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Kat Edmonson on World Cafe | July 31, 2012

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Texas native Kat Edmonson possesses astonishing vocal control: She glides effortlessly between tones, and can move from a lilting falsetto to a raspy growl with ease. Her debut album, 2009's Take to the Sky, finds her exploring the roots of classic pop and jazz songs — an approach she continues on its sequel, this year's Way Down Low.

Eliminated from the second season of American Idol after Randy Jackson said she didn't have the look of a star, Edmonson has spent the years since following her own path. Here, she performs a beautiful cover of Brian Wilson's song "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times," and sits down with host David Dye to discuss her personal connection with Wilson's songwriting. (link)

Playlist

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HOUR 1

Van Morrison "Queen of the Slipstream" The Best of Van Morrison
Shawn Colvin "All Fall Down" All Fall Down
Gary Clark Jr "Bright Lights" Bright Lights EP
((Kat Edmonson "Hopelessly Blue" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Kat Edmonson "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times" Way Down Low
Kat Edmonson "Lucky" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Kat Edmonson "Nobody Knows That" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Kat Edmonson "Hopelessly Blue" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Kat Edmonson "I Don't Know" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Kat Edmonson "Nobody Knows That" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Aimee Mann "Charmer" Charmer
Talking Heads "Once in a Lifetime" Remain in Light
The Airborne Toxic Event "Gasoline" The Airborne Toxic Event
Divine Fits "My Love is Real" A Thing Called Divine Fits
((Passion Pit "Live to Tell the Tale" Chunk of Change))

HOUR 2

The Rolling Stones "She's a Rainbow" Their Satanic Majesties Request
Jimmy Cliff "Guns of Brixton" Rebirth
The Clash "Hitsville U.K." Sandinista (Disc 1)
Mayer Hawthorne "The Walk" How Do You Do
Firewater "The Monkey Song" International Orange
Elvis Costello "Monkey to Man" The Delivery Man
((Nick Lowe "So it Goes" Jesus of Cool))
The Hold Steady "Sequestered in Memphis" Stay Positive
The Replacements "Alex Chilton" Pleased to Meet Me
Big Star "September Gurls" Radio City
Free Energy "Band Pop" Stuck on Nothing
((Glossary "Bend with the Breeze" Feral Fire))
Glen Hansard "Love Don't Leave Me Waiting" Rhythm & Repose
The Band "When I Paint My Masterpiece" Cahoots
Wilco "Impossible Germany" Sky Blue Sky
((Those Transatlantics "To the Editor" Knocked Out))