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Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Music: Chris Pérez never saw it coming. “All I ever wanted to do was play guitar,” he told the Current. “I never thought I’d be the subject of an interview... By Enrique Lopetegui 8/28/2013
Beaches Be Trippin\': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Arts & Culture: Let’s face it, most of us Lone Stars view the Texas coast as a poor man’s Waikiki. Hell, maybe just a poor man’s Panama Beach — only to be used... By Callie Enlow 7/10/2013
Chris Perez, husband of slain Tejana icon Selena, tells of romance, suffering

Chris Perez, husband of slain Tejana icon Selena, tells of romance, suffering

Arts & Culture: In one of the final chapters of his book To Selena, With Love (out March 6), Selena's widower Chris Perez mentions that Abraham Quintanilla, his former father-in-law, once... By Enrique Lopetegui 3/7/2012
A Look Back at SA\'s Homebrew History

A Look Back at SA's Homebrew History

The Beer Issue: Homebrewing is a foundational American virtue. Not just Sam Adams smiling back from the bottle that bears his name—virtually all the... By Lance Higdon 10/15/2014

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Kat Edmonson: 'Way Down Low'

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Everything you need to know about Kat Edmonson is encapsulated on track four of Way Down Low: a reading of the Beach Boys' “I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times.” Stripped and stretched to a plaintive ballad, the singer lends her distinctive croon to a performance that, in the best Billie Holiday tradition, is as devastatingly personal as it is gorgeous. Small wonder that the Austin-born Edmonson would empathize with the Brian Wilson classic. She’s long seemed an artist displaced in time: her coquettish coo and jazzy vocal flourishes more suited to the era of Ella than Rihanna. Yet the album excels by reaching beyond nostalgia, the record resonating with a timelessness that comes only with fantastic production and choice songwriting. She’s got both in spades, though the production — courtesy of ace board-man Phil Ramone — is a thing of beauty: warm and uncluttered as a voice delicate as Kat’s demands. It’s ultimately that voice that makes Way Down Low worth the admission price, with Edmonson able to seamlessly shift from mischievous charm to wistful heartbreak throughout a program peppered with bossa, country, and lounge tunes. Edmonson may not be made for these times, but no doubt her music’s all the better for it.

★★★★ (out of 5 stars)

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