Over time, what we all learn to be the most important things in life are the things that money can’t buy—family, friends, time, love. It is not without exception that Americana/folk band Edward + Jane have not only found these thing, but have inextricably woven these timeless themes into the music they create.

Originally formed in Cleveland, Tennessee, Edward + Jane trace their roots to a young duo comprised of Lee University Students, Timothy Edward Carpenter (guitarist/vocalist) and Emilie Jane Creutzinger (mandolinist/vocalist). In search for a deeper folk sound, the duo quickly became a trio adding fellow Lee University student, Spencer Thomas Smith (guitarist/vocalist). The final member of Edward + Jane was added in Carpenter’s childhood friend, Jerome Obholz (drums), who completed the folk/rock sound. The four found immediate success in the Cleveland music scene, writing and recording their first EP, Grow, and earning early recognition by being afforded the chance to open for Jon Foreman.

As their Tennessee fan-base grew, Edward + Jane parted ways briefly when Carpenter and Creutzinger made the move up north, back to their hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. The band‘s stint away from home in Cleveland created their first true debut EP, As Family We Gather, an album written and entirely dedicated to the joys and pains of family, being away from the ones we love, and growing older. This album, recorded at Varsity Recording Co. in Anderson, Indiana, established the rock/folk sound Edward + Jane drew influence from in the sister sounds of The Head and The Heart and The Lone Bellow. The album propelled the band to their first international tour in the Spring of 2017, three summer music festivals (once opening for Mandolin Orange), and the feature-length documentary, Gather, surrounding the making and touring of the album.

With the recent addition of Aaron Sawyer (bass), and Brenden Koon (keys), Edward + Jane are now reunited with the full six-piece band in Chattanooga, Tennessee, writing and recording their second EP. The band’s desire to make true, folk/rock music is heard in their honest lyricism and incredible family band instrumentation. They are a reminder to all who listen, that music is the cloth by which we clean the window looking into the heart of what’s really important in life—those we love most.

written by Nikolas Oliverio