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.

Groundhog Day Experiment #1: Hickory Wind

I've said it before, I'll say it again, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards wrote Hickory Wind.  Period.


Nicely done Jack...I'm sure Will appreciates it...

Great article.  Jack is almost correct.  "Hickory Wind" was written by Jagger, Donovan, and Richards.  Full stop. 

Bullshit, R, full stop this.  

H. Khaury.   Say it fast.  Yep, Hickory. 

Wrong...I said it out loud and it came out "Tiny Tim"...

Anybody reading these comments who aren't aware of the "Wild Horses" controversy or the infinitely more obscure Donovan joking that has taken place on this site must really be scratching their heads. But I got a big laugh out of it. Thanks guys.

You are most welcome Dennis...and Donovan really is underrated...though I find the Jagger-Richards-Leitch song credit a bit specious...not entirely certain Mutt hasn't led us astray...

Mutt is full of prunes, Jim, Donovan would not have been slumming with a couple hacks like Jagger and Richards.

Didn't read this closely enough Jack..."Mutt is full of prunes"...very are going directly to 4.0...

Yes, I suspect that clownish dog is leading us astray. But it would be curious to hear what a Jagger-Richards-Leitch song would sound like.

Nice idea for a column Ed...perhaps a sequel is in store...that last version is really good...pretty heartfelt vocal for age 13...

So much to respond to here. OK, first I love Groundhog Day as I assume most do. But I'm thinking the theme has more to do with a person whose life is stuck--same ol' job, same cold fronts moving in, same ol' outlook on life, etc.--until a magical awakening allows real time to once again commence (very Dickens meets Walker Percy).

So not sure how that relates to Gram Parsons or his anointed masterpiece "Hickory Wind," but I like Ed a lot, so it's all good. I personally feel that Gram wrote many songs even better than HW, and that he doesn't get enough credit for them or in general as a songwriter. Two of my favorites he wrote before he even got to Boston and the ISB: “November Nights” is one of the most gorgeous songs ever, as is “Brass Buttons,” both written early on. I published something about that here on ND back in 2011 when I was just three years into becoming something of a Gram Parsons amatuer professional, some would say a “Grampire.” Here it is (wow it's still there):

Indeed, Gram, unlike Phil Connors, was a polite, slow-talking southern gentleman, by the accounts of all that knew him, but his creative mind was on speed from an early age up until the day of his death. Few have contributed more to the catalog and American music in general in such a short period of time. One of the reasons band members to this day, some of them, nail him to a cross for not staying with his bands very long; Gram was not about bands, at least his vision wasn't. They in fact often became a vehicle often without vision, too needy, too static, and he had way too much to accomplish on what he seemed to know was his short time on the planet. And, yes, again according to Bonnie Bramlett and others, he was the most generous of gentlemen. That included song credits.

As to the correct attribution of “Hickory Wind,” well, by so many here who have nailed this writer to a cross for my little piece on “Wild Horses,” that at 35,600 page views here (36K by the end of the day thanks to Ed's nice article; update, well over 36K now), the most page views ever I believe by a piece on ND (please prove me wrong!), I may not be considered the best one to deal with that. Nevertheless.

Over breakfast with the song's co-author a few years ago, Bob Buchanan told me (upon my asking directly) that indeed, the two of them wrote the song, I believe he said on a train heading out to California. Was it seminally and subconsciously in Gram's mind, having perhaps heard it, or something similar, somewhere, in some coffee house, in his time spent in South Carolina? It's possible (the courts gave the credit to Gram and Bob). Much has been written in this magazine about writers “borrowing” others' material, sometimes consciously sometimes not. Dylan is often mentioned as an example. And so it goes.

Indeed, nice covers of the song. At 10 years of doing my show in so many cities booking artists I feel to be in Gram's legacy (not a tribute show!), I have many videos of “Hickory Wind” done by so many it would be hard to choose one, but perhaps I shall. Here's the co-author of the song at my 2012 show. [Start at the minute mark if you don't want his intro, but I'd recommend all of it to get to know Bob Buchanan!]


Love "Brass Buttons"...wonderful song...agree 100 %...really good version by Mr. Buchanan, intro and all...


