|Tags:||blues american dead harmonica 40s country blues south carolina folk blues|
|Decades:||1940s 1990s 2000s|
20 March 1909, Washington, Georgia, USA, d. 22 March 2002, Greenville, South Carolina, USA. Raised in St. Petersburg, Florida, Edwards took up guitar at an early age, adding rack harmonica in 1934. He became an itinerant musician, with his home base in Atlanta, where he played with the Star Band, whose members included Leroy Dallas, a long-time associate. In 1941, Edwards recorded for OKeh Records, a session that was set up by Lester Melrose, manager of Tommy McClennan, with whom he was travelling at the time. Settling in Atlanta after World War II, he recorded for Savoy Records in 1949, but the titles remained unissued until the 60s, by which time Edwards himself had stopped playing, Nevertheless, he was rediscovered in the 70s, and proved able to recreate his old sound with little difficulty.