Ed Vadas
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Ed Vadas

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"King Biscuit Times Blues Journal"


"Sunshine" Sunny Payne (The King Biscuit Time radio since the 1940's. KFFA AM/1360 Helena, AR) "The King Biscuit Times" Blues Journal.

" The King Biscuit Blues Festival is always a lot of fun for me. I see old friends and musicians that I admire. I get to see them perform, and it is always great to hear that music. Even for the 100th time, it still sounds beautiful to me. An old man like me gets tired with so much going on, but, boy, is it fun.

I guess one of the biggest surprises of the whole festival was Ed Vadas and the Fabulous Heavyweights. They played Sunday, and the attendance was a little light, but those that saw the show were pleasantly surprised, as I was. This outfit is really good. They play every kind of music, - Willie Dixon, Robert Johnson and lots of their own.

Ed was great to talk with. I don't think this man has ever met a stranger. He uses a van that he won in a contest to take his band around the country. That van has more than 650,000 miles on it, and God bless Ed. It looks like it would like to stop and rest forever. Ed, wherever you are, you are the finest I have heard in a long time - a regular guy! " - "Sunshine" Sunny Payne

"Boston Blues"


After working nearly 30 years in his profession, Ed Vadas still hopes his Blues--will reach that special person somewhere, sometime. And that person will actually listen to Vadas' Blues message and say, 'Yes, those are worthy songs, worthy of recording. By the way, I'm with the XYZ label,' and the man will extend an offer.

For someone who seldom had thoughts about earning a living as a musician, Vadas now finds he cannot get away from it. "I don't have any choice now. I am 51 What the hell else am I going to do? I think I'll be playing and drop dead on stage. I just hope it's somewhere where people like me."

The deadpan humor fits him just fine. A portion of his Vadas' life resume includes stints as a stand-up comic and bit parts in three movies -- "The Money Pit," "Svengali" and "Nothing Lasts Forever.” The movie "career" allowed him to buy a 1985 van, which he still has.

Nevertheless, for the past 30 years or so, Blues has dominated his life. "I've always been doing my own either original music or roots music. I glean no pleasure from copying something. I'd rather hear somebody fall down the stairs hitting all wrong notes trying to do something original rather than somebody who plays all the notes just like Albert King. It has no redeeming value to me unless it's Albert King.

"I play for purely selfish reasons. I want to find that spot where the dirt opens up and the little seedling comes out. I don't care if the seedling is poison oak. I'm not necessarily growing great flowers here. They could be weeds. But I want to be at that spot where that seedling pokes through and I want to feel that," Vadas says. "Sometimes I'll be in the zone by myself and I'll be looking at the band and they're not with me. It's like a soap bubble, it's so fragile, first you see it and you look back and want to say, 'Hey guys look, look over there.’ Then it's gone. It's such a meditative thing."

“ A truly good musician takes the musical skills he has on an instrument, couples it with his life's experiences and tries to express the person that he is through that instrument," Vadas says. "You've got to have a good sense of yourself and where you are in the world -- in the universe, on the planet, in the town, on the stage, in the song, and how that radiates out. It's intrinsic ... it's not something you do conciously. But the better your sense of self and your torments, the better you will be in touch with that angst. Blues deals directly
with that -- no money, no love, no alcohol, too much alcohol, and life's ironies." - Art Simas


From newest to oldest...
Live at SBI (Bluez Records)
Eatin' Time - Acoustic Blues - Ed Vadas (Bluez Records)
Ameri-mf-cana - Ed Vadas/Sue Burkhart (Cranus Records)
Bluez.com (Bluez Records)
Southside of 50 (Cranus Records)
Rock The House (Cranus Records)
Cruisin' for a Bluesin (Cranus Records)
The Pop Album (Cranus Records) unreleased



Born in Worcester, Massachusetts on September 26, 1944, Ed Vadas had just begun his life when the music of the day was thrust upon him by his three teenage sisters. His brother was in the service and left his, fairly hip for the time, record collection of prime 78’s behind for Ed to cut his teeth on, and play. Years later Ed realized he was listening and spinning swing, county and folk tunes from the 30s and 40s. From age two till five, he would act as DJ for his three sisters for hours while they cut a rug in the living room. When, in later years, folks would ask Ed how he came to have this extraordinary feel for blues music, he referred back to his brother’s record collection subliminally pounding those grooves and feels into his sub-conscious as a possible answer.

Although he always loved music, especially the “B” sides of hit records and roots music of all kinds, Ed never played an instrument until his senior year in high school. Never thinking he could be good enough, It was the folk song revival of the early, pre British invasion, 60’s that really propelled Ed into wanting to play an instrument. He used to go down to the public library after school and listen to the Library of Congress recordings of American Folk and Blues. Ed would bring songs to friends who played various instruments and attempt vocal renditions of the roots music he recalled.

Sometime in 1962, Ed saw Fritz Richmond play washtub bass with the Charles River Valley Boys at the Hatch Memorial Shell in Boston. The next day he bought the pieces and assembled one for himself, six months later he discovered the 5 String Banjo, and six months after that, the guitar. Bob Dylan erupted on the scene and Ed bought a harmonica and rack.

In 1963, Ed began a four-year stint in the Air Force. After basic and technical training, he found plenty of time to hone his musical skills. He first performed at an open hoot at the Cellar in Levittown NJ. If you played three songs, you got your admission back and a coffee. Ed performed to no applause. One guy said “Don’t worry…at least you have guts!” Ed continued to perform and achieved measures of success with each try.

1966 was an interesting year for many reasons as Ed was sent to Viet Nam for a year. Too many things occurred that year to relate here, but musically Ed hit a milestone. He entered and won a Talent Contest and was transferred to the Army to perform over a hundred shows for mostly forward area troops whose location prevented USO shows to safely perform. It was an unbelievable experience for one who was never in a band or a war.

Soon after returning home in 67, Ed and some old friends formed the “Billingsgate Blues Band”, with Ed as bass and vocals. He then gained more experience by playing a succession of solo folk gigs, then the “Off White Blues Band”, “Big City Blues Band”, "Electic Blues Band", and the "Ambrosia Blues All- Stars" as front man and harp player. More solo stuff and then the “Music and Madness Trio”, a sort of hip Jug band with humor. Then back to more solo stuff, followed by the “12 bar Symphony” Blues, Roots, humor and a bouquet of tunes penned by Ed. Followed by more solo and some stand-up and skit comedy.

Interspersed throughout the intersection of the 70’s and 80’s, he obtained bit parts in a few movies; “The Money Pit”, “Svengali”, “Nothing Lasts Forever” and “Gilda Live”.

In the early 80’s,with Ed writing many of the songs, arranging others, while performing all the duties of bandleader and manager, the “Fabulous Heavyweights” emerged as his most successful band and continues to this day.

In the last five or so years, Ed has returned to his acoustic, fingerpicking style. He still plays about 60 electric gigs a year, but mostly works acoustic solo, or duo with Sue Burkhart (ameri-mf-cana).

The recording studio has become a milieu of comfort for the big guy. Recording seven albums of his materials. As a record producer, he has also done well, producing his last four albums, co-producing the other three, and producing three CDs for the band “Tagyerit”, one of which was selected as one of the top ten albums by Guitar Player Magazine the year it was released. He has also produced three other CDs, two by the legendary blues keyboardist Steven Miller. Ed has also been called in to produce odd tracks on various other CDs.

Approaching 64 years, Ed is still ready to travel and perform in solo, duo, trio, and quartet formats. Ed is also available to teach, lecture, participate in forums, and conduct workshops.