More on the attribution. Sammans or whatever her name is said she sold the rights to Vanguard Records in 1969 which is when Joan Baez, on Vanguard, released it. However, The Byrds released it on Sweetheart of the Rodeo is at least a year earlier. Sammans also said she handed over the "proof" that she had, a tape, to Vanguard at that time (1969); how did Columbia get it from Vanguard, the rights? Did Vanguard have any issues with this? Where's the supposed tape? Etc. Etc.  Vanguard would have records of this and I'm sure the many biographers, esp Meyer, would have checked Vanguard records. Another biographer, Bob Kealing, has stated, "I read that article and asked Bob about it. He says that's all bullsh*t. So does Gram's friend Jim Carlton who actually lives in the same town as this woman does. Bob had a more detailed story of writing the song on the train." Bob also told me the same directly over breakfast in Saginaw. 

I've said my piece here, I'll clam up now.

And now we have come full circle with a HoJo's reference...Ed will appreciate that I'm sure...well done Jack!  We may have to promote you to 3.0...

Gents, our work is done here.

Hojo?  The influential Japanese clan from the thirteen hundreds important in fostering the growth of Zen Buddhism?   Fill this newcomer in! My pellet stove generator is about to run dry so I'm off the grid until the next ton is delivered. 

They lost me too Mr. Mutt.

An inside joke going back to the "old days" of ND, involving HoJo (Howard Johnson's) fried clam strips. I honestly don't know how it started, but I believe I mentioned missing them one day, that they were the best. 

I got onto that inside joke late, and really only understood it because my wife's family used to go out of their way to hit Howard Johnson's for the fried clam strips on day trips...I'd never had them as a kid...I'd been to Howard Johnson's before and my family had stayed in the HJ motels too, but I had never eaten the clam strips...they were actually pretty good, and a generous portion...nothing like a big pile of those with some fries when you are 20 years old and have the metabolism of a factory furnace...


Damn now I'm missing them all over again (along with so much else!).

I always thought "Heat Treatment" by Gram Parker was a nice follow up to his debut disc. 

It was...wrong Gram are slipping R...or maybe it's me...

I would assume Mr. Mutt is being facetious and bringing attention to the fact that many people confuse Graham Parker with Gram Parsons--two greats whose music couldn't be more dissimilar. But I love "Heat Treatment" myself and feel Mr. Parker is very underrated.

Yep...Mr. Mutt is very facetious...he's also a toilet or a band, I'm not sure which...I was playing along actually...I didn't make it very obvious though, my does seem people would not confuse the two...

One of those fairly recent Judd Apatow movies, Life at 40, has Graham Parker in it...great scene...Paul Rudd is a record label exec and of course the music business is going down the toilet, but he's still pretending things are pretty good...He's married to Leslie Mann, they've got kids...they go to a media event he's set up where Graham Parker (who is on his label) is playing...but she's been mostly with the kids over the recent past, listening to their music...he's singing along with Graham on every word, and she's just bored to tears and hates it...on the way home she says, "It's just not my kind of music"...he says, "What is your kind of music" and she answers "Lady Gaga"...they argue about the merits of Gaga's music and she's trying to keep him focused on the fact that the record label is his job and not a hobby and she says, "Can't you just love Graham as a hobby and sign some hot 15 year old singer so we can eat" and he responds with all of Graham's accomplishments and then says "if I can just sell 10,000 records to his hardcore fan base we're golden" and about that time an ambulance goes by with the siren blaring...and she then solemnly announces, "The last of Graham Parker's fans has just died."

That wasn't true exactly...apparently, you, me, and Mr. Mutt are still alive...

That movie is worth it for Graham Parker's participation alone, but it's worth seeing...apparently GP ad-libbed most of his part, and he's brutally honest about his career and where it is at currently...he's quite funny...a natural...

Let's stay on topic!

What was the topic? Or should I say which topic?

No tengo la menor idea.


No disrespect Will, but these are dark, pathetic, fucked-up days politically in which we may not survive the next tweet from our Ugly-American, out-of-his-depth, sorry-excuse-for-a-President  (and we probbably deserve whatever we get for electing him) so please don't disparage our attempts at some levity. 

Wouldn't think of it Dennis, glad I can help!

