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Paul Edelman & Jangling Sparrows on '140 Nickels' Tour

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Americana/Roots musician Paul Edelman. Image by Bill Foster

Americana/Roots musician Paul Edelman and Jangling Sparrows, presently on their 140 Nickels Tour, perform locally at Preservation Pub, 28 Market Square, Wednesday, February 28.

The band's recently-released 140 Nickels album was voted a "Best Indie Album of 2017" selection by the L.A. Music Critic Awards, who added, "Watch for these guys near the top of the Americana music scene!". Guitarist-vocalist Edelman explains how the album title 140 Nickels came about: "I was romanticizing about how broke I was and didn’t care...the idea that I could sit there and pound through a six-pack and write songs and not care about anything and when I ran out of beer I’d would scrape up enough change from my couch to go down to the corner bodega and buy another six pack. I was really hungry and had a lot of passion of what I was doing. I don’t want to forget that.” Read the rest of Edelman's recent interview in the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, here.

Showtime is 10:00 pm. Admission is $3. For more information, you may call (865) 524-2224 or visit

140 Nickels is available for purchase at and has received stellar reviews from national publications No Depression, The Alternate Root, Music Connection and more, plus national/international airplay.

Great Reviews For 140 Nickels

"Upbeat and fun, with great songwriting and lyrics, and plenty of that good old down-home musical sound of guitars, fiddle, steel and soaring vocals that truly capture the Americana sound. Paul Edelman has outdone himself with his lead vocals, coupled with amazing harmonies. One of the best Americana bands we have heard this year."

"140 Nickels adds something new and refreshing to the Roots-Rock genre; original, honest, interesting and fun. “Burning A Hole,” one of the best songs on the release, works lyrically and musically. The material is at times intimate with oft-times poignant lyrics and a John Prine-like storytelling style."

"(Paul) Edelman and Jangling Sparrows won't have any trouble connecting with an audience that is hungry for music that speaks to the good, bad, and ugly that goes with the dodgy territory of love and life. Edelman is a committed pro and proves, even in a time when music is a taken-for-granted commodity, that there are troubadours out there that are worth the time and attention given to such dearly departed rockers as Tom Petty."

Paul Edelman, singer, songwriter, guitarist, poet and performer, fronts Asheville, North Carolina-based group, Jangling Sparrows. 140 Nickels, Edelman’s fourth release and the second with Jangling Sparrows, comes with exciting new influences that he has coli9ned, "Zyde-Folk". While staying firmly grounded in Roots Rock/Americana, there are some distinct flirtations with second-line feels on several tracks. From the songwriter that says, “style is just another tool for expression.”, Edelman still wears his songwriter badge on his sleeve with poignant lyrics and emotional delivery. On 140 Nickels he adds big, fun rhythms and high caliber guitar chops.

The album's title is a reference to the days of being a struggling artist, to "scraping enough money out of one’s couch in order to get a can of dinner or a cheap six pack,” says Edelman, "a call to “bottle that feeling, that earnest drive and integrity of expression that we had for our craft in those days that sometimes gets lost as we grow.”

140 Nickels is also "a love letter to our former selves. It attempts to bridge the gap between then and now, both in the approach to the songs and the songs themselves," explains Edelman. Building on his last release, North American and Susquehanna, Paul continues his exploration of the theme of travel as a metaphor for emotional distance, time and reflection. This album, however, forgoes the more moody interpretation of songs for a distinct punch of presence.

Paul Edelman can be found sitting comfortably in Roots Rock, Country, Folk, Soul or Storyteller. His lyrics have a way of making people feel understood and his emotional vocal delivery underscores that ability. Edgy and misty, his vocals often go from a holler to a whisper seamlessly and with crisp intention. He has been compared to John Prine, Townes Van Zandt and Jay Farrar for his ability not just to create a picture with words but a whole movie with the music.

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Published February 20, 2018

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