Easy Ed's Broadside

Exploring music without a map.

Since 2009, Ed has shared his thoughts on ND about music that touches him, and rambled hither and yon about what else is on his mind.

Easy Ed's Broadside

Exploring music without a map.

Since 2009, Ed has shared his thoughts on ND about music that touches him, and rambled hither and yon about what else is on his mind.

A Fond Farewell to Willard's Wormhole and Lonesome Lefty's Scratchy Attic

Another very interesting Broadside Ed...while I didn't know of Lonesome Lefty or Willard, I've got some pretty obscure 45's from my childhood... a few on the King label (James Brown and the Famous Flames, Hank Ballard) and at least one on Starday Records (Red Sovine and maybe George Jones...never did figure out where those came from as dad didn't like country music, and where I bought records those would never have been recommended to me)...always been interested in the obscure labels...the stuff is of my close friends' dad passed away a couple of weeks ago, age 88...the dad was a successful regional Rockabilly artist back in the late 50's and pre-Beatles 60's, cut some records in Nashville in 1958 on the Mark Records label, appeared on Midwestern Hayride and other regional broadcasts, John "Rocky" Rhule (and his Combo)...I thought of him and laughed when you noted "murky legalities" of these sites...John's music is on Youtube...2-3 of his records (which he wrote the songs) are out there, posted by European Rockabilly record collectors (I assume, the information on the posters is sketchy), it's just the song and a picture of the 45 record...John was 83 or 84 when he found out his music was posted out there...he got excited about it at first because he no longer had copies of any of those records so it was a real kick for him, but after a few minutes he wanted to know why he wasn't getting paid for it...I'm not sure he understood what Youtube even was...or that the people who posted his records weren't making money either...but Youtube as an entity makes money...he said something to the effect of "The record business is more crooked now than it was when I was in it..."  I can't argue with that...

I know a young woman who began posting makeup tips and modeling clothes on You Tube when she was 14. Today at 22 she has well over a million followers and makes six figures a year on ad revenues. Now...if she chooses....she can have a new career in music with her YT fame as a springboard. Musicians should consider this as an option. 

My sister bought this 45 in the bargin bin at Montgomery Ward (no kids, that's not "Montgomery Clifthoney!"). I'm not sure why she bought it but she did and what a find! I have not idea where the record ended up but check the internet and there you go...



The quote:

In addition, the musical community that developed around the Wormholes was the best on the internet, providing useful, helpful, and worthwhile comments and background, and the thorough and abundant reader links that developed provided an additional treasure trove of musical goodies for all to enjoy.

Reminded me of the glory days of the ND community. 

me too, Mr. Mutt...perhaps Ed was channeling that for us...



I didn’t mean to channel, but the music blogs were always much denser with content and many had/have an active community. I think it’s an act of love rather than whatever it is we do here. As an aside, at the moment I think we’re down to 6 active columnists, one person who recycles a ‘news’ story on the front page, Stacy...bless her soul...and a few reviewers. I’ve also heard a rumor that there is a replacement for Kim but I can’t confirm. 

I'm confused by who is the Captain of the ship. I'd think the editor would feature creativy over recycling. I can go to Paste, Rolling Stone if that is the kind of "infotainment" I want to read.

We heard there was a replacement for Kim too...If you can't confirm I certainly can't.  I'd agree that doing those music blogs and archives is an "act of love" as well...and passion'd have to really be passionate to share all that, not knowing what response there'd be or even if there's an interest or audience...but obviously there was...

I've not heard a discouraging word about Stacy from anyone, so to the extent that she still cares and puts her heart in it, I say thanks Stacy!

So you're telling me Hilary hasn't reached out to you, the longest, loyalest contributor to this site?  I'm sorry to hear that. It does not bode well for the site and it makes one wonder why FreshGrass bought the site in the first place: to kill it or just let it die from apathy?

Oh, and we're coming up on the one year anniversary of Raina's last column!!

Longevity and loyalty are highly overrated. 

Read the headline too quickly and wondered why the fuck would Ed be writing about Willard and His Bowling Trophies.

Interesting column, Ed, this was an ecosystem I don't think I realized existed, not to that esoteric degree. It makes sense though, amateur and otherwise archivists and fanatics had new tools.  This made me think back to Dick Buckley, a 50+ year Chicago radio treasure with an encyclopedic knowledge of jazz and a deep memorable voice, his 3 hour radio shows were much like these blogs I would guess.

If EasyEd wrote about Willard and His Bowling Trophies I'd read it.

Gauntlet thrown!

I took a two credit bowling course in college to fulfill a PE requirement. It was two days a week at 7:30AM, and taught by a grad student. At the end of my first class I went up to him and asked what it would cost me to get a B in the class and never have to attend another class. Without hesitation he replied ‘four ounces’. Offer accepted and transacted. The Sixties...gotta love ‘em. 

Size 19 works every time...I didn't have to play the video to know what commercial it was and I saw it maybe 3 times total when it was running...

David Lindley told a story the last time I saw him about the guy who makes some of his lap steel guitars...he also makes cannons...obviously, no one makes ammo anymore, so this guy uses 16 pound bowling balls to test fire the cannons...apparently, he peruses the internet looking for bowling alleys that go out of business and when he sees one, he buys the inventory for ammo.   Lindley gets a call from the guy and he asks him if he needs any shoes...he doesn't make the connection, but says sure, anything in size 8 1/2 is fine (if you've seen Lindley's wardrobe, you would understand that he doesn't have a thing about wearing used stuff, and it's better if it's patterns that don't match)...about a month later UPS delivers a large box to him...inside...14 pairs of bowling shoes in his size...he painted the pair he had on blue to not match his orange outfit...

Sometimes the stories in the comment section are better than the original column. 

And better than an entire issue about Appalachian music.

I'm still waiting for the all Dylan issue to subscribe! 

Ouch...touche!   Biting commentary from the moribund comments section...


I thought the column was great for what it's worth Ed...

Another time I saw Lindley, he told a different story about the same guy...he lives on a small ranch in Montana...Lindley was visiting him to pick up a newly built intrument and the guy asks him if he wants to watch him test fire some cannons...he loads one up with a bowling ball and points it in toward vast open acreage and goes up and up and out and eventually disappears from view...Lindley asks him how far it goes and his buddy says he isn't sure because he doesn't retrieve the bowling balls...said they go for miles and they land on his neighbor's property which is the largest ranch in Montana, huge...Lindley asked if he's ever heard from the neighbor about the cannon fire or the bowling balls...he said he hadn't and didn't think the guy that owned the ranch was there much, he was a pretty busy guy...Lindley asks who his neighbor is and he says "a guy named Ted Turner".


Great story, Jim!  I just had dinner at Ted's Montana Grill again last month, had the bison meatloaf. I knew from the menu their bison was sourced from his ranch but your comments prompted me to look up Ted Turners land holdings.  Turns out it's 2 million acres, which works out to 3125 square miles, larger than Delaware or Rhode Island. He's the second largest private landowner in North America. I hope he somehow gets downwind of Lindley's friends story.  

That's a big damn ranch...not likely to hit anything if you fired 200 cannons...I'm not sure how many orders you get for cannons either...I'm guessing that's a special order that takes a while...

Bison Meatloaf...that could be tasty...

Lindley is a funny, quirky dude...I'd go see him even if he couldn't play better anything with strings better than just about anyone...his Warren Zevon stories are classic as well...


I saw Lindley last year and heard the same hilarious story. You can imagine at some date in the future someone stumbling across these bowling balls and wondering WTF (where the ......) did these come from?