Edens Edge on the road to success
BY TRICIA DESPRES July 25, 2012 3:08PM
Edens Edge consists of Cherrill Green (from left), Hannah Blaylock and Dean Berner. The band is touring behind its first album, a self-titled CD that was released in June.
◆ 7 p.m. July 28
◆ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, 19100 S. Ridgeland Ave., Tinley Park
◆ Tickets, $24-$75.75
◆ (800) 745-3000; livenation.com
◆ Little Big Town, Eli Young Band and Rascal Flatts also are part of this show
Updated: August 28, 2012 6:09AM
There is something so real about the members of Edens Edge that makes them irresistible.
From their Arkansas upbringing to their down-home mannerisms, this trio of newcomers has been the recipient of love and critical acclaim from the ever-welcoming country music community since delicately stepping their way onto the charts in 2012.
When it comes right down to it, they are themselves still just die-hard fans of country music.
“We have been fans of Rascal Flatts since they released their first record,” said Hannah Blaylock, who will join her bandmates in opening for Rascal Flatts on July 28 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park.
“I used to drive in my small hometown in Arkansas, screaming their lyrics in my car all summer long,” she said.
“A couple of weeks ago, there was an amusement park at one of our tour stops, and we decided to spend a couple of hours riding the roller coasters with Jay (DeMarcus from Rascal Flatts) and Phillip (Sweet from Little Big Town),” added Cherrill Green, who throws most of the distinctive harmony into Edens Edge’s distinctive sound.
“We used to be fans of Rascal Flatts, but now we are also friends. We have actually picked their brain a lot in terms of how they have made it work as a band of three totally different personalities.”
Edens Edge is riding high on the success of top 20 debut single “Amen,” rapidly rising second single “Too Good to Be True” and a new album that seamlessly transitions from songs such as “Skinny Dippin’ ” to “Christ Alone.”
Add that to the members’ ability to attract all-star producers such as Mark Bright and Dann Huff along with country powerhouses such as Brad Paisley and Reba McEntire, and you just might have the recipe to Nashville, Tenn. stardom.
“It was so inspiring just to have Reba [McEntire] not only talking to us, but bestowing her wisdom onto us,” said Blaylock, whose bluegrass sound resembles a bit of one of her musical heroes, Alison Krauss.
“She told us to just keep looking down and walking forward and no matter what, enjoy the journey.”
That’s not bad for a band who crossed the Tennessee state line in 2007, hoping to “develop organically” into one of country music’s most promising new acts.
“We spent three years in Nashville working and paying the bills and trying to finish college and writing as much as we could in an effort to figure out our sound and music,” Blaylock said.
Soon after, the band entered a songwriting contest and was noticed by Big Machine Label Group’s star maker himself, Scott Borchetta.
The next morning, Edens Edge was in Borchetta’s office and signing a record deal.
“It’s been a steady climb for us, but once we signed with Big Machine Label Group, everything begun moving in fast forward,” said Dean Berner, the sole man in the band and a Dobro aficionado.
“It’s been one of the coolest experiences to put out a full album of our work. Most of the songs have been around a long time, and we are just so happy to finally have something tangible to put in our fans’ hands.”
Tricia Despres is a local freelance writer.