You are no joke are about to hit 36 K've got legs man...we love you!


Will,  nope, you aren't the joke here.  Ed left the barn door wide open, one might say, and you know we're just the sort of arch bastards to run gleefully right through it!  Figured you'd be huffing and puffing along with us.





My friend Rrose told me "Howlin' Wind" was  chosen as the title track as a response to "Hickory Wind".  Nick Lowe, the producer of "Howlin' Wind", released an EP "Bowi" in response to Bowie's album "Low" so there may be some truth to the rumor.  


Two words for you Jack V: Thin ice.





The Sub Band's music wasn't used in the movie The Trip as overdubbed in this video. Roger Corman decided to use the Electric Flag, whose music was overdubbed on the footage of the ISB. I've recently discoverd through FBB bassist and session man Chris Ethridge's daughter a correlation between Mike Bloomfield (Electric Flag), Ethridge, the Monterey Pop Fest, and Gram joining the Byrds. Which may have something to do with the decision to use Bloomfield's band for the film, which was originally conceived by Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson.  





Nick Lowe was a fan. Check out "Country Girl" he recorded with Brinsley Schwarz around 1970. 

The track is a cover from "The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming" which starred Carl Reiner, father of Rob Reiner, who produced Spinal Tap (trying to stay on some topic with a nod to Jack 5.0).  In addition, I believe, "Blowin' In The Wind" (Dylan-Reiner-Nabors) first appeared in this episode of Gomer Pyle before Dylan released his version much like "Wild Horses" first appeared on Gram's album before the Stones' version was released.


One of my sons 7th grade classmates' father uses his 3D printer to make robots that repetitively test cell phone software.  For instance, they could endlessly tap an app icon to trigger the app to ensure it performs reliably over time. It could, as an example, be programmed to hit any random ND page to test whether it would open.  As an example, let's use a random ND page, say, one about whether Gram Parsons wrote Wild Horses, the robot could tap the link to the article (story?), say, 36,106 times, endlessly really, to make sure the page opens properly.


Yeah I was a webmaster, Gannett/NBC, know those tricks. These page views are real.  

I know they are, Will, we all do.  You seem to have taken it personally, or just too seriously, this has been anything but.  Ed's Broadsides bring long time regulars of the site to one place and we were just injecting some fun is all.  

I don't take it personally, but I do take what I do seriously. Ed wrote an excellent column as usual, and I spent some time on a reply. Then we got into some of our usual hijinks, which is fine. The clam thing in particular is like a code word for "we get it about this new site and what they've done to it." Which as you know, I think is crap, taking away the community aspects completely. But if anything, they not I are using my Wild Horses rumination as "clickbait," which is fine.  I just decided to delete my contribution to the numbers discussion. Guess what? You can edit, but you can't delete! So I just put in a couple spaces that I knew would code instead. No big deal. I feel the subject is serious, or I wouldn't have spent the time with that lengthy reply. I am serious, no apologies there. Carry on. Someone has to. Cheers, Will James, Cosmic American Productions

Good, Will, was a bit concerned that you were taking it personally, which wouldn't be the intent.   I always took clams as a sign that the discussion had already or was about to jump the shark.  Besides, I always preferred the fried scallops at Alice's Kitchen on Niagara Falls Blvd.


No worries. Think Alice's Kitchen may be long gone; too bad never had them there. Most places I've tried them since HoJo's just too greasy. Last place they rated, though never as good as HoJo's, in memory at least (Faulkner: "Memory believes before knowing remembers") was The Salmon Run in Lee, MA, (The Berkshires) though the whole bellies my wife chose were better but prepared the same.   



Hey Ed, you going to do a Groundhog Day #2 after this Mensa (Densa?) Club discussion?  May I suggest the next one?



Why I don't come here anymore...

C'mon. Any comment is better than no comment in the neutered No Depression comments/discussion graveyard. 



Great song. Great album.  Is he playing the Freshgrass Festival? 



Not so far...but more to be announced later...why do you ask R?

This reminds me to call my lawn guy.  

Nice would go all the way to 11 of course...this is a great song by the way...

