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Basking in the edifying sound of Edison's "Open Road"

Maxwell Hughes (from left), Sarah Slaton and Dustin Morris are Edison.

Maxwell Hughes (from left), Sarah Slaton and Dustin Morris are Edison.

By Dave Herrera | Aug. 29, 2016 | 9:00 a.m.

Okay, I'm going to go ahead and call this right now: The song “Open Road” by Edison is going to get licensed like crazy this year. If not, well, then, soundtrack supervisors everywhere are slipping something fierce. Seriously, the tantalizing tune is warm and bright, like sunlight streaming in first thing in the morning. I'd buy anything it was selling.

The song, which occupies a similar space as songs like "Home" by Phillip Phillips and adds in all the buoyancy of the best Churchill songs, is taken from the band’s forthcoming full-length, Familiar Spirit, which is due out on Friday, September 16 on Rhyme and Reason Records (also home to the illustrious Sufferers). It's one of those tracks that, the instant you hear it, you just know that it’s going to be a smash. In fact, I fully expect the single to take the trio to the next level. 

Hell, I dug it so much that after hearing it just once this past weekend on Chris K's Colorado Playlist on the Colorado Sound, I immediately wanted to hear it again (and again, and again...). So I pulled up iTunes and purchased a copy, and it’s been on repeat ever since. (If you pre-order the album right now on iTunes, you get three tracks instantly, “Open Road,” "The Good Fight," and "Civil War.")

Now, Edison is a band that’s been buzzing for a while, evidently, but the threesome escaped my notice until now, mostly because the act—which initially started as a duo featuring Sarah Slaton and Dustin Morris of Brave Song Circle—arrived around the time that I was heading out. And being gone from Denver for more than a year, the three-piece just wasn’t on my radar.

Although, from the sounds of it, the outfit has spent as much time on the road as it has in town, so I don't feel to terribly bad for being late to the party on this one—especially when I discovered that the band's made up of Slaton, Morris and Maxwell Hughes, all songwriters whose work I appreciate. Really, it was just a matter of time before Edison grabbed my attention. 

All seasoned songwriters, the three have made music on their own that's plenty captivating. Together, they're even more enchanting as Edison. While I'm looking forward to seeing the group live, it looks like I'm going to have to wait a few weeks. The band is in the midst of its fall tour with Jared & the Mill and not slated to return home until next month for a pair of local dates, one in Boulder followed by one in Denver, and then two more in October in Greeley and Fort Collins.

In the meantime, the band has set up a collaborative playlist on Spotify that you can contribute to if you're so inclined. Catch Edison at the Fox Theatre on Friday, September 9, or at the Larimer Lounge on Tuesday, September 13 (full Tour dates below).

Fall Tour with Jared & the Mill

08/30 - Charlottesville,VA - The Southern
08/31 - Sellersville, PA - Sellersville Theater
09/01 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
09/03 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
09/06 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
09/07 - Chicago, IL - Space
09/09 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre**
09/13 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge

09/15 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
09/17 - Phoenix, AZ - LiveWire
10/14 - Albuquerque,NM - The Co-Op
10/15 - Greeley, CO - Moxi Theater
10/16 - Fort Collins, CO - Hodi’s Half Note

10/19 - Salt Lake City, UT - State Room
10/21 - Billings, MT - Pub Station
10/22 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
10/24 - Spokane, WA - The Bartlett
10/25 - Seattle, WA - Sunset
10/26 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
10/29 - San Francisco, CA - Neck of the Wood’s
10/30 - Sacramento, CA - Goldfield Trading Post
11/4 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite
11/5 - San Diego, CA - HOB Voodoo
** Edison only