Edwards to release “Father of American Music” acoustic folk album

Dakota State University’s Nathan Edwards, assistant professor of audio technology in the digital arts and design program, is releasing an album featuring eight recordings of songs by the “Father of American Music”, Stephen Foster. His reinterpreted and modernized recordings on the album, entitled “The Music of Stephen Foster”, feature Edwards acoustic folk sound

“Stephen Foster has earned his reputation as the "Father of American Music" by writing and composing songs that have endured for over 150 years,” states Edwards. “Although many of his songs are still widely recognized today, Foster has a deep catalog of work that reveals his longing and sorrow, yet also a sense of hopefulness.”

With the help of several students, a number of talented musicians, and a research grant, he was able to record and publish the album. Some of the musicians performing on the album, include Paul Otteson, a musician and singer-songwriter from Wisconsin who shares his voice and banjo skills; Chris Champion, a jazz guitarist from Madison, S.D. who delivers acoustic flourishes and solo parts on the album; Cassie Marie Edwards, who is Nathan’s wife, provides her vocal talents on several tracks; Nathan Fields, a former DSU student, shows off his engineering skills on the record as well as bass and backup vocals on two of the tracks; and Tyler Steele, another former student, provides his engineering talents on the album.

Edwards will have an album release show on Thursday, July 11th starting at 9 p.m. at Latitude 44 in Sioux Falls. He will also be playing music from the album on Thursday, July 25 at 7 p.m. at Mochavino in Madison.

The CD is now available for pre-order and you can currently stream the first track, "I Would Not Die in Springtime" by visiting his website, www.naterecording.com. The entire album will also be available (with online streaming) on the release date: Tuesday, July 16th. Full details about the album are on the music page.nathan-edwards-album.jpg

Last Updated: 7/10/13