Now one of the most respected singer-songwriters in the business, Kathleen Edwards released her second album, Back to Me, just months before this Mountain Stage performance in West Virginia in June 2005.
The daughter of a Canadian diplomat, Edwards was born in Ottawa but grew up traveling the world. Removed from the influence of mainstream North American pop, Edwards dove into her older brother's record collection, which included fellow Canadian Neil Young, along with Bob Dylan and Tom Petty. After high school, Edwards landed back in Ottawa, where she played in local clubs and fell under the influence of artists such as Lucinda Williams and Suzanne Vega.
Edwards' debut album, Failer, was released in 2003 to widespread raves, earning her opening spots for Dylan and The Rolling Stones. In 2005, Back to Me began to introduce bits of pop into her dusty Americana sound, and she's most recently released Voyageur, produced by Justin Vernon of Bon Iver.