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Emily Kinney has your perfect summer soundtrack

Your summer soundtrack is here.


Audra Schroeder


Posted on Jul 30, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 6:29 am CDT


Emily Kinney battled zombies on AMC’s The Walking Dead—and can soon be found on Masters of Sex—but if you’re a fan of the show, you’ve probably noticed she knows her way around a Tom Waits song. 

Kinney released her debut EP in 2011, the same year she began appearing on the show, followed up by another in 2013, and she’s managed to grow her music into something more nuanced. She told Esquire that she’s been singing since she was a kid, which led her into theater and acting: “I can actually remember someone coming up to me—’cause I used to sing a lot at church and stuff like that—‘I love when you sing at church because I feel like I can feel the words.’ That stuck with me. I was realizing there was something besides just the music. It was more about telling stories.”

And tell stories she does. Her debut album, This Is War, comes out Oct. 2, but in the meantime, you can listen to a few of the new songs. The Daily Dot has partnered with Daytrotter to highlight one session a week, which will be available to stream here exclusively. So dive in.  

For nearly a decade, Daytrotter has been recording some of the best talent around, and now you can stream half of this incredible (and growing) archive, featuring thousands of band sessions, for free—or join for full access and free downloads.

Illustration by Johnnie Cluney/Daytrotter | Remix by Max Fleishman 

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*First Published: Jul 30, 2015, 9:00 am CDT