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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.

The Mammals Return on the Ashokan Express

Artist The Mammals

What is “cosmic country”?

This song isn’t but it did come to mind:

I made up a new genre, just like Americana is itself a make-believe term. It’s a shortened version of Gram Parson’s tagline. 

I know. Just thought Will might be reading cool

Loved the last video you included.

Will did have a list of records (Gram, Mike Nesmith, Son Volt) and we added a few like Michael Murphey...David Letterman, commenting on Murphey, said this about "Cosmic" American music (specifically the song "Wildfire")...it is "haunting and disturbingly mysterious, but always lovely," and surmised that the performance would leave one with "a palpable sense of ... mysticism, melancholy ... and uplifting well-being."

How's that...?

I love the video too Ed...

 

Michael Smith is always a welcome link...nice job Jack 11.0

I have a Mike and Ruthy Band record and "Rock That Babe"...both are excellent...glad to know they have a new one...thanks Ed...excellent stuff...

Thanks Ed--another fine post. I didn't think much of that first song you posted--a little to slow for my taste--but I enjoyed the other two, especially "We Are Living in a Cultural War."

Ruthie's dad, Jay Ungar sounds familiar. Didn't he play on a lot of David Bromberg albums and possibly Loudon Wainwright III too?

Speaking of Cosmic American Music and that list of such albums that Will mentioned I intended to add to your post Ed about the Lovin' Spoonful that Will listed their album "Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful" as an example. 

Thanks for the article on the Mammals. I had bought the album earlier,but from the info in your column I joined their monthly income plan to further their musical efforts. I realize that came from Kim so we have to thank her as well. I am really enjoying the " Sunshiner" album. It is definitly one of the year's best. I wonder if you have heard another album of the same quality by Buffalo Rose? It's called " The Soil and The Seed". In my top ten this year along with the Mammals. Love your articles and look forward to the next one. Happy listening!