Edison—singer/guitarist Sarah Slaton, drummer/vocalist/trumpeter/mandolinist Dustin Morris, and Grammy nominated guitarist Maxwell Hughes (formerly of The Lumineers)—is a dynamic acoustic trio from Colorado which has quickly emerged as a unique musical force.
Edison's liltingly melodic, emotionally resonant songs are filled with vivid storytelling, playful harmonies, and irresistible hooks.
Although they've only been a band since 2014, they've already built a substantial national fan base, thanks to the their upbeat, high-energy live shows and tireless touring efforts. In addition to countless club gigs, they've earned attention at such music-industry conferences as SXSW, CMJ and Folk Alliance International.
"We've been on the road nonstop for over a year," Slaton notes. "We didn't have a lot of releases out there, so we decided to hit the road and meet as many people as we could and foster those relationships."
The strategy worked, winning the band a devoted national audience as well as support slots with the likes of Iron & Wine and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Nightsweats. It also led to a deal with the Rhyme & Reason label, which will release Edison's first full-length album in late 2016.
"The stuff that we're working on for the album is really exciting, because it will be the first thing that's a representation of the three of us making music in a room together," Sarah asserts. "I'll get a melody or a thought in my head, like I'm gonna explode if it doesn't come out of me. I'll hum it to Max or Dustin, and then Max will play a guitar part that's exactly like what I'm hearing in my head and I'll go 'Yeah, that!,’ and then Dustin will grab one of the other ten instruments he plays, and it all comes together into something that none of us could do on our own. It's like combustion."
Until then, look for Edison out on the road. "It's hard to be in the van all the time and never be home, but the little victories make it worth it," she explains. "You might play to a room full of people in Joliet, Illinois who know all the words to every song, and then drive seven hours to play to the bartender in Lexington, Kentucky. We just take things as they come and hold on to the good nights. We live for the nights that everyone in the room is experiencing the song and everybody's feeling connected. We just try to remain as open as we can, and invite people to come in."
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