International Songwriters Competition Lyric Category Winner – Award-Winning Songwriter Ed Romanoff

By | May 22, 2012
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International Songwriters Competition Lyric Category Winner – Award-Winning Songwriter Ed Romanoff

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Award-Winning Songwriter Ed Romanoff Wins 1st Place In Lyric Category Of International Songwriters Competition For Song On Debut CD – Self-Titled Debut To Be Released June 26 with Extensive National Tour With Fellow Americana Artist Mary Gauthier Kicked Off In New York City On April 12 –

May 1, 2012 – New York, NY – Americana artist Ed Romanoff’s song “St Vincent de Paul” just won 1st Place in the Lyrics Category in the 2011 International Songwriting Competition. His song “Two Yellow Roses” took 1st place in the Folk/Americana category of the Great American Song Contest. Seven other songs from this debut record have also been recognized in international songwriting competitions (prior to its June release), including “Breakfast for One on the Fifth of July,” written with critically acclaimed Mary Gauthier and Crit Harmon, which won for best lyrics at the 2011 International Songwriting Competition and the 2011 USA Songwriting Competition and “Two Yellow Roses,” written with Harmon, which won first place in the 2011 Great American Song Contest, in the American/Folk category.

Ed has also been selected as a finalist in the 2012 Telluride Troubadour competition, which brings together songwriters from around the world at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival (June 21-24) each summer solstice weekend in Telluride, CO.

Ed will release his much anticipated self-titled debut on June 26th and is currently on tour, in support of the forthcoming release, with fellow Americana/Folk artist Mary Gauthier (dates below).

The accomplished and evocative album, already receiving much praise from press and industry insiders, was produced by Crit Harmon, esteemed for his work with Martin Sexton, Lori McKenna, and Mary Gauthier, and features vocals from Josh Ritter, Tift Merritt, Meg Hutchinson, and Mary Gauthier. The new record is being hailed as a gritty masterwork of atmospheric Americana.

The eleven-track debut cuts a wide emotional swath, from the good natured sorry-I-messed-up sentimentality of “I Must Have Done Something Right” to the brave vulnerability of “St. Vincent De Paul.”   Ed wrote the latter after a personal pilgrimage with Gauthier to the orphanage where she had been left on the day she was born. The two became close friends, connecting over the clouds of their pasts.

This skillful debut has a moony ambience with elegiac lap steel, saloon violins, and a gentle hum of Wurlitzer organs. Its smoky haze and rustic production are delicately grounded by the grit and earthiness of Ed’s voice – gentle yet haunting – while his guitar playing is economic and steeped in all stripes of Americana, from boozy blues to brothel jazz.

“It took two generations and two years to write the record,” Ed says. It was worth the wait.

You can listen to Ed’s new CD at www.edromanoff.com/thepresshouse. A list of the awards Ed has won is below, as well as the tour dates.

Upcoming Tour Dates (More to Come)
Tuesday, May 8th – Cambridge, MA – Club Passim – w/ Mary Gauthier
Wednesday, May 9th – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse Music Hall – w/ Mary Gauthier
Thursday, May 10th – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live – w/ Mary Gauthier
Friday, May 11th – New York, NY – Joe’s Pub – w/ Mary Gauthier
Saturday, May 12th – Piermont, NY – Turning Point – w/ Mary Gauthier
Tuesday, May 15th – Washington, DC – The Hamilton – w/ Mary Gauthier & others
June 14 – Nashville, TN – Bluebird Cafe – w/ Mary Gauthier

List of Awards:
* “St Vincent de Paul”
2011 International Songwriting Competition – 1st Place in Lyrics Category
* “Two Yellow Roses”
2011 Great American Song Contest – 1st Place in Folk/Americana Category
2011 International Songwriting Competition – Honorable Mention in Lyrics Category
* “Breakfast For One on the Fifth of July”
2011 USA Songwriting Competition – 1st Place in Lyrics Category
2010 International Songwriting Competition – 2nd Place in Lyrics Category
* “The Orphan King”
2011 USA Songwriting Competition – Finalist in Lyrics Category
2010 International Songwriting Competition – Honorable Mention
* “When You’re Dreamin'”
2011 International Songwriting Competition – Honorable Mention in Folk/Singer-Songwriter Category
* “I Must Have Done Something Right”
2011 International Songwriting Competition – Honorable Mention in Lyrics Category
* “Lady Luck”
8th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards – Finalist in Folk/Americana Category
* “Potholes”
2011 International Songwriting Competition – Semi-Finalist in Lyrics Category
* “Sacred Wreck”
2011 International Songwriting Competition – Semi-Finalist in Lyrics Category

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