At Song­birds, Richey takes her au­di­ence to ‘Edge­land’

Chattanooga Times Free Press - ChattanoogaNow - - MUSIC -

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.”

For more in­for­ma­tion: 423-531-2473.

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