Don Edwards (born March 20, 1939 in Boonton, New Jersey) is a cowboy singer and guitarist who performs Western music. He has recorded several albums, two of which, Saddle Songs and Songs of the Cowboy, are included in the Folklore Archives of the Library of Congress. Edwards also recorded the album High Lonesome Cowboy with Peter Rowan and Tony Rice.
Don Edwards left home when he was 16 to work on Texas oil fields and experience the western life. He made his professional debut in 1961 after he was hired as a singer, actor, and stuntman at the newly opened Six Flags Over Texas. He worked there for five years before moving to Nashville to seek a recording contract. In 1993 he appeared on Nanci Griffith's Grammy Award winning album Other Voices, Other Rooms on which he accompanied Griffith on a Michael Burton song entitled "Night Rider's Lament".
In popular culture
Edwards played the character Smokey in Robert Redford's The Horse Whisperer. Edwards also performs the song "Coyotes" that plays during the final minutes of the documentary Grizzly Man.
In 2005, Don Edwards was inducted into the Western Music Association Hall of Fame.
- 1980 Happy Cowboy
- 1990 Desert Nights and Cowtown Blues
- 1992 Songs Of The Trail
- 1993 Goin' Back To Texas
- 1994 The Bard and the Balladeer: Live from Cowtown (with Waddie Mitchell)
- 1996 West Of Yesterday
- 1997 Saddle Songs
- 1998 Best Of Don Edwards
- 1998 My Hero, Gene Autry: A Tribute
- 2000 Prairie Portrait
- 2001 On the Trail (with Waddie Mitchell)
- 2001 Kin To The Wind: Memories Of Martin Robbins
- 2004 Last Of The Troubadours: Saddle Songs Vol. 2
- 2004 High Lonesome Cowboy (with Peter Rowan)
- 2006 Moonlight & Skies
- 2009 Heaven on Horseback
- 2010 American