In other news, the creators of "Spinal Tap" are suing the movie studios associated for $400 million in lost revenue...seems by movie studio accounting, they are only entitled to  a total of $179.00 from the movie, including all of the residual profits on the secondary market...likely the most successful VHS tape ever that wasn't porn...

Holy cow...that's weird...

And I had a jacket and medallion just exactly like that in 8th grade...and you should have heard my version of "Lalena"...


Jack & R Mutt you have turned this posting into a torture chamber. First we get that "heartfelt" rendering by Gomer Pyle doing Dylan then Mr. "Golden Throat" Torme making Donovan's dubious mega-hit (He's got so many better songs) even dumber. What's next? William Shatner doing "Mr Tambournine Man" or "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"? At least, hopefully, not a Gram Parson's song or a Graham Parker song for that matter.

Dennis, don't tell me you have a copy of "The Transformed Man" by William Shatner?  I've heard it, but I don't know anyone who has a copy...Shatner actually did sing (if you can call it that) both of the songs is not good...even he said about it later, "my wife liked it...she was the only one".

Leonard Nimoy's record was not good either, though he had the good sense to not actually sounded like a beat generation poetry reading set to music, except the poetry being a pretentious imitation.

I believe, as Mutt has suggested, that what's NEXT is...drum roll..."Herbert Buckingham Khaury".


No Jim, I don't own "The Transformd Man" but knew Shatner had done some questionable versions of iconic songs back in the 70s. When searching for what songs exactly he did I ran across the pretty funny information that George Clooney chose "The Transformed Man" as one of his "Desert Island Discs." His reasoning: after listening to "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" you'll be ready to cut off your leg and make a canoe out of it to escape the island.

Yes I probably will. No you can't select it. But I still love you. 

Off topic but looking at No Depression on a mobile device is one shitty experience. 

Not surprising.


yes, it is...

Love that you old hippies still comment. That's so 2008. Peace out. 

LOL. Hey I booked the offspring of those guys who did that song for last year's Nashville show. With Jess Perkins (Al's son) on steel.

I did something similar with the old "St. James Infirmary" song on my Lost Music Saloon radio show a while ago.  I traced that song from a century ago thru the present era as it mutated from jazz thru folk, country, blues and ended up at modern pop-rock.  From Louis Armstrong to Snakefarm!  Here are the song choices I aired (there are many others versions, too):

"St. James Infirmary" Songs Thru the Years:
- Louis Armstrong & the Hot Five: St. James Infirmry
- Jimmie Rodgers: Those Gambler's Blues
- Hank Thompson: Drunkards Blues
- Dock Boggs: Old Joe's Barroom
- Bob Dylan: Blind Willie McTell
- Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan: St. James Infirmary
- The White Stripes: St. James Infirmary Blues
- Snakefarm: St. James

Isn't Blind Willie McTell's "Dyin' Crapshooter's Blues" associated with "St James Infirmary" too?

Hard to say when you're talking that long ago.  For example, take a look here:

Thanks Gary for that link. I had no idea McTell didn't write "Dyin' Crapshooter's Blues." It just goes to show that when it comes to old blues songs one can never be "sure" who wrote what. My favorite version of the song is by David Bromberg on his album "How Late'll Ya Play For?"

My favorite version, and a great great album overall. 


God the Animals were such a great band...this is toward the end for them, and this record was pretty far out there..."White Houses" was great social commentary at the time...I can remember "Year of the Guru" too...excellent guitar work, sort of reminiscent of Hendrix...there were a couple of spoken word things on there too...the two guys with the Cockney accent in the bar, "Song of the Immigrant" or something like was an interesting record...excellent musicianship...

My little rock band in 7th grade got 3rd place in a battle of the bands once...the guys who won killed us though...they were older, and when the bass player started playing Chas Chandler's bass line in "We Gotta Get Out of this Place" I knew we were dead...killer song...they closed with Sam The Sham's "Little Red Riding Hood"...we had no chance because they whipped the Animals on us...

Ha! So true. And you must be the other guy that bought this album. The "New" Animals were just so good; nothing beat this album imo until the release of "Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted," in circa '78, in my mind the best ever reunion album, perhaps tied with The Beau Brummels 1975 reunion album, a personal favorite.  

