When: Sept. 19 & 20
Location: National Hispanic Cultural Center
Purchase Tickets Online or by phone at (505) 982-9543
Don Edwards, a premier performer of old-time ballads and cowboy songs, gives a special concert in the New Mexico History Museum Auditorium at 2 pm on Sunday, March 10, an advance event for the exhibition Cowboys Real and Imagined, opening April 14. Tickets for Edwards’ performance are $25 at the History Museum Shop; call (505) 982-9543 or go to www.newmexicocreates.org.
A historian, author and musicologist, Edwards has been nominated for a Grammy and enjoys national popularity for his authentic recreations of cowboy lore and musical traditions. Gifted with a rich voice and engaging stage presence, he has two recorded anthologies of cowboy songs: Guitars & Saddle Songs and Songs of the Cowboy, which were combined into the 32-song double CD/set, Saddle Songs, winner of the Best Folk/Traditional Album at the 1998 INDIE Awards. The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City has awarded him six prestigious Wrangler Awards for Outstanding Traditional Western Music. Edwards has presented seminars at Yale, Rice, Texas Christian and other universities. His recordings under the Warner Brothers Western label include Goin’ Back to Texas, Songs of the Trail, The Bard & The Balladeer and West of Yesterday. As an actor, he portrayed Smokey in the film The Horse Whisperer. The conclusion of the 2005 Werner Herzog film, Grizzly Man, featured Edwards’ recording of "Coyotes."
The son of a vaudeville magician, Edwards’ professional path has crossed with the likes of John Lomax, Gene Autry, Waddie Mitchell, Nanci Griffith, Michael Martin Murphey, Peter Rowan, Norman Blake and Tony Rice. Learn more about him by clicking here (or log onto www.somagency.com/donedwards).