Ed Barney - not a singer-songwriter, but an interpreter of songs. Ed blends blues, soul, and classic rock with folk and bluegrass to produce a unique sound on familiar songs. Ed blends intricate guitar work and soulful vocals to produce a sound that is pleasing and interesting for the listener. Hailed by trade publication Bluegrass Unlimited as an "outstanding" flatpicking bluegrass guitarist, Ed brings the same artistry to his solo performances.
Ed was lead guitarist for the bluegrass band "Patent Pending" for 18 years, recording three albums and adding much to their sound. With the group Stoney Creek, Ed lended his vocal and guitar work to form a tight unit lauded for their traditional bluegrass sound (“mainstream bluegrass at its best” – Bluegrass Unlimited).
Ed started playing guitar at age six. At age 18, Ed traveled internationally with the renowned group "Up with People" as lead guitarist. Tours of Canada, Mexico and Europe saw Ed playing shows for and meeting with the likes of Pope John Paul II in Rome, Margret Thatcher in London, and Canadian Premier Brian Mulroney in Ottawa.
Ed has played many styles of music. As lead guitarist with the Baltimore-based band "The Heaters", Ed brought Chicago-style blues to the forefront of the band while playing gigs throughout the East Coast. The great guitarist Tony Rice brought Ed into the acoustic world of music, where he remains today.
The release of Ed's first solo album in 2013 showcases his guitar and vocals on songs taken from blues and rock, while staying firmly entrenched in the bluegrass/folk sound. When on tour promoting the album, Ed adds familiar songs with the not-so-familiar, from America's "Ventura Highway" to Stevie Ray Vaughn's "Look at Little Sister" to Bob Dylan's “One More Night", and the Monkees/Neil Diamond's " I'm a Believer". As an interpreter of songs, Ed offers his audience something for everyone, including requests. Ed delivers an upbeat, spontaneous and entertaining show!