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It is about time Kenny Edwards commanded a headlining show at SOhO,
for there are a few singer songwriters in town with the resume, musical
armory, or sheer elegance as Edwards. Having been a foundation within the
Stone Poneys for many years, Edwards then went on to be a sidekick for
Linda Ronstadt when she went solo. Add to that collaborations with the
likes of Don Henley, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, and Emmylou Harris, and
you soon get a sense of his musical might. While Edwards' is certainly an
impressive resume, not even that can measure up to spending an evening
in the company of the man and his guitar.
Kenny Edwards at SOhO on Tuesday night. Photograph by Brett Leigh Dicks.
Having released his self-titled solo album back in 2002, Edwards continues
to go from strength to strength in terms of both writing and perfomring. Take
“Misery and Happiness” for instance. Armed with simply his trusty mandolin,
the song breaks its recorded shackles and literally explodes into life on
stage. At the other end of the emotion spectrum resides “No Tears”, a
gentle ballad sung with a perfect hint of sweet regret. In the live arena, Edwards’ songs flow effortlessly from the stage with both passion and
purpose.
While we constantly see Edwards with a guitar in his hand and offering
stringed support to local musicians such as Glen Phillips, Natalie D-
Napoleon, Rich Phillips, and Julie Christensen, we aren’t treated to nearly
enough of his own performances. Let’s hope that last night’s performance is
a long overdue precursor to just that. Kenny Edwards is a singer songwriter
of the purest persuasion - one who not only gives so freely of his music, but
also of himself. And that is something well worth seeing much more of. - Santa Barbara Independent


“This house never seemed so small, but there's nobody in it. It's going to fade away to nothing at all If it's a battle; who's going to win it...” From “Gotta Let It Go”

* Best known for producing, writing and performing with others, Kenny Edwards released his first album in August of 2002…

* "In all the years of playing music and making records I've never considered myself a solo artist. I've worked with other artists whose songs and voices are so good that I always devoted my self to bringing out the best in their music…"

* Both the above quotes are from Kenny’s web site. So, can a man who normally “does” for others hack it in the solo stakes? The simple answer is “Yes!” Previous to this solo effort, Kenny has worked for the likes of (deep breath): - Linda Ronstadt, Rita Coolidge, Ian Matthews, Andrew Gold, Albert Brooks, Tom Pacheco, J D Souther, Don Henley & Warren Zevon ~ to name but a few!

* Vocally, Kenny reminds me a bit of Bruce Hornsby. Musically Kenny’s acoustic guitar driven songs have a rocky edge to them ~ many featuring simple riffs and/or repeated chord sequences that power the tracks along. “Gotta Let It Go” and “In My Dream” are prime examples of this almost hypnotic approach…

* Throughout this recording, Kenny is ably abetted by producer Freddy Koella on various instruments ~ he adds depth and colour to the arrangements in the same manner as Jim Weider does for Tom Pacheco. To prove my point, listen out for some ferocious slide guitar from Freddy on “Statesboro Blues” and juxtapose that with his delicate violin lines on “The Way I Love You”…

* The quality of the songs and performances featured here are of a very high standard. I particularly liked “The Sky Keeps Falling” with it’s insistent bass line and perfectly timed backbeat courtesy of Freddy. Parts of this track remind me a bit of Bad Company’s “Feel Like Making Love” ~ particularly the intro and verse sequences…

* Other highlights on this fine album are the Bluesy “Misery & Happiness” and the reflective “Not In This Life”. Kenny’s mandolin playing on the former and his singing on the latter both being exemplary…

* The album closes with another tour de force, the up tempo “Gone Again” ~ a laidback tale of a constantly absent woman! There’s nice background vocals on this track, courtesy of Wendy Waldman + a some meaty acoustic guitar work from Kenny…

* It’s great to see this noted sides-man coming to the fore with his own excellent solo outing. Recorded and released in 2002, let’s hope it’s not too long before Kenny treats us to another quality listening experience like this one. A superb album…


“Kenny Edwards” was reviewed by Dave

Star Ratings: ****

Top Track(s): “Gotta Let It Go”, “The Sky Keeps Falling” & “Statesboro Blues”

Originally released in 2002 on Fireheart Productions - Fair Oaks Music


Discography

Linda Ronstadt & The Stone Poneys
The Stone Poneys
vocals, guitar, songwriter
1967

Linda Ronstadt & The Stone Poneys
Evergreen Vol. 2
vocals, guitar, sitar, songwriter
1967

Linda Ronstadt & The Stone Poneys
Stone Poneys and Friends Vol. 3
vocals, guitar, songwriter
1968

Steve Ambrose
Gypsy Moth
bass, harmonica, mandolin
1972

Stone Poneys
Stoney End
(a collection)
vocal, guitar, songwriter
1972

Wendy Waldman
Love Has Got Me
vocals, bass, mandolin, guitar and slide guitar
1973

Rod Taylor
Rod Taylor
bass
1973

Linda Ronstadt
Heart Like A Wheel
vocals, bass
1974

Wendy Waldman
Gypsy Symphony
vocals, bass, guitar
1974

Rita Coolidge
Rita Coolidge
vocals
1974

B.W. Stevenson
Calabasas
vocals
1974

Linda Ronstadt
Prisoner In Disguise
vocals, bass
1975

Wendy Waldman
Wendy Waldman
vocals, guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar
1975

