Ed Gerhard (Edward Gerhard) is an American Grammy Award winning guitarist. He is known for his acoustic fingerstyle guitar. and lap steel guitar music. Gerhard was born in Abington, Pennsylvania, and began playing the guitar at age fourteen. Initially influenced by an Andrés Segovia performance on television, Gerhard was also exposed to the playing of Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Willie McTell, Dave Van Ronk and John Fahey. Gerhard’s relationship with the guitar began at age 10, when he happened upon classical guitar master Andrés Segovia on TV.
Gerhard most often performed solo, but would often act as an accompanist and sideman for other musicians. His ensemble work can be heard on recordings by Arlo Guthrie and Jorma Kaukonen. Influenced by John Fahey, Gerhard began composing and arranging music for solo guitar in an array of alternate tunings.
In 1987, Gerhard released his first album, Night Birds. Virtue Records was established in 1991 as a record label for instrumental acoustic guitar and as the exclusive label for Ed Gerhard.
Every December since 1982, Gerhard has performed a seasonal concert in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Recent shows over two nights included a food drive for the Seacoast Family Food Pantry. In addition, a portion of proceeds from the concerts benefited the ACT ONE; Artists’ Collaborative Theatre of New England.
Gerhard was awarded a Grammy award for his participation in the 2004 CD Henry Mancini: Pink Guitar (Solid Air SACD2048), for which he arranged and performed “Moon River.”
In 2012, after six years of work, Gerhard release the album There and Gone.
Gerhard tours in North America, Europe, and Asia.
One of my personal favorites is this weissenborn tune.
If you’re a fan of Spotify, here’s a couple tunes to get you started:
- “The Handing Down”: https://open.spotify.com/track/7ICUbOMtKyX8l4y5j6u9jn
- “Willy O’Winsbury”: https://open.spotify.com/track/0NpJeTxL3JADQqIokXCjqw
Albums: View List
- Breedlove Limited Edition Ed Gerhard Signature Model Dreadnought. Figured Sapele/Adirondack. Check on Breedlovemusic.com
- Breedlove Revival Series dreadnought. Figured Sapele/Adirondack.
- Breedlove Hawaiian (Weissenborn style) made from figured Myrtlewood. more info
- Fishman Matrix undersaddle transducer. Check price on Amazon.com
- Joe Mills mini condenser mic. more info
- Fishman Neo D Humbucker. Check price on Amazon.com
- Grace Design Felix. Check price on Amazon.com
- Fishman Platinum Pro EQ DI. Check price on Amazon.com
- Guitar stands made by D&A. Check price on Amazon.com
- D’Addario Phosphor bronze J24. Check price on Amazon.com
- G7th capo. Check price on Amazon.com
- Planet Waves NS capo. Check price on Amazon.com
- Dunlop glass slide. Check price on Amazon.com
- Shubb/Pearse SP-2. Check price on Amazon.com
- Calton cases. more info