Ed Jurdi

Ed Jurdi

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Cosmic American Soul. Ten Thousand Miles of Music brought through the past to the here and now. It's about where you've been and where you're going.

Biography

Ed Jurdi is blazing a trail with music. His inimitable style, dubbed ‘Cosmic American Soul,’ has enthralled listeners, critics, and musicians across the country and beyond. It’s like a cross-section of American musical history, starting with heaping doses of soul augmented by flashes of country, blues, bluegrass, gospel, and folk to create a sophisticated yet earthy union. People have certainly taken note of his archetypal musical map: over the past five years Ed has steadily emerged as one of the most exciting and dynamic artists in American music, earning ‘best album,’ ‘best artist,’ and ‘best song’ nominations and awards from several outlets, including the Portsmouth Herald, Windrift Music, JAM Music Magazine and Radio Belgium.

Featuring ten original compositions from every corner of the musical landscape, Ed Jurdi’s second album LONGSHORES DRIVE (Red Fez Records) showcases the extraordinary power, range, and depth of Ed’s voice and songcraft. From the gospel tinged Van Morrison and Aretha Franklin-esqe “Keep on Trying” to the New Orleans stomp of “Walking and Talking” to the cool Memphis soul of “Bumblebee,” the album traverses the roadmap of American music to a vibrant and fresh destination. Recorded and mixed by Thomas Eaton (Ellis Paul, Vance Gilbert) and featuring such luminary performers as John Platania (Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt, and Randy Newman), Mark Erelli (Signature Sounds Records), Jon Nolan (Say Zuzu), Tom Yoder (ex-Don Campbell Band), and the Funky Divas of Gospel, the album was released in July 2003 by Red Fez Records and is distributed internationally by Fountainbleu/Burnside.

Following his self-titled 1999 debut release, critics heralded the coming of a major new talent. “A wonder,” proclaimed Portfolio Magazine. “His gift of voice is extraordinary.” Subsequently, Ed toured the country extensively, armed with a Martin D-28, a couple of Hohner Harmonicas, and a tank of gas, performing over 600 shows in the past 3 years. Showcasing as a solo artist, he has performed in 23 states, sharing the stage with acts as diverse as Trey Anastasio, Willie Nelson, NRBQ, and Lucy Kaplansky. When not performing under his own umbrella, Ed has toured with the mighty Dreadnaught, completing a month-long 2003 U.S. tour in which the band debuted a miniature Stonehenge as its fourth member. Away from the road, Ed is an in-demand session player working with Queen Latifah, Dave Gerard (Truffle), and Jenny Fujita (Columbia Records), as well as scoring the theme song for the WB show “Young Voices.”

The proof is on the record: LONGSHORES DRIVE is an inspired and divine offering from a gifted young artist on the rise. Only 27 years old, Ed has created a mature, sincere, and complete musical statement that defies his age.

Open your ears. Free your soul. Discover Ed Jurdi.

Discography

Longshores Drive-LP-2003 Red Fez Records
Ed Jurdi- LP- 1999
Faces In the Crowd-Compilation-2002
Voices for Children-Compilation-2002

Set List

Ed's shows change like the weather (In a Good Way!!!) From solo acoustic shows, to full band shows featuring up to five members. The one consistent is his powerful delivery and soul stirring voice. Ed draws from a catalog of over 40 original compositions and 500 cover songs.

Original Songs:
Keep On Trying
Walking and Talking
Philadelphia
Don't Call on Me
Catch Me If You Can
Bumblebee
Stop Drop and Roll
Kansas City
Passing Time
Roll Me Down By the River
Love Me Till The Sunshines
Baby It's Cold Outside
King Of Colorado
Times Like This
Smile
Wilson and Otis
Old Urbana
Atlantis

*Covers* (A small sampling)
Let's Stay Together- Al Green
Wild Horses- The Rolling Stones
She- Gram Parsons
What's Goin' On- Marvin Gaye
Folsom Prison Blues- Johnny Cash
Into The Mystic- Van Morrison
Purple Rain- Prince
Message In A Bottle- The Police