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  • Kansas couple watches son perform on Grammys

  • It's unlikely anyone could have torn Ed and Cindy Harold away from the television Sunday night.
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  • It's unlikely anyone could have torn Ed and Cindy Harold away from the television Sunday night.
    That's when son Nate was on stage, playing the bass guitar for the band Fun, which walked away with two Grammy awards, including song of the year and best new artist.
    "It's pretty amazing," Ed Harold said.
    "It is just surreal. We're just proud as punch."
    The Harolds, from Weskan, have been closely following their son's successful career with the band, just recently heading to New York City to watch as the group played in Radio City Music Hall, The Hays Daily News reported (http://bit.ly/p7HduE ).
    The magnitude of Nate's success really struck home then, when Ed Harold ventured out for a morning cup of coffee and watched as Fun's entourage — three buses and three semis — pulled up out front, having driven in from a concert the night before.
    Just a year ago, it wasn't that elaborate.
    "These old country folks are having a good time," he said of twice now going to New York to see Nate in concert, as well as a trip to Denver for a show.
    But it was the opportunity to play the Grammys that drove it all home for proud parents and Nate.
    Ed Harold said his son repeatedly has made the observation that "never in my life did I think I'd be playing the Grammys."
    Well, maybe once, Ed Harold said, but it was a fleeting thought.
    It's now reality for a small-town kid from the highest spot in Kansas who made it to the big time.
    "It's beyond his wildest dreams," Ed Harold said. "Especially this year."
    It's been a thrill for parents as well, especially on the latest trip to New York.
    "His mother was over the moon" about son Nate playing Radio City Music Hall because she grew up watching the Rockettes on the "Ed Sullivan Show."
    She got the chance to get her picture taken with a troupe of Rockettes while in New York.
    Of course, it took considerable effort just to get inside to see their son, as security was that tight for the musical group.
    "For us to get in, I don't know how many security checks we had to go through," he said. "It's not like the old days."
    For anyone.
    "You can't believe it, to see your boy on TV before a national audience," he said.
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