Kathleen Edwards, Polaris Prize nominee, occasionally feels like she “crashed the cool kids party,” as she told Spinner.com. “Like, I don’t know very many of these bands who’ve been nominated. And yeah, sometimes I feel like I have this persona ‘Oh, I’m just this country songwriter…’ but then when I get included in this it makes me feel like, ‘Y’know what? I do good work, what I do.’ And I’m hanging out with people who do good work in what they do, too.”
Juli Thanki is the editor of Engine 145 and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Bluegrass Unlimited, and M Music & Musicians Magazine. In 2011 she received the International Bluegrass Music Association Print Media Person of the Year award.