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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.

John Prine and the Rabbit Foot Blues

Artist John Prine

You outdid yourself with that one Ed...great column...

My neighbor's dad (the same one that got us Beatles tickets) was the councilman that brought the Anderson Free Fair to town...he booked the amusements company at our local fairgrounds.  For about 3 years, from the time my neighbor friend and I were maybe age 10 through 12, a company called Deggeler Amusements came to town...my friend and I spent all day everyday there...The Deggeler family had a son our age and we met him...he just walked on to rides...no waiting...all the Carnys knew him and they'd just let us on from the back...and we got to see all the side shows free, even the hoochie coochie show, which wasn't much...my friend even subbed in at the last minute on bass in the hoochie coochie band at age 12 when the bass player disappeared before the last night of the show...that was a hoot...

I always wanted to leave with them too...even though a lot of the Carny types were a bit scary, I was fascinated by them...

Robbie Robertson, Gary Busey, Jodie Foster, and a cast of familiar character actors did a film many years ago called "Carny" that brought all of those memories back...it's a decent film...and there's always Todd Browning's "Freaks" or Katherine Dunn's magnificent novel "Geek Love" if you want to get on the wild side of carnivals and sideshows, but that's a bygone era...

Sorry you missed John's gig Ed...every now and then you have to pass on something because real life intervenes, and it sucks when it happens...and I know exactly how you felt...

As usual, nicely done, Ed. And a great headline.  Your carnival story reminded me of when I was 7-8 in Cherry Hill NJ and a small carnival set up at the grammar school a block over. One of the ride operators traded us unlimited rides if we’d ride our bikes to the convenience store to buy 3 packs of smokes. Told my mom where I was going and she said get me a pack too, and wrote me a note. And I was reminded of this Tom Russell song.

As for John Prine, I’d also been wanting to see him for years and finally did last Friday. His voice seemed shot for the first few tunes to the point I wondered if he’d have to cut the show short, somehow it got straightened out and he sounded gloriously ragged the rest of the way. His last song (pre encore) was When I Get To Heaven which sounded great and is an immediate Prine classic. 

Regrets on missed shows, I’ve had a few. Was actually on the way to see Dire Straits in 1979 at a small club in Milwaukee when outvoted by the guy driving and we diverted to a theater to see the movie Meatballs. I sat stewing through the whole lousy movie. And the other was seeing Johnny Cash on stage at the Cubbie Bear in Chicago through the front window. We were on our way to a party and the rest of the group wanted the party. I shoulda gone in and caught up with the group later. 

@Jack and Jim: Glad you enjoyed the story and thanks for sharing your own. I will be going to the LSD show in June - Earle, Lucinda and Dwight - and I’m hoping for some collaboration. 

I'd subscribe to the print NoDepression if it featured an EasyEd in every edition. Very moving piece! Thanks. I missed Tiny Tim at the end of his career when he passed through town with a low-budget traveling circus. Yeah, I know it isn't Dylan or Donovan but I still regret passing.

Well thank you. If I wrote for the print edition I might renew my subscription. Seeing Tiny Tim live would have been one helluva show.  Not too late to catch Donovan. 

I am not kidding when I say one of my regrets was not seeing Liberace in 1986 at Radio City Music Hall.   My now wife and I discussed going but didn't pull the trigger.   We were standing outside of the show and could have bought tickets.  She even remembers saying "we will see him next time".   Within six months he was dead.    

Can’t imagine why anyone would think you’re kidding. 

While on the subject of not missing something, I highly recommend catching the Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore duets shows if they hit your town.

paul dionne

Already have my ticket. : )