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It’s a long E. Pronounced Eeeds.
After years as a sidewoman in some great bands, ranging from country to hard rock, I’ve found my own voice. I sound just like Jen Edds, under the influence of every musician I have had the good fortune play with over the course of a lifetime.
I've been referred to as a Swiss Army Knife. It's handy to have a gal in your band that can play guitar, mandolin, ukulele, bass, piano, and that sings a little too. I'm also pretty good at schlepping gear.
Songwriter is the latest tool to be added to the list. There have always been hooks, lyrics, and ideas flying around in my head. There was also an extreme lack of confidence and dedication to the crafting process that prevented me from doing anything with them. It’s funny how things change when you turn 40. It's not that I don't care. It's just that I don't care. Some people will like these songs. Some won't. I just had to get them out.
My voice is not the prettiest, the loudest, or the one with the most range, but it's mine. It's one of the tools I have to help tell these stories. I’m going to use it. I hope you find it familiar and comfortable, like a conversation with an old friend.
These songs are inspired by life, race car drivers, and super heroes. The best stories are often not about what happens to us, but instead about how we choose to handle what happens. My goal isn't just to tell the what, ultimately it's about connecting on how the "what" made us feel. That being said, some of these songs are just plain silly. There is no drama, no lesson, just good fun.
I will always be a sidewoman. For me, the collaboration has always been the best part about playing music. You can catch me out and about with Crackhead Patty, and various other projects.
Thanks for listening.