Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

BandAmericanaCountry

Eddie Cunningham ..beautiful songs, nice harmonies, americana and gospel at its finest, pure soul down to the bone... Eddie is a veteran of the Los Angeles Singer Songwriters scene and has written with Desmond Child, Wendy Waldman, Jeffrey Steele, A. l. "Doodle" Owens, and others.

Biography

INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS WINNER "BEST GOSPEL SONG" 2008
IAMA TOP 5 2007
WINNER BEST GOSPEL SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MUSIC AWARDS 2-11-06
BILLBOARD WORLD SONG CONTEST COUNTRY WINNER 2-13-06
JOHN LENNON COUNTRY WINNER

"I stated playing the clubs in San Diego, with Grossmont College professer Hoke Simpson. under the name "Fool" we played the Springfield Wagon Works and with Chuck Perrin who use to book the Hungry Hunters and Jolly Rogers. Hoke was great! we would do house concert jams and college concerts with the East/West Band. I got into the club circut in S.D. thanks to Hoke. After a few years and a broken heart later, Ileft hoke and started the Amber Band with Barrie Dempsey, Danny Pinnella and Loren Graham, I played some more in S.D. and we released a single, a album, a hit video sound stage live concert t.v. show for K. P. B. S. channel 15. Other groups I played in were: Winslow Tipton with Jay Flaherty, Black Shoes and White Sneakers with Jay and Freddy Dunsmore, The Jeds with Jeff Williams, Street Choir with Mark Intravia, Mike Peters, Johnny Khula and Dave McKeweun and I started Cowboys & Indians with Johnny and Bruce Clark, Steve Jumal and Mark Spriggs and we got a record deal with Atlantic Records. A&R Rep Keith Cowan got an unsolicited tape in the mail from Eddie, a 4 song home studio recording of the band. Keith wanted to see them "live" so he set up a private showcase in Hollywood. They were signed on the spot and recorded at least two albums worth of American Indian Tribal rock songs and Country rock/ballads. They Played gigs around town with "The Unforgivin'"(the pioneers of the spaghetti western craze in Hollywood).

While honing his writing skills playing the Los Angeles songwriters circuit, and visiting the famous Palomino club in North Hollywood he ran into many songwriters including Jim Lauderdale, Jeffrey Steele (Boy Howdy), Monty Byrom (Big House), Dale Watson, Rosie Flores, Dwight Yoakam and others.

Eddie's former lead guitarist from The Amber Band Danny Pinnella, told Betty Rosen at Michael Douglas's label, Third Stone Records, about Eddie and was offered a publishing contract with Third Stone/Warner Chappell.

Eddie has songs recorded by Ben E. King (IF YOU NEED A MIRACLE), Gram Parsons Notebook (JESUS IS MORE THAN A NAME), Moe Bandy (I WAS TAKEN), Chris Darrow (STAGE BY STAGE), Mark Insley, Todd Fritsch, Michael Mandella, Jenny Slate, Pete Martinez and has written with some of the best in the industry including Jeffrey Steele, Wendy Waldman, Desmond Child, A.L."Doodle" Owens, Kostas and many others.

He was named the "Songwriter of the Year" and "Male vocalist of the Year" by the California Country Music Association and was named the "Best Unsigned" Country artists in America by becoming the Grand-Prize Winner in the Jim Beam Country Band Search at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville where he performed in front of a packed house with Montgomery Gentry filmed for CMT.

Eddie Topped the Americana charts with two songs featured on the Gram Parsons Tribute CD a legendary, history making Grammy worthy project on Shellpoint Records. Eddie is singing a power gospel song called "Jesus Is More Than a Name", which he co-wrote with Gram Parsons through his notebook. He also co-produced the song with Grammy Award winner Carl Jackson. *The album was nominated for 3 Grammy nominations and also includes Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart, Jim Lauderdale, The Elvis Band, Larry Cordle, Lona Heins, Leslie Satcher, Mike Ward, Eddie Dunbar & The Woody's.

Currently Eddie's new venture is "Jukebox California" a film/ Documentary/mesh of pioneer types songwriters from the inland empire brought together to appear as themselves, writing songs and performing together the likes of John York, Patrick Brayer, Big Orange & Backyard Ramblers, by Legendary Record Producer (the original mayor of the sunset strip) Kim Fowley, Eddie stars in the movie and has 5 songs.. A DVD and CD will follow the release of the movie.

