In 1968, Jonathan Edwards traded in his college textbooks for a gitfiddle and wandering shoes, and began his life’s work. Over the past 40 years, he’s released 16 albums, including his latest, Tomorrow’s Child. He may be best known for the singsongy ’70s hit, “Sunshine (Go Away Today),” but the 21st-century tunes of Tomorrow’s Child are true Americana, roughened with grit and laced with echoes of his ringing, melodic optimism. That upbeat attitude translates to Edwards’ perspective of Asheville, too. “I’ve always enjoyed the music-loving people of the area,” he says, “and I really love the revitalization of the arts that seems to be breathing new life into this beautiful big town/little city.” The folk icon performs at The Altamont Theatre on Friday, Nov. 4, at 8 p.m. $25/$30/$35 VIP. thealtamonttheatre.com. Photo courtesy of Randy Findlay
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