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Edison Arthur

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"Edison Arthur: Piano Man Is Back"

Admit it. You're a sucker for a guy belting out tunes from behind a piano. Sure, you may scoff at Billy Joel when you're at the bar with your friends and "Piano Man" comes on the jukebox. But you know that when that same song comes on the radio and nobody's looking, you sing along. Edison Arthur is not exactly a piano man in the mold of Joel, as his slightly cynical lyrics and modern pop sensibilities remind one more of contemporary artists such as Ben Folds, Rufus Wainwright or Jamie Cullum. His new album, Whatever We Are (Selected Works 2000-2006) just smacks of an artist ready for the big time. Arthur's look and sound seem MTV-ready, but don't let the hair gel and tight T-shirts fool you. Songs like "Deadly and Cruel" and "Nasia," besides sounding radio-friendly, contain a depth of lyrical content that belies his poppy exterior. Additionally, the album's final track, a live recording of the song "Middle of the Day" seems to suggest that Arthur can hold it down on stage as well as on tape. Ladies and gentlemen, the piano man is back. --Casey Hayman

- Buzz Magazine

"Local Artist, International Appeal"

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Edison Arthur is a local artist with international appeal.

The singer-songwriter, who already has two tours of Europe under his belt, will celebrate the release of the new EP "Complicated Man" with a show Friday night at BWE Music Theater in downtown Springfield.

"I played shows in Munich and Berlin about six weeks ago," Arthur said. "I was also there in December. I am really looking forward to playing a big show in Springfield."

Originally from Agawam, Arthur has been living in Northampton the past two years and splitting time between recording, performing and showcasing for major labels.

"In college, I was writing poetry and I had been playing piano since I was about 7," Arthur said. "I started merging the two. I went to school in England and started playing a lot out there, meeting other musicians, and suddenly the light went on. This is what I wanted to do."

Arthur started recording and sending out tracks. He landed a management deal that led to showcases, high-profile shows overseas, and in such venues as New York's Knitting Factory.

"It has all been very interesting," he said.

Arthur's style can best be described as alternative pop. He turns simple piano ballads upside down with an intensity that is usually reserved for hard rock.

Locally, Arthur honed his chops with weekly sessions at Shakago in downtown Springfield.

"I played there every other week or so over the last two summers," he said. "I also got involved in open mikes in Northampton."

Arthur is hoping the local following he has developed will come out to support him at a new venue Friday night.

He said BWE Music Theater is " the place where I've recorded for the last few years." "This will be the first time it's open to the public. The sound in there is incredible. It's a great place to do a show." - The Republican Newspaper

"LiveWire Music Awards 2006"

Edison Arthur's "The Epic Interior" awarded: Best Independent Rock/Pop Release of the year - MassLive.com & The Republican

"Crowds Flock to See New Piano Man"

February 16th, 2006

"...Arthur has been performing to crowds throughout New England and New York.....garnering a reputation for being an intensely honest and totally original artist...." - Agawam Advertiser News


EP Release Fall 2004 "Sweet Darkness"
LP Release Winter 2005- "The Epic Interior"
EP Release Spring 2005- "Complicated Man EP"

Most recent release:
LP Spring 2006 "Whatever We Are: Selected Works 2000-2006"


Feeling a bit camera shy


Singer/songwriter and pianist Edison Arthur first came on the music scene in 2004 with the release of his debut LP "The Epic Interior." The ground-breaking album was a piano-based and emotionally charged, autobiographical debut from an artist with a truly distinctive talent. It was heralded as "Best Independent Rock/Pop Release" by several U.S. news outlets and caused one British Newspaper to call Arthur, "the new promise from the other side of the pond." This self-released effort grabbed the attention of music industry executives at several major labels. Edison has recently returned from Europe where he has just completed a project with Universal Music Group.

Mixing elements of rock, pop, blues, soul and alternative, Edison Arthur has carved out a truly distinctive terrain in popular music--making him a stand out presence amongst the singer/songwriters of the day.

His songs are an innovative cocktail of rock/pop arrangement, cut with his intensely personal and often heart-wrenching lyrical poetry. Listeners are connecting to Arthur's cynical, fresh perspectives on the twenty-something experience, and taking the catchy choruses and thoughtful hooks away with them.

Edison Arthur was born and raised in Massachusetts and studied music in New England and Great Britain. A student of piano and popular music for much of his life, Edison has drawn influence from rock songwriting pioneers John Lennon, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Tori Amos and Leonard Cohen.