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by Polara, feat. Ed Ackerson, lead vocals/guitar
Ed Ackerson (c.1964 to 2019) was an American musician, songwriter and producer. Edward Ackerson was born in Stillwater, Washington County, Minnesota, USA, in about 1964. Growing up on Harriet Avenue, he made his first music recordings on tape reel in his parents' basement. His performance career began as part of 'Mr Slate' in the early 1980s (and deputising on a series of singles by the 'Dig' in 1985), before he went on to play in the bands '27 Various', 'Polara' (featured here), 'Sideways', the 'Mood Swings' and 'BNLX' (he also performed and released music as a solo artist). Although his primary instrument was the guitar, Ackerson could also play many of the extra instruments he kept available after starting the 'Susstones' label with John Kass and then building the 'Flowers Studio' in the Lowry Hill East neighbourhood. Since opening in 1998, the studio had hosted innumerable sessions by artists ranging from legends like 'The Replacements', 'Jayhawks', Brian Setzer and 'Golden Smog', to younger artists including Lizzo, 'The Shackletons' and the 'Happy Children'. Several years ago however, he took time off from the 'rock and roll' life to start a family with his wife Ashley (who had been a 'BNLX' bandmate). They had one daughter together, before he returned to his involvement in music. The 'Susstones' label had boasted an artist roster which included Mark Mallman, 'Stereo Confession', 'Two Harbors', 'Faux Jean' and 'Blue Sky Blackout', and as an engineer Ackerson was always an encouraging presence, but would only jump in to help when absolutely necessary. Diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer at the start of September 2019, Ed Ackerson died from his condition in Minneapolis on October 4th 2019, aged 54. He is survived by his wife and daughter.
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Posted: 10th November 2019
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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