Former Austinite Kat Edmonson came home Wednesday night and a bunch of her friends came out to play.
The sultry-voiced jazz singer’s homecoming at the Moody Theater for an ACL Live event provided the largely couple-up audience with exactly what they sought. Plus, there were appearances by Austin’s singer Alejandro Escoveda, sax player Elias Haslanger (a former collaborator of Edmonson who nowadays appears with Church on Monday at The Continental Club Gallery), and guitarist Miles Zuniga (who used to play at Vino Vino in Austin with Edmonson).
"I’m home, Austin. How are you?" Edmonson said to the audience early in the show.
The now-New York City-dwelling singer split up her songs with memories of living in Texas, and mentioned the nights at the Elephant Room on Congress Avenue.
At one point, she confessed: "Every time I go out in Austin, I stay out way too late and have way too much fun."
Edmonson was backed by keys, bass, guitar and drums for her swing through Austin as part of a U.S. tour in which she has been promoting new album "The Big Picture," which came out in September.
Edmonson played older, popular tunes and some new ones, too. Some of the songs were: Champagne; I’m Not in Love; Hopelessly Blue, which she played with Zuniga; Avion, which Zuniga also wrote; Escovedo’s Sensitive Boys, which included a cameo by the Austin star and which Edmonson has been covering on tour; Lucky, which the singer played while doused in aquamarine light; and, of course, there was Way Down Low.