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Kat Edmonson plays Valentine's show in San Antonio / review

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Kat Edmonson and her band played the Valentine's show at San Antonio's Charline McCombs Empire Theatre last Saturday Night February 14. The singer-songwriter and her band performed the elegant pop music from her intoxicating "The Big Picture" album.

Building on her previous works, The Big Picture is Edmonson's label debut and offers even more of her writing (she co-wrote 11 of 12 songs on the album), and more still of Kat's unique sound. Of the album, Edmonson states, "There's no particular theme, but there are some commonalities, one of which is my ever-underlying influence from motion pictures and film scores." With no formal vocal training, she instead learned her craft as a child by watching Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly musicals on the VCR, drawing inspiration for this album from old films and her favorite songwriters. The result is a delicious batch of pop perfection, with a dozen songs that are tight, polished and more upbeat than anything she's done before.

Edmonson opened with her single, "Rainy Day Woman," setting the night's playful tone. The stark instrumentation (sans the lush strings of the record) simply amplified the James Bond-worthy groove, as well as her cute and captivating persona.

She played up that mon chéri style on "Oh My Love," a throwback to another time and a song that would work well in one of Woody Allen's latest films. "That's my Texas French," Edmonson said. But it's more than that. Just go back a few years and check out her old videos and music.  READ THE FULL mySA REVIEW