Jonathan Edwards My Love Will Keep

Jonathan Edwards My Love Will Keep
Seen by some as a one-hit wonder (1971's "Sunshine"), folk songsmith Edwards has retained a loyal, if small, following. They'll be thrilled at the arrival of this, his first new studio CD in 14 years. His warm, mellow, honeyed voice remains in fine form (he makes James Taylor sound hard-edged) and his style now incorporates bluegrass and country elements. Notable guests include harmony vocalist Claire Lynch, Joe Walsh and guitarist Duke Levine. Edwards transforms Beatles hit "She Loves You" with piano and strings, but his treatment is a touch saccharine. More successful are his covers of Jesse Winchester's "Freewheeler" and Henry Gross's "Everybody Works in China." First recorded 20 years ago, it retains its relevance now. Edwards also comes up with some strong original compositions. "Johnny Blue Horizon" is a tribute to John Denver, while "Surrounded" was inspired by a sojourn in Nova Scotia. (Appleseed)