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Eddie From Ohio

This folk-rock quartet from the Washington, D.C./suburban Virginia area was only formed in 1991, but they've quickly become favorites on the folk festival circuit with their jazzy, rootsy blend of folk-rock. The group's popularity grew with the growth of Triple A (adult album alternative) radio stations in the 1990s, and their crossover appeal prevented them from being labeled purely a folk act.

Composed of Julie Murphy (vocals), Robbie Schaefer (guitar and vocals), Eddie Hartness (percussion and vocals) and Michael Clem (guitar, bass, harp and vocals), the quartet came together in northern Virginia when longtime friends Schaefer and Clem decided to form an acoustic rock trio with Murphy, a mutual friend from high school choir. Hartness was recruited soon after the group's formation to add percussion treatments. A year later, Clem and Murphy were able to leave their day jobs and the band began to attract growing crowds to its residency show on Tuesday nights at Bad Habits Grille in Arlington, VA. They got the name Eddie from Ohio from Hartness, whose girlfriend started calling him "Eddie from Ohio" after eD fROMOHIO, a member of the now-defunct group fIREHOSE.

In their relatively brief existence, the neo-folk/folk-rock band's sound has been compared to 10,000 Maniacs, the Indigo Girls, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and Shawn Colvin, but their eclectic approach has appealed to well-educated music fans: they artfully blend bluegrass, folk, calypso, jazz, acoustic blues and pop and rock melodies. Their eclectic philosophy is a reflection of their influences: Clem and Schaefer cite Bruce Cockburn, Lyle Lovett and Shawn Colvin, while Hartness' tastes run toward alternative rock, including the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam. Lead vocalist Murphy grew up listening to 1940s jazz, including Billie Holiday and the music of the Gershwins.

In its six years of existence, the group has played to festival crowds from New York to Colorado and produced four albums for their own Virginia Soul Records label. Eddie From Ohio released its fourth album in 1997, Big Noise. Their earlier releases include I Rode Fido Home (1995), Actually Not (1993), and A Juggler On His Blades (1992). ~ Richard Skelly, Rovi
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getar
Went to their show last night at the Birchmere in VA. . They're still in great form. Still sounding great!
jsu0714p
Hi
Perhaps....t h e Peter, Paul, and Mary....of the next generation?!
tfussrn
Please update this bio. Their "relatively short existence "? Love EFO though, especially when performing with Jake Armerding.
jeremy9940
Mimosas in missouri has parts of a Yanni song in it.
Love me some EFO. You must see them live. You will love the music and the humor. They are all super nice people and Michael Clem is just plan nuts!
bongomanjams
Love EFO! I've been following them since 1992 and being a professional percussionis t , I am always in awe of Eddie's talent. I've had the opportunity to jam with the bands accoustic unplugged sets on their last 2 Fan Cruises. All I can say is wow. What a thrill.
shoph33r
This is who I use as a reference band when tuning speakers on tour. Turned many a person across the nation on to these fantastic musicians and even better people. Got turned on to them myself when they played The Bottom Line in NYC
Thanks Pandora for turning me on to Eddie for Ohio. They seem to fit the type of music I enjoy.
jimj990
This bio is more than a decade out of date--it was written before Pandora existed!
tfussrn
EFO is great listening and even better live. How about updating their Bio, though, Pandora. I don't think being formed in 1991 still qualifies as a "relatively brief existence!"
loved the song horse
ackerbex3
"Catchers, Drummers..." makes me think that this is what James Taylor would sound like if he was a quartet!
golgi_ap
Spent so many Thursday nights watching them at Bad Habits in Arlington, VA. Good times
Listen to them sing "Oh My Brother." It may change your life.
Saw them live quite a few time - always great!!
This song just puts a smile on your face
cdbtrump
This band is amazing live. Worth the drive for a show.
Love their music, always fun to see them live in concert. Helps that one of the singers grew up three houses down from me.
ackerbex3
Great harmony!!
After only hearing this one cut, When The Last Page Is Turned--Eddi e From Ohio reminds me of the harmonies and style of Chad and Jeremy from several decades ago.
these guys seem alright not to crazy about the name though
This group is amazing! Everytime I listen to them they give me chills, make me cry and make me laugh!!! :)
takahomsak
Also Check out GIRLYMAN.... . . . . . t h e r e are some similarities . . . i f you like harmony..... . .
they remind me of Timbuk 3
I'll tell my niece from that area and that should fill a bar if not a stadium. This is Me vs Three Rooms...lets vote! RLH

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