The Beau Brummels reunion record was wonderful too...and I believe you were the one that mentioned the Ron Elliot solo...

"Before We Were So udely Interrupted" was indeed a great record...the Animals were near the top for me, and as you said, the "New" Animals were an incredible band...great music...

Great song and choices. I've done this a couple of times before, but didn't use the Groudhog tag line. It's definitely an interesting way to spend a day listening to the good, bad and ugly that's out there. 


Both on and off topic. I met Frankie Yankovic in 1997 (or so). He had a young hired gun playing lead accordian and sat on a stool most of the evening. He was "America's Polka King" but  Esteban "Steve" Jordan was the "Jimi Henrix of the Accordian"!


I'm waiting to subscribe to ND when it finally prints an "all accordian" edition!

Hey, come to think of it what about a "Jimi Hendrix of the___________" print issue?

Esteban Jordan = Jimi Hendrix of the accordian

Sol Hoopi = Jimi Hendrix of the Hawaiian steel guitar

Jake Shimabukura = Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele

Jaco Pastorius = Jimi Hendrix of the bass

Joseph Tawardos = Jimi Hendrix of the oud

Eileen Ivers = Jimi Hendrix of the violin

Carlos Nunez = Jimi Hendrix of the bagpipe

Feel free to add to the list...


Couple things.....I haven't seen so many comments on one of my articles in years. And although it's just a handful of 'regulars' and a few newbies, it shows the power of discussion (with no editorial on the quality of the comments) and community that the original No Depression 2.0 website Kyla tried to capture after the mag ceased to exist. It's illustrated in all the buzz words and catchphrases many of us understand, from poor old Donovan to my beloved fried clams. But these threads don't often take place any more, and it speaks to a change in our web reading habits and a platform that doesn't really support it. When I set up my own website I actually eliminated a comments section. My feeling was...outside of all the work to manage spam attacks...if you want to engage me the author, send me an email and I'll reply. So anyway, I hope y'all are enjoying this exchange but it's just not so much fun here as it used to be. Don't take this as self-promotion, but my Facebook page is a much easier place for such dialogue, so I'd welcome you to follow me there. Just search The Real Easy Ed: Roots Music and Random Thoughts and let's swap lies and tall tales, share memories and talk music. EE  


Easy Ed, I'd love to talk music with you directly on Facebook but I don't do Facebook, don't have an account and don't plan on getting one so I guess I'm out of luck.

@Dennis: I guess Twitter is out of the question as well. On the chance you use this newfangled thing called email, my address is ... and Dennis...sorry...I don't mean to make light out of your choice to keep off social media. It's a time-sucking snakepit where people you once knew for a heartbeat four decades ago share pictures of their cats and tell you details of their last colonoscopy. My point was that ND unfortunately is not the communication vehicle and community it once hoped to be, so I was offering an alternative. Keep on commenting, and take advantage of whatever exchange still exists. 

Thanks Ed for the email address. I hope you don't regret it. And you nailed exactly why I don't do Facebook. My wife has an account and she shares the few things she thinks might interest me which is very seldom. 

I've noticed many (actually most, if not all, with the exception of EasyEd) of the writers never reply to comments on their work (or others) leaving the impression that the hired guns don't ever read/visit the site and any sense of community is dead. Which makes me think if "they" don't think the site is good enough to read why should I? Thanks for being the last interactive contributor standing at No Depression!

@rmutt: When the magazine faded and Kyla started up the site, it was really a new experiment on electronic journalism that allowed writers to interact real-time with writers. Some traditional writers really struggled with it while we new blogger types loved the free form give and take. But a lot has changed in nine years, and there is so much media being pumped out by the second from many sources that it's eliminated the time to engage other than hitting a 'like' button. Here at ND it was a combination of that sort of global change along with a shift in ownership, direction and platform (never thought I'd miss Ning) that has killed off that type of community involvement we had here. Speaking for myself, I used to visit ND several times a day and liberally commented. I knew every nook and cranny of this place and often helped out Kyla and Kim with keeping an eye out for issues and opportunities. But now I might check in 4-5 times a week because I'm also using tools such as Flipboard and other content aggregating platforms to feed me information and news. Conversational media is now like an old country road compared to the supersonic highway most of us are traveling down. For my columns, I always read the comments and respond appropriately. It feels like not only part of the job, but it's also fun. Some of the other columnists who weren't around from the beginning have never jumped into the community pool, so they tend to submit and move on to the next project. Nothing wrong with that, it's just a different experience for them. Ok....I've officially rambled on. 

