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Bleu Edmondson

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Bleu’s early years were spent focused on sports rather than music. He picked up a guitar for the first time during his college years, learned a few chords and his future was set. Bleu soon discovered that some of his favorite musical acts – Robert Earl Keen, Radney Foster, Uncle Tupelo – shared a common thread: Lloyd Maines either produced or played steel guitar on their recordings. A short time later, using a tape player in his dorm room, Bleu made guitar/vocal demos of some of his songs and sent the tape to Maines. Quickly recognizing the raw talent on that homemade cassette tape, Maines contacted Bleu and ultimately became his producer. The pairing made two records together – Southland and The Band Plays On – and Bleu credits Maines with giving him his start in the music business. Edmondson’s lyrics convey a worldly perspective of one who has lived a life balanced on the edge – of success and failure, love and hate, elation and despair – with his trademark grit and unselfconscious vulnerability intact. There is no sugar-coating in his songs; he simply calls it like he sees it. His men are flawed, with the brooding darkness of someone who has loved, lied and lost but for reason untold, repeats his mistakes time and again; and they are also vulnerable, with a desolate loneliness of someone who has been loved, been lied to and been left behind. Sometimes they are scared little boys, strangers to themselves and mysteries to those around them. But at the end of the day, they love a good party. The women in Edmondson’s songs are innocent in one moment, insincere in the next, and unable to love the man who is willing to give them his heart. They dance, they cry, they lose faith, they scream, and they love and hate interchangeably. They are omnipresent, sometimes appearing as a barefoot angel sent to save the lost souls living life on the outside, or other times as a past-her-prime party girl who still has the boys fighting for her attention – and anything else she might surrender. The couples he writes of lose their minds, quench each other’s thirsts, lie and fail to keep their promises; they fear, they take chances and through it all they love, with an urgent intensity that speaks to the desperation in their lives. Edmondson also knows how to crank up the amps and throw down hard. From the ‘take no prisoners’ Springsteen-esque “I’m Still Here” to the unofficial party anthem of Dallas’ Greenville Avenue, “Riot Night,” the hometown-boy roots-rocker is not afraid to show off his chops. His raucous live show has earned him street cred and respect among his fans as well as his musical co-horts throughout Texas, a state that can lay claim to more than its fair share of the musical talent gene pool. The celebrations are never ending – filled with twilight strollers, rock-n-rollers, young lovers and jesters, and always a few girls dancing on the bars in crowded beer joints. But even in the midst of the fun, there are suggestions of unforeseen dangers lurking nearby, with poetic references to “suicide doors” on a “blood red” car, and a fair warning not to “stray too far.”

MANAGEMENT Greg Henry and Associates, LLC greg.henry@icloud.com

Produced by Justin Pollard for Vinyl Wave Music Group

Mixed by Tony Castle at Tone Dock Studio in Nashville TN

Engineered and Recorded by Joey Benjamin

Recorded at Brown Recluse Studio in Austin TX

Mastered by Eric Conn at Independent Mastering in Nashville TN

Players Nate Coon drums and percussion George Reiff bass Michael Ramos keys B3 organ string arrangement and background vocals Brad Rice electric guitar Brett Danaher acoustic and electric guitars Cody Braun harmonica TAB saxophone

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Black and White

Bleu Edmondson

DOWNLOAD NOW! Support our troops! Proceeds benefit The Boot Campaign (bootcampaign.org).

A high school drop out joins the military in effort to try to help his poverty-stricken family. The Dallas Morning News says this song sounds as though it is "lifted from today's headlines". Proceeds from the sale of the "Black & White" download benefit The Boot Campaign, a non-profit organization whose mission is to show appreciation for our troops (both past and present), cultivate awareness of the challenges they face upon return and raise funds which are granted to military programs meeting these physical and emotional needs.

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The Future Ain't What It Used to Be

Bleu Edmondson

Texas red dirt rocker.

"Edmondson is much too young to write and sing with such worldly passion and potency ... his rugged rasp of a voice and those vivid lyrics detailing pain, betrayal, reflection, rebellion and elation could convincingly come from somebody twice his age. He is, without a doubt, an old soul." --Mario Tarradell / The Dallas Morning News

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Southland

Bleu Edmondson

Pure Texas roots-rock, delivering heartfelt stories with powerful guitars and impassioned vocals that redefines Americana for a new generation.

