Inspired by the guitar styles of players like Doc Watson and Mississippi John Hurt, Brad Edwardson teamed up with mandolinist Aaron Firetag in Charleston, South Carolina to form Red Cedar Review in 2014. The two dove into the catalogs of David Grisman and Andy Statman to stretch their sound beyond the traditional bluegrass and folk platform they were accustomed to.
After performing for a few years around the Charleston area, they had earned themselves a prominent position in the local acoustic scene, and secured opening spots for touring acts like The Jerry Douglas Band and Chatham County Line. During this time, Edwardson had turned his attention to his own songwriting and storytelling, and they set their sights on the recording studio.
Recording the bulk of the album in one live session, they finished production on their debut release, “The Highway” in late 2017. The album consists of a majority of Edwardson’s original material, side by side with traditional bluegrass standards. Edwardson focuses on storytelling in his writing. Stories of outlaws, travelers, and trains give a nod to the bluegrass and folk roots from where this journey began.