Jonathan Edwards returns to Camden Opera House, Nov. 4
Warm as summer sunshine, real as the truth, intimate as a long overdue visit between old friends — such is a Jonathan Edwards concert. Four decades into a career of uncompromising musical integrity, he delivers, night after night, songs of passion, insight and humor, all rendered in a powerful tenor which, like fine wine, has grown sweeter with age.
An artist who measures his success by his ability to attract and take good care of an audience for four decades, Jonathan maintains that it is the feedback he receives after his shows that keeps him going.
"It is gratifying to hear someone say, 'Your stuff has meant a lot to me over the years,'" he said, in a news release.
The "stuff" he's referring to is a repertoire 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, there's "Sunshine (Go Away Today)," that fierce 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.
His latest album, "Tomorrow's Child" with Alison Krause and many others has been called "a beacon of seemingly timeless appeal,” and rated "Top 10 Folk Album" of 2015.
Working on his next album, Jonathan said: "Young people that are getting back to the land and trying to get off the power grid encourage me. My next work will reflect some of those themes."
General Admission Tickets:
$25 available at camdenoperahouse.com
by phone at (207) 536-5850
or for no additional fee at the Camden Town Office Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fireside Restaurant and Lounge of Camden will serve craft beers, fine wines and their wood-fired gourmet pizza beginning at 6:30 p.m. through intermission. Onsight box office opens day of show at 6:30 p.m.; auditorium doors for seating at 7 p.m.