When Edd was 6 years old his family would take him in dancehalls in Louisiana and Mississippi and put him in front of the jukeboxes and he would dance like Elvis. They had him dressed in blue suede shoes, black Leather jacket, and collar turn up and hair combed back. The crowds loved him and would throw money on the floor in front of him. He did not realize it but this was the beginning of his music career.
His father gave him a guitar at age 12 and he learned to play throughout High school. No matter where he went he always had a guitar with him. It was not until years later when he was playing guitar in a Church outreach program doing jail services when a promoter noticed him.
He was asked to come into a local recording studio to do some demos. One year later his first record was pressed in Nashville and titled ” AMERICAN FARMER” The record were released and played on radio stations throughout the south and made its way into the international airwaves. A talent manager named Carol Booth signed him to a contract to negotiate him a record deal in Nashville.
Song Title: Big Star Bound Nashville
Carol Booth was the manager who first signed Tim McGraw to a contract and took him to Nashville to meet with Curb Records. Both Edd and Tim’s first songs were recorded In a small studio named JY STUDIOS downtown in West Monroe, La. After Edd signed with Carol Booth he started performing shows and opening for Nashville stars Randy Travis, Earl Thomas Conley, Mike Snyder, and Willie Nelson. After the success of the record a CMT video was produced and filmed at KNOE TV -8 Monroe, Louisiana. The video broadcast on CMT on Valentines Day 1988 in New York.
After the release of the CMT video he continued to perform opening shows, concerts, at fairs, festivals, clubs, etc. For years as they say ” paying his dues” In the summer Of 2002 he got a phone call from Mr. Ed Russell CEO of Castle/Tower Records on Music Row Nashville. He told
Him he had been listening to some of his music and wanted how quick he could get up to meet with him. Within 30 days Edd and his wife Carol Ann made it up to music row where he was signed to a recording contract with Castle/Tower Records. Next they began working on his
first album. His debut album titled” OVERDRIVE” was released into the market and placed on record shelves all over the world. He was so excited to go into the record stores and see his albums between Amy Grant and Lee Greenwood. He recalls driving down the highway turning the channels and hearing his songs being played.
In February 2003 he was asked to be on the CBS morning show and his fan club was getting a lot of mail everyday now. Two of the songs off the album started charting. Big Star Bound Nashville and Shook Me Up -both hit the international NAR charts and started to climb. Within 60 days both had hit the number one spot and the newspapers and magazines started printing articles about Edd’s new success. He was featured by Castle Records in BILLBOARD MAGAZINE as one of today’s top country blues Artists on October 11th 2003.
BY year-end he had articles in BLUES REVIEW, ROLLING STONE, MUSIC GUIDE, AND DELTA STYLE. His music hit the charts in Canada and he was awarded BCNI-Broadcast ” MALE VOCAL OF THE YEAR” 2003. His next stop was in Salt Lake City for the international NAR awards where he was awarded NAR” ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR-2003. By the end of 2003 he had been on radio, TV, newspapers, national magazines, and performing with his band “shakedown” Castle Records was getting offers from stations all over the use for Edd to come and do radio interviews. The ratings were coming in and his music was being played on radio stations throughout the USA, CANADA, LONDON, CHINA, SINGAPORE, JAPAN,GERMANY, AND IN THE TOP 40 CHARTS IN AUSTRALIA. In 2004 another song ” STEAMROLLER BLUES” charted and hit the number 16 spot on the top 40 blues chart in LONDON ENGLAND. He was asked to come to Nashville to perform where he was awarded for the 2nd time NAR ” ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR” for 2004. Edd was asked to host a local Louisiana television show called ” SHOOTING STARS” and in 2006 and 2007 was asked to be a judge on ” AMERICAN IDOL” In 2008 he was featured on OPEN MIC MUSIC TV with guitar Legend- Stevie Ray Vaughn, Canadian Rock Star-Robert Farrell and Award Winning Elvis Impersonator- Todd Martin.