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It’s fair to say that Jonathan Edwards’ claim to fame as a recording artist rests upon “Sunshine,” the hit tune found on his 1971 debut album. But this feisty number — a personal declaration of independence set to a ringing acoustic guitar line — isn’t the only highlight on this song collection. Jonathan Edwards is a work of unpretentious folk-pop, with touches of bluegrass and old-time country that give it regional flavor. Edwards’ light, slightly drawling tenor and poetic lyric sensibility make his music easy to like and often hard to forget. Much of the material has a bucolic feel, with “Athens County,” “Cold Snow” and “Dusty Morning” conjuring up scenes from the American heartland. Evocative fiddle, mournful pedal steel and bittersweet piano (the latter contributed by Van Morrison sideman Jef Labes) give tracks like “Emma” and “The King” an introspective air. Livening things up are vigorous string-band workouts like “Train of Glory” and “Don’t Cry Blue,” as well as the honkytonk-styled “Shanty.” Jonathan Edwards is an album of down-to-earth virtues, mixing traditional verities with bohemian charm.

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I second that.

Even though I was born a decade after this album was released, and I've never heard one Jonathan Edwards song in my years of listening to 'Classic Rock' stations, this album stands up as plainly one of the greats. It saddens me when people know about Black Sabbath's First album, or The Beatles' Abbey Road, but they draw a total blank on this name and album. 'Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboy' is also incredibly superb. The early 70s was also a time when 'Country-Rock' was incredibly popular and marketable, and Edwards has a tone to his voice which I think is organically 'Country-Rock', something bands like The Byrds and The Eagles had to strain and work to achieve. If you are actually reading this review, believe me when I saw there isn't one bad song on this album. Not many artists can say that they have entire album full of enjoyable songs, at least with a straight face.

The Friday Song

I can't believe I'm the first to write A review, the song "Shanty" was played every friday at 5 pm on klol rock station in Houston as Quote "The Friday song" and everyone loved it every time we heard it, we all anticipated it. Everybody should get A little culture in their life and go back to when the music was simple and great. Check it out with all the other music.


What a great voice. aka ballin


Genre: Country

Years Active: '00s

Best remembered for his crossover hit "Sunshine," country and folk singer/songwriter Jonathan Edwards was born July 28, 1946, in Aitkin, Minnesota, and grew up in Virginia. While attending military school, he began playing guitar and composing his own songs. After moving to Ohio to study art, he became a fixture on local club stages, playing with a variety of rock, folk, and blues outfits, often in tandem with fellow students Malcolm McKinney and Joe Dolce. In 1967, Edwards and his bandmates relocated...
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