Throwback Thursday Morning Shuffle – Tommy Said So Mix

I have a lot on my mind, and I kind of feel an extended non-shuffle post coming on – when I have the time. 

If you have not done so, I recommend watching the video of Michael Stipe singing “The Man Who Sold the World” on Fallon. 

In short, the thoughts in mind are about the concept of limitations vs. the infinite.  They are about the road to peace that is sometimes harder to walk but ultimately worth the extra effort. About the music “industry” and the value of art.  About the “latest next big thing” vs. the really cool thing that may or may not someday be the “latest next big thing” but regardless is pretty amazing right in this moment. 

It’s all kind of jumbled in my mind, and for me the only way to unjumble it (or at least the best way) is for me to write it all down.  Anyway, some jumbled thoughts may be coming.

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People sometimes ask me, “How old does a song have to be to appear on “Throwback Thursday”.  Usually, I just say, “Interesting question…” and wander off..  Really, though, it’s impolite to ask a song how old it is, so let’s just say the songs on this playlist are all of a “certain age”.

Shuffle:

“Where Were You?” by The Mekons

We had Waco Brothers in the shuffle earlier this week.  Now, we throw Jon Langford music back a few decades with this track from 1978 which was the second release by the band.  You, like I, need to check out the 2014 Documentary “Revenge of the Mekons.” as soon as humanly possible.

“Yvonne” by Marshall Crenshaw

I have written extensively about Downtown – Crenshaw’s 1985 album and the place it holds in my sensory and physical memory.  Downtown was Crenshaw’s third album and was co-produced by T-Bone Burnett, Crenshaw, and Larry Hirsch. It is very hard for me to separate the nostalgia from the music, but to me this – over 30 year old song, does not sound thirty years old – it just sounds like Marshall Crenshaw and that is never a bad thing.

“Down at the River” by Tim Lee

I first met Tim Lee – a couple of years ago after having been introduced to his band Tim Lee 3 via the late and lamented CXCW non-festival.  Over time, I learned that he had a hand of some of my favorite music from back in the day.  Besides being a part of Let’s Active for a short time (and appearing on an episode of IRS Records Presents: The Cutting Edge (which I no doubt watched on MTV), Tim Lee also produced the album Gawk by Will (Kimbrough) and the Bushmen.  This song comes from Tim’s 1992 solo album, The New Thrill Parade, and it was later part of the compilation All That Stuff… (1993). 

“Get Up and Dance” by The Weeks

I must be getting old, but it feels very weird to have The Weeks in the Throwback shuffle – as they seem like a “new” band to me.  However, they recently made some of their earliest music available on Noisetrade in celebration of their 10th year as a band.  This music was recorded when the members of the band were in their mid teens, but you really can’t tell by listening.  By the way, in the “Connections” department.  The Weeks and Tim Lee both have roots in the Jackson, Mississippi area.

“Mystery Wind” by Richard Thompson

Another track from Richard Thompson’s incredible Rumor and Sigh album.  

“I Hate Music” by The Replacements

From Sorry Ma, Forget to Take Out the Trash. 

“The Way of the World” by Flipper

From their debut album, Generic Flipper which was released in 1982.  Time is funny, I was actually a kind of “late bloomer” when it came to cool music and so by the mid-80s when I started hearing about Flipper, they had taken on (in my mind) an almost mythical quality – like they had existed so long before (even though at that point this album was just a couple of years old, and they were still an active band.)  A couple of years seems trivial now – some 30 odd years later, but back then, it seem to make a lot of difference.  Truth be told, they were already legendary by the point I “discovered” them.

“Gone Daddy Gone” by Violent Femmes

This song from the seminal self-titled album includes a verse from the Willie Dixon song, “I Just Want to Make Love to You”, and is thus credited to Gordon Gano and Dixon.  The song was covered in 2006 by Gnarls Barkley.

“Is She Really Going Out With Him?” by Joe Jackson

This was the first single by Joe Jackson released in 1978. It later appeared on his debut album, Look Sharp! 

“The Only Minority” by Minutemen

We close with a Minutemen song that clocks in at exactly one minute. From What Make’s a Man Start Fires?  The second album by this post-punk band from San Pedro.

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Wild Wednesday Morning Shuffle – Snoopin’ ’round My Door Mix

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I ain’t gonna lie, it’s been a rough week…  Music helps.  Music always helps. 

