Recommendation IV: Kathleen Edwards

Hello once again: I’m actually writing this right now from LAX waiting for my flight to arrive so I can go back home for spring break. I’ve had such stressful and long weeks of school work, so I’m so happy and relieved to get some kind of break now, and relax and finally make a new entry for you all and myself. By the time I post what I’m writing now though, it will probably be quite a few hours after that lol (update: right I kinda was: it’s now a day and half later and I’m barely posting it). So here it is! :

My fourth recommendation is: Kathleen Edward’s “In State” from her 2005 Back to Me album. This is the first recommendation which I do not currently own the full album of, but from what I’ve heard of it online and on an Austin City Limits television performance I’ve seen of Kathleen Edwards‘s, the whole album sounds really good. Her style is definitely not traditional country unlike two former songs I have recommended: she’s more Americana/alternative country and rock-sounding IMO, so somewhat like Lucinda Williams. It’s a fine genre to be in because more and more over the past years, I’ve been digging into some independent label or not-very-commercial artists, and I find it’s really a great mix of styles and a very nice break from some of the popular “country” radio type of stuff.

Anyway, I first heard this song through the video on the VH1 Country channel (which no longer exists) and I thought it sounded so good and she’s really good looking (but that’s beside the point lol). It’s got a lot of rock guitar and drums throughout and sounds like a mandolin in it too, but I do think of it more as a rock song than country (I don’t call it “CF Music” for nothing ;) ). Kathleen may not have the absolute best voice in the world, but it really works in this song and I like it a lot. There’s a lot of great artists who don’t have the best vocals but make up for it through the way they deliver, phrase, and style a song with music and their lyrics, and it totally works! The song says something that I’ve never heard a song say before: the female character narrating the song suggests that maybe if her troublesome lover spent twenty years in the state penitentiary, it might make him a better person and improve who he is. I don’t know if that’s the right interpretation, but that’s how I saw it as. She sings it like she’s experienced it before and you believe it completely.  Best line in the song: “You wouldn’t even be yourself, if you weren’t telling a lie”.

I bought this song off of iTunes many months ago and it continues to be one of my most favorite and most played songs on my playlist: I just never get sick of it. Check out the rest of her album: I would definitely buy it, but if you just want to start small, buy “In State”, and you may also enjoy the title track, “Back to Me”, which also has a nice music video for it. The first time I heard Kathleen’s music was years ago with “Six O’Clock News”, which is a good song too!

Thanks for reading!

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Here are the lyrics to “In State” written by Kathleen Edwards:

I can spot your kind a million miles away
Buckle down boots and a bloodshot gaze
You talk so sweet until the going gets tough
The last job you pulled was never big enough

Don’t say you’ll change after the next time
You wouldn’t even be yourself, if you weren’t telling a lie

And I know where the cops hang out
I know where you’ll be found
I know what you’re all about
I know when you’re going down

You only call me “honey” when we’re alone
Hiding at your place up on slack road
You’ve got an answer for every little thing
You can’t even tell me where you’ve been
My face couldn’t make you leave it behind
Maybe twenty years in state will change your mind

‘Cause I know where the cops hang out
I know where you’ll be found
I know what you’re all about
I know when you’re going down

Don’t say you’ll change after the next time
You wouldn’t even be yourself, if you weren’t telling a lie
Maybe twenty years in state will change your mind

‘Cause I know where the cops hang out
I know where you’ll be found
I know what you’re all about
I know you’ll never change now
I know my love was good enough
I know you would have shed my blood
I know you can’t shut me up
I know when you’re going down

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http://www.kathleenedwards.com/

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3 Comments

  1. Good song!Do me a favor and e-mail me at xxxxxx. I can’t find an e-mail address here and I have a question for ya.

  2. Ahh I Love Kathleen Edwards! Did You see The video for this song it’s amazing. you should check out her other stuff too!

  3. I gotta add:

    Her latest album release, “Asking for Flowers” came out earlier this year (3.8.08) and a while back, I listened to some clips. One song that caught my ear instantly was “Buffalo”, so I bought it off iTunes and man, it’s awesome. Great song. Not country at all, but very very good. Since then, I’ve bought two other Kathleen Edwards songs: “Six O’Clock News” and “Independent Thief” from her past albums.

    I don’t think I’ll do another Kathleen featured recommendation, so I posted it here (you never know though, I just may someday).


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