Virtue Records was established in 1991 as an instrumental acoustic guitar label.
Since 1991, we have been the exclusive record label for Ed Gerhard. We are dedicated to producing the finest quality guitar recordings.
There and Gone – VRD1926 CD Release Date 2012
A mix of unique and original compositions and compelling covers. Mostly solo guitar with occasional overdubs of bass, Weissenborn guitar, lap steel and additional acoustic guitars. Covers include “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” “Imagine/Across The Universe,” “Killing the Blues” and a fresh take on Leo Kottke’s lovely “Three Quarter North.”
Sunnyland – SACD57 CD Release Date 2006 on Solid Air Records
“Sunnyland” draws from the blues and gospel music Ed has always loved and is enhanced by the deep personal connection Ed always brings to his music. Eleven of the fourteen tracks are Ed’s originals and span a diverse palette of styles, from the fast and playful “Little Road” to the dark and mysterious “5 to 99” The three arrangements of classics are Ed’s relaxed, soulful take on “Just a Closer Walk with Thee,” a newly remixed “Just Can’t Keep from Crying Sometimes” (originally on “House of Guitars”) and a sweetly haunting “Amazing Grace.”
Includes: Avalon Train, 5 to 99, Either Way She Walks, Sunnyland, Just a Closer Walk with Thee. Sunday blues, Just Can’t Keep from Crying Sometimes, Amazing Grace, Night Owl Blues, Still Not Sorry You’re Gone, Sunnyland (reprise), Little Road, Sunday Street Stroll, and Not Blind in Heaven.
House of Guitars – VRD 1925 CD Release Date 2001
Ed’s seventh album House of Guitars finds him creating an ever wider range of sounds and textures, each carrying a deep emotional impact. The sounds on this disc are up to Ed’s usual high audio standards despite being recorded using cheap, pawnshop style guitars! The material ranges widely as well, from beautiful, tender ballads like “Let it Be Me” and Paul McCartney’s wistful “Junk” to the eerie yet rocking “Because of you, this.”
Includes: Promised land, Poor Wayfaring Stranger, Try to Stay, Because of You This, I Will, Shallow Brown, Farther Along, I Just Can’t keep from Crying Sometimes, Let it be Me, Junk and Promised Land Reprise.
The Live Album – VRD 1924 CD Release Date 1999
Recorded live at Ed’s concerts for the past several years. New arrangements of previously recorded material as well as newly released material. Features Ed on 6 and 12-string guitars, Hawaiian lap steel and electric mando guitar. Includes:
Tennessee, Malaika, Great Dream from Heaven, Shallow Brown, Duet, Isa Lei, Homage, Si Bhig Si Mhor, Slide Improv, The Handing Down, Malaika (Tiny Malaika) and The Water is Wide.
On A Cold Winter’s Night – VRD 1923 CD Release Date 1998
The highly anticipated sequel to “Christmas.” Features Ed on 6-string, 12-string, high strung and slide guitars in solo, duet and multiguitar formats. Includes: Joy to the World, Away In A Manger, The First Noel, In the Bleak Midwinter, I Saw Three Ships, Angels We Have Heard On High, The Holly and The Ivy, O Holy NIght, Little Drummer Boy, Medley; Hark, The Herald Angels Sing, O Come All Ye Faithful, Jingle Bells; All Through the Night and White Christmas.
Counting the Ways – VRD1922 CD Release Date 1996
Ten contemporary and traditional love songs from around the world. Features guest musicians Arlo Guthrie, Martin Simpson and Bob Brozman; guitars, Weisennborn, baritone guitar, etc. Includes: Willy O’Winsbury, If I Fell/In My Life, Malaika, Isa Lei, Maria Elena, Wild Mountain Thyme, Spanish Harlem, My Creole Belle, Can’t Help Falling in Love and The Water is Wide.
Luna – VRD1921 CD Release Date 1993
Ten original compositions, mostly solo acoustic guitar with a duet and some ensemble pieces. Features a beautiful new recording of Ed’s popular The Handing Down, previously heard on the Windham Hill Guitar Sampler. Superb audiophile quality all-digital recording. Includes: Tennessee, Red Mountain Serenade, Postcard From Limbo, Fog Trilogy, Blue Highway, Luna,
Horses in the Rain, Gearhat, The Handing Down and Howl.
Christmas – VRD1920 CD Release Date 1991
Fourteen Christmas favorites in an all-instrumental, all acoustic format. Boston Globe called this “… the best folk holiday recording of 1991.” Arlo Guthrie makes a cameo appearance. Includes: It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, Good King Wenceslas,
O Come All Ye Faithful, Coventry Carol, O’Tannenbaum, What Child Is This?, Silver Bells, Away In A Manger, We Three Kings, Carol of the Bells, O Holy Night, A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, Variations on Pachelbel’s Canon, Silent Night.
Night Birds – VRD1919 LP Release Date 1987, VRD1919 CD Release date 1990
Ed’s debut, this recording won praise from critics, fans and radio stations around the country, including the Boston Globe Critics’ Poll: Top Ten Albums of the Year. Solo acoustic guitar, one duet. Includes: Duet, Crow, No.11, Spike #2, Lost Highway,
Si Bhig Si Mhor, No.7, The French Lady, Suite and Night Birds.