Here is our “Wild Wednesday” shuffle that lives up to the name and the concept.  This week’s edition features experimental music, some newer Oklahoma music, a classic L.A. punk rock tune, an iconic rock ‘n’ roll song, a song that has been recorded by Rod Stewart and The Carpenters performed by a classic 80s collaboration, some cool jazz, a 1963 hit song, and a relatively obscure song from a British new wave band…  hmm…

“Tearin’ Up My Ticket” by Wink Burcham

Another outstanding track from that Oklahoma Room CD I found sitting on a table at The 5 Spot.  I am thinking that may be my new submission policy.  Just leave a CD on a table at The 5 Spot, and I will be around to pick it up soon.  Any way, Wink Burham is a singer-songwriter from Tulsa, and as I type this he is into the last four hours of a successful Kickstarter campaign for his next album, Cleveland Summer Night.  So, if you are reading this within four hours of when I wrote it, you can still get in on some of the incentives.

“What We Do Is Secret” by The Germs

A few months ago, I watched the film, “What We Do Is Secret” – a fictionalized account of the short troubled life of Darby Crash and the formation of The Germs – one of the iconic bands of the early L.A. punk scene. Just as a film, I thought it could have been better, but for me, it was carried by my interest in the subject matter and the incredible performance of Shane West as Darby.  Anyway, what I listened today was pour quality, ramshackle live performance of this song. In other words, it was absolutely perfect.

“Hound Dog” by Big Mama Thornton

Three or four years before Elvis, Big Mama Thornton recorded her version of this classic rock n roll song which became her biggest hit.  Big Mama Thornton, as her name implies, was larger than life. Her gender-bending demeanor set the stage for so many rock and roll icons for the next sixty years (up to the present).  This song – done by Big Mama – most definitely rocks!

“Centuries Ago on Prospect Street” by Atticus Floyd

Atticus Floyd now records under the Jolly Light Brigade (or Connection) name. As far as I can tell, the Atticus Floyd recordings are no longer on-line, but I downloaded some before they were gone.  Atticus is part of the Dord Music Group.

“S.A.R. 429” by Smokey the Firebear

We have three Smokey the Firebear tracks in the shuffle today. This is some first class noise from the BNGFKR album.  It is really fun when these tracks come up in a shuffle – I think of them like a palate clearing for the ears and the mind. 

“Reason to Believe” by Camper Van Chadbourne

Eugene Chadbourne has been making his unique brand of experimental music for about forty years.  After having worked with them previously, Chadbourne teamed up with college radio darlings, Camper Van Beethoven, for the album from which this track is taken.  “Reason to Believe” is a Tim Hardin song, which was popularized by Rod Stewart and The Carpenters. 

“P.S. Unless One Has” by Ornette Coleman

The legendary jazz saxophonist and his orchestra from a 1975 release of some 1959/1960 recording that were compiled without input from Coleman.

“All Our Heads Together” by Smokey the Firebear

Our second Smokey The Firebear song – this one from the Teshio Democracy EP. That record contains a Modest Mouse cover.  E2TG 2014 artist of the year, Darrin Bradbury recently did a set of Modest Mouse songs at a recent Coverfest event. Isn’t it funny how music connects often in the most unlikely of ways?

“Distance” by Exedra

Another track from Elemental from a band that features Jeremy Gluck- who you may recall we featured several times last year when we were spinning songs from his Memory Deluxe record.  Exedra is very ethereal and dreamy music. I dig it quite a bit.

“Song No. 4” by The Soft Boys

This is the band that featured the great Robyn Hitchcock along with Kimberley Rew (who would later be a part of Katrina and The Waves – who had the hit song, “Walking on Sunshine”).  This track was included as a bonus track on the reissue of The Soft Boys second album Underwater Moonlight.  It is very different from “Tainted Love”  (which was by Soft Cell – an unrelated band of the same general era and who are mentioned here only as a semi-inside joke).

“Little Deuce Coupe” by The Beach Boys

Years ago, there was a theme park out by the Grand Ole Opry – called Opryland USA. Now, there is just a mall.  But when it was open, I had countless good times.  “Little Deuce Coupe” was a ride at Opryland. I remember how wonderful it was to spin around under a mirror ball and strobe lights on a hot summer day after eating heavy, greasy theme-park food.  Good times…

“God Confirmed for Dead” by Smokey the Firebear

We close things out with our third Smokey the Firebear track – this one was released as a b-side to a single called “Timberwolf Atka”. 

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Trending Tuesday Morning Shuffle – Hanging at The Family Wash Mix

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Lots of almost news to almost report… Expect to have more information about my and Sue Havlish’s WXNA show – Double Shot with Joe and Sue very soon.  If you have not done so, now would be a good time to follow our show on Facebook.

Also, expect more details about the forthcoming E2TG Five Year Anniversary Party (5/18 at The 5 Spot).  Just trying to lock down the final details.

