Singer-songwriter-guitarist Kenny Edwards, who died Wednesday, performed side-by-side with some of Southern California’s heaviest talents of the ’70s. After leaving the Stone Poneys, the group he founded with Linda Ronstadt in 1965, he joined Bryndle. While that band was not a success the first time around, it produced no less than three singer-songwriters — Karla Bonoff, Wendy Waldman and Andrew Gold — who became leading lights of the mellow L.A. scene.
The YouTube live footage above dates from Bryndle’s mid-90s reunion; shot at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, it is hosted by country musician Ricky Skaggs. Edwards is accorded last-but-not-least status among his better-known band mates, but he still gets a chance to show his stuff on mandolin (Skaggs’ principal instrument) and performs a solo number at the end of the clip.
Edwards was on tour with Bonoff when he became seriously ill earlier this month, and was air-lifted back to California days before his death.