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Eddie from Ohio — Number Six Driver
Album: Quick
Avg rating:
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Released: 2001
Length: 4:18
Plays (last 30 days): 0
The good news out here on the highway
Is the speed limit's just a suggestion
But the bad news, alone on the highway
Is I'm praying for some two-car congestion

It's the path of least resistance
I can measure my distance
By a marathon runner's nightmare
I've got two states behind me
I don't need you to remind me
I'm still not getting anywhere

(Chorus)
And there's a cold wind blowing through Wyoming
'Cause there's no one here to tell it otherwise
And there's free hot coffee for the number six driver
Virginia in my eyes
Virginia in my eyes

There are wires in the middle of an ocean
Making static and electric noises
And I can talk to you across an ocean
Making faraway human voices

But I cannot see the morning
And the vision I am forming
Is of a landlocked, never-ending night
I've got two states behind me
And I'm needing you to find me
And deliver me clean and whole--
And morning bright!

Chorus

Virginia in my eyes...
Virginia in my eyes...
Virginia in my eyes...
Comments (226)add comment
 SmackDaddy wrote:
There's only one EdfromOhio and he played with firehose.

 
EXACTLY!
 leafmold wrote:
please make it stop.

 
I say that every Fall when the leafmold comes out.
 Solanus wrote:
Intellectually, there is no reason that I should like tolerate this radio-friendly pop-country, but what pulls me in is that it feels genuine, not forced or affected.

 
And that, in a nutshell, is why people like EFO.
Intellectually, there is no reason that I should like tolerate this radio-friendly pop-country, but what pulls me in is that it feels genuine, not forced or affected.
 flyboy50 wrote:
You mean to Bluegrassy.
 
There is almost nothing "bluegrassy" about this.
 Highlowsel wrote:
Is it just me or does their singer sound like Ani DiFranco? 

 
Yes, it does sound like her, which is why I can't stand it.
Too country. 
 Highlowsel wrote:
Is it just me or does their singer sound like Ani DiFranco? 

 
I thought the exact same thing.
 peregrin wrote:
Waaaaaaay too country for my liking. Snoozorama.
 
You mean to Bluegrassy.
 


There's only one EdfromOhio and he played with firehose.
Is it just me or does their singer sound like Ani DiFranco? 
They do both kinds of music......
Good or bad, RP discovered something from my past. And I am grateful.  RP's diversity made this possible.  Diversity sometime means taking the good with the bad.  I see a lot of musical bigotry below and that's a shame; probably just punk ass kids.  Would I like a little less 60's psychedelic?  Yes, but I suspect a certain decision maker likes it; and that's cool man.  Keep it up.  All of it.    
OMG.  EFO.  PPM.  (please play more).
Used to see these guys in the early 90's - lots of fun.  Thanks for playing this!
Waaaaaaay too country for my liking. Snoozorama.
please make it stop.
 EdEastridge wrote:
At first blush this sounds like the love child of Allison Kraus and Ani diFranco… could imagine hearing a lot worse.

 
I thought Ani 100%
Actually, this seems like a crap song all around.
Good song garnering an unreasonable amount of abuse.  Lovely voice and a nice sound.  
Wow - not good at all  {#No}
Boooooring
"Virginia in my eyes ... "


At first blush this sounds like the love child of Allison Kraus and Ani diFranco… could imagine hearing a lot worse.
Yawn.
Thanks, Bill. Blast from the past. These guys are awesome - their live performances are fantastic too!!! {#Drummer}
These guys rock. If you can see them live they will light you up.

Thanks, Bill
ugh.  A 2 rating is a stretch.
quick psd...
Virginia.....nice lyric....am biased
 dogpound wrote:

Indigo Girls have much more talent. This is like a BAD Ani Defranco knock off.

 
I wish BillG would play some other EfO songs ... they're really very good. Silly and literate and very affecting. Great live, too.
 terrapin52 wrote:
pretentious, presumptuous, parochial, pedestrian.

 
...but enough about you.  How about the song?
 losthiker wrote:
Sounds to me like an Indigo Girl solo effort.

