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JOE EDWARDS

Joe was a studio musician for over 30 years in Nashville, TN, playing sessions for Mercury, Columbia, Decca, Capitol and RCA Victor recording companies. He has worked with producers like Chet Atkins, Owen Bradley, Don Law and Ken Nelson. He also backed up singers like George and Earl, Onie Wheeler, Webb Pierce, Bobby Helms and Ferlin Huskey on his monster hit "Since You're Gone", for Capitol Records. In the gospel field Joe recorded with The Hensons: "Lighthouse", and the Lamar Sego Family: "Hallelujah Square".

He was featured on RCA Victor "Readers' Digest Record Club" guitar album, along with many other famous guitar players chosen by Chet Atkins, as the producer.

TV SHOWS:
Joe played on nationwide TV specials like NBC's "Dolly Parton Show" c.1993. NBC Tennessee Ernie Ford's "Ford Show" out of Hollywood California. Also played with various acts on TNN TV network and PBS specials.

TOURS:
He toured with Bobby Helms, George Hamilton IV, Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper, Martha Carson, Cowboy Copas, Bill Carlisle, Grandpa Jones, Curly Fox, Jerry Reed, Little Jimmie Dickens, Charlie Walker and once was an opening act for Bobby Bare in Germany.

MOVIES:
Joe appeared in the movie: "Pushed Too Far", staring Claude Aiken as Sheriff; he played "Danny Boy" in a nightclub scene. He also starred as himself in "Nashville", a Robert Altman film, and he appeared in "Dead Head Miles" which was filmed in Nashville.

JAN MASTERS EDWARDS

Jan Edwards creates instant camaraderie with her audience, drawing them right into the heart of the music. Jan lights up the stage with her ability tosing virtually any style of music. From Country, Jazz Standards, Big Band, Show Tunes, Pop, Western Swing, Gospel & Patriotic Songs, she does it all! Currently, Jan performs in Nashville several times a week and travels with Joe presenting the Gitfiddle Review Show™.

Jan, born in Bloomington, Indiana, has been singing and acting since she was 5 years old. In 1970, she became Miss Indiana and followed up that honor with appearances in regional and national commercials.

One of the highlights of her career was performing with the Grand Ole Gospel for two years with Rev. Jimmy Snow at the Grand Ole Opry. It was there she met Joe, to her surprise who was also from Bloomington. After Joe heard her perform "How Great Thou Art", he asked her to tour with him and sing. Five years later, they were married on the Grand Ole Opry stage.

Jan and Joe combined their talents with their Gitfiddle Review Show™ and have toured Finland, Sweden, and St. Petersburg Russia. They performed with Les Paul in New York at the Iridium Club. They also perform yearly at the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society in Nashville.

As a professional videographer and costume designer, Jan creates shows that audiences want to see, as well as hear.

THE GITFIDDLE REVIEW

Joe created "The Gitfiddle Review™", highlighting his skills as composer, arranger, guitar and fiddle player.

He adds his own ideas to the styles of Les Paul, Chet Atkins, Merle Travis by adding counterpoint basslines, jazzier chords, and lead lines in four-part harmony.

He tours with the accompanying parts on DAT tapes, on which he has played all the parts on all the instruments to secure a unique sound.

Joe's approach has been successful enough to launch his international career. Part of this success has been a #8 hit on the New Zealand charts.

The Gitfiddle Review show has toured Japan, U.S.A., Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, France, Belgium, Luxemburg, Germany, Switzerland, Finland, Sweden and Russia.

The Rickenbacker Guitar Company put out a limited edition of Joe Edwards' guitars in the late '50's, recognizing the increasing popularity of his talent.

Joe did a symphony concert performing his own arrangements, with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra and Steve Bayless, from the Dallas Pops as guest conductor.