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Aeddon Cartwright

Dean Jackson

Whatzup Features Writer

Published March 30, 2022

Like many musicians, Aeddon Cartwright’s roots are entwined with Sweetwater programs like Rock Camp. But even before formal training, he was teaching himself. You might have seen him playing electric and acoustic guitars at area festivals, in addition to competing in the Tri-C High School Rock Off at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.“My mom was trying to get me into metal,” he said. “I’d go to my room listening to Metallica and Slayer.”After getting a guitar as a Christmas gift, Cartwright began to play with his grandfather. The dedication to the instrument is evidenced by calloused fingers.“It was painful in the beginning, but that went away,” he said.His interest in metal has also been refined to blues.“When I go through tough times, (the blues have) always been something I can go to to decompress,” Cartwright said. “It feels like home. I don’t know what I’d do with out it.“That’s how guitar is, it’s my drug, it’s my escape,” he added.Cartwright is currently performing with Kaitlyn Schmit and The Move as well as the band’s side project, Off the Edge. His goal is simple: “To do this as a living. Even it is just the weekend, and use it to inspire.”


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