2007/04/20 Scotiabank Place; Ottawa, ON
Kathleen Edwards seemed to be having a ball opening for Mayer in her home town. She played a 45-minute set, which included Hockey Skates from 2003's Failer and the infectious title track from 2005's Back To Me.
Edwards cajoled the initially sleepy crowd into pepping up a little, warning they might "blow a vocal cord" if they didn't practise their yelling before Mayer came out.
With a pedal steel guitarist providing her requisite alt-country twang and old buddy Jim Bryson on for added support, Edwards also laid down a respectable cover of Dolly Parton's Wildflowers.
Ann Marie McQueen