Ed Romanoff is a chronicler of American experience whose voice recalls the gritty baritone of Leonard Cohen and the wit of Guy Clark, the New York singer-songwriter pens wise, big-hearted, occasionally whimsical, usually melancholic tunes about lonely souls and romantic dreamers.
Ed Romanoff’s second album The Orphan King (Feb 23) was produced by Simone Felice (The Lumineers, Bat For Lashes) and includes contributions from Rachael Yamagata, Kenneth Pattengale of the Milk Carton Kids, guitarist Cindy Cashdollar and multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell, along with Larry’s wife and duo partner, Teresa Williams. Together, they forged rootsy and eccentric arrangements for Romanoff’s gritty, literate and personal songs that evoke a gothic car chase across some mythic American plain.
The Orphan King debuted at #2 on European Americana Chart and #14 on Roots Music Report Chart, Weekly Top 50 Americana Country Album Chart!
PopMatters called his track “Less Broken Now “a gorgeous song…[with] truly heavenly harmonies that lift the song to greatness.”
Winner of the Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Competition and the Nashville Songwriters Song of the Year.
"Romanoff may be a late bloomer, but it's obvious his talent has been lurking for a long time..." - PopMatters
Very Short Stories About Ed
the first 45 he bought was the ballad of bonnie and clyde
it was a john prine record that made him want to learn guitar
he bought his first yamaha guitar at 17 for 75 dollars
“hello in there” was the first song he learned, the b flat was a killer
ed writes mostly about things that happened
he doesn’t recommend his songs to people who are already sad.
he doesn’t think his songs are actually that sad..
ed has had more random unrelated jobs than anyone he’s ever met
this includes cattle brander, jackhammer operator, and conveyor belt worker at a teflon factory
he lived in conn, va, nc, mass, wyo, dc and now ny
he should not be allowed to operate a forklift
it took 1 year and 2 generations to make his record
he loves words, whiskey and chicken wings
he used to be russian
now he’s irish
he’s been listening to songs for a long time
he started to write them about 5 years ago
he thinks the best answer to most questions is “why do you ask?”
he wrote a song that ran on the cbs show “love monkey”…it was canceled the next episode
he can snatch 100 pennies from off his elbows
he’s glad his record is done so he can write about something else
he was born in connecticut when eisenhower was president
he went to helen street elementary school
his grandmother called him eddie
he pranked his high school library by checking out all the books
when he was young he decided to try to go through high school and college without reading a book from start to finish
he did it
he reads a lot of books now
he lives in new york with freckles, a rescue from costa rica
he writes songs with a lot of words