Richard Edwards Reborn

Richard Edwards doesn’t sound tired anymore. His voice is still soft, but there is an optimistic vibrancy that hadn’t been there in recent years.

He is in a quiet room in his home in Indiana talking to me on the phone. I apologize for not being able to meet in person; I couldn’t afford a flight halfway across the country. He gets money woes, though. He gets health woes, too. In fact, Edwards gets most woes that come in life. They’ve all knocked him down. He’s gotten up every single time.

The Indiana-based songwriter was diagnosed with C. Diff – an infection of the intestines – and spent most of 2015 recovering from a near fatal attack that robbed him of 40 pounds, his energy, and a tour. He says the rare disease essentially forced him into retirement. He’s since recovered, but the ailment still lingers.

“My stomach issue is a pretty consistent part of my life, but I do have longer stretches where I feel really good. I’m in one of those right now.”

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Richard Edwards announces debut solo album, premieres “Disappeared Planets” single

[Read my feature “Richard Edwards Reborn” for an in-depth look at the album from musician himself.]

Richard Edwards spent the better part of his adulthood as the mastermind behind orchestra-pop-turned-raucous-rock outfit Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s. Then he almost died. Continue reading “Richard Edwards announces debut solo album, premieres “Disappeared Planets” single”

Thoughts on Grouplove’s ‘Spreading Rumours’

Spreading RumoursI first met the gang from Grouplove on the sunny beaches of DeLuna Fest in October 2011. I interviewed them under the boardwalk and then watched them from the side of the stage as they melted faces. Afterward they invited me to dinner and beers in the hot tub where we talked about a lot that didn’t really matter to my feature on them, but it was all very interesting. What stands out most from that nearly two year old interview was frontman Christian Zucconi’s infatuation with Kurt Cobain.  Continue reading “Thoughts on Grouplove’s ‘Spreading Rumours’”