Country hooks meet rock energy when Gainesville songwriter Edan Archer plays free Tampa concert this weekend

She’s in Seminole Heights at Ella’s on Friday.

click to enlarge Edan Archer, who plays Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe in Tampa, Florida on July 2, 2021. - Chandler Culotta c/o Gasparilla Music Festival
Chandler Culotta c/o Gasparilla Music Festival
Edan Archer, who plays Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe in Tampa, Florida on July 2, 2021.


Gainesville-native and “Nashville lurker” Edan Archer has an Appalachian folk background that blends with rock and roll for a sound “characterized by fingerpicking, electric dulcimer, rock and roll energy and country hooks.”

Though her originals are on point (check out the bluesy 2020 single “Sweet William”), it’s Archer’s cover of U2’s “Bullet the Blue Sky” that got me. That vocal range is going to reach the top of high ceilings at Ella’s for this no cover gig. Reserve a table if you want to watch the show while dining on some Best of the Bay winning comfort food.

Edan Archer. Friday, July 2, 9 p.m. Free. Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe, Tampa. ellasfolkartcafe.com

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Stephanie Powers

Freelance contributor Stephanie Powers started her media career as an Editorial Assistant long ago when the Tampa Bay Times was still called the St. Petersburg Times. After stints in Chicago and Los Angeles, where she studied improvisation at Second City Hollywood, she came back to Tampa and stayed put.She soon...
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