Richard Edwards is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist known for the bittersweet indie rock of both his solo material and his band Margot & the Nuclear So and So's.
Named after the character Margot Tenenbaum in the Wes Anderson arthouse comedy The Royal Tenenbaums, his group, which consisted of the Indianapolis native and a rotating lineup, released its debut, The Dust of Retreat, on local label Standard Recording in 2005. It was critically well-received, and Epic issued the label-approved follow-up Not Animal (alongside the band's preferred version, Animal!) in 2007. Edwards parted ways with Epic and relocated to Chicago for 2010's leaner Buzzard, and 2012's Rot Gut, Domestic explored more guitar-driven '90s-styled rock, also flirting with country & western influences. Margot & the Nuclear So and So's' fifth LP, 2014's Sling Shot to Heaven, was recorded in a home studio and released on their own label. Edwards then signed with Indianapolis-based Joyful Noise Recordings, which put out a 2015 collection of over 50 previously unreleased songs, demos, and alternate takes from Margot titled Bride on the Boxcar: A Decade of Margot Rarities 2004-2014.
In the meantime, Edwards was diagnosed with a stomach ailment that led to surgery and the cancellation of a sold-out tour. During this time, he and his wife also divorced. Addressing the aftermath of those events, Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset became his first album under his own name. Produced by Rob Schnapf (Elliott Smith, Beck), it was released by Joyful Noise in 2017. Edwards returned to the studio with Schnapf and the same backing band for the less autobiographical Verdugo, which followed a year later. ~ Marcy Donelson & MacKenzie Wilson, Rovi