Lyrics

jesus is more than a name

Written By: eddie cunningham, mike ward, ed berghoff, gram parsons

JESUS IS MORE THAN A NAME

THERE IS WISDOM IN MY WEAKNESS
THE DARKEST HOUR SEEKS FORGIVENESS
I TURN MY FACE TO THE RISING SUN
AND FEEL THE WARMTH THAT TOUCHES EVERYONE

(PRE-CHORUS)
I GET DOWN ON MY KNEES AND PRAY JESUS PLEASE
COME INTO MY HEART AND EASE THE PAIN
OH JESUS IS MORE THAN A NAME

CHORUS)
JESUS IS MORE THAN A NAME
OH SWEET JESUS IS MORE THAN A NAME
YOU'LL UNDERSTAND WHEN YOU TAKE HIS HAND
THAT JESUS IS MORE THAN A NAME

I WAS LOST I COULD NOT WIN
IN MY DESPERATION I FOUND HIM
LIKE JOSHUA, I HEARD AN ANGEL CALL
I SAW THE LIGHT AND DOWN CAME THE WALL

(PRE-CHORUS)

(CHORUS)
JESUS IS MORE THAN A NAME
OH SWEET JESUS IS MORE THAN A NAME
YOU'LL UNDERSTAND WHEN YOU TAKE HIS HAND
THAT JESUS IS MORE THAN A NAME

WHY

Written By: WENDY WALDMAN , EDDIE CUNNINGHAM

WHY

THERE MUST BE SOME KIND OF SHELTER,
FAR FROM ALL THE VIOLENCE AND THE TEARS
WHERE OUR SONS AND OUR DAUGHTERS,
WON'T ALWAYS HAVE TO LIVE THEIR LIVES IN FEAR
SO MANY CHILDREN WOUNDED, AS THE GOOD AND BAD COLLIDE SOME GET LOST AND SOME GET ANGRY, AND NO ONE TELLS THEM WHY

WHY
DO WE ALWAYS WONDER WHY
SO MANY HAVE TO DIE, OH WHY
WHEN EVEN GOD MUST WANT TO CRY
LOOKING DOWN FROM HEAVEN'S EYE, WHY
I BELIEVE THE ANSWER COMES LONG BEFORE
THE QUESTION WHY

THERE MUST BE SOME KIND OF REASON,
EVERY TIME A MOTHER'S TEARDROPS HAVE TO FALL
WE BOW OUR HEADS IN PRAYER,
WE DON'T UNDERSTAND THIS WORLD AT ALL
THERE IS WISDOM IN MY WEAKNESS,
IN THE DARKNESS LIES THE TRUTH
IF WE WANT PEACE FOR EVERYONE,
IT STARTS WITH ME AND YOU

PEOPLE COME TOGETHER
BREAKDOWN THE WALLS OF HATE
LOVE HAS SO MUCH POWER
YOU KNOW IT'S NOT TOO LATE

THAT'S WHY, WE ARE GATHERED HERE TODAY
THERE'S SO MUCH WE HAVE TO SAY, THAT'S WHY
WE HAVE TO MAKE A STAND, IT'S RIGHT HERE IN OUR HANDS
THAT'S WHY, I BELIEVE THE ANSWER COMES LONG BEFORE THE QUESTION WHY

Eddie Cunningham & Wendy Waldman ©1999

IT'S THE SIMPLE THINGS THAT TURN HER ON

Written By: EDDIE CUNNINGHAM, JEFFREY STEELE

IT'S THE SIMPLE THINGS THAT TURN HER ON

SHE WEARS HER FAVORITE FADED JEANS
SHE LIKE'S THE OLD FAMILIAR SONG
SHE'D LOVE A RIDE IN A LIMOUSINE
BUT IT’S THE SIMPLE THINGS THAT TURN HER ON

A SUDDEN RAIN OUTTA THE BLUE
WAKING UP AT THE CRACK OF DAWN
FOR DIAMOND RINGS SHE HAS NO USE
IT’S THE SIMPLE THINGS THAT TURN HER ON

(CHORUS)
LIKE WALKIN' BAREFOOT IN THE SAND
LAUGHIN' AN A HOLDIN' HANDS
DANCIN' IN THE MOON LIGHT
OR COUNTIN' THE STARS UP IN THE SKY
SHE'D RATHER BE IN MY ARMS
LOVIN' ME ALL----NIGHT----LONG
IT’S THE SIMPLE THINGS THAT TURN HER ON

IF I SAY LETS HAVE DINNER OUT
SHE'LL THROW A BLANKET ON THE LAWN
WE'LL POUR SOME WINE (TEA) AND TALK ABOUT
THE SIMPLE THINGS THAT TURN ON

(CHORUS)

EDDIE CUNNINGHAM
EDDIE CUNNINGHAM MUSIC BMI
JEFFREY STEELE
WINDSWEPT PACIFIC BMI

"PUENTE"

