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Kat Edmonson plays NPR: Mountain Stage / Charleston Gazette review

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The anticipation for this week's "Mountain Stage," the second date in the five weekend stretch of shows at the Culture Center in Charleston, probably wasn't nearly as high as last week's, which featured Norah Jones. Charleston, South Carolina's Shovels and Rope and Texan-turned Brooklynite Kat Edmonson aren't the same kind of draw, don't have the same wattage of star power, but start to finish, this show was just a better show. It was also an evening full of rich musical contrasts.

The pixyish Edmonson opened the evening with a set of mesmerizing songs from her latest record, "The Big Picture." She was an early standout for the evening, and a difficult act to follow. Accompanied by guitarist Steve Elliott, her songs ranged from sadly sensual to plaintive and conjured up the ghost of after-hours clubs in the early 1950s, when black ties and evening wear were not optional. READ THE FULL Charleston Gazette REVIEW