Kathleen Edwards: 'Flowers' and Hockey Skates

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Kathleen Edwards is a 29-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter with a taste for rock 'n' roll, folk and especially country music. Given her country of origin, it's no surprise that her songs find metaphors in hockey skates and border crossings, instead of red dirt farms or the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Edwards has made two very good records, but on Asking for Flowers, she steps up her game even further. Every song seems honed — her vocal phrasing, her harmonies, her arrangements. Edwards' lyrics suggest stories much bigger than can be contained in a three- or four-minute song, and which tend to resonate long after the music stops.

Kathleen Edwards in Concert

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'Back to Me'

'In State'

'Asking for Flowers'

'I Make the Dough, You Get the Glory'

'Oil Man's War'

'Six O'Clock News'

'I Can't Give You Up'

'The Cheapest Key'

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Kathleen Edwards performed at the NON-COMMvention in Philadephia on May 31. Patti Singer/WXPN-FM hide caption

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When Kathleen Edwards took the stage at Philadelphia's NON-COMMvention with band member Jim Bryson, she played about half the songs from her new album, Asking for Flowers. In the set's most memorable song, "I Make the Dough, You Get the Glory," she compares herself to her crush, singing, "You're the Great One; I'm Marty McSorley." To the crowd's great amusement, Edwards proudly recalled kissing the legendary Canadian hockey player McSorley while shooting the song's video.

Edwards' fusion of alt-country, folk and pop made her a star in Canada shortly after the release of her 2003 debut album, Failer. In the years to follow, the songwriter and violinist has continued to build on her popularity, scoring two Juno nominations for Back to Me. With smart lyrics that range from the emotional to the political to the hilarious, Asking for Flowers has been widely hailed as her best yet.

Edwards, Alejandro Escovedo and Jakob Dylan performed at the NON-COMMvention in Philadelphia on May 31. Dr. John, Ani DiFranco, The Hold Steady and Newton Faulkner performed at the convention the night before. NON-COMM is an annual convention of non-commercial radio programmers and music directors, as well as other music-industry professionals.

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