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Longshores Drive

by Ed Jurdi

Cosmic American Soul. It's like a cross-section of American musical history, starting with heaping doses of soul augmented by flashes of country, blues, bluegrass, gospel, and folk to create a sophisticated yet earthy union.
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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1. Keep On Trying
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2. Walking and Talking
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3. Philadelphia
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4. Don't Call On Me
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5. Catch Me If You Can
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6. Bumblebee
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7. Stop Drop and Roll
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8. Interlude
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9. Kansas City
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10. Passing Time
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11. Roll Me Down By The River
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Ed Jurdi is blazing a trail with music. His inimitable style, dubbed 'Cosmic American Soul,' has enthralled listeners, critics, and musicians across the country and beyond. It's like a cross-section of American musical history, starting with heaping doses of soul augmented by flashes of country, blues, bluegrass, gospel, and folk to create a sophisticated yet earthy union. People have certainly taken note of his archetypal musical map: over the past five years Ed has steadily emerged as one of the most exciting and dynamic artists in American music, earning 'best album,' 'best artist,' and 'best song' nominations and awards from several outlets, including the Portsmouth Herald, Windrift Music, JAM Music Magazine and Radio Belgium.

Featuring ten original compositions from every corner of the musical landscape, Ed Jurdi's second album LONGSHORES DRIVE (Red Fez Records) showcases the extraordinary power, range, and depth of Ed's voice and songcraft. From the gospel tinged Van Morrison and Aretha Franklin-esqe "Keep on Trying" to the New Orleans stomp of "Walking and Talking" to the cool Memphis soul of "Bumblebee," the album traverses the roadmap of American music to a vibrant and fresh destination. Recorded and mixed by Thomas Eaton (Ellis Paul, Vance Gilbert) and featuring such luminary performers as John Platania (Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt, and Randy Newman), Mark Erelli (Signature Sounds Records), Jon Nolan (Say Zuzu), Tom Yoder (ex-Don Campbell Band), and the Funky Divas of Gospel, the album was released in July 2003 by Red Fez Records and is distributed internationally by Fountainbleu/Burnside.

Following his self-titled 1999 debut release, critics heralded the coming of a major new talent. "A wonder," proclaimed Portfolio Magazine. "His gift of voice is extraordinary." Subsequently, Ed toured the country extensively, armed with a Martin D-28, a couple of Hohner Harmonicas, and a tank of gas, performing over 600 shows in the past 3 years. Showcasing as a solo artist, he has performed in 23 states, sharing the stage with acts as diverse as Trey Anastasio, Willie Nelson, NRBQ, and Lucy Kaplansky. When not performing under his own umbrella, Ed has toured with the mighty Dreadnaught, completing a month-long 2003 U.S. tour in which the band debuted a miniature Stonehenge as its fourth member. Away from the road, Ed is an in-demand session player working with Queen Latifah, Dave Gerard (Truffle), and Jenny Fujita (Columbia Records), as well as scoring the theme song for the WB show "Young Voices."

The proof is on the record: LONGSHORES DRIVE is an inspired and divine offering from a gifted young artist on the rise. Only 27 years old, Ed has created a mature, sincere, and complete musical statement that defies his age.

Open your ears. Free your soul. Discover Ed Jurdi.


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An Absolute Gem!
I enjoyed every song on this CD. Jurdi sings every song with self confidence. The words roll off his tongue like a cool summer breeze. Kick back and relax!

melissa mahon

feel good music
I've been listening to ed sing for over 10 years. and this is his best yet. sorry it took me so long to find it. feel good songs, with sweet lyrics and always that harmonica. impressive.

Minor 7th Webzine

Big, expressive and earthy, Ed Jurdi’s soulful voice propels itself into a room like a Mardi Gras parade. The 11 tracks on "Longshores Drive", Jurdi’s second release, revolve around that powerful voice to create a pleasant amalgam of uplifting, rootsy music. Jurdi fittingly describes his work as cosmic American soul. In terms of feel, think Van Morrison, Leon Russell and early Elton John. Heady company for a 27-year-old, but Jurdi gets in touch with a nice array of emotions without losing his focus on the notion of creating enjoyable tunes. A skilled musician, he shows his chops on guitar, piano, harmonica and banjo. Even more impressive is his ability to arrange a song for a full band that features horns and a kickass female chorus -- which Jurdi dubs the Funky Divas. On "Stop, Drop and Roll", the band gets into a groove capable of bringing down the house, while "Walking and Talking" kicks into some wondrous New Orleans funk. He airs his pipes out on the piano-heavy ballad, "Philadelphia". The songs feel real, drawn from life, with characters and stories and observations drawn from Jurdi’s discerning eye. In addition, Jurdi takes his work on the road, logging more than 250,000 miles of travel and 600 shows over the past three years, according to the CD’s liner notes. In the process, Jurdi has created his own distinctive sound, a high accomplishment indeed.

Robert Bartosh

Great soulful acoustic music from Ed Jurdi
Ed Jurdi can pen a song! And sing one too.
Longshores Drive is Ed Jurdi at his roots best. This CD reflects upon the trials and tribulations of an artist on the road. An in-depth look into the life of Ed Jurdi. Blues, Folk, and Rock make for great listening.

Rob Ellen

Great Album
Your CD has arrived safe and sound, I am on track two and I can tell it will become one of my favourites, the strength of vocal is the attraction and its instantaneous, but also the quality of performances and use of instrumentation, is intuitively correct and better than just proper it's absolutely inspired!


It's great even in German!!!
Longshores Drive" lebt vor allem von Ed´s Stimme. Die typisch amerikanische Musik erlebt in ihrer stilistischen Vielfalt, ihrer packenden, leidenschaftlichen Stimmung grandiose Qualität. Nicht nur die Stimme, die Intonation seines Gesangs, die stilistischen Motive mit hohem Wiederekennungswert sind Merkmale von "Longshores Drive".

leeds scott

This CD is incredible, my favorite, I just wish there was some way I could get my hands on his first CD. Ordered one for my sister, she agree's.


This is my feel good CD of the year. Incredible musician.