The Fabulous Heavyweights
At the current time, Ed Vadas and Sue Berkhart play monthly at the Luthier's Coop in Easthampton,MA. Please google the Luthier's Coop for their schedule.
Most of Ed's CDs are out of stock, except for his 2007 release Eatin Time available at CD Baby
- Putting On the Style
- How Many More Years (C.Burnett)
- She Started Talking Again
- Gone But Not Forgotten
- Waiting On Sunrise
- No Good News
- Mellow Down Easy (W.Dixon)
- Drink Muddy Waters (Trad./ E. Vadas)
- Blues Aint Nothing But A Botheration
- I Didn't Know (C. Burnett)
- Down Like That
- Reconsider Baby (L. Fulson)
- Old Timers Boogie
- And She's Gone
All songs by Ed Vadas (ASCAP) except as noted.
As you will see from the reviews page, there are three things you need to know about the Fabulous Heavyweights.
- The Fabulous Heavyweights put on a unique and powerful live blues show.
- Their CD "South Side of Fifty" contains some great music
- "bluez.com" ©1998 is
Ed's most impressive work to date. Fronted by Ed Vadas on vocals, guitars,
and harmonica, the current line-up includes Steve Toutant on bass and Fred Hazelton(*)
The Heavyweights perform about 200 gigs, travelling 40,000 miles a year.
"This super-exciting bluesman throws convention to the wind and shows
us what original really means. He tore up the Dinosaur on his last bout, then
shook up all the fans at the Bluesfest. You won't know how to act when this
guy lets his highly creative side take over, He has been called the Dr. Frankenstein
of the blues, after one set you'll see why!"
Dinosaur Bar - B - Que Bullsheet Syracuse, NY
"South Side of 50"
(Cranus records) All songs by Ed Vadas / ASCAP, except as noted
" the rare situation where one finds a "real light under the national bushel."
... this fine first release from one of the Northeast's finest blues guitarist,
vocalist, and most importantly, writer.
- Empty Pockets Blues
- Killin' Floor (Howlin' Wolf - BMI)
- 300 Pounds O' Joy (Willie Dixon - BMI)
- Start All Over Again
- Please! Mr. Bill
- Don't Go To Cryin'
- What's Wrong With Me
- Honky-Tonk (D. Robie - BMI)
- South Side Of Fifty
- Goin' To Louisiana (M, Morgansfield - BMI)
- Everybody Gets The Blues
- Rumble On Armingo Avenue
- Help Me (Carreras, Farver, Ward - ASCAP)
Bob Vorel, Blues Review Quarterly
They've backed up Otis Rush, Bo Diddley (3X), Pinetop Perkins(2X)
and they've gigged with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, James Cotton (4x), J.B. Hutto
(3x), Junior Wells, Edith Wilson, Son Seals, L'il Brother Montgomery, Koko Taylor
(2x), NRBQ (4x), Robin Williams, Luther "Snake" Johnson, Roomful O' Blues (3x),
Roy Buchanan, Gary U. S. Bonds, Lucky Peterson, Mitch Ryder, James Montgomery,
Leon Russell, New Orleans Radiators, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Archie Schepp,
I found the following quotes on the blues newslist (Newsgroups: bit.listserv.blues)
from Ed himself In response to a question about how to work a setlist to please
the audience..."To your own self be true. Play to your srengths and personal
enjoyment. The songs that often get the biggest response for me, are slow or
medium tmepos. I don't go for speed for speed sake! People often ask why I don't
play more well known stuff (SRV, BB, Clapton, Hendrix, BLues Brothers, etc)
my response is... "If I am gonna play in a joint like this, for chump change,
well then I am going to play exactly what I want, the way I want it." That
way... everynight, I have a chance of having some real fun doing what I want.
Otherwise I become a sort of human jukebox that leads to a downward spiral for
my sense of self.... Leonard.... you have a day job, play what you want for
enjoyment... If they ask for something more from you, tell them yes OK and go
back and play exactly what YOU want. Play great and screw 'em if they don't get
it! Ed Vadas
Web Editors Notes:
Having been to maybe 400 of Ed's 5000 plus gigs, may give you a sense of how
difficult it's been to cull the experience down to mere kilobytes of text.
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