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J Edwards / Blog

Songwriter verses Bluesplayer

So you noticed that every song on my page is not a blues song, but I'm still labeled blues. You gotta say "Whassup wi' dat?". Some folks are really offended by it. I actually lost an important gig once because the chairman of the festival said I wasn't blues enough. Now, there's a blues song. It's kind of a "Damned no matter" situation. Some of the folks I work with in Nashville won't let me sing my own country songs 'cause my voice is too blues/soulful. In fact, once singing a song for a teacher, I was stopped after the 2nd line and told I would never be a country writer. He couldn't get past the sound of my voice. See, I'm a songwriter or the story writer first and then I am the story teller. I have to look at the audience I have at the moment and tell the story as the audience relates to it. Of course, some stories I really like to tell and tell 'em in my own way.

New songs available here!

Hey Ya'll, I am posting new songs here on ReverbNation. Some are available for downloading, but some are only available through cdbaby.com Check out my profile there and buy the music from "Lulu's House", "Everything changes" and "Whatcha' doin'?". "Whatcha' doin'?" will soon be available only for downloads. No more hardcopies.