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‘Cooter’ and ‘Fast Eddie’

It isn’t every day that one makes preparations to go and play music for some friends but instead ends up being portrayed in the national press and on the Internet as some sort of antediluvian racist who should not be seen in the company of someone aspiring to the Senate. But that’s what happened to me Tuesday.

You think you have odd days? Try this on: I have a fine country-rock combo called “Cooter’s Garage Band,” so named because I played “Cooter” the mechanic on the enduring TV series “The Dukes of Hazzard.” (Down South, a “cooter” is a turtle.) We play all over the country and have performed from supermarket parking lots to the Grand Ol’ Opry. On Tuesday we were heading to Washington, D.C., to play a fundraiser at a friend’s house for Rep. Ed Markey, who is running for US Senate in Massachusetts.

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