The River Club Music Hall 78 Border St.,Scituate,Ma. is proud to bring to its stage Jonathan Edwards and Jon Pousette-Dart on Friday Aug.25 at 8 pm.
Warm as summer sunshine, real as the truth, intimate as a long overdue visit between old friends … such is a Jonathan Edwards concert. Four decades into a stellar career of uncompromising musical integrity, the man simply delivers, night after night – songs of passion, songs of insight, songs of humor, all rendered in that pure and powerful tenor which, like fine wine, has only grown sweeter with age.
This is one veteran performer who is neither grizzled nor nostalgic. These days Jonathan is likely to be found on the road. I’ve been…doing what I do best, which is playing live in front of people. I’ve been concentrating on that and loving it,” he says.
An artist who measures his success by his ability to attract and take good care of an audience for four decades, Jonathan maintains that it is the feedback he receives after his shows that keeps him going. “It is really gratifying to hear [someone say], ‘Your stuff has meant a lot to me over the years.'”
The “stuff” he’s referring to is a highly respected repertoire that includes such classics as “Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboy,” “Sometimes,” “One Day Closer,” “Don’t Cry Blue,” “Emma,” “Everybody Knows Her,” “Athens County,” and everyone’s favorite ode to putting a good buzz on, “Shanty.” And then, of course, there’s the anthemic “Sunshine (Go Away Today),” that fierce proclamation of protest and independence that resonated with thousands and thousands of frustrated and angry young men and women when it was first released in 1971. Almost 40 years later, at show after show, the song continues to be embraced by faithful followers and new fans alike.
Since 1971, Jonathan has released 15 albums, including Blue Ridge, his standard-setting collaboration with bluegrass favorites the Seldom Scene, and Little Hands, his collection of children’s songs, which was honored with a National Library Association award.
As for album #16, Jonathan says, “Young people that are getting back to the land and trying to get off the power grid encourage me. My next studio album will reflect some of those themes.”
Jon Pousette-Dart has been creating music for four decades strong now, from his ‘70s days leading the Pousette-Dart Band — one of the busiest touring groups of the era, sharing stages with countless legendary artists ranging from the Byrds to Jerry Garcia, to Billy Joel and Yes, and the infamous Frampton Comes Alive tour – all the way to his solo work in the ‘90s and beyond, where he has written and performed with numerous luminaries on the American music scene. Needless to say, the execution of timeless music is a feat he well knows the value of.
“I want to tell stories that reflect ideals that don’t just go and change with the moment,” he explains, adding that his work on Talk is an example of how a collection of songs can reference the past yet still sound current.
Indeed, his 10th album is a perfect synopsis of the flexibility of memory when it meets the present moment. “Talk is really about having a cohesive body of songs,” notes Pousette-Dart. “Since I walked in the doors of Quadrophonic studios in the early ‘70s to work with Norbert Putnam on the tail of Dobie Gray’s single ‘Drift Away’ it was a long nagging desire for a number of decades to write a body of songs to record with Reggie Young — adding his unique stamp on the guitar, as he is up at the top of the list of my primary influences.”
Talk not only features Young on guitar, but also employs such talents as bluegrass giant Rhonda Vincent, singers Bekka Bramlett and Jonnell Mosser, musicians Dan Dugmore and Clayton Ivey, and many other iconic players. Jon collaborated on this album writing greats such as John Oates, Kostas, Angela Kaset and Gary Nicholson. The set was produced by Bil VornDick, one of the brightest and most prolific producers in Nashville history, and recorded at Ronnie’s Place in Nashville, the city being Pousette-Dart’s home base for his catalog of solo work.
“The heart and soul of the players from Memphis, Muscle Shoals and Nashville that make up this record made it a very special moment in time for me,” says Pousette-Dart. “I am extremely fortunate to be in this rollercoaster business after all these years. I hope the tracks stand the test of time.”