Great summary of the state of affairs Ed. Also, the trend toward I.T. (and sometimes very poor I.T.) taking over design and even content has been unfortunate; the Huffington Post this week being the latest horrible example of that! I also complained regularly to Kyla about Ning, and in fairness they weren't great, but yeah in comparison... Gadgets have also had an unfortunate effect imo. As an editor and content specialist most of my professional life, it's difficult. I only come here when a search turns up "clams." Oh well, have a great weekend.   

@Will: I cannot fathom how nor why Huffington Post literally died overnight. When I opened the app earlier this week I felt like a passenger on an overbooked United flight. Thanks for mentioning it...I thought only I noticed what was going on there. We're hitting the eighties down here in Lower NY, so I imagine your snow should start melting any day now. 

LOL, yeah we had that heat yesterday, back to normal today and yes the snow is finally gone.

Pretty unanimous on the comments on the "new" Huffpost, as it's now officially known. You might find my remarks here:

Hideousness. What bothers me is, after years of working in the field and dealing with the I.T. asswipes, and their management, I actually see what they were going for and how they convinced the "publisher." One of the reasons I got out of that field.

One chief complaint folks have there is the new autostart on ads; I didn't notice as my AdBlock must be stopping them. However upon coming in here today, a video started autoplaying; took me awhile to figure it out as there are so many videos in your piece and the discussion. Looks like Newgrass is following the Huffpost lead with an autostart in the right column, as of now playing the Old Crow Medicine Show. So, same tactics, stuff that was always uncool back in the day (oughts). [Update: now that slot at right isn't autostarting, don't know what the deal is.]

Are we getting you in any trouble here? I hope not ;)-Oldschool.

Not geting me in trouble. I just heard the same Old Crow auto-start while reading your message. First time I think it's happened, but I checked and remembered my ad blocks were disabled this morning while I was doing some work on my own site. We'll see if they'll stop them next time. Maybe it's a mistake since everybody at the site is down at MerleFest and we're on auto-pilot. 

Ah. Yep just did it again coming back to read this.

I am happy for those that stuck with it that the print magazine is back up and running, though it's a different magazine now...different tone, good, but lacking the panache of the old magazine...I have no doubt your assessment here is pretty much why the blog has become tepid for the most isn't their focus, and if the paid contributors aren't in the "community pool" as you put it, they probably don't feel comfortable engaging...don't know what ND posted as a job description when they hired paid writers...I doubt it is part of the gig to respond to bloggers...I doubt they can pay enough to make that a condition...but Mutt's comment is feels like it is paid "churned out" commentary, and some of it isn't all that passionate...when Blackstock and the like wrote, you sure didn't feel that way...your column never feels that way either...and there are a few others...

The community was what was fun about the site to most of us...R. Mutt has dropped in lately, but most of the former commentors are gone...time passes, things change...see you next week Ed...

I just got the autoplay bullshit and it scared the crap out of my dog. Really NoDepression? I think I can hit the play button without help.



Thank you Ed!  I totally agree with what you wrote and you have made the band feel very honored!  That Hickory Wind by The Tuttles with AJ Lee is on their Endless Ocean CD and for sale on their website: , in case anyone is interested. Many Thanks to Tim Erskin for making the video of this great band in their slightly younger days.  AJ Lee still sings Hickory Wind so beautifully with her new Santa Cruz, CA based band, along with Sullivan Tuttle -- the band is called Blue Summit and plays around the San Francisco Bay Area:

Anotehr excellent version of Hickory Wind by Sally Spring! Her studio version is on Mockingbird (2006). 


WTF is a K-hole? I've heard of A-hole, F-hole (get your mind out of the gutter we're talking insturments here) and even the dirtiest of holes, the Trump-hole (yes, you're in the gutter now).

I just saw this on Twitter.

