Don Edwards

“America’s Cowboy Balladeer”

Grammy nominated songster Don Edwards continues to build a legacy that enriches our vision of the American West. In tales of the day-to-day lives and emotions of those who have lived it, his ballads paint a sweeping landscape of both mind and heart, bringing to life the sights, sounds and feelings of this most American contribution to culture and art. The quality of this cowboy balladeer’s music stems from the fact that he is so much more than a singer. Bobby Weaver of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, summed up Edwards’ importance as “… the best purveyor of cowboy music in America today.”

An historian, author and musicologist, unusually well-versed in cowboy lore and musical traditions, Don brings a rare complement of knowing and loving his craft. Mostly though, there is the soul of a poet; a man who has never succumbed to the temptations of presenting a glamorized or romanticized version of the West. Edwards was drawn to the cowboy life by the books of Will James and was presented the Will James Society’s ‘Big Enough Award’, awarded annually to one who personifies the Western and Cowboy way of life and achievements, of which he has many. Along with touring and special projects, in April, 2014, Don received his seventh coveted Wrangler Award for his self-produced recording, “Just Me and My Guitar.”

The richness of Don’s voice coupled with an unforgettable stage presence makes Don Edwards America’s Cowboy Balladeer. The accolades are simply a bonus for Edwards, who sings what he does out of love and respect for the genre. Don’s career continues to blossom, and luckily for all, has added much to the literature and music of the West, passing on a rich legacy to the rest of us. Don’s website