“…[his] recordings and live performances have established him as one of the most exciting of the guitarist-composers.”— Acoustic Guitar Magazine
“Gerhard does not write instrumentals—he writes songs only a guitar can sing.”— Boston Globe
From Tokyo to Rome and venues across the US, Ed Gerhard’s music has touched audiences all over the world. Performing on 6-string, slide guitar or Acoustic Hawaiian Lap Slide (Weissenborn), Gerhard’s virtuosity, generosity and humor shine through. His distinctive touch is unmistakable. Whether performing a lush, sensual ballad or a haunting, bitter lap steel melody Gerhard will mesmerize. His connection with his audience is palpable.
Gerhard’s releases have all received high praise from critics and guitar fans worldwide, including the Boston Globe Critic’s Poll “Top Ten Albums of the Year.” In 2010 Ed’s CD “Luna” chosen by Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s 20th Anniversary List of 240 Essential Albums “This soulful album of original compositions rich in melody, chordal complexity and stylistic variety proves why Gerhard is considered to have the most exquisite acoustic guitar tone on the planet.”
Gerhard was awarded a GRAMMY® for his inclusion on the compilation CD “Henry Mancini; Pink Guitar.” He arranged and performed “Moon River.” His guitar work can be heard on CDs by Arlo Guthrie, Jorma Kaukonen and Bill Morrissey and is featured in the Ken Burns’ films “Mark Twain” and “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.”
Along with players like Ben Harper and David Lindley, Gerhard’s unique approach to the Weissenborn is playing a significant role in reinvigorating interest in this somewhat esoteric but beautiful instrument. Ed composes and arranges music for solo Weissenborn with beautiful melodies, complex chords and moving bass lines, unusual for an instrument that normally serves an accompaniment role.
He tours in the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan and Korea.