Kat Edmonson seemingly came out of nowhere in 2009 to take the Austin, Texas music scene by storm. The “Old Fashioned Gal” who cites Louis Armstrong and Frank Sinatra as her musical influences began to write songs as a child, looking to the Great American Songbook for inspiration. After becoming a regular at The Elephant Room—Austin’s premier jazz club—and a stint on American Idol, Edmonson began building a following and making connections that energized her career. In 2009, she independently released her debut, Take to the Sky, which wound up climbing into the Top 20 of the Billboard Jazz charts. Soon after, she found herself playing gigs with the likes of Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett, forming a musical kinship with the latter. Her first album of entirely original songs, Old Fashioned Gal, was released in the spring of 2018.
Fusing the sounds of the past with the energy of the present day, Americana singer-songwriter Pokey LaFarge makes music inspired by old-time country, blues, folk and Western swing. Born Andrew Heissler in 1983—though nicknamed Pokey by his mother due to his slow-moving nature as a child—LaFarge developed an early interest in American literature, history and 20th century roots music. By his teens, LaFarge was combining his passions into his own music, accompanying himself on guitar, mandolin and banjo. He later crossed paths with a handful of like-minded musicians and was soon touring with his own combo, the South City Three. This solo performance follows up his SMF debut in 2014.