"Enter a K-hole of brisk Hickory Wind. "

Edit-Just looked it up.  Damn, we really need to get weed legalized.  Ecstasy this, Ketamine that.  Inject this formaldehyde.  Cadavers dig it!


Yeah I got that in an email from ND... Truly, WTF? 

Had you heard Sally's version of Hickory Wind? The "other" Parsons from the Byrds raved about it/her.


Or as they say in France "Enter un K-trou de vent vif de Hickory".



Nice version by Sally Mr. Mutt., lovely voice...the Parsons in question is Gene, who along with Clarence White invented the B-Bender modification for guitars that allows a guitar to sound like a pedal steel, heard on thousands of records over the years...he plays many different instruments (drums, plus pretty much eveything with strings), and his solo records, "The Kindling Collection" and "Melodies" (still available on Sierra Records) are wonderful...he would definitely know who is good...and she is...

Perhaps FUC was deleted because the tweet ran over 144 characters?

The melody and progression of "Satisfied Mind" by Joe "Red" Hayes and Jack Rhodes sound an awful lot like "Hickory Wind".  The melody and progression of "Mom and Dad's Waltz" by Lefty Frizzel sound a lot like "Sin City"  Both were written years before Gram was writing any songs. So,  Gram had his ear to country music, but his words were his own though, I believe.


@Paul: Great call on both of these songs. I know that Chris Hillman wrote the music for 'Sin City' while Gram contributed the lyrics for the second verse. Nevertheless, just goes to show that it's all folk music and passed down through generations. 

I finally get it. This post was the swan song (note that swans only sing when they're dying-not that Mr Easy is but the website appears to be) and we're left to read and reread this final column. 

Some might find it a joy and treasure to read this over and over. Knowing that this might be the last of hundreds of columns and articles over the years is bittersweet. Not quite ready to say goodbye yet, but if you ever get a 404 message, remember to visit me at 

For your personal pleasure and enjoyment, there may be another 'bootleg' Broadside published shortly. And to all on the thread...happy trails should the lights go out. 

Can't go 404 now I'm doing about 1,000/week on Wild Horses, now over 41,000; wish I could track referers. 

Now over 41.001; wish I could track reefers.

You should just track referers Mr. Mutt...tracking reefers will make you hungry and paranoid man...

If we get 404'ed., I will miss the Broadside immensely, but will be over to the meantime, we will stay tuned...

I'd don't get here often; what's the lastest? I just heard that they went 501(c)3. Don't you have to have a non-profit oriented mission to do that? What is ND's?

I might have to get one of those accounts on the Facebook and visit EasyEd if the ship sinks.

For those of you who follow me and have been wondering about when the new Broadside column would re-surface, the time is now. I've posted a 'pirate' version right here on my own website, and also added it here in the Stories section of NoDep, where 12 people might find it by mistake. Sort of like buried treasure. Enjoy.


Thanks Ed!

Found it. 


Anyone want to got in 50:50 on these two boxes of 8-tracks for $10? I'm pretty sure the bottom box had an unwrapped copy of The Flying Burrito Brothers'  Burrito Deluxe.


Where do I send the $5 Mr. Mutt?  Wow...Neil Sedaka, Lynn Anderson, Wayne Newton, Glen Campbell Dionne Warwick, Loretta Lynn, Jimmy Dean (not just any Sausage Party!), Chet Atkins,  AND Merle, all in just the one can even keep the FBB, as I have a couple of iterations of that....David Soul too...

I'll see if it is still available the next time I drive through Barneveld, NY.  You can send me the $ when I have the 8-tracks in hand. I hope some hipster K-hole didn't beat me to it.  

Me too...Barneveld...that's upstate enough to be full of hipster K-holes...I'd guess that collection belonged to a hipster who has been to the K-hole more than once...probably why he's selling such a prize collection...


October 8, 1999

Groundhog Day was released in Germany with the title Eternally Weeps the Groundhog. 

That funfact was brought to you by David Sedaris as read in Theft By Finding  (Diaries 1977-2002).



A title of wistful longing and endless sadness...thanks, I recollection is that's a comedy...Sedaris  is funnier than the movie...Amy Sedaris is too...Strangers with Candy may have been the funniest and least appropriate television show ever.

