Vinyl Shockley is a six-piece band that plays original music inspired by the rhythm and blues of the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s that came out of Memphis, Muscle Shoals, and New Orleans. Ed Shockley was headed in that direction out of the mid-80’s, even before the genre had the name ‘Americana’. He had been writing songs that didn’t fit into anything else anyone was doing at the time. Over the course of releasing 4 CD’s: vinyl shockley, Wild Hair, Keep Singing and Vinyl Covers, the line-up has changed, but the direction has remained the same. As a singer, Shockley has been compared to K’eb Mo and Van Morrison. Because he’s a singing drummer, he also gets compared to Levon Helm. “Van and Levon are two of my heroes, so be careful how you talk about them” Shockley replied. Joining Ed on guitar and as co-writer is Kevin Walsh.
Ed Shockley has been making music professionally since he was barely a teenager. He has spent his adult life writing and recording music with bands as a lead vocalist and drummer. At the same time, Ed has recorded and played live supporting dozens and dozens of talented artists.
Ed’s musical life has been in three phases. In Delaware, in the late 70’s and early 80’s, he was the founding member of Jack of Diamonds, a band that had an eight-year run as they evolved into an all original band playing from NYC to Richmond. Their album, Dodge City, has become iconic of that time period, especially in Delaware. Moving to Manhattan in the early 80’s – Ed’s joined Cries and signed a record deal with BMG. He had the opportunity to do session work (playing on dozens of records, sang on jingles, appeared on stage and TV. And (along with his wife Jill ) – had a Son! Moving back to Delaware in 2000 Ed connected with old friends and recorded the first CD as Vinyl Shockley – in the next decade they would release 3 more CDs. Reuniting with musical friends from high school and college has turned into a party that has lasted 20 years – as The Funsters continue to defy gravity! A songwriting relationship that blossomed into a band, The Reminders are releasing their 5th CD of American Gospel music. Ed also plays solo accompanying himself on piano.
Ed is humbled by the recognition of his life in music. He received the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival Artz award as ‘Ambassador of Music’ in 2005 and recently was featured on the cover of Delaware Today magazine where he was named a “Legend of Rock”. If you’re looking for him, he will be easy to find – probably making music.
In addition to Vinyl Shockley, Ed plays in several bands and you can see his full schedule here.
The blending of their voices, their personalities and their takes on life, mixes itself up into something tangible. You’ll feel it when you hear them – like the taste of the salt spray in the air where they live, in three small towns on the Atlantic coast of Delaware. Hearty Americana, leathery Country, and bluesy Gospel would come close to describing the sound. Visit The Reminders website.
It would be hard to find a band that has more fun than The Funsters. That is why they are still entertaining thousands of people after 20+ years of playing together. In this ten-piece band, there has not been one personnel change in twelve years. That tells the whole story to the secret of The Funsters’ success. Not only are these guys great musicians who share pride in each other’s musical abilities, but they are also friends. This spirit and camaraderie on stage are what sets The Funsters apart from other bands offering the same type of musical entertainment. Visit The Funsters website.