Donald's Encyclopedia of Popular Music
(b 28 July '46, Aitkin MN) Singer-songwriter who straddles folk, bluegrass and country. Grew up in Washington DC area, put together his first band (electric folk music) mid-'60s. He performed all over New England in such outfits as Finite Minds, Headstone Circus and St James Doorknob; Sugar Creek, recorded a bluegrass-styled album for MetroMedia '69. Toured solo, landed on Capricorn with album Jonathan Edwards '71 incl. his biggest hit "Sunshine' (pop top 5 '72). Moved to Atco for Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboy and toured with new band Orphan. He moved to Nova Scotia and was called to L.A. to sing on Emmylou Harris's Elite Hotel. He cut a live album for his own Chronic label; toured with Nicolette Larson in a production of Pump Boys & Dinettes; recorded bluegrass album Blue Ridge with Seldom Scene. A move to Nashville found him on Curb Records with the captivating Natural Thing '89 and country hits with "We Need To Be Locked Away' and "Look What We Made (When We Made Love)'. Has also made his mark as a producer (Cheryl Wheeler, etc), songwriter, session musician, jingle singer. Albums incl. Lucky Day '74 on Atco, Sail Boat '77 on WB.