Edith Crash: Gut Wrenching Blues From the South...of France
Florencia P. Marano
Edith Crash is a traveling Frenchwoman with a case of the blues. The singer-songwriter's love affair with traditional black music actually started in the south...of France. No, it's not quite the bayou, but her passion for the music took hold of her at a young age.
"If I have to pick only one blues influence it would be Blind Willie Johnson, I love raw dirty old blues," Crash tells the Weekly.
Last year, she left France for Los Angeles where she's been exploring the city and its myriad music scenes. "Every crazy thing you can find, you can find it here," she says of LA's musical melting pot. "It's quite different from Europe."
Before leaving France, the musician spent time in Spain during her teenage years. Spanish press has heralded her as "the daughter Edith Piaf could never have with Kurt Cobian." Crash's raspy vocal prowess actually does fall somewhere between the legendary French singer and the patron saint of Seattle grunge.
When she decided to cross the Atlantic ocean in March of last year, many peers urged her to cross the language barrier as well and sing in English when she arrived to the States. "I didn't know what to expect singing in French," Crash says not wanting to comprise the sentiment of the songs she writes. "I've gotten good feedback from people and I truly believe that music is the universal language."
She recently won over new fans singing atop the bar at Eastside Luv in Boyle Heights strumming her guitar while keeping a simple beat with timely bass drum hits.
Six months before she decided to make the move, the musician collaborated with Alex Augé, her old teacher, saxophonist and poet. The end result is Inonde, a seven-track effort off Vagueness Records where she interprets Augé's words. "This one is more jazzy because Alex is a jazz man," she adds of his musical influence that melds with her folkloric sensibilities.