GRAMMYs On The Road At Austin City Limits With Cowboy And Indian And Kat Edmonson

Backstage with Cowboy And Indian and Kat Edmonson at the 10th anniversary of Austin City Limits
  • Cowboy And Indian
  • Kat Edmonson
October 05, 2011 -- 4:19 pm PDT

The Recording Academy Texas Chapter played host for GRAMMYs On The Road At Austin City Limits Music Festival during the festival's 10th anniversary from Sept. 16–18 at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. The Chapter conducted exclusive backstage interviews with indie folk group Cowboy And Indian and jazz artist Kat Edmonson.

Cowboy And Indian vocalists/guitarists Daniel James and Jazz Mills discussed the origin of the band's name, highlights of their career, social media, and advice for aspiring artists.

"Today is definitely a highlight," said Mills. "We were really excited to play."

Based in Austin, Texas, Cowboy And Indian originally formed as a duo with former T Bird And The Breaks vocalist Mills and "Friday Night Lights" actor and guitarist Jesse Plemons. The duo garnered local attention after a performance at South by Southwest, and subsequently added James of San Francisco-based band Leopold & His Fiction. In June the band released their first singles, "Ledbellies (Hurt My Pride)" and "Troubled Tracks," and the latter was featured on an episode of "Parenthood." When performing live, the band can grow to as many as seven members, including drummer Dorian Colbert, bassist Peder Gilham, fiddler Phoebe Hunt, and vocalist Stephanie Hunt. "There's an Appalachian feel to what we do," said James in an interview with CultureMap. "[It's] sort of woodsy, mountains, stuff like that." The band is currently working on their full-length debut album.

Edmonson discussed highlights of her career, living in Austin, artists she's worked with, and advice for aspiring musicians.

"Think of yourself as your heroes," said Edmonson. "Elevate your art. If you constantly think of [your heroes] as [having done] something you can never do again, they'll always be off in the distance and your art won't reach the potential that it could."

In 2009 Austin native Edmonson released her debut album, Take It To The Sky, featuring jazzy interpretations of classic and contemporary songs, including the Cure's "Just Like Heaven," John Lennon's "(Just Like) Starting Over" and Cole Porter's "Night And Day." The album peaked at No. 21 on Billboard's Jazz Albums chart. In January 2009 Edmonson also released an original single, "Lucky," which was featured on an episode of "United States Of Tara."

In February Edmonson received a gift from the Music Engineering & Technology Alliance to spend two days at Avatar Studios in New York with GRAMMY-winning producers/engineers Phil Ramone and Al Schmitt. The recordings Edmonson made while at Avatar inspired her to create her sophomore effort, which she recently successfully funded through a campaign on Kickstarter. Edmonson is currently working on her new album.

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