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Jun 5

GAC Album Review: Edens Edge’s self-titled debut

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Edens Edge's 2012 self-titled CD. Photo by Jeremy Cowart, courtesy of Big Machine Records.

Through a series of events that some might even consider fate, Edens Edge is set to release their self-titled debut album on June 12. The trio, made up of Hannah Blaylock (lead vocals), Cherrill Green (harmony vocals, mandolin, banjo) and Dean Berner (harmony vocals, guitar, dobro) formed while attending Arkansas Tech and it’s been one serendipitous step after another since: a songwriting contest entry catching the ear of a Music Row writer; an invitation to play a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame event; an audience member that night who just happened to be a record exec. It’s been a wild ride so far for Edens Edge, but on their debut, the group displays an irrefutable connection to their hometown roots, tight musicianship and an electric chemistry.

Produced by Mark Bright and Dan Huff, the 10-song collection features plenty of textured three-part harmony and folk instrumentation a la mandolin and dobro, along with its decidedly modern sound. The album is built on an acoustic foundation and songs like the current single “Too Good To Be True” play with complex layers and swirling melodies. You walked in shinin’ brighter than a headlight / Turnin’ every head like a diamond in a coal mine, Hannah sings with a hint of Carrie Underwood’s control as the chord progression descends. “Skinny Dippin’” (co-written by Dean), is a sexy old-school number that blends a traditional country stomp with modern pop stylings and a fluid mandolin solo.

Members of Edens Edge co-wrote five of the album’s songs, including the standout party track “Who Am I Drinking Tonight” (co-written by Hannah). The song, which blends a little boogie-woogie with twin guitars and name checks Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Hank Jr. and Gretchen Wilson as descriptions for various alcohols, is fun and lighthearted while never overstaying its welcome. The songs here are tight, with opening track “Amen” serving as the first example. The song, co-written by Hannah, is a steady thumper that displays her ability to casually slip in some not-so-subtle attitude when referencing the girl that did the object of her affection wrong. The whole town, yeah, we whooped and hollered, she sings of her arch rival’s leaving. Cherrill and Dean provide delicate harmonies while the song also touches on small town life and the connections people have there.

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May 6

Eden’s Edge Returns Home To Raise Environmental Awareness

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Eden's Edge photo courtesy of Big Machine Records.

Arkansas natives Eden’s Edge are returning to their home state this weekend to speak to 8th graders at Bentonville’s School for the Arts and local media. The group, comprised of Hannah Blaylock, Cherrill Green and Dean Berner, will share both their love of nature and their musical stories with the middle schoolers. They will also do two live performances in support of environmental awareness as part of the Walton Arts Center “First” series in Fayetteville and Bentonville.

“Artists can have a very big influence on the discussion about sustainability,” Dean said. “Music, literature and all other art forms can give greater meaning to nature in the public eye in a way that facts, figures and legislation cannot. The impact of art makes people feel, which many times is more influential in shifting public opinion than facts and figures can be.  Art has the power to change the world and is a necessary part of any campaign to create a more sustainable world. “ Continue Reading

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