Kat Edmonson's sophomore album Way Down Low is out now. Self-released on Kat's label Spinnerette Records, the album debuted #1 on Billboards Heatseekers Chart and has sold over 10k albums in its first two months. Following sold-out shows at New York's Joe's Pub, Boston's Scullers Jazz Club, Edmonson has played a host of taped performances this summer including on Austin City Limits, NPRs "World Caf" and PBSs "WoodSongs" Shes added new dates in throughout Texas including another taping at Austin City Limits with Willie Nelson, date at Colorados eTown and The Philadelphia Art Museum. See full list of dates below.
On Way Down Low, the native Texan makes not only her songwriting debut but also co-produces the album with Danton Boller. She performs with Lyle Lovett on the title track "Long Way Home" which Entertainment Weekly calls "an airy country duet." The album was recorded at the historic Avatar Studio and Capitol Studios with Grammy-winning producer/engineer Al Schmitt (Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Sam Cooke) and includes input from producer Phil Ramone (Paul Simon, Billy Joel).
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 Billboards 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, Its 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 shed begun writing and working. This set the stage for Way Down Low, her second record and first to include her original material.