We had the good fortune of connecting with Kathryn Legendre and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kathryn, why did you pursue a creative career?
There was a long time I didn’t think a career in music (at any level) was realistic. I come from a family who encouraged financial security, and music never seemed to fit that element of my life. It wasn’t until after I graduated college, that I embraced music as an avenue for me to explore deeply, without any strings attached.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I write/sing/play honky-tonk music. What I love about honky-tonk, is that it represents the real – not necessarily glamorous – side of life. Physically, it’s a divey meeting place for all. Musically, it includes good and bad themes, but in the end, the music speaks to people because of shared experiences. I also feel like there’s a certain simplicity in honky-tonk music that makes it approachable and relatable, and I feel proud that it’s a genuine facet of my songwriting. I grew up accompanying my parents to dancehalls as a kid, learning how to two-step, play pool, etc. It seems only natural that I found my way back to honky tonk through my own music. I certainly didn’t take the traditional route to get where I am today – in fact, being a performing singer/songwriter was never part of “the plan.” I’ve always had an obsession with music (on many levels), and what started as a passion for writing as a child, never left. In college, that evolved into songwriting. During that time I met a musician (who is now my husband) who encouraged me to explore it. Paired with learning guitar, everything started to become serious from there. To this day, I continue to hold a full-time job while also pursuing music, which is probably the “hardest” part for me. I mean, who doesn’t day dream of running away from responsibilities only to play guitar and get lost in lyrics? What I have found most fulfilling about my music career so far, especially during a pandemic, is that I do this mostly for me. I’m so thankful when other people relate to the music I make, but I really try not to consider the pressure of outside opinion too much (I already put enough on myself). Songwriting is such a creative, therapeutic, adventurous outlet, personally, and that’s really gratifying. That feeling is enough for me, no matter what comes down the line.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would eat as many times as possible at Crawfish & Noodles! The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to thank the Austin music scene for always encouraging me, giving my music a chance, and helping me find my musical voice.
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