by Ashley Henderson, Pittsburg High School
photo by Ashley Henderson
Metallica, 10 Years, and Parkway Drive. These are the three bands that 29 year old Blaine Edwards believes inspired him to be the man he is today.
For as long as he can remember, Edwards has been passionate about singing. In April of 2008 Edwards decided to take his passion to the next level and formed his own original band which he named Pit 42. Without any formal training, Edwards is entirely self taught.
“[Pit 42] was just for fun at first, but over time it became a lot more than that,” Edwards said.
When Pit 42 was first formed, the band consisted only of Edwards and one other friend who played the drums for him.
“I’ve learned a lot of what not to do,” Edwards said. “I have grown so much as a singer since I started.”
The band now consists of five members who write and record their own rock and roll songs. They have worked their way up to getting shows with national acts such as Saving Abel, Mushroomhead, and Drowning Pool.
“It used to be just my friends who watched me play, 10 to 20 people,” Edwards explained. “Now Pit 42 has legit fans who come to all of our shows.”
While he is on stage performing, Edwards can best describe the feeling of having a crowd cheer him on as “exhilarating.”
“I like being in Pit 42 because I feel like it gives me a cause,” Edwards said.
Despite his musical interests and occasional rockstar lifestyle weekends, Edwards manages to remain humble.
“I don’t consider myself to be all that unique; I’m just on a different path than most people,” Edwards claimed. “Staying happy and young. Never slow down. Never grow old.”
By being respectful, doing benefits, giving back to the community, and making sure he has a viable product, Edwards aspires to someday take the band that started out as a part-time hobby with a friend, and turn it into a full time job.
“Put the work in and don’t expect anything back,” Edwards advised. “That way everything you do receive will be appreciated.”
People of Pittsburg is a series from Emily Rountree’s Pittsburg High School Honors English class focusing on the stories of everyday residents of Pittsburg.