New Release: I Curse the River of Time

I Curse the River of Time: A Norwegian American Tale is the title of Ed's new 2013 release. The songs on the album reflect the artist's fascinating odyssey to trace his family roots and his observations along the way. The CD packs quite a story, as well as artwork by contemporary Norwegian artists, and hauntingly beautiful tunes. Order now in the store! Ed's online store

Jazz Happenings


Nashville Electric debut album-
The lineup of Nashville Electric boasts two classically trained musicians with worldwide concert experience, two Nashville musicians more commonly associated with popular roots rock bands, and one talented experimental musician they ran into at the Big Ears Festival. A series of phone calls asking each member if they would like to get together to create experimental improvisational music with no technical guidelines was all it took to get these five seemingly disparate yet like-minded musicians together. Or as one member puts it “the collective talents and instincts of each player told me that this would work and we would be interestingly adventurous”.  Available now in the store! Ed's store

Mad King Edmund records with legendary sax player Giuseppi Logan-
Ed's avant jazz collective records with sax player Giuseppi Logan, rising star of the sixties jazz scene, lost to view for over 35 years. Story in Sunday New York TImes. This Mad King Edmund limited release is available now exclusively

Coming this Fall: the free jazz operetta inspired by the 99%, Happening: A Movement in 12 Acts-
The prequel to the Giuseppi Logan Project, "Happening: A Movement in 12 Acts" features jazz pianist Thollem McDonas and sax player Jeff Lederer. Giuseppi Logan was scheduled but when he was sidelined due to a broken hip, the session took some interesting twists and turns. In a homage to the very active Occupy protests in NYC where the session took place, Ed wrote a little libretto. Featuring
guest vocalists Freedy Johnston, Walter Egan, Mary Gauther, Charles Walker, Cooper Moore, Matthew Ryan, Suzy Bogguss will be available on Edgetone Records.

Mad King Edmund debut album-
Experimenting on the edge of jazz and electronic music, the Mad King Edmund debut features acclaimed Norwegian reedman Frode Gjerstad and virtuoso electric violinist Tracy Silverman with Pete Abbott on drums, Freddy Holm on guitar and Dylan Simon on synths and sounds. Available
here at a special price for website fans. To check out song samples and more check out the Mad King Edmund ReverbNation site.

More exclusive Mad King Edmund recordings/collaborations now up at Bandcamp: or click on the Bandcamp icon at the bottom of this page to be instantly redirected.

about ed

Ed Pettersen has earned respect for his own Folk/Americana albums, but it is his nine year effort behind the production of the 3-CD, 50-song compilation Song of America featuring artists such as Bettye LaVette, The Blind Boys of Alabama, John Mellencamp, Freedy Johnston, Devendra Banhart, Folk Family Robinson (the Black Crowes), Andrew Bird and more, that has garnered him international recognition.   In 2007 Pettersen released his critically acclaimed fifth record The New Punk Blues of Ed Pettersen. Recently his songwriting has propelled him further into the limelight, with a track on the 2008 Grammy nominated record of Blues legend Bettye LaVette, a song on Soul powerhouse Candi Staton’s 2009 release "Who's Hurting Now?" and another song on her latest 2014 album, "Life Happens".

"a subtle genius in his own right"
- Dave Good, CD Reviews NBC San Diego

"a provocative and literate songwriter"
- John Conquest, 3rd Coast Music


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