Multi-instrumentalist, award winning Singer/Songwriter Ed Young lives in Lebanon, Virginia. Ed grew up in the Appalachian Mountains listening to and playing Old Time and Bluegrass music. He enjoys saying he grew up on the Crooked Road when it was still a dirt road. That dirt road was located on Weavers Creek or Back Valley as some in Russell County call it. He started playing guitar at the age of nine. Playing the song Wildwood Flower was something he enjoyed doing for his grandmother every day. Ed likes to say the good Lord blessed him from birth with the gift of making music and creating art. Everything else he had to learn how to do.
Over the years Ed learned to play not only the acoustic guitar but also the: mandolin, banjo, fiddle, dulcimer, electric guitar, electric bass, slide guitar, bouzouki, harmonica, drums and various other percussion instruments. He used his multi-instrumental abilities on the first album he recorded with a friend back in 1979. Playing various instruments allowed him to play on other musician’s projects through the years. He also played with several bands including: The Honaker Hound Dog Skillet Lickers, Triad, Charlie Edwards & the Rough Riders, The Doctors, Bing & Ed, The Curb Service Band, La Grange, 360, Ed Young & Friends, Easy E & the Porch Dawg Band, Easy E & the Good Time Band, and most recently with David and Ann Ledgerwood as Ledgerwood & Young. On one recent recording project he tells of placing a microphone near a piece of plywood in his home studio to record himself flat footing for the percussive sound. He learned that from one of his musical influences, John Hartford.
Writing songs and singing and performing for family and friends since an early age has given Ed a way to communicate through his music. Somewhat reserved off stage he comes alive and evolves into a true musical entertainer when he hits the stage. He has performed at various venues in the five state area . Toe tappin’ lighthearted tunes to haunting ballads and everything in between is what he brings to the stage. He plays and sings Old Time, Bluegrass, Country, Folk, Roots Gospel, Blues, R&B, Rock, and Soul heated up and filtered through a long copper coil. It comes out drop by drop, note by note and adds up to a good batch of Ed Young makin’ Appalachian Recipe Roots music!
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