Jack Erdie
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Jack Erdie

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"8 Days A Week/Weekly Listing"

This acoustic folk musician blends his thoughtful lyrics with some fast fingering that's guaranteed to make you look at life a little differently. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"from: Jack Erdie Revisits His Pentecostal Past on Pumpkin"

By John Hayes, Post-Gazette Staff Writer

Jack Erdie stands at a different kind of pulpit bearing musical witness to his past sins for a congregation of folk fans. His secular story songs ebb and flow with the cadence of a Bible-thumping sermon; his political, social or intensely personal messages bristle with a passion that doesn't quite draw blood.

A fixture at Pittsburgh's singer-songwriter stages, Erdie revisits his Pentecostal past and a host of vices on his contemplative second independent album, "Pumpkin."

Remnants of his theater background surface in his powerful voice, nuanced delivery and compelling stage sense. Remnants of his rural childhood surface in his songs.

Most of Erdie's songs are rooted in real-life experiences and woven into a lattice of traditionally based musical structures. "Can't Get There From Here," which has seen some airplay at WYEP, swings to the country side. "I'm Sorry Jesus" mixes memories of his childhood blood-spurting with some soul-searching and comic relief. "Pumpkin With a Face" is a tragic rural novella, and "Let Their Heads Roll" pontificates with a partly political, partly anti-authoritarian edge.

- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



"Way awesome! Fabulous lyrics! I love that song..."
-- Anne Feeney, protest singer

that is a super fantastic
song it's all in there
like chaos in a nutshell"
-- Christiane Leach, Soma Mestizo


One of the greatest songs of truth I have heard."
-- Art Gazdik, fiddler -- Newlanders


"His music is like a transmission on the midnight radio over cultural barriers and national borders. "
-- Japanese playwright, Kiyoshi Fujioka

- Various

"Jack Erdie by Robert Wagner"

[Jack's] songs commanded attention, his vocal-range wide and powerful, his rhythms compelling, and his imagery and command of language as sophisticated as anything I'd ever heard.

Did you ever have a copy of Bob Dylan's "Bringing It All Back Home?" Flip it over to Side Two. You've got an entire side of panoramic, kaleidoscopic, compassionate, poetic and riveting portraits of life in America.

Remember the first time you heard it? Life-changing stuff. Well, that's how I feel when I hear the songs of Jack Erdie.

Musically, his songs cover the map from traditional blues-forms to the kind of melodicism you find in pop music from groups like XTC, The Beatles or Petula Clark.

Jack's lyrics are peppered with the kind of realistically joyous and violent images one could only find in the real lives of real people.

- (written for Pittsburgh Calliope Folk Music Alliance)

"Pumpkin: (Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange)"

Singer-songwriters have a tough row to hoe. Many are lost in the crowd of folks who have not mastered their musical instruments, their word-smithing or learned from those who have gone before them.

Jack Erdie stands apart from that crowd. While most of the lyrics seem to be of an autobiographical nature, he is able to avoid the pitfall of self indulgence. His song-writing is able to transcend the merely personal and stand apart in a place of common experience that will make his songs relevant and meaningful to most listeners.

The musicianship on Jack's CD, Pumpkin, ranges from solid to excellent. He provides the great playing on multiple instruments and is wonderfully accompanied by several folks to create a nice full sound that frames his vocal story lines perfectly. And there are even some cuts that demonstrate his sensitivity and accomplishment as an instrumentalist. The musical styles he works with show that Jack has certainly spent the required time appreciating, understanding and mastering the more traditional music that many singer-songwriters seem to avoid completely.
Jack's offerings cover a wide-range of topics and styles. Lyrically, his songs cover personal tragedy and loss, love songs and political commentary. Vocally, Jack is able to use multiple voicings to help deliver his messages. At times you should hear the influences of both Dylan and Ochs while at other times Jack is gifting us with his own inner voices.
One criticism that might be offered is the occasional sesquipedalian nature of his lyrics can be a bit distracting.

On balance, Jack Erdie's Pumpkin is a strong collection of enjoyable songs with great musicianship and clean production work. The CD is well worth hearing and should encourage you to see him live if you ever have the opportunity!
- Tampa Blue


New Solo CD, PUMPKIN, completed! Lauded as one of the top ten local releases of 2005 by Pittsburgh's WYEP 91.3 fm. Beautiful Americana blues and roots music, with guitar, harmonica, banjo, fiddle, and mandolin. Receiving airplay on folk programs around the country. To be reviewed in the spring '06 edition of Sing Out!

Full-length CD release: When The Hurricane Hit.
The musicians on this disc are exceptional. Three were from a jazz trio. The others were all well-seasoned in many styles. They really enrich the songs.
Planetary disintegration, making amends, elegies for lost loved ones, indictments against racism, sexism, and easy spirituality, a post-apocolyptic love hymn, an anthem for the broken homes of our day. These are the themes that weather the hurricane and remain intact long after the storm of the folk-pop instrumentation dies away.
All tracks can be heard on & purchased from CDBaby.



I grew up in West Virginia, where I was exposed to the spectrum of American roots music. I got bluegrass in the mountains, jazz & old-time country from the scant public library, & gospel from endless holy-roller revivals. And the radio was always on. I’ve synthesized them all to make them my own, & drawn on my study of poetry to add lyrical complexity to infectious melodies.
This mix is what helped make my latest CD, Pumpkin, a top ten Pittsburgh release of 2005:
www.wyep.org/yir/local.asp .
The reasons I play are many. A younger brother died when I was thirteen. The same year I traded a pellet gun for a guitar, started playing &, almost as suddenly, writing songs. Music was my consolation prize for a loss that still grows like weeds through my lyrics.
A musician uncle exposed me to Bob Dylan and Neil Young. An older singer/songwriter turned me on to Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen. And I’d been a fan of Johnny Cash long before discovering any of these. They are all still strong influences on my craft.