The Sedaris diary is a fast read. Diary entries begin before he was much of a writer and you can see his storytelling skills develop.  In some ways it reminds me of a funny Harvey Pekar and his observational slice-o-life comics merged with Orwell's Down and Out in Paris and London.  

My daughter is a school teacher, English...Cloverdale, IN, fighting Clovers...she's got the AP students and is a voracious reader...she loves Sedaris...I dont' watch much television...mostly the food network, the occasional music show like ACL, and sports...but 'Strangers With Candy" was on Comedy Central for maybe 2 seasons...downright hilarious and totally inappropriate comedy show about a gal who's a reformed hooker (sort of reformed anyway) who's now going to school to better herself and still has a lot of bad associates and habits...and almost no moral compass...but she's really trying, you know? Very funny show...

Amy and David are siblings and they collaborate frequently...they both are off center certainly...I read somewhere they had a sibling commit suicide and that really sort of turned things upside down for the family...thanks for the daughter and sister in law, also a fan, are alwasy after me about him...

Gram and Bob wrote the lyrics "Hickory Wind", no dispute. But I'd say they (separately or together)  were copping the melody from the old country gospel  standard "Satisfied Mind" by Red Hayes and Jack Rhodes.  It's a sturdy melody. ;)


Sylvia Sammons might disagree with your "no dispute!"

Bring me a little evidence, Sylvia, Bring me a little evidence now, Bring me a little evidence, Sylvia, every little once a while.  She may have written Leadbelly's song, too.


I'm not saying I believe that story but "no dispute?"  Is it possible Gram heard it in 1963 at a coffee house and "borrowed" without asking? Sure.  He wouldn't be the first or last to do so.

True enough...the appropriation of another song has happened before often...did Led Zeppelin lift "Stairway" from Spirit, or several of their old blues based tracks from various blues artists?  Did Clapton lift "Give Me Strength" from an old gospel tune written in the 40's?  George Harrison on "My Sweet Lord"?  In some of those instances, the songwriter who sued got paid, in others, they didn' recollection is Spirit's (estate of Randy California) suit was unsuccessful...

There's a lot of similar songs out there where you definitely see familiar progressions and lyrics...Saul Zaentz once sued John Fogerty over the fact that "Old Man Down The Road" was the same song as "Green River"...He sued Fogerty for supposedly plagiarizing himself, because John, like a lot of young artists, didn't own the rights to his songs with Creedence Clearwater Revival...he had signed them away to Saul and Fantasy Records because he was young and dumb about the music business, so Zaentz owned "Green River"...but when Fogerty became a solo artist, he owned his own publishing, so he got the royalties for "Old Man"...and it wasn't enough for Zaentz that he got all the Creedence song royalties, he wanted it you sue a guy for writing a song that's too much like another song he wrote so you can get in his pocket again?  In that instance Fogerty won in court, by doing an in person demonstration of how both songs were written, illustrating the differences...can you imagine how you would feel having to defend yourself when you wrote both songs, and some dude with no talent who made his fortune off of people with talent is still trying to get in your pocket?  Unbelievable...


Saul Zaentz suing John Fogerty is the epitome of sleeze and he became a big-time Hollywood movie producer so he could hardly have needed the money. But then as a producer he produced the wonderful movie "The English Patient." How could the same person do both? We humans are a curious species.

This is a story with no ending. Gram wasn’t accused of ripping her off, it was Bob. She claims she surrendered her only tape in order to get some payment for relinquishing ownership. Truth, fiction, whatever. Does it really matter anymore? It’s a beautiful song wherever it came from. 

True enough, but let me bring this back on topic  to an off-topic topic buried somewhere in this thread.

David Sedaris.


In his recent book "Calypso" he writes.....

In Vienna, I returned to my orignal question: "What do angy Austrians yell out their car windows when they get angry?"

"Well," a young woman told me, "sometimes we will say, 'Why don't you find a spot on my ass that you would like to lick and lick it?'"


I know I (R Mutt) can't wait to shout that insult at someone! I've been practicing. 



Sedaris didn't write that. 

Just another example of "borrowing" my friend. It is a short straight road from "Kiss my ass" to "Why don't you find a spot on my ass that you would like to lick and lick it?"