Bleu Edmondson began writing his own songs at the age of 19, got his first guitar on his 21st birthday, formed a band by the time he was 22 and hasnt looked back since. Ever since writing to the legendary Lloyd Maines, asking for a shot to do a record with the highly respected producer, Bleu has been making records ever since, influenced by the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Robert Earl keen, Lyle Lovett, and The Rolling Stones. Lloyd Maines, who produced luminaries such as Guy Clark, Robert Earl keen, Charlie and Bruce Robison, The Dixie Chicks,and homegrown artists like Pat Green, Roger Creager, Jason Boland and many more successful and well known Texas/Red DIrt songwriters, automatically gave Bleu the guidance and street cred so many young songwriters strive for for years. His first album Southland produced the hits 50 Dollars and a Flask of Crown and Travellin Man which set Bleu off and running in the Texas music scene. His follow up album The Band Plays On, also produced by Lloyd Maines, was also well recieved and radio stations, and fans new Bleu was here to stay. These two records opened doors all around the country for Bleu and his band of rocking gypsys, allowing them to tour all over the Midwest, Southeast, and East Coast. 5 guys with a van, a trailer, and the desire to spread the gospel of hard charging Texas music to the masses and prove that there was an alternative available to people disenfranchised with mainstream country and rock music. Then came One Voice: The Live Album, recorded over the course of a week in 2006 in several venues across Texas including legendary Gruene Hall and The Gypsy Tea Room in Dallas, the album was a perfect example of what fans of music had come to know over the course of Bleu Edmondson's 6 year career to date. People had come to identify with the honesty, earthy and electrifying way Bleu wrote his songs and the manner in which his stellar band performed them. People had come to trust and believe in these guys. Since it had been over 4 years since Bleu had gone back into the studio to do a full length album with all new songs, Bleu knew the new project had to be not only special, but truly his best work so far. So on January 1, 2007 Bleu entered Matchbox Studios in South Austin. This time working with Dwight Baker as producer to try and capture the sound and essence of what Bleu and his band had become after countless nights on the road, in roadhouses, honkytonks, punk clubs, and rock venues all across the country. It had to be special. Dwight Baker coming from a rock music background and being a homegrown Austin boy, had produced records for major labels for years and worked with some of the biggest musical stars in the world. Bleu and Dwight were introduced by manager Paul Soroski and immediately knew this was a match made in heaven! So work began on Lost Boy. Eleven songs detailing the life Bleu had led over the course of the 4 and a half years since his last full studio album. And that life had truly been a helluva ride! Lost Boy is an entirely different record than people have come to expect from either the Texas/Red Dirt scene, Country music scene, or Rock scene. It is a mash up of all of the things that make these different types of music shine. Sweeping, honest, cinematic in places, raw and stripped in others, it will truly keep the hardcore fans of the bands' sound wanting more, while stealing fans of traditional Country and traditional Rock away from the mainstream and giving them more. Songs such as Jesus Is Crying, American Saint, and The Echo (Maybe Tonight), prove that the art of honest songwriting in the tradition of Bruce Springsteen have not been lost. While other songs such as Last Last Time, and Another Morning After the Night Before (written with legendary troubador Ray Wylie Hubbard) prove that real country music is not dead. Due out in the summer of '07, Lost Boy is poised to set a new track for the Texas music scene into a realm where rock, country, and songwriter style music are blurred and the result at the end of the day is honest, heartbreaking, exhillerating, and true!

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Lost Boy

Bleu Edmondson

Pure Texas roots-rock and soul, delivering heartfelt and gut-wrenching stories with ass-kicking guitars and raspy vocals that redefine the Red Dirt sound for a new generation.

Bleu is one of the top five young acts to come out of Texas in recent times. There is not much country about Bleu; he hails from young Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Rick Springfield rock and roll territory. But if that isn’t Americana then what is? Bleu searched his soul for this one. Then he took an axe to a frozen heart and found a strong warm pulse beneath the ice. Many of the songs document battles and wounds suffered in the strange battlefield fought in the bars and honkytonks or a place where those that lead with the heart get savaged.

For any that accuse Bleu of getting soft, you’d have to be brain dead not to realize that this world and our country in particular is in bad shape. People look but don't see, they listen but don't hear. We live in a dark time where prayers hardly make it though the haze and answers are not always forthcoming: a time and a place where people have been raised with the best the planet has to offer, are surrounded by luxury, yet have become little more than hollow shells, almost soulless in their selfishness. Bleu is blessed (or cursed, depending on how you look at it) with seeing and hearing everything and trying to make sense of it. It may be the only world he has known, but down deep, he knows something is wrong and he's doing his best to describe how he feels. It’s no wonder he feels lost sometimes.

