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A Midwest Harvest Fest: Edward David Anderson & Harvest Sons in Concert ($10 in Advance / $12 Day of Show)

The Betty Jayne is proud to welcome Edward David Anderson and Harvest Sons in Concert: a very special co-headliner harvest celebration!

Tickets: $10 in Advance / $12 Day of Show

Join us for a rare co-headliner show with Edward David Anderson and Harvest Sons in celebration of the long-anticipated release of Harvest Sons' new record, Flat Black Sessions, Volume 2!. This will be a unique, intimate performance at Central Illinois' newest performing arts center in Peoria Heights. Advance tickets are highly recommended.


Edward David Anderson is an American songwriter and veteran of the road who spent his formative years fronting the revered Midwest band, Backyard Tire Fire. Known for infectious melodies and memorable messages he penned 8 releases for the band and played countless shows across the US and Canada.

Since their hiatus in 2011 EDA has continued to write and tour in various incarnations. His delivery in the live setting is both dynamic and impactful showcasing a natural prowess on banjo, acoustic/electric guitars and foot percussion. He defines his sound as Black Dirt Music. "Songs about people and places, about life and love and loss. It's roots music, cultivated in the fertile soil of the Midwest."

His 2014 debut, Lies & Wishes (produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos) was lauded "a superb solo effort” by No Depression while David Dye (NPR World Cafe) praised his follow up Lower Alabama: The Loxley Sessions as "a wonderfully soulful record."

With his recently released Chasing Butterflies (Black Dirt Records), EDA made the album that’s been on his mind for some time now. “I've always wanted to make a record in Muscle Shoals. But it needed to be the right batch of songs with the right people,” he recalls. Securing Jimmy Nutt as producer and enlisting local musicians yielded “a stunning collection of modern Americana” (Donald Teplyske of Fervor Coulee). From the hopeful opening lyric, "It's a beautiful thing/when two people sing/in harmony," to the haunting title track’s "There's a restlessness I guess/I'm uneasy I confess," EDA takes you on a vast & colorful musical journey. You get the feeling he's lived these songs. That the sleepless nights, the long drives, and the never ending search fuel the fire that keeps Edward David Anderson out there Chasing Butterflies. Find out more at

Harvest Sons, Central Illinois' favorite rust belt Americana rockers, will release Flat Black Sessions, Volume 2 in Fall 2019. A nationwide feature on Reverbnation will follow, along with a string of shows to support Flat Black Sessions, Volumes 1 and 2, throughout the Midwest.

Since 2016 the band has opened for Nashville's Anderson East, Boston's Honeysuckle and Bean Blossom, IN's Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, in addition to live appearances by Seth Cocquit, lead singer of Harvest Sons, sitting in on fiddle for Edward David Anderson and Chicago Farmer. Seth also plays fiddle on Joe Stamm's song 'Fetch Me', and John Till's record 'Work Away the Day'.

In 2018 Harvest Sons released their debut record "Flat Black Sessions, Volume 1" at a record release show to a sold out crowd at WTVP's State and Water, Peoria's PBS-televised concert series (much like Austin City Limits).

Harvest Sons members are Seth Cocquit, Nik Grafelman, Daniel Watkins, Nathan Cowan, Nathan Glaser, and one Harvest Sister; Elyse Wiley, who is featured on Volume 2 with her song "Nevermind".

Later this year you can find Flat Black Sessions, Volumes 1 & 2, on Spotify, Apple Music and all other streaming services, and you can support the band by purchasing the album on iTunes, Amazon Music, BandCamp and Reverbnation. Find out more at

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