The Rad Trads

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The Rad Trads

When The Rad Trads met in the East Village in the Spring of 2012, they were looking to play with the best musicians they could find. Making rent playing gigs in every bar and beer hall that would have them, the guys dominated New York City with their soulful American music, punk-rock energy & showmanship, powerful horns, driving rhythm section, and four captivating lead vocalists. Almost 5 years later, the Rad Trads have headlined on four Continents, and opened for acts such as Lake Street Dive, Tom Jones, Charles Bradley, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, The Lone Bellow, Margaret Glaspy, Con Brio, and Dustbowl Revival. They have toured Europe seven times, the Middle East and played in 14 countries and 33 U.S. States. Following the release of their first full length album (Must We Call Them Rad Trads - Dala Records) in May 2016, the band is slated to release their second LP of original music in the Spring of 2018. The record is highly anticipated in it’s creative direction and sound. Members of The Rad Trads have performed or recorded with St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Deer Tick, Lee Fields, Jonathan Batiste, Sarah Jarosz, David Duchovny, Red Baraat & even Paul McCartney as well as leading their own critically acclaimed bands. Jesse Daniel Edwards is an independent songwriter from Julian, CA residing in Nashville. Apart from his work as a solo artist, he spent five years on the road with The Smart Brothers releasing 4 studio albums and performing with the likes of First Aid Kit and Jason Mraz.

As a young songwriter, Jesse relocated to Music City where he became a protege of Al Bunetta (John Prine, Oh Boy Records). Honing his art busking outside of honky tonks and songwriting on Music Row in the following years, JDE crafted his raw talent into the passionate vocals and clever lyrics that would evolve into his signature style. Jesse’s heartfelt sound has endured with fans through his honest recordings and engaging live performances. His music has been featured in radio, TV, and independent films and can be heard on Netflix, Spotify, and Apple Music. His forthcoming album “Un / Becoming” (produced at iconic Blackbird Studios) releases throughout 2018.