GENRE: Black Dirt Music. Roots music cultivated in the fertile soil of the Midwest.

HOMETOWN: Bloomington, IL / Gulf Shores, AL

AVAILABILITY: Solo| Duo | Bands: Black Dirt Revival & Backyard Tire Fire

TERRITORIES: USA, Canada, Europe

AGENT: Kimberly Lynne 309.310.5215 blackdirtmanagement@gmail.com

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HARMONY (Live Solo)

GOOD TO BE (Live Solo)




BAD TATTOOS (Official)

FIREFLY (Official)

Good To Be (Backyard Tire Fire)

Eminence Front (Black Dirt Revival)



Edward David Anderson is an American songwriter and veteran of the road who spent his formative years fronting the revered Midwest band, Backyard Tire Fire. Known for infectious melodies and memorable messages he penned 8 releases for the band and played countless shows across the US and Canada.

With the band going on hiatus in 2011 EDA continued to write and play solo and with his band Black Dirt Revival. Backyard Tire Fire returned to the stage to headline the inaugural Black Dirt Music Festival in 2019 with plans to play select dates in 2020 and beyond.

His delivery in the live setting is both dynamic and impactful showcasing a natural prowess on banjo, acoustic/electric guitars and foot percussion. He defines his sound as Black Dirt Music. "Songs about people and places, about life and love and loss. It's roots music, cultivated in the fertile soil of the Midwest."

His 2014 debut, Lies & Wishes (produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos) was lauded "a superb solo effort” by No Depression while David Dye (NPR World Cafe) praised his follow up Lower Alabama: The Loxley Sessions as "a wonderfully soulful record."

With his recently released Chasing Butterflies (Black Dirt Records 2018), EDA made the album that’s been on his mind for some time now. “I've always wanted to make a record in Muscle Shoals. But it needed to be the right batch of songs with the right people,” he recalls. Securing Jimmy Nutt as producer and enlisting local musicians yielded “a stunning collection of modern Americana” (Donald Teplyske of Fervor Coulee). From the hopeful opening lyric, "It's a beautiful thing/when two people sing/in harmony," to the haunting title track’s "There's a restlessness I guess/I'm uneasy I confess," EDA takes you on a vast & colorful musical journey. You get the feeling he's lived these songs. That the sleepless nights, the long drives, and the never ending search fuel the fire that keeps Edward David Anderson out there Chasing Butterflies.


“Chasing Butterflies is a stunning collection of modern Americana. Poetic and fresh with a deceptively laconic quality making it all the more momentous. I don’t use the word often: brilliant.” — Donald Teplyske, Fervor Coulee

“He has a knack for infectious hooks, yet these are well-crafted songs; melodic and upbeat...they seem very real, as if they come from the life of a troubadour. Anderson continues to impress.” — Jim Hynes, Country Standard Time

“On Chasing Butterflies, Edward David Anderson commands our attention with his accomplished songwriting and sublime presentation. He certainly has mine. It’s a triumph.” — Rob Dickens, No Depression

"Chasing Butterflies is a treasure chest full of American songs, just waiting for you to open and find all of the joy and mysteries stored inside. Edward David Anderson's voice and these songs are like a back porch conversation with a great old long lost friend. You can pick up right where you left off and it always feels right." — Ed Jurdi, Band of Heathens

"EDA has always been one of my favorite songwriters and singers, and on Chasing Butterflies he has beautifully managed to capture the elusive dichotomy that is the American South- a combination of mystery, darkness and relaxed geniality. Great album." — Steve Berlin, Los Lobos

“Anderson possesses a storyteller’s touch and a guitar god’s muscle.” — Paste Magazine


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Management & Booking: Kimberly Lynne blackdirtmanagement@gmail.com

Publicity: Erin Scholze, Dreamspider dreamspider@gmail.com

Radio: Al Moss, Al Moss Promo almosspromo@gmail.com

Label: Black Dirt Records blackdirtmanagement@gmail.com


(solo / band)
Albino Skunk Fest - SC
American Music Fest- IL
Big Muddy Blues Fest- MO
Black Dirt Music Festival- IL
Boats & Bluegrass- WI
Floyd Fest - VA
Forecastle - KY
John Hartford Fest - IN
High Sierra - CA
Langerado - FL
Mountain Jam - NY
Moccasin Creek - IL
Mountain Stage- WV
Peoria Blues & Heritage- IL
Ribfest Chicago- IL
Riverbend - TN
River Roots - IA
Shoe Fest - IL
Simple Man Cruise- FL
Summer Camp - IL
Taste of Randolph - IL
Ten Thousand Lakes - MN
Wakarusa - KS & AR
Wanee - FL


(solo / band)
Alejandro Escovedo
Anders Osborne
Aaron Lee Tasjan
Blind Boys of Alabama
Buddy Guy
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Chuck Prophet
Drivin’ N’ Cryin’
Govt Mule
James McMurtry
JJ Grey & Mofro
John Moreland
Leo Kottke
Leon Russell
Los Lobos
Reverend Horton Heat
Robbie Fulks
Sarah Shook
Squirrel Nut Zippers
Tab Benoit
The Flatlanders
The Record Company
ZZ Top