"The Long Island-born, Nashville-based Pettersen stocks his disc with a bounty of colorful tales, whether he is writing about others or himself."
All Music Guide
"entirely addictive folk and acoustic rock"
Miami New Times
"The New Punk Blues of Ed Pettersen is a sneaky great record"
"attitude, hurt and heart do run through this varied collection of songs"
The Philly Inquirer
"what Bruce Springsteen and Richard Thompson would sound like if they were one artist"
"a subtle genius in his own right"
NBC San Diego
"When he's sharp, he's very sharp, in the vein of John Prine, Robert Earl Keen and Elvis Costello"
"a provocative and literate songwriter"
3rd Coast Music
"Ed Pettersen can strap on an acoustic guitar in an EV club at midnight and make you feel like you're drinking burnt coffee by the campfire at sunrise."
"He put on a helluva show."
"John Mellencamp, Bruce Springsteen, and Elvis are abducted by aliens who not only probe them but mix and match their parts."
— Faifield County Weekly
"the personal warmth with which Pettersen creates will call to mind the traveling troubadour of a Woody Guthrie."
Long Island Entertainment
"Roots-rockin and country-rollin' is one way to sum up Ed Pettersen's fine approach to laying down some great songs."
"Pettersen trades in the sort of bighearted, populist roots rock that never goes out of style."
— Nashville Scene
"alt-country culture clash
Here are some of the acts, culled from dozens, that I recommend wholeheartedly:..Ed Pettersen and the High Line Riders (Somewhere South of Here)"
Country Music Magazine
"From the first note you know that Ed Pettersen falls firmly in the contemporary folk genre."
"Pettersen’s work…typifies the essence of the Americana format at ratio. Pettersen proves he’s got all the right stuff."
All Music Guide
"His infectious good spirits and engaging set of solo acoustic Rock n Roll brought smiles to even the most tired and testy weekend warriors."
No Depression #41