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The WDVX Blue Plate Special – 12/10 – A. Lee Edwards
December 10, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Alan Lee Edwards has been a songwriter for over 30 years, and became the main singer, guitarist, and songwriter for the band Lou Ford. Punks, alt.country fans, and glam rockers alike agreed there was an honesty there, an authenticity not built on outward style but inner substance. They had critical respect from some of the best music magazines in the world. Uncut and Mojo both talked the band up breathlessly, and they shared space on British “best of” compilation CDs with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Richard Thompson and Paul Simon. Often lumped into the Americana catch-all, they nonetheless mined the sunnier side of the street musically, with Edwards’ biggest influences (Beach Boys, Big Star, Nick Lowe) never far from the surface. After Edwards’ post-Ford band The Loudermilks folded, Alan did as he had famously promised in song years before and took his things and moved up to the mountains. Alan has been playing around the Southeast solo and at times with a new Trio for the last 6 years. His forthcoming album, ‘Interpreting Heart Sounds’ is due to be released in 2023.
“Pretty much anyone who’s heard A. Lee Edwards over the past 25 years knows that the former member of the bands Lou Ford and The Loudermilks deserves billing as a poet more so than a songwriter. The man’s got a way with words for sure, and per new song “South of Sylva,” his writing muscle’s far from atrophied. Hopefully, this one’s a sign of things to come from one of North Carolina’s most gifted songsmiths.” – Bobby Moore, Wide Open Country Magazine