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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.

A Note of Thanks to Lucinda Williams

Agreed! (And I just hit my first "follow").  

 

My friend Niall says you don't need more than three albums by anyone. It's not a bad rule of thumb if you pay for your music and want to keep your spend within bounds. There are some obvious exceptions to the rule - Dylan, Joni, Van, Bruce. Lucinda may be one of the less obvious exceptions. (I think I have all of Lucinda's albums in one format or another. As much as I admire Niall's thinking, I'm not an adherent.) 

I can't think of another singer-song-writer who has maintained a constant output of such a high standard through their 40s, 50s and into their 60s - and that includes Dylan, Joni, Van, and Bruce.

Looking forward to seeing her down here in December.

(And I just hit my first follow, too, Ed.)

Steve, "constant output of such high standard through their 40's, 50's and into their 60's". See Tom Russell. One could very credibly argue he has out performed at least Joni and Bruce from his 40's on. He's still accelerating.

Yeah, good call. Tom was almost 50 when he really hit his straps, and he's been on a streak for the last nine years or so.

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Did we just start a fan club?

 

Hal, Ed has been doing a lot of my thinking for me for about five years now.

Ed, "best" often means "favorite".  I like Lucinda's voice, except when I don't.  

I wish there was a follow button to click for serial commenters such as the three of you. Throw in Will, the other Jack, Stina, Alan and a few others, and we'd have the ol' neighborhood back together. Thanks for your 'follows'...quite humbling. Yes...I do understand that people sometimes mean favorite when they say best. But I also ran a record store for several years back in the early eighties and you'd swear High Fidelity was based on the ridiculous conversations I heard and participated in.

 

There is. If you click on their names, you get their profile page, where there is a big red "Follow Contributor" button that will let you know anytime they do anything on the site, including comment. But I'm realizing as I explain this to you that it might be preferable to see the "follow" button on their actual comment, so I'm gonna capture that and suggest it to the dev guys. Something that I didn't even think of in testing because, well, I'm not a professional tester ;)

Fifteen years in campus radio, Ed. I met Barry and Dick on a daily basis. (I file alphabetically by genre, with a small pile of "about to play" and a large pile of "played sometime in the last six months Ok where's the insert?".)

 

 

If you're speaking of this Will, I've been outa here a long time now, especially since the site dropped all semblance of community. I'm only here now as my main computer died on return from L.A., and my headphones still attached to my head pulled my laptop off the desk and broke its screen when a robocall came in and I rushed to answer on my return from Nashville. So I've cobbled together components. I was testing my memory on my passwords, and failed (how many times have y'all changed your pw here?) But if you're interested in my latest doings, I just did over 7,000 miles in three cities in two countries, some 30 bands with over 100 performers, four stages. So yeah I'm a bit tired. I only saw this as you are one of the few I'm interested in reading here. Actually what started it was a link someone posted on FB to an article here re: Sturgill and fighting. Yeah I read some about that. Doesn't surprise me. It's not just the audience he's attracted (though that has a lot to do with it); it is a bit Sturgill himself I believe and a bit of a chip on his shoulder. When I booked him in 2011 as an unknown, he demanded a whisky from the stage before he would play at all. I rushed back to the DC's small bar and frantically explained what I needed to get the band playing (put another whiskey in the jukebox and play that truck driving song). Just my take (don't sue me Sturg); there's sometimes an attitude from the stage that elicits an attitude from the crowd. Now, flames and arrows please, just like the good old days. Miss you Ed and some others with whom I've discussed the state of this unrelentingly rigid excuse for an alternative from the unrelentingly rigid devolution of the country music industry and audience, which must take responsibility for going hand in hand in hand; sorry Ed, wish I could adopt your "it's all good" conversionary stance. At this year's events as usual I created worlds that makes sense to me from great players who are mostly starving or rushing from server jobs. It's wonderful, and just about all of the bands give one hope (there was one of some fame that has forced me to add to my card: "I Don't Book Egos"). Best to y'all, they're calling for the beginning of Lake Effect season here tonight, and my snowblower still has a flat. Just have to keep on running. Cheers, Will James

Great review and a compelling reason why we listen.  Thanks.