Written By: EDDIE CUNNINGHAM, CHRIS WAGNER, DAN PINNELLA

PUENTE

ON SUNDAYS I WASH MY CAR OUT ON THE LAWN
FOR CRUSIN’ UP AND DOWN THE BOULEVARD LATER ON
ME AND MY HOMIES THAT’S WHAT WE LIKE TO DO
AND HAVE SOME CARNE ASADA AND SOME CERVESA TOO

WHAT’S UP VATA? WHO’S YOUR PAPA?
WHERE YOU FROM ESAY? PUENTE HAHAHAHAHA

BEING ON THIS SIDE OF TOWN CAN’T BE SO WRONG
(MEDA) LOOK BABY CAN’T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG
WE’RE ALL ON THIS PLANET TO SURVIVE
NO ONE SHOULD HAVE TO RUN AND HIDE
SO COME ON BABY GET IN MY RIDE AND LETS GO

WHAT’S UP CHOLO? WHATS YOU KNOW?
IT’S SUCH A NICE DAY PUENTE HAHAHAHAHAH

THE SMELL OF TORTILLAS AND BEANS ON THE STREETS
AND MENUDO, WITH CHILE AND LIME OHHH SO SWEET
MY MOM’S BEEN WONDERING WHERE LITTLE SQEEZY’S BEEN
MY SISTER’S HAVING TWINS AGAIN

WHAT’S UP VATA? WHO’S YOUR PAPA?
WHERE YOU FROM ESAY? PUENTE HAHAHAHAHA PUENTE

BREAK IT DOWN FOR ME FOXY (break)
PLAY SOME CARLOS STYLE

ON SUNDAYS I WASH MY CAR OUT ON THE LAWN
FOR CRUSIN’ UP AND DOWN THE BOULEVARD LATER ON
ME AND MY HOMIES THAT’S WHAT WE LIKE TO DO
AND HAVE SOME CARNE ASADA AND SOME CERVESA TOO

DOWN A DEAD END ROAD

Written By: DAN PINNELLA, EDDIE CUNNINGHAM

DOWN A DEAD END ROAD

I GOT EVERYTHING I NEED WHISKEY WOMEN AND GREED
EVERYWHERE I SETTLE DOWN BECOMES A GHOST TOWN

I WAS BORN A HAUNTED MAN
SILVER SPOON IN MY HAND
MAMA TAUGHT ME WELL
DADDY TAUGHT ME HOW TO GET OF HELL

BUT ITS A LONG WAY TO GO
DOWN A DEAD END ROAD
DOWN A DEAD END ROAD

I WAS BORN IN THE DIRT
I ROSE UP OUT OF THE HURT
I CUT MY TEETH IN RAGE
SCHOOLED IN A CAGE

BUT ITS A LONG WAY TO GO
DOWN A DEAD END ROAD
DOWN A DEAD END ROAD
YEAH ITS A LONG WAY TO GO
DOWN A DEAD END ROAD

I WAS BORN A HAUNTED
DOWN A DEAD END ROAD

Discography

1978 Amber band - I'm so confused "45"- Golden Track Produced by Steve Wetherbee
1980 Amber band -KPBS concert special (SOUND STAGE) 7 songs
Produced by Steve Wetherbee
1981 Amber Band album
Produced by Steve Wetherbee
1984 Acoustic recordings Eddie Cunningham
Produced by Steve Wetherbee
Cowboys & Indians - Atlantic
1985Cowboys & Indians "45" - Nufire Records
Produced by John Balestrie, Randy Fuele, band
1988Cowboys & Indians/Glory Bound - Nufire Records
Produced by John Balestrie, Randy Fuel, band
Cowboys & Indians - XS Records
produced by band
Eddie Cunningham - debut solo - Nufire Records
Produced by various, Bill Hullet, Desmond Child, Mike Ward, Eddie Cunningham, John Khula
Eddie Cunningham / I Can't Wait - Nufire Records
various - Chris Darrow, Steve Bogard, Ed Tree, Eddie Cunningham, John Khula, Danny Federici
Eddie Cunningham / Country & What Not - Nufire
Eddie Cunningham / Nashville Sessions
Bill Hullet / Lana Wood
Big Orange & The BackYard Ramblers
Kim Fowley & Roy Sweeden
Hillbilly Trucker / Honey What Town Are We In?
Eddie Cunningham

Set List

SHE DELIVERS
SAVE ME NOW
I WAS TAKEN
I GOT HER
BAD COWBOY
BAR
THIRST
SIMPLE THINGS
I CAN'T WAIT
WISHING ON FIREFLIES
LOVES ON BOARD
CHILD OF THE HONKY TONK RACE
MEMORY LIKE YOU
HELL HOUSE

typical repertoire? I play new songs mixed with my old favorites...whatever the folks want

sets ??? I can play all night long...
or and hour at a time
whatever the gig calls for...
but no striping...except for the drummer..she may

*Covers only on request...I know plenty
lots of Kenny Loggins