what makes this a fun collection. Get a copy. If you’re in the Denton, Texas area — or near any of the venues listed on their show calendar — go hear them live. They play at Dan’s Silverleaf almost every Monday.

Here’s what Pegasus News recently had to say about the band:

…Denton band Boxcar Bandits played their own brand of music they like to call “skungrass.” The band is a revolving door of Denton musicians – including Paul Slavens – and the current lineup is guaranteed to get your boots stomping and your hands clapping. The band features a single snare drum and washboard played by RTB2’s Grady Don Sandlin, plus an upright bass, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, guitar, and some of the best vocal harmonies this side of the Red River.

Boxcar Bandits would be comfortable playing on a stage, a street corner, or a front porch. Their mixture of gospel, country, and bluegrass – or “fastgrass” as they call it – is exactly what was needed to get fans to the dance floor at the Boiler Room.

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Artist Links

Boxcar Bandits
Boxcar Bandits EPK
Boxcar Bandits on Twitter
Boxcar Bandits at Facebook
Boxcar Bandits at MySpace
Boxcar Bandits at Reverbation

Associated Links

Association of Music Podcasting
Blubrry Podcast Network
Audio Gumshoe on Twitter
Audio Gumshoe on Facebook

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The audio file for this work is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License.