Jonathan Edwards - vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica; Michael Walsh - bass; Ken White - keyboards; Jeff Golub - electric guitar; Gerald Cordasco - drums; Cheryl Wheeler - backing vocals
Folk-rock singer-songwriter Jonathan Edwards shines once again at the second of two nights, taped in 1978 at New York's Bottom Line. The recordings came six years after Edwards had his first commercial breakthrough with the pop single "Sunshine" in 1972. He enjoyed success for a number of years in the same Southern California folk rock scene that was hugely popular at that time.
However, when his label felt they could no longer market his records which were clearly moving in a more country music direction, he was dropped from Atlantic and soon after dropped out of the music scene. A call from Emmylou Harris put him back on the road and in the studio, and five years later these two nights were recorded for the King Biscuit Flower Hour.
In addition to Edwards' commendable songwriting skills, credit also has to be given to his band. Made up of members of Emmylou Harris' Hot Band, the musicianship on this recording is exceptional, especially the piano work of Ken White and the bass playing of Mike Walsh. Two of the members of his band, guitarist Jeff Golub and vocalist Cheryl Wheeler, have gone on to become successful recording artists in their own right.
Edwards only tours and records occasionally today, but his music is still is as relevant and enjoyable as ever. From this recording, the highlights include "The Girl From The Canyon," "Melody," "Sugar Babe," "Been There And Bad," "Shanty," and his '72 pop classic, "Sunshine."