Edens Edge: Artists To Watch 2011

Edens Edge

Genre: Country

Fusing bluegrass, rock, folk and country has proved a winning formula for Edens Edge. Now signed to Big Machine Records, the trio came together in Arkansas-where lead vocalist Hannah Blaylock had been performing in her family's folk/Americana group. Dean Berner was recruited to contribute guitar, dobro and harmonies. Cherrill Green, seasoned on the bluegrass circuit, plays mandolin, guitar and banjo as well as singing harmony. Veteran songwriter Kye Fleming heard a demo and encouraged the trio to move to Nashville. She asked the group to sing a medley of her hits when she was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009. "There were 800 people in the business and nobody knew who we were," Blaylock recalls, "but from that night we got a record deal." The trio has been in the studio with Mark Bright (Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts) working on its debut album. It's due in the third quarter.

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