Now that Edens Edge have not only played the Opry numerous times and toured with Opry members Reba McEntire and Brad Paisley (on the Opry March 10) on their respective tours, they’re taking it one step further to tour with yet another Opry member group – and the newest one’s too.
Edens Edge is set to go on tour with Rascal Flatts this summer for the supergroup’s “The American Band Tour.” Along with Edens Edge, Eli Young Band and Little Big Town will also be opening for Rascal Flatts on the tour.
“We are thrilled to be on this tour and be a part of this,” Dean Berner said.
The group’s made up of three talented young musicians from Arkansas — Hannah Blaylock, Berner, and Cherrill Green, and have introduced themselves with a vibrant sound that honors country music’s roots while creatively pushing the envelope with their seasoned musicianship, dazzling harmonies and insightful songwriting.
Since moving to Nashville, the group has said they widened their meaning of what home feels like.
“We are huge fans of Nashville. It’s really embraced us and really has become the only home we’ve ever known other than Arkansas,” Hannah said. “The people here are just so warm and loving. The moment the three of us moved here we were all like, ‘this feels like home.’ I’ve never gone somewhere else and have it feel like home before.”
Cherrill added her own thoughts about the small town feel Nashville has, even though it’s still a city – and felt like a big one compared to where they came from. Click play below to listen.
Even though they’ve got an EP out now, and performed various songs on the Opry stage, what’s one Opry moment that stood out? Singing around one mic.
“We got to sing the song that we close our sets with called ‘Christ Alone’ around one microphone, which we’ve been wanting to do for a long time – especially on the Ryman stage,” Hannah said. “We always know that Steve, the guy who wrote the song, is from Arkansas and he’s the one that started the band with my parents and I, and then he brought Dean and Cherrill into the band. He’s kind of the reason we all know each other. We always give him a shout-out before we sing it. We were all around one mic like we used to sing it, and on a stage that has such amazing acoustics you don’t even need the microphone, but we wanted everyone listening on the radio to hear it too. That was really special to be able to perform it in that way.”
And what’s one Opry first for this trio that could be coming up in the future?
“My mother taught me to yodel a little bit when I was a kid, and the first song she ever taught me was ‘Cowboy Sweetheart,’” Hannah said. “So that’s kind of on one of our checklists to check off for a cover that we might do on the Opry.”
While we’re waiting for that, the trio said they’re headed back to the studio, going on radio tours across the country, and getting ready to open for Rascal Flatts. And they will be back at the Opry Tuesday, March 6 to help us kick off the first Tuesday Night Opry of 2012!
They were one of the acts helping ring in the New Year here in Nashville to huge crowds, too.
“That was a massive show. I don’t think we even realized how massive it was going to be. It was a record-breaking year,” Hannah said still in awe of the show. “And for Broadway being such a famous street and something that gives such an identity to what we do, it was cool to see people literally sardinened in-between the two streets strait down. It didn’t look real. It looked like a movie where they took a group of people and then replicated it to infinity with a mirror – that’s how beautiful it was. That’s what I said when I got up there – I said ‘You do not understand the view from here. It is so gorgeous.’”
Since then, they’ve had success with their current single “Amen” and are working on new songs – due out soon!
“We’re about to head back in the studio and finish up the record, and we’re so excited about that,” Dean said. “Last year we got to put out a five song EP, but we didn’t have the whole record. Hopefully it will be late spring or early summer when that comes out.”