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Edwards Ends Break With Strong New Album

Of the Oakland Press

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Kathleen Edwards says that a threeyear break between albums was neither accidental nor circumstantial.

“I think I wanted to be a little bit more open-minded and less worried about a finish date this time,” explains Edwards, 29, whose new “Asking For Flowers” is the follow-up to 2005’s “Back to Me.” “I spent a lot of time staying home and trying to write the songs before we went in and recorded.

“I think I spent more time on this record actually working on the songs than I ever have before, accepting that’s a healthy thing to do. I spent more time finding the right word to express a sentiment and things like that. I think I just kind of wanted to give myself time to make the right album and not rush anything.”

“Asking For Flowers” has also taken the Ottawa native back in the road — just in time for hockey’s Stanley Cup Playoffs. Edwards, who has used hockey imagery in her songs, is a fan of the Red Wings (“Steve Yzerman grew up in the same town,” she notes) but is still partial to the home team when push comes to shove.

“I’m an Ottawa girl — do not confuse me with a Toronto Maple Leafs fan,” Edwards notes. “I like the Red Wings, but (the Senators) are my favorite team, and I’m hoping they go all the way.”

Kathleen Edwards and Luke Doucet perform Sunday (April 6) at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (248) 544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.

Web Site: www.themagicbag.com

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