Andrew Gold
Andrew Gold
vocals, bass, guitar
1975

Iain Matthews
Go For Broke
bass
1975

Albert Brooks
A Star Is Bought
bass
1975

Linda Ronstadt
Hasten Down The Wind
vocals, mandolin, bass, songwriter
1976

Wendy Waldman
The Main Refrain
vocals, bass, guitar
1976

Andrew Gold
What's Wrong With This Picture
vocals, bass, guitar
1976

Linda Ronstadt
Greatest Hits, Vol. 1
vocals, bass, guitar
1976

Tom Pacheco
Swallowed Up In American Heartland
vocals
1976

John David Souther
Black Rose
bass
1976

Linda Ronstadt
Simple Dreams
vocals, bass
1977

Chi Coltrane
Road To Tomorrow
bass
1977

Coast To Coast
Coast To Coast
bass
1977

Karla Bonoff
Karla Bonoff
producer, bass, vocals, guitars, mandolin
1977

Linda Ronsadt
Living in the U.S.A.
vocals, bass
1978

Warren Zevon
Excitable Boy
bass
1978

Andrew Gold
All This And Heaven Too
vocals, bass, guitar
1978

Karla Bonoff
Restless Nighs
producer, bass, vocals, mandolin, songwriter
1979

J. D. Souther
You're Only Lonely
vocals, bass
1979

Bonnie Raitt
Glow
vocals
1979

Jennifer Warnes
Shot Throught The Heart
keyboards, vocals
1979

Louise Goffin
Kid Blue
bass
1979

Linda Ronsadt
Mad Love
vocals, bass
1980

Danny Kortchmar
Innuendo
bass
1980

Linda Ronstadt
Greatest Hits, Vol. 2
vocals, bass, guitar
1980

Peter Cetera
Peter Cetera
vocals
1981

Louise Goffin
Louise Goffin
bass
1981

Juice Newton
Juice
vocals
1981

Rita Coolidge
Heartbreak Radio
vocals
1981

Linda Ronstadt
Get Closer
vocals
1982

Karla Bonoff
Wild Heart Of The Young
producer, vocals, electric guitar, songwriter
1982

Don Henley
I Can't Stand Still
electric guitar, bass
1982

Warren Zevon
The Envoy
guitars, co-writer
1982

Stevie Nicks
Wild Heart
bass
1983

Ringo Starr
Old Wave
bass
1983

Rosemary Butler
Rose

1983

Juice Newton
Can't Wait All Night
vocals
1984

Stevie Nicks
Rock A Little
bass
1985

Charlie Daniels Band
Me And The Boys
vocals
1985

Linda Ronstadt
Dolly Parton
Emmylou Harris
Trio
bass
1987

Eikichi Yazawa
Flash In Japan
vocals
1987

Karla Bonoff
New World
vocals
1988

Kimm Rogers
Soundtrack Of My Life
bass
1990

Brothers Figaro
Gypsy

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Bio

Kenny Edwards Bio: In 1965, Kenny was a co-founder of The Stone Poneys, along with Linda Ronstadt and Bobby Kimmel, and with them made several albums on Capitol Records, toured, and became well-known in the new American folk-rock movement of the 1960Õs. Since then he has collaborated and played with the likes of Don Henley, Stevie Nicks, Warren Zevon, and even Ringo Starr. The term Òmusical legendÓ is applied far too liberally these days, and those who are truly deserving of such accolades tend to be the least comfortable with embracing them. Kenny Edwards truly is a musical legend. One of the main characters in the American folk-rock movement of the late-sixties and early seventies, audiences soon realize how very familiar they are with the sound of Edwards' voice and his wonderful musicianship. Since starting out in the Stone Poneys, Edwards has collaborated and played with the likes of Don Henley, Stevie Nicks, Warren Zevon, and even Ringo Starr. But perhaps the most revealing impression he has made to date has been on his one-and-only self-titled solo offering.
After the Stone Poneys, Kenny lived and worked right in the heart of LA's "Troubadour daysÓ. During this time he teamed up with Karla Bonoff, Wendy Waldman, and Andrew Gold to form the legendary band Bryndle, ultimately signed to A&M. Kenny and Andrew went on to become the backbone of Linda Ronstadt's band, and were central to the Ronstadt sound during her hit years in the Ô70s. In Kenny's case, he also supplied Ronstadt with material - he introduced her to the music of Karla Bonoff, and he co-wrote with Linda himself on occasion. During this time Kenny also produced Karla Bonoff's debut album and two more for CBS.
Perhaps the most revealing impression he has made to date has been on his one-and-only self-titled solo offering, released in the Summer of 2002. He teamed with producer Freddie Koella, musical director for Willy Deville, for this CD. "It's pretty intimate and homey sounding and I like that after all the band oriented music I've been involved with over the years. To that end I resisted calling on the great talents of my friends in many cases just to let this CD be what it is."

some appearances:
-Eddies Attic
-Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival
-Rocky Mountain Folks Fest
-Swallow Hill
-Freight & Salvage
-Alladin Theater
-Lobero Theater
-Healdsburg Guitar Festival
-Tales From The Tavern, Santa Ynez
-Barns At Wolftrap
-Appel Farm, NJ