 
Indigo Girls have much more talent. This is like a BAD Ani Defranco knock off.
 losthiker wrote:
Sounds to me like an Indigo Girl solo effort.
 
Was about to say as much...don't hate Indigo Girls but they alwaysound so earnest and sincere to the point of passing out. 
Interesting track ...

Has a familiar feel to it.  Not sure why.


Sounds to me like an Indigo Girl solo effort.
 DaveInVA wrote:
Funny name as the band is actually from Northern Virginia.. Good tune though!

 
The guys all went to JMU and Julie went to Tech. It's the drummer's (Eddie) nickname. They're great to see live. Just saw them last weekend in Charlottesville.

Geez it's anice little pop tune you can't listen to Duke Ellington ALL the time solid 5
Funny name as the band is actually from Northern Virginia.. Good tune though!

any relation to EdfromOhio from Firehose?
pretentious, presumptuous, parochial, pedestrian.
 lemmoth wrote:
The singer's phrasing is sooooo Ani DiFranco.  Of course the lyrics and everything else is completely different.
 
came in to say the same thing.

  rabbi_phil wrote:

and you're exactly right. this is just Radio Playtime. there's nothing riding on any of this. personally,i truly enjoy the 'outthere' stuff. from stingray to romeotuma to the nottingham jury it's all fun to read. when they hang it out-there you get what they really feel about a song, an artist, or whatever and they don't care about (and shouldn't) the feedback. that kind of honesty is refreshing in an over pc'd world. now,attacking someone personally(foul language,something mean) seems to be poor form,but this is an uncensored format and you just hope other listeners will come to the rescue, but really you have to take all this with a grain of salt. all thought doesn't have to be"useful' lenghthy existential over-analysis,and if you don't like something just say so. i don't know if  i could take it if all i read was "i love it,i love it,i love it'from everyone and although i do like this song  i found the 'expired aerosol cheese' thing very funny. being told how to respond or what format to follow is at best controlling and at worst an odd form of convoluted censorship. now,as someone else here has said  'i'll get me hat'
  
well stated, and very true.  Difference of opinions make the horse races.

Do songs ever get removed from an RP playlist for consistently low ratings?  Just curious.  For example, if they receive more than say ten ratings below 4.  Don't mean this one per se,...but now that we're on the subject perhaps we could remove this from the R....?

{#Angel} 

 Businessgypsy wrote:
We have to be asked to make comments? They have to be useful? You can't express disdain? Man, I've been doin' it all wrong!

BTW, this song is the aural equivalent of expired aerosol cheese (of course, that's just my opinion).

 
and you're exactly right. this is just Radio Playtime. there's nothing riding on any of this. personally,i truly enjoy the 'outthere' stuff. from stingray to romeotuma to the nottingham jury it's all fun to read. when they hang it out-there you get what they really feel about a song, an artist, or whatever and they don't care about (and shouldn't) the feedback. that kind of honesty is refreshing in an over pc'd world. now,attacking someone personally(foul language,something mean) seems to be poor form,but this is an uncensored format and you just hope other listeners will come to the rescue, but really you have to take all this with a grain of salt. all thought doesn't have to be"useful' lenghthy existential over-analysis,and if you don't like something just say so. i don't know if  i could take it if all i read was "i love it,i love it,i love it'from everyone and although i do like this song  i found the 'expired aerosol cheese' thing very funny. being told how to respond or what format to follow is at best controlling and at worst an odd form of convoluted censorship. now,as someone else here has said  'i'll get me hat'


Insipid!  I logged in just to give this a low score.
The singer's phrasing is sooooo Ani DiFranco.  Of course the lyrics and everything else is completely different.
Hey it's Eddie from Ohio! Saw them many times at the Blue Moon Coffeehouse in Bloomington, IL

Love them!  {#Dancingbanana}
boring. . .
Bit too New Countryish and not enough alt in there for my tastes, and her voice doesn't lift it out of not really liking it all that much.
 Stefen wrote:
There's always a cold wind blowing in Wyoming.  Just ask Scott.
 
