Kathleen Edwards made all kinds of headlines with her debut album, Failer, which marks its 10th anniversary this year. Praised by NPR, Rolling Stone, USA Today and many others, the critically-acclaimed project boasts an immediacy that you can’t deny. It’s like she gets right up in your face, so to speak.
In “Six O’Clock News,” the album’s lead single, she recounts a particularly bad situation. (In short, the father of her unborn child doesn’t survive a police shootout.) During our CMT.com interview back then, Edwards confided that Steve Earle and John Prine are two of her biggest inspirations — no surprise, given their skill at writing complex lyrics with catchy melodies.
Over the last decade, Edwards has emerged as one of the most compelling songwriters in the Americana realm. (Yes, I know she hails from Canada.) And in my opinion, Failer is still a victory for smart songwriting.
Tune in to Kathleen Edwards’ “Six O’Clock News.”