CHARLESTON, W.Va. - It's pretty darn likely Jonathan Edwards won't end his concert Saturday night at the Clay Center without trotting out the song that shot him to stardom more than 40 years ago.
But rest assured that Edwards doesn't rest on his "Sunshine" laurels.
Indeed, he's still a prolific songwriter. You may even hear a few works in progress.
"I find myself being called on more and more to do workshops on songwriting and the music profession," he said from his home in Portland, Maine. "So I bring all that influence to the show.
"I sprinkle the show with lots of new stuff and crazy ideas and fragments," he added.
"I like to let people in on my creative process. I like to portray an image that it's off the cuff and spontaneous - and much of it is. But at the same time, I'm 100 percent invested in what I'm doing. I do songs people know me for and I do a lot of new ones."
After four decades in the business, Edwards still likes to work, but tends to perform mostly on weekends, with the occasional short tour with his band.
"Which is great for everyone because my band mates can have a real life with their families and it keeps me fresh," Edwards said.
One of his great joys these days is performing with his daughter, Grace, whom he calls "terrific."
For Saturday's show, however, it will be Edwards and his acoustic guitar - and lots of stories.
"Sometimes a venue will provide a nice grand piano, and I like to play that, too," he added. "But other than that, it's just guitars and a satchel full of songs."