Ed Hamell picked up the guitar at age 7 and started writing songs not long after. In his early 20s,he fronted a local band in Syracuse, but local bands were a dime a dozen in the tough, working class neighborhoods of Upstate New York. Which is how the one-man act known as Hamell on Trial was born. He toured the US armed with his battered 1937 Gibson guitar before settling in Austin, Texas, where his songcraft and storytelling found a receptive audience.
After seeing him at the 1995 SXSW Music Conference, Mercury Records signed him on the spot and released two albums before disaster struck in May 2000 when Ed was seriously injured in a car accident. Recovering from head and spinal injuries he released the album Ed's Not Dead: Hamell Comes Alive the next year, followed by the landmark album Choochtown that remains a huge favorite with fans to this day.
In 2003 Ed signed to Ani Di Franco's Righteous Babe Records, releasing the album Tough Love, followed by Songs for Parents Who Enjoy Drugs in 2006. The next year his stand-up show The Terrorism of Everyday Life won 5 star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe plus a Herald Angel Award for an outstanding performance at the festival.
Before, during and after 2010 Ed Hamell took on the challenge of writing a new song every day and publishing the results on his Youtube Channel. He ended up with over 400 tunes, eight of which were selected for his new digital EP Ed Hamell Is The Happiest Man In The World (click for preview)…
This 8-track mini album is produced by The Butcher Bros and features collaborations with Kimya Dawson from Moldy Peaches and longstanding friend and mentor Ani Di Franco. It will be released on January 14th, 2013 by New West Records - home to Richard Thompson, John Hiatt, Steve Earle, Tom Morello and Kris Kristofferson among others.
Ed is developing a new one-man show for 2013 called Eddie's Bar currently being previewed on a run of U.S. live dates. In January he makes his long-awaited return to the UK and Eire for a series of shows to promote the EP, and will also appear as featured guest on Tom Robinson's Saturday night show for BBC Radio 6 Music on Jan 19th.