Nole “Nokie” Edwards
Edwards is the son of Elbert and Nannie, a Native American Cherokee. Edwards came from a family of accomplished musicians, so that by age five he began playing a variety of string instruments including the steel guitar, banjo,mandolin, violin, and bass. His family relocated from Oklahoma to Puyallup, Washington. During Edward’s late teen years he joined the Army Reserves. After traveling to Texas and California for training, he returned home and began playing regularly for pay in numerous country bands in the area.In January 1958, country songwriter and guitarist Buck Owens relocated from California to Tacoma, Washington, as owner of KAYE radio station.