Maybe, probably less soon, expect some information about the future of E2TG (it’s so bright, I have to wear shades – how is that for a relatively obscure – nearly 30 year old reference).

In the meantime, it is Tuesday when we take a look at what is “Trending” on E2TG….

“Pinprick Eyes” by Ask for Joy

Ask for Joy is a Dream Pop/Shoegaze project of Aaron Rossetto of Austin, Texas. This song comes from the recently released New Private Window EP filled with forbidden pleasures. 

“Receiver” by Waco Brothers

The Waco Brothers new album Going Down in History is receiving widespread acclaim. Waco Brothers are fronted by Jon Langford from the legendary band, The Mekons. This is the first single from that album. If you want, you can check out this and some other Waco Brothers’ music on Noisetrade before you buy Going Down in History.  Really sorry I missed this band when they played Nashville late last year, but I am glad I saw Langford at The 5 Spot more recently.  Hope Waco Brothers come back here soon.

“Listening to Antique Pony Too Much” by Youngstrr Joey

As you can probably tell – if you stick around her long enough – I have a soft spot for the more experimental side of things sometimes. Youngstrr Joey from Glascow fits that bill pretty nicely.  It is experimental without being outrageously off-putting (at least for me).  Antique Pony is a Scottish band.  (I had to look that up, and now I have to check them out).

“The Fall” by The Hidden Agendas

Williamsport, PA is the hometown of Little League baseball, and the home base of The Hidden Agendas.  Glad to have them back in the shuffle.  When I’m not getting all experimental and weird, sometimes I just like some pretty straight ahead rock and roll – especially when it is done well. The band is hard at work on their new album.  Can’t wait to hear it.

“Seed” by Jonas Howden Sjøvaag’s Navyelectre

It seems like we have been featuring songs from Large Ensemble for a while, and we still have a couple more after this one.  I really dig this wonderful, original music from Norway.  Jonas Sjøvaag is a composer who has quite a bit of music out there. 

“Melissa” by Amelia White

Next up, a very beautiful love song from the  album Home Sweet Hotel, which is among my favorites of 2016 so far. 

“This Life… With You” by Hayes Carll and Supersuckers

Long running country/punk/rock band Supersuckers team with Texas singer-songwriter on this track from the Supersuckers’ most recent album, Holdin’ the Bag.  Yeah!  And yes, I freaking missed this at The Basement East Sunday… *shakes my head*

“Flood of Red” by Drew Worthley

Drew Worthley is a singer-songwriter the UK.  His new album is called Crucible.  This is a track from that album.  I really like this.

“Double Trouble” by Leapfrogtown

We have another track from Dreaming in Public the current album by this London based band.

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Music Monday Morning Shuffle – Runaway Locomotive Mix

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Ug… is it Monday already?  Okay… I have to be quick as I have some errands to run.

I hope everyone had a good Easter Sunday no matter what or how you celebrate or not…

Monday, as our new custom demands, is dedicated to artists who have some connection to Nashville, TN (aka Music City USA).

“Hold On” by SHEL (featuring Gareth Dunlop)

A song from the motion picture soundtrack for The Best of Me featuring the band of sisters, SHEL, who divide their time between Nashville and their hometown in Colorado. On this track, they are joined by singer-songwriter Gareth Dunlop from Northern Ireland.

“Bird on a Wire” by Brian Wright and the Waco Tragedies

From the album, Dog Ears.  I am really glad to have gotten hold of a bunch of Brian Wright music – I always dig it when one of his songs come up in the shuffle.  This is not a Leonard Cohen cover (in case you were wondering).

“High Roller” by Sugar and the Hi Lows

The title track and single from the 2015 album by this Nashville duo.

“Hey Algernon” by Chris Gantry

Chris Gantry has been a key figure in Nashville songwriting circles for more than four decades. I was fortunate enough to see him recently as part of an incredible round at Douglas Corner.  He sang this song that night – a touching story of two homeless gentlemen who freeze to death and find themselves in heaven. Gantry is a long time advocate for individuals who are homeless.

“The Last Song” by Crazy Aces

A sweet, instrumental from one of Nashville’s premier instrumental rock bands.

“Keep on Goin'” by Tim Carroll

A standard of Tim Carroll’s Friday night Rock and Roll Happy Hour set. Don’t ever stop… from a sampler CD that you can get when you see Tim live.

“When You Hear of My (Home Going)” by Luella

I believe this is a traditional African American spiritual (or else I could not find the composer).  This was one of the first songs I heard Luella sing when she first started singing with Tim Carroll at Fