On Hiatus

     |    Wednesday August 7th, 2013

The Ward Report will be back next week. In the meantime, you can read previous articles in the archive. Or visit Ed Ward’s other blog, City on a Hill and follow his adventures  in Montpellier and many other sunny locales. Plus food, wine, and “unavoidably, the French.“ Latest installment: “Vacation (Not Much Of A)” live 

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Crimebusters: The Social Media Files

     |    Wednesday July 31st, 2013

This is Joe King Carrasco‘s amp. It was stolen recently in Austin.   So far, so unremarkable. Equipment theft in Austin, which prides itself as “the live music capital of the world,” is big business.   I’m not sure why equipment theft gets me so angry. Possibly it’s because the biggest score I ever made, 

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Exclusive! Dog Bites Man!

     |    Wednesday July 24th, 2013

COLUMBUS, OHIO — James Jefferson, 42, has been a postman for twenty years, and says it’s the first time it’s ever happened. As he was delivering letters to the house of the Stone family in the neighborhood he’s served for the past five years, Frieda, their 8-year-old German Shepherd mix lunged at him and bit 

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Monthly Music Mess

     |    Wednesday July 17th, 2013

Boy, it’s hot out there! Hot enough that, if the following doesn’t hold together as a unified essay, like I like it to most of the time, I’m going to blame the weather. Well, the weather and the fact that in the summertime there are huge periods when almost nothing happens. I realized this at 

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     |    Wednesday July 10th, 2013

Frank, my brother-in-law, is not widely known for being a wacky guy. He does, however, have one riff I really like. Lord knows where he got it — maybe from a film, maybe from real life. He stares at you curiously after you’ve made a statement, and says, in Italian, shrugging, “Chissà?” A beat. The 

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