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A respected Folk and Americana artist Pettersen garnered international recognition in 2007 for his production of the 3-CD, 50-song compilation Song of America. His critically acclaimed fifth solo record, The New Punk Blues of Ed Pettersen, delivered some of his most pointed social commentary to date. In 2008 a song on the Grammy nominated record of Blues legend Bettye LaVette and a follow up track on Soul powerhouse Candi Statons 2009 release brought him further into the limelight. For the past three years Ed has journeyed back and forth to Norway; finding his lost family, forming a band The Black Country, and working up a captivating narrative about his journey for his upcoming release I Curse the River of Time: A Norwegian American Tale. In his spare time, he is pursuing his first musical love, jazz, and has launched an International collaboration under the moniker of Mad King Edmund.
The new album represents a wonderful blend of Norwegian American culture, drawing heavily on Norwegian literature for inspiration as well as observations of small town life in Norway. The song Psalm at Journey's End draws on the Erik Fosnes Hansen's book of the same title to pull in a character from the band on the Titanic (the band went down playing). In Siste Reis Pettersen combines the American genre of murder ballads with the story of a young Norwegian girl who trusts in the wrong stranger. There are several outstanding co-writes on the album as Pettersen pairs up with pop star Freedy Johnston to deliver the gorgeous ballad Harbor Road, and then with award winning Norwegian songwriter Henning Kvitnes for I Curse the River of Time, the title track of the album. The above songs are pure poetry but the song that captures pure emotion and melody and may be the standout track on the album for many is I am Just a Cloud.