Jonathan Edwards to play in Gardiner
Veteran singer/songwriter Jonathan Edwards will be performing on Dec. 17 at Johnson Hall in Gardiner in support of his new album, ‘Tomorrow's Child.” Produced by four-time Grammy Award nominee Darrell Scott, “Tomorrow's Child” features the venerable and beloved Edwards accompanied by such roots music luminaries Shawn Colvin, Jerry Douglas, John Cowan, Vince Gill, and Alison Krauss.
Four decades into a stellar career of uncompromising musical integrity, Edwards continues to deliver – night after night – songs of passion, songs of insight, songs of humor, all rendered in his instantly identifiable, pure and powerful tenor which, like a fine wine, has only grown sweeter with age.
A veteran performer who is neither grizzled nor nostalgic, Edwards is most likely to be found on the road these days. "I've been ... doing what I do best," he says, "which is playing live in front of people. I've been concentrating on that and loving it."
An artist who measures his success by his ability to attract and delight an audience, Edwards maintains that it is the feedback he receives after his shows that keeps him going. “It is really gratifying to hear ‘Your stuff has meant a lot to me over the years.’"
The “stuff” he’s referring to is a highly respected catalog of original songs that includes such classics as “Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboy,” “Sometimes,” “One Day Closer,” “Don’t Cry Blue,” “Emma,” “Everybody Knows Her,” “Athens County,” and everyone’s favorite ode to putting a good buzz on, “Shanty.”
And then, of course, there’s the anthemic “Sunshine (Go Away Today),” that powerful proclamation of protest and independence that resonated with thousands and thousands of frustrated and angry young men and women when it was first released in 1971. Almost 40 years later, at show after show, the song continues to be embraced by faithful followers and new fans alike.
Since 1971, Jonathan has released 15 albums, including “Blue Ridge,” his standard-setting collaboration with bluegrass favorites the Seldom Scene, and :Little Hands,” his collection of children’s songs, which was honored with a National Library Association award. For more information visit: www.jonathanedwards.net
Johnson Hall is located at 280 Water Street in Gardiner.