Sunday, September 21, 2008

New Time Slot/J.P. McDermott and Western Bop

Hey, everyone.

Just a quick note to let you know that the time slot for "Easy Ed's Variety Hour" has changed. I'm still on alternating Friday evenings, but the show now airs from 7:00 to 9:00 instead of 6:00 to 8:00.

You can still listen through iTunes (radio/public/WMFO) and you can still get MP3s of archived shows from In fact, everything--right down to the deep scratches on those Autry Inman 45s--is the same except for the one hour start time difference.

Next show: This Friday (9/26) at 7:00. Tune in and catch a live, in-studio performance by J.P. McDermott and Western Bop ( right before their live show at the Plough and Stars in Cambridge ( Don't miss it!

As always, thanks for listening.

Easy Ed

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Cool Upcoming Shows

Hey, folks.

Here are some cool events for your calendars. Hope to see you out on the town!

This F
riday (9/19) don't miss Rocky Velvet at the Plough and Stars in Cambridge.

Also at the Plough (9/26) be sure to catch J.P. McDermott and Western Bop (, and tune in to “Easy Ed’s Variety Hour” at 7:00 PM that same evening to hear their exclusive live radio performance. These rockabilly troubadours from Washington D.C. are coming to Boston for a rare club performance and they’re gonna rock the rafters at WMFO too!

~ Richard Harrington, The Washington Post

On 10/4, be sure to grab the front pew at Church for this one:

On 10/15: The Coachmen, The Sacred Shakers, and DJ Easy Ed are at the Beehive in Boston for Cow Island Music's second Honky Tonk Hoedown!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Today's Music Notes (and Half Notes)

Hi, everyone.

It's a rainy Sunday here in Boston, but a little rain is nothing. I keep thinking about those poor folks in Texas who might just be losing everything they own to storms right now. My fingers are crossed for them, although the news is already bad. I hope it doesn't get any worse.

But I'm here to write about music, so I'll do that now.

WMFO will roll out their official fall radio calendar shortly. There's a chance my show's timeslot will change slightly, but I believe I'll remain on the air Friday evenings. More news on that coming soon. The archive MP3 of the 9/12 edition of Easy Ed's Variety Hour is available for download now at The playlist is also there.

I started this week's show with a tribute to Eric Laufer of the Two Timin' Three (and Two Timin' Four). Eric died on September 3 in Austin, Texas, when his motorcycle was struck by another vehicle. Eric was a special person--talented, hardworking, in love with music. His death is a huge loss. My condolences go out to his friends, his family, and all who knew him and his music.

Johnny Carlevale and I are working on a benefit concert for Eric's family, which is scheduled to take place on November 15 at the Midway Cafe in Boston. Many bands have expressed interest in taking part. I'll share additional details as plans are finalized.

On May 25, 2007, The Two Timin' Four played live on my show. It was a memorable performance. I reposted an MP3 of it at
J. Austin Duke is a rockabilly DJ and graphic artist who lives in England. He posts great podcasts that listeners to my show would surely dig. Check out to hear them, and also check out Duke's myspace page: .

On September 10 I had a fun time DJing at the Beehive in Boston ( as part of their first Honky Tonk Hoedown, presented by Cow Island Music ( I started very early (7:00!), and pretty much played classic country early on: Carl Smith, Loretta Lynn, Cowboy Copas, Buck Owens, Webb Pierce. The Beehive normally doesn't have country music, so there was some head scratching for sure. But everyone had a good time. Some got up and danced in a small space at the back of the room (a cobblestone dance floor--it's an old building) and there was some seat boppin' going on over at the bar. I also played new music from The Dixons ( ) and Boston's own Coachmen. (Note that the Spurs,, the larger band that includes all members of the Coachmen, have a Midway gig on September 26.)

Boogie Woogie Piano man Preacher Jack ( went on at 8:00 and got a great reception. I really enjoyed his set, especially his Jerry Lee numbers toward the end of his hour.

I played another set before Girl Howdy ( took the stage. Mercy! This band has played in Boston a couple of times, but I never had a chance to see them before this. They honky-tonked the night away and had the whole room up and movin'. Go see them when they come your way!

The next Cow Island Honky Tonk night will take place at the Beehive on 10/15. I've been asked to DJ that night as well. The bands will be the Coachmen and The Sacred Shakers (

On September 26, J.P. McDermott and Western Bop from Maryland( come to town for an extremely rare (as in, it may never happen again type rare) show at the Plough and Stars ( That same evening they'll perform live on my show, Easy Ed's Variety Hour.

Also coming up at the Plough on 9/19: Rocky Velvet ( That is cause to rejoice, folks! RV is the best, and I guarantee you a good time if you head on out for that show. I'll be the big boppin' goomer in the front taking up all the space. See you there!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Eric Laufer of The Two Timin' Three (and Four)

I was shocked to learn today that Eric Laufer of the Two Timin' Three died last night in a motorcycle accident. Eric was a friend, and I am a big fan of his band. My thoughts go out to all of his friends and family.

On May 25, 2007, the Two Timin' Four played live on my radio show. Although the studio conditions were primitive, they gave a fine performance.

I just reposted an MP3 of it at

DJ Easy Ed