At Songbirds, Richey takes her audience to ‘Edgeland’
Kim Richey’s new album, “Edgeland,” has been described as folk music by reviewers.
But, i ronically, one t hi ng about Richey’s music is that it can’t be boxed into one category. The album’s music reflects the meaning of its title — a zone between urban and rural developments — because its tracks fluctuate between country and Americana.
After nearly a five-year hiatus, Richey is back with this new music. Local fans can hear her perform it live tonight, Sept. 20, at Songbirds.
Her f irst appearance at the local music venue coincides with Songbird’s current exhibit, “Six String Queens,” which spotlights pioneering female guitar players.
Richey’s songs have been recorded by Trisha Yearwood (“Believe Me Baby (I Lied)”), Radney Foster (“Nobody Wins”) a nd Brooks & Dunn (“Every River”).
She has contributed vocals to albums for Reba McEntire, Jason Isbell, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Ryan Adams and Yearwood, to name a few.
“I love a great songwriter and she definitely fits into that category,” says Mike Dougher, Songbirds entertainment coordinator.
“I feel like every time I hear one of her songs, she’s telling me of a feeli ng or an experience she’s had. Kim pulls me in quickly, like the first paragraph of a wonderful book,” Dougher says. “The fact that she’s collaborated with t he likes of Jason Isbell and Ryan Adams should say enough. Kim Richey is a world- class singer and s ongwriter, and what she brings fits perfectly with the Songbirds North environment.”
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