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.”
Continue reading “Richard Edwards Reborn”
[Read my feature “Richard Edwards Reborn” for an in-depth look at the album from musician himself.]
For nearly a decade, Richard Edwards released music as a band called Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s. Don’t be fooled; he was the band. The players came in on different albums to help, but he was always the maestro. His lineups changed year to year, as did his music.
Now, Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset is his first true solo album under his own name. I wrote a feature about it that will appear sometime shortly on All Things Go about why this was time for him to step out from behind the Margot moniker.
Continue reading “‘Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset’ is a vulnerable masterpiece”
Nashville-based badass musician Lauren Strange (and guest on Internal Review) stopped by WXNA 101.5FM in Nashville recently to play acoustic versions of three of her new songs. Continue reading “Listen to three Lauren Strange solo acoustic songs”
Fairy Bones is an energetic rock outfit from Phoenix. Their no gimmick, kickass approach caught the eye of Highly Suspect, who brought them on a west coast tour this past autumn. Fronted by Chelsey Louise, the band released Dramabot in 2015, which garnered a lot of respect from the media and fans in Arizona.
Continue reading “Ep. 11: Chelsey Louise | Fairy Bones”
Tony Ruland was the guitarist in the Washington-based band for a decade of his life. The band suddenly broke up, but he wasn’t too worried. He had music built up and ready to explode into the world. He linked up with fellow northwestern musicians to create Soft Sleep. Continue reading “Ep. 9: Tony Ruland | Soft Sleep + The Lonely Forest”
The Lovely Days are an upbeat band from Australia led by brothers Tennyson and Holden Nobel. Their beach vibe has undertones of ’60s pop rock like the Beatles, which makes this one of the happiest sounding bands out there. Continue reading “Ep. 8: Tennyson Nobel | The Lovely Days”
Joel Marquard is one of my favorite musicians. He was an original guitarist in Dear and the Headlights – one of the best bands to ever break out of Phoenix – and he is the mastermind behind so many more projects: Gospel Claws (not a gospel band), the Through and Through Gospel Review (a gospel band), Samuel L Cool J, and Spiritual Warfare.
I have been a super fan of his since I was in high school and was lucky enough to get to know him throughout the years. His bands have produced some of my favorite musical memories and I wanted to get to know more about what drove him to make some of the best pop songs I’ve heard.
You can listen to and purchase Spiritual Warfare music here.
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