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Nokie Edwards (born Nole Floyd Edwards, May 9, 1935, Lahomamarker, Oklahomamarker is an Americanmarker musician. He is primarily a guitarist, best known for his work with The Ventures.

Biography

Edwards is the son of Elbert and Nannie, and his mother was a Native American Cherokee. Edwards began playing guitar when he was still a small boy. By the time he was a teenager, he was playing regularly in numerous country bands, including that of Buck Owens. After relocating to the Pacific Northwest he met Don Wilson and Bob Bogle, who were the founding members of the instrumental band, The Ventures.

Edwards was originally hired by The Ventures as their bass player, but in 1962, following an eight month absence, he returned to the band and officially took over the lead guitar position from Bogle. The Ventures released a series of best-selling albums through 1968, at which time Edwards left the band to pursue a business in thoroughbred race horses.

In 1969 Edwards began a solo career and released several albums from 1969 through 1972. His solo attempt was unsuccessful, and he returned to The Ventures as lead guitarist in 1973. Edwards performed with the band until 1984 when he left again to pursue a music career in Nashvillemarker, Tennesseemarker. In the late 1980s Edwards re-joined The Ventures once more for another short stint of recording and touring before returning to Nashville.

Throughout the 1990s Edwards was involved with numerous country-influenced recording projects. In 2002 he announced his intent to design and produce a guitar called 'The Hitchhiker'. Edwards has also hosted several 'Nokie Edwards' guitar festivals and guitar clinics around the country.

Edwards continues to tour Japan annually with the Ventures. He also performs occasionally in the United States as both a soloist and as a member of various bands.

Most recently, Edwards has pursued an acting career, being cast in the television Series, Deadwood.

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