Best known for his work as singer, guitarist and chief songwriter for St. Petersburg art-pop band The Ditchflowers, Ed Woltil has garnered numerous regional and national awards, including First Prize in the 2000 USA Songwriting Competition, Gospel category, and Runner-Up in the 2006 John Lennon Songwriting Competition, Folk category.
NPR has featured Woltil’s music on Open Mic, and Performing Songwriter magazine singled out Carried Away, The Ditchflowers’ 2007 debut CD, as a “Top 12 DIY Pick.” Creative Loafing called the disc “exquisite…sweet, timeless pop” (and it topped critic Eric Snider's 'Best of 2007' list) while Popmatters.com said that “every song exhibits supreme musicianship and an insightful yet earthy lyricism.”
Woltil’s seminal power-pop trio, Mad For Electra — revered by critics and fans alike — helped shape Tampa Bay’s vibrant original music scene of the ‘80s and ‘90s. He was also a one-time member of fellow scenesters The Headlights, Florida’s revered folk-rock standard bearers. Ed has had the privilege of opening for Richard Thompson (twice!), Alex Chilton, Graham Parker, Procol Harum, Marshall Crenshaw and Chris Isaak.
Woltil continues to craft adventurous, artful pop with his all-star band, The Loaded Question, featuring fellow former Headlight Steve Connelly on lead guitar; Jeremy Douglass on keys; Michael Hoag on bass; and Dan DeGregory on drums. Woltil also plays guitar and sings with Steve Connelly and the Greater Good, Mercy McCoy, The Florida Bjorkestra and Steve Robinson & Ed Woltil. Robinson (another former Headlight) and Woltil’s collaborative CD, Cycle, landed on several critics’ “Best of” lists for 2015. Featuring contributions by Dave Gregory of XTC and Dave Mattacks of Fairport Convention, No Depression called the disc “a gloriously synergistic merging of talents” and Powerpopaholic called it “a musical shot of happiness…simply beautiful.”