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Kathryn Legendre / Press

"Though still on the shy side of 30, Austin newcomer Kathryn Legendre ain’t kidding when she sings about being an “Old Soul” on the title track of her full-length debut. The song opens with her reminiscing fondly about “an AM country station that my grandpa dearly loved,” and each of the 10 tracks on Old Soul — nine of them penned by Legendre — would have fit right in alongside any of the old man’s favorites. A talented graphic designer by day, Legendre proves she’s also a natural singer, with a warm, husky drawl and pleasing hint of vibrato that fits her earnest take on classic country like a pair of broken-in boots. She’s a gifted lyricist, too, on sure footing both playing it light hearted (the playful “Roy Rogers”) and heartfelt (as on the beautiful elegy “Hard Road to Go.”) With the standout “Guy,” a reverent tribute to gold-standard songwriter Guy Clark, she deftly captures the essence of the master’s gift for detail-rich imagery painted with Hem

"Kathryn Legendre is truly an old soul. Citing influences such as Loretta Lynn, Guy Clark, Linda Ronstadt and Ernest Tubb, the Austin, Texas native just released her debut album, ‘Old Soul’, and it clearly shows her roots in 10 original songs. Her traditional sensibilities and classic vocal style really set her apart and make her one to watch in Americana circles, her sass and storytelling abilities key characteristics that make her particularly impressive."

"Kathryn Legendre's a great singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas that makes country music at that simple and classic way in a modern style that we like so much on the Roots and Boots. Legendre has probably as much Guy Clark, Loretta Lynn and Dolly early in his record collection. It does not, however, her pale copy of their idols, but she absolutely can stand proudly with the guitar's neck when she performs her own songs. "Old Soul" is Legendre's debut album and is a straight through consistent and solid disc with both ballads perfect for a chilly autumn evening with a glass optional whiskey, and more action-packed articles that will get your boots to stomp intensively under your desk at work."

"Just as sassy as Loretta Lynn, Kathryn is an amazing vocalist that is genuine and passionate about traditional country music. We came across Kathryn via Reverbnation. We heard right away a young talent that was unashamed to be traditional country. Her influences run deep: Loretta Lynn, Ernest Tubb, George Strait, even Bonnie Raitt, and Linda Ronstadt. Fortunately for us all, Kathryn wears her influences on her sleeve easily. And our musical palettes are better for it. While her roots run deep, she’s undoubtedly Kathryn Legendre; her own woman on her own journey."

“Pure country music is a bit out of my range, but for this voice, I get to make an exception. Kathryn reminds me quite a bit of Jewel, but less warbling, more pure. She’s just starting out and has a way to go — she refers to herself as 'a growing singer songwriter,' but just listen to those vocals. Kathryn can’t go wrong if she includes her track Guy, a tribute to Guy Clark to her debut album. When the right material hits this voice, I firmly believe there will be no stopping this young Texan.”

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