Ismaila Alfa with JD Edwards in studio 14 at CBC (CBC/Thacker)
So I played a Stan Rogers tune and there was Nathan (Rogers) and he walked over and said 'that's my dad's song and it's not the way it goes but I like you.
—JD Edwards, singer/songwriter
Local troubadour JD Edwards is known for his original voice and amazing
songwriting skills. No matter what the venue, the weather, or the time of
day, this singer/songwriter throws everything into each and every
Edwards talks with CBC host Ismaila Alfa about splitting his time between his own band and folk super group Dry Bones (Nathan Rogers, Leonard Podolak, Gilles Fournier).
He credits his family for getting him started, with his parents both singing, even today. "They introduced us to music and I really took to it," he explains. "We grew up going to church. My mom played piano and organ and directed the choir. My dad directed the congregation and hymns. We would often do family singing together."
Even though Edwards doesn't do gospel music, there's something there - a kind of soulfulness in his music that rises above all else.
Guitar came later. "It wasn't until I was 15 or 16 and I was at camp and there were some other kids playing songs and I thought I wanna learn how to do that too, that's pretty cool."
Edwards moved to Winnipeg from Toronto and admits it isn't always easy to break in when you're the new guy, but as he says, you still gotta try. "There were all these Winnipeg musicians sitting in this living room and they were passing around a guitar and I thought screw it I'm going to go sit down in the middle of this room and I'm going to play a song. So I played a Stan Rogers tune and there was Nathan (Rogers) and he walked over and said 'that's my dad's song and it's not the way it goes but I like you.'"
Hear The JD Edwards Band at Le Garage Cafe on Provencher Saturday Feb. 16, 9:30 p.m. Just before that gig, you can hear them in conversation with CBC host Ismaila Alfa on SCENE On Air on February 16. The show airs every Saturday from 5 - 6 p.m. on CBC Radio One, 89.3 FM/990 AM/97.9 FM in Brandon.