On Lost Boy, Bleu Edmondson doesn’t sing Rock and Roll, he bleeds it. There’s heart, soul, and substance in this CD

by Joel Schwelling / Americana Roots / Nov. 19, 2007

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The Band Plays On

Bleu Edmondson

Pure Texas roots-rock, delivering heartfelt stories with powerful guitars and impassioned vocals that redefines Americana for a new generation.

Bleu Edmondson began writing his own songs at the age of 19, got his first guitar on his 21st birthday, formed a band by the time he was 22 and hasn't looked back since. Ever since writing to the legendary Lloyd Maines, asking for a shot to do a record with the highly respected producer, Bleu has been making records ever since, influenced by the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Robert Earl keen, Lyle Lovett, and The Rolling Stones. Lloyd Maines, who produced luminaries such as Guy Clark, Robert Earl keen, Charlie and Bruce Robison, The Dixie Chicks,and homegrown artists like Pat Green, Roger Creager, Jason Boland and many more successful and well known Texas/Red Dirt songwriters, automatically gave Bleu the guidance and street cred so many young songwriters strive for for years. His first album Southland produced the hits 50 Dollars and a Flask of Crown and Travellin Man which set Bleu off and running in the Texas music scene. His follow up album The Band Plays On, also produced by Lloyd Maines, was also well received and radio stations, and fans new Bleu was here to stay. These two records opened doors all around the country for Bleu and his band of rocking gypsies, allowing them to tour all over the Midwest, Southeast, and East Coast. 5 guys with a van, a trailer, and the desire to spread the gospel of hard charging Texas music to the masses and prove that there was an alternative available to people disenfranchised with mainstream country and rock music. Then came One Voice: The Live Album, recorded over the course of a week in 2006 in several venues across Texas including legendary Gruene Hall and The Gypsy Tea Room in Dallas, the album was a perfect example of what fans of music had come to know over the course of Bleu Edmondson's 6 year career to date. People had come to identify with the honesty, earthy and electrifying way Bleu wrote his songs and the manner in which his stellar band performed them. People had come to trust and believe in these guys.

Since it had been over 4 years since Bleu had gone back into the studio to do a full length album with all new songs, Bleu knew the new project had to be not only special, but truly his best work so far. So on January 1, 2007 Bleu entered Matchbox Studios in South Austin. This time working with Dwight Baker as producer to try and capture the sound and essence of what Bleu and his band had become after countless nights on the road, in roadhouses, honkytonks, punk clubs, and rock venues all across the country. It had to be special. Dwight Baker coming from a rock music background and being a homegrown Austin boy, had produced records for major labels for years and worked with some of the biggest musical stars in the world. Bleu and Dwight were introduced by manager Paul Soroski and immediately knew this was a match made in heaven! So work began on Lost Boy. Eleven songs detailing the life Bleu had led over the course of the 4 and a half years since his last full studio album. And that life had truly been a helluva ride! Lost Boy is an entirely different record than people have come to expect from either the Texas/Red Dirt scene, Country music scene, or Rock scene. It is a mash up of all of the things that make these different types of music shine. Sweeping, honest, cinematic in places, raw and stripped in others, it will truly keep the hardcore fans of the bands' sound wanting more, while stealing fans of traditional Country and traditional Rock away from the mainstream and giving them more. Songs such as Jesus Is Crying, American Saint, and The Echo (Maybe Tonight), prove that the art of honest songwriting in the tradition of Bruce Springsteen have not been lost. While other songs such as Last Last Time, and Another Morning After the Night Before (written with legendary troubadour Ray Wylie Hubbard) prove that real country music is not dead. Due out in the summer of '07, Lost Boy is poised to set a new track for the Texas music scene into a realm where rock, country, and songwriter style music are blurred and the result at the end of the day is honest, heartbreaking, exhilarating, and true!

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Previous events

Oct21

Shiner Music Fest

Green-Dickson Park, Shiner, TX

Aug4

The Bleu Edmondson Band

Love and War -Lindale, 114 E North st, Unit 4, Lindale, TX

$10.00

Jul30

The Bleu Edmondson Band

Festival Country Rendez-Vous, 6 Place Croix de Carle, Craponne sur Arzon, FRA

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