July 16, 2005
FREE Concert in Huntington's Heckscher Park
The Chapin Rainbow Stage

The Folk Music Society sponsored event in the
40th Annual Huntington Summer Arts Festival

—   Jonathan Edwards   —

with featured opening act by Kenny White

Country-flavored guitarist and literate songwriter

JONATHAN EDWARDS onathan Edwards picked up guitar in high school in the early 60s. "I started on a $29 guitar and immediately started putting a band together, writing songs and learning all the contemporary folk songs of the time", he recalls. "I just loved it, loved everything about it, loved being in front of people playing music". He started getting electric about the time Dylan did, doing electric folk music. "I'm still that way. I still love to play different instruments. It helps me understand production techniques and performance capabilities".

e started out playing all over New England with a band, then left to sound more intimate, traveling around the colleges alone, without gigs, just setting up in the lobbies of dormitories on a Saturday. Pretty soon he started getting a following, and was booked to open for acts such as the Allman Brothers Band and B. B. King. Then he signed with Capricorn Records. "We took about a year recording the first album — different times, different studios, different sounds, different techniques", he says. "Recording was so new in '69 and '70. There was a song on the album called Please Find Me, and for some reason the engineer rolled over it. It got erased. We spent hours looking for it. We fired the engineer and put Sunshine in its place". It earned him a gold record in 1971.

unshine was an energetic, happy-sounding statement of protest and independence. "It was just at the time of the Vietnam War and Nixon", Jonathan recalls. "It was looking bad out there. That song meant a lot to a lot of people during that time — especially me".

JONATHAN EDWARDS onathan moved out of the city to a farm in western Massachusetts, which provided the rural, country inspiration for his second album — mostly self-penned acoustic, country-flavored songs about love and life. This was closely followed by a collection of songs written by Jonathan's friends, who, in those early years, were so important to his development as an artist, musician, singer, songwriter and performer.

ver the years from then until now, Jonathan has been busy with touring, session work, acting, narrating, recording a children's album, honing his art and producing his own music as well as the music of other talents. We expected a fine country sounding performance by this mature talented world-aclaimed artist. We expected ballads and love songs with clever insightful lyrics. We expected to be wowed ... and we were. Jonathan presented a well balanced program, backed up by Kenny White, probably our best Summer program in many years.

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Opening act
keyboard phenom

KENNY WHITE s a six-year-old boy, Kenny would hear songs on the radio and play back what he’d just heard. His father, already having a brother planted firmly in the Borscht Belt circuit, was troubled. College, he thought ... please ... college ... maybe med school? Not to be — piano lessons it was. Quickly growing impatient of being told that "yes, all the notes" were required in the Mozart pieces, and that changing them was not, indeed, making the music better, he gently pushes his teacher off the bench. Kenny decided then that he was going to play the piano ... his way! .

isplaced native New Yorker moves to Boston. Gets gigs with Livingston Taylor and later Jonathan Edwards. Realizes Boston, while nice and clean, is not offering same chances as New York City. Rolls up Red Sox banner and Larry Bird shirt and moves back to New York where he soon finds he is fast becoming a fixture in the arena of T.V. & radio commercials. Writes and produces literally hundreds of commercials in the following years, having his music, anonymous as it was, heard by millions. Works with Linda Ronstadt, Dwight Yoakam, Gladys Knight, Aaron Neville, Ricky Skaggs, Al Jarreau, Kim Carnes, and many others while leaving an indelible mark on the ad business.

uring this time meets up & coming New York based Marc Cohn & Shawn Colvin. Helps out on their records and produces I Don’t Know Why from Shawn’s ‘Fat City’ that earns her Best Pop Vocal Grammy nomination. Soon meets Peter Wolf and forms immediate musical bond. Goes on to produce critically acclaimed Fools Parade & Sleepless, getting to work with Keith Richards on the latter. Rolling Stone Magazine names it An instant classic! Gets noticed as one of the most dazzling piano players on the pop music circuit, that notion seconded by many reviewers and journalists around the U.S.

akes up one morning, scratches head, realizes that real passion may have eluded him so far. Finds himself with a collection of well crafted, insightful & very musical compositions. Assembles A-List players to help create 2002 independent release Uninvited Guest and hits the road. Calls up pals he’s worked with and informs them of change of lifestyle and now wants to get on tour as much as possible. Cheryl Wheeler, Jonathan Edwards, Shawn Colvin, Peter Wolf, Richard Shindell say "Excellent, you can do some shows with me." "Awesome" Kenny says and packs Red Sox banner, Larry Bird shirt and razor and hits the road.

fter two years supporting this release, Kenny White has once again gathered a remarkable ensemble of talent to help him record his new Symphony in 16 Bars, a stunning new work from this acclaimed keyboard artist.

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