A-L-W-A-Y-S!!  So far it is taking more than three years to get used to.
Eddie might be from Ohio but she has been through Wyoming.
There is a cold wind blowing here in Wyoming...
paulmack wrote:
Thank you for echoing my exact thoughts. To tiggers and all who trash - please ask yourself, "In what way are my unasked for opinions helpful or productive?" If you have an actual answer to that question that is not "oh - they're not", then you need to think a whole lot more (of course, that's just my opinion).
We have to be asked to make comments? They have to be useful? You can't express disdain? Man, I've been doin' it all wrong!

BTW, this song is the aural equivalent of expired aerosol cheese (of course, that's just my opinion).

Ani ?
 fredriley wrote:
Is this Ani Di Franco in disguise? It's about as interesting... {#Sleep}
 
Agree with the concept but absolutely not the sentiment.  Defo sounds like Ani but that is such a very very very very very good thing.
I wonder if he knows Driver 8.
I went to see Eddie From Ohio several times around 1997, around the same time I saw Ani once. So I was listening to them at the same time. Maybe I'm dense, but it never occurred to me that Julie Murphy and Ani were similar. Still doesn't. Both energetic but different energies. Maybe you have to see them.
There's always a cold wind blowing in Wyoming.  Just ask Scott.
Me Oh My Oh stuck here in Ohio
Is this Ani Di Franco in disguise? It's about as interesting... {#Sleep}
 slickdh wrote:


I gotta tell ya.... I saw these guys live in Northern VA last November..... great harmonies BUT for someone who doesnt know every song by heart.... all I could muster was an 'eh'....  "Blast" is a stretch for what I saw and heard.  They may keep their following from their hometown, but they've alientated a potential newcomer. 

Rating: 2 - I just dont get it.

{#Snooty}{#Stupid}
 
Guess they should have played covers to keep from "alienating" the un-initiated.  If you need bands you've never seen to play songs you know, go to a karaoke show. 

AphidA wrote:
I'm from Virginia and I hate this song.

This was a local band that I'm glad is (apparently) no longer around.


Really?  I have seen them 3 or 4 times and enjoyed them.  Sorry to hear about them being no more.

I'm from Virginia and I hate this song.

This was a local band that I'm glad is (apparently) no longer around.

 crockydile wrote:

? I assume she is an Ani fan. If not, someone needs to give her the bad news...{#Cry}
 

crocky: EFO have been in existence since 1991, ~ 1 year after Ani's first CD - on her own label. EFO has released 9 CDs beginning in 1992, all of which I have heard at least some of. To me, they are quite distinctive. I agree that there is some similarity for this song - but I had never thought of the two in the same thought until I heard this one again today. I suspect that if you ever hear a few others by EFO you probably would agree with me that the similarity here is not typical.
I could have sworn this was Ani...
 tkosh wrote:


A toothache is painful.  A song that is beautiful to many, but is not to you, is just what it is.  That whole CD is at different times entertaining, soothing, and energizing to me.  You might want to buy something else, but I really like it a lot.
 

Thank you for echoing my exact thoughts. To tiggers and all who trash - please ask yourself, "In what way are my unasked for opinions helpful or productive?" If you have an actual answer to that question that is not "oh - they're not", then you need to think a whole lot more (of course, that's just my opinion).

Nice to hear this group on RP .... more Eddie From Ohio, please? 
I was about to say I usually don't like Ani DiFranco, but I like this.  Never mind.

 musiclife wrote:


sort of
 
? I assume she is an Ani fan. If not, someone needs to give her the bad news...{#Cry}


WTF!!!!!!!!!!!{#Puke}
 tiggers wrote:
Painful!
 

A toothache is painful.  A song that is beautiful to many, but is not to you, is just what it is.  That whole CD is at different times entertaining, soothing, and energizing to me.  You might want to buy something else, but I really like it a lot.
 lovemydog wrote:


I actually find it hard to believe that it isn't!
 

sort of
 agnes wrote:
Does anyone else thing she sounds like Ani DiFranco?
 

I actually find it hard to believe that it isn't!
 Roverfish wrote:
You mean this ISN'T Ani Difranco? Wow.
  I can't believe it either...uncanny!
Love it.

But I can see how it could be a little understated for some tastes, though.

But that's primarily why I like it.

The obligatory "whiz-bang" factor gets old sometimes.
 wally42 wrote:

Sounds Like Eddie From Ohio to me, I think they have a pretty singular sound. Live, they are a blast! The most amazing four part harmonies I've ever heard. The only four part harmonies I've ever heard that don't sound like a Barber Shop Quartet. 10 ...really... Play more Eddie!!You'll See
 

I gotta tell ya.... I saw these guys live in Northern VA last November..... great harmonies BUT for someone who doesnt know every song by heart.... all I could muster was an 'eh'....  "Blast" is a stretch for what I saw and heard.  They may keep their following from their hometown, but they've alientated a potential newcomer. 

Rating: 2 - I just dont get it.

{#Snooty}{#Stupid}


I discovered  EFO about a tear ago and wondered why they weren't more well known. This is the first time I've heard them on RP
and I say "Thanx Bill !"


"Eddie from Ohio" is the worst band name I've heard in awhile.  It would be tolerable if it was a one-man band-literally an Eddie from Ohio.  Better Than Ezra, Eric's Trip, Jimmy Eat World....can anyone else name any other horrible band names that have a name in them. 
Best song (next to Tommy the Cannexican) on a great album.  More EFO please RP!!!
WonderLizard wrote:
"Eddie" is Eddie Hartness, the drummer who started and leads the band. "Number Six Driver" was entered into Virginia's contest for a new State song some years back. It didn't win. The winner was a generic, and IMHO fairly awful, anthem from no less than Jimmie Dean of "Big, Bad John" and pork sausage fame. The band has taken up residency here in northern Virginia and are local favorites. Sadly, despite some good albums and enthusiastic local dates, they've never managed to rise above cuddly cult fave rave status.
Time to correct one's self. Yes, it was "Old Dominion" that lost to the Jimmy Dean schmaltz for the new Virginia state anthem. Eddie Hartness didn't start the band, tho' the band's name does come from a borrowing of Ed Crawford's fIREHOSE stage monicker, since Hartness is indeed from Ohio (see EFO's AMG entry). Met Mike Clem a couple of weeks ago. Really nice guy--mostly because he let me play his brand new Tacoma acoustic, fretless bass. Yowzuh! :propeller:
I like everything I've heard by 'Eddie'. Always think it's Ani at first, which I consider high praise. 'Eddie' feels a little more accessible, lyrically, than Ani though. Very nice.
madaxeman wrote:
Guid! I'm quite surprised at the 5.9 rating to be honest.
Me too. Nice song, very well executed.
Ani without the groove and grit. This isn't bad, but give me the real Ani any day. agnes wrote:
Does anyone else thing she sounds like Ani DiFranco? :lol:
Painful!
Nice to hear Eddie From Ohio on RP thanks
there's a cold wind blowin' in Wyoming today....
Does anyone else thing she sounds like Ani DiFranco? :lol:
Guid! I'm quite surprised at the 5.9 rating to be honest.
Eddie From Ohio! I was very excited to see them live at the Salina Art Show last year because I've been a big fan for years. Great to hear them this afternoon on RP.
Aren't we faux-ky this morning.
civey wrote:
there's such a thing as sounding too much like another artist...
Sounds Like Eddie From Ohio to me, I think they have a pretty singular sound. Live, they are a blast! The most amazing four part harmonies I've ever heard. The only four part harmonies I've ever heard that don't sound like a Barber Shop Quartet. 10 ...really... Play more Eddie!!You'll See
I've seen EFO 5 or 6 times, fun group, great time!
there's such a thing as sounding too much like another artist...
hcaudill wrote:
Among other defects (e.g. sounding a lot like Ani DiFranco) this song is guilty of misusing the term "beg the question." https://begthequestion.info/
Just for that they get a +1 in my ranking. Anything to annoy the english nerds. :)
First I thought it was Roseanne Cash, then Ani DiFranco (which is not a defect IMHO). Surprise, it's someone I've never heard of before. Not bad. I like harmony, so 6.
radiojunkie wrote:
No, no. Bad singing in an interesting song.
Yikes! I'd rather listen to fingernails on a blackboard than her singing!!!!
hcaudill wrote:
Among other defects (e.g. sounding a lot like Ani DiFranco) this song is guilty of misusing the term "beg the question." https://begthequestion.info/
Having seen this band, and listened to them a lot, they probably did it on purpose. So much fun live. The four part harmonies they produce will raise goosebumps .
hcaudill wrote:
Among other defects (e.g. sounding a lot like Ani DiFranco) this song is guilty of misusing the term "beg the question." https://begthequestion.info/
Sorry, I'm a dirty descriptivist. Perfectly valid usage :oP.
Among other defects (e.g. sounding a lot like Ani DiFranco) this song is guilty of misusing the term "beg the question." https://begthequestion.info/
TobiMc3 wrote:
OK-I'm putting something positive up b/c, well, I'm in VA-on the eve of election night, hoping desperately that Webb (the Democrat) will win.
Well, he did--and he put the Ds over the top in the Senate. Both chambers of Congress, baby!
I like this one. She sounds a bit like Dar Williams, and the song is plesant.
Obviously not to be confused with Ed Fromohio (Ed Crawford) who formed fIREHOSE with the remaining Minutemen after D Boon's death. Not bad, though...
OK-I'm putting something positive up b/c, well, I'm in VA-on the eve of election night, hoping desperately that Webb (the Democrat) will win. What does this have to do with this song? Pretty much nothing... :-)
What the heck is this song doing here?! :think:
I wish I was the Number Six Driver--free hot coffee sounds really good right now!
This song is embarrassing me! other people can hear what's coming out of these speakers, please keep that in consideration Bill!
Funny that this song is playing on a day when there isn't a cold wind blowing here in Wyoming. Yeah! Indian Summer...
She doesn't sound so much like Ani to me. I mean, there's a similarity in the voices but Ani's always seems more rougher to me. Does that make any sense?
leander37 wrote:
Makes we wish RP played Ani Difranco more often.
:yes: ...but she's so much better than this :razz:
Do you EFO fans know Robbie Schaefer? He opened a tiny show here in San Diego a couple years ago for Richard Shindell. I'm a big Shindell fan (come to think of it, does RP play RS? They oughtta). Anyway this guy opened and I had never heard of him but he was quite a performer and an excellent guitarist. There were a handful of people in the back shouting requests out and it was obvious he was not just some unknown opening act. They seemed to be really avid fans. I bought his CD and he actually signed it for me.
WonderLizard wrote:
"Number Six Driver" was entered into Virginia's contest for a new State song some years back. It didn't win.
Actually the song that EfO wrote and entered in that contest was "Old Dominion" on their Looking out the Fishbowl album. It's a very good song. Wish RP would play some other EfO!
My brother-in-law designed their "This Is Me" Album cover. Can't say I care for them though.
This sounds dangerously close to country to me!!
Ugh! Back to Ohio with you, Eddie!
AH! I LOVE Eddie from Ohio!!! :drummer:
I liked it the first time I heard it, and like it more each time since.
unbearable..
wow, just like Ani. and I can always count on many other people to have the same exact impressions. weird.
miahfost wrote:
The weird thing is, is that not only does the singer of this song have the same timbre and tone as Ani di Franco, she has similar phrasing as well. The way she stretches out certain notes, things like that. Somewhat bizarre since the lyrics are too sacchrin and trite to be Ani di Franco.
Weird indeed, and exactly why I don't like this song. Although I respect her songwriting talents, Ani's phrasing makes many of her songs un-listenable to me.
markE wrote:
I have no idea what the connection is between this band 'Eddie from Ohio' and 'fIREHOSE', other than maybe they were fans? :think:
According to their AMG entry (link at the top of the page), they got their name from the girlfriend of percussionist Eddie Hartness, who started calling him "Eddie from Ohio" after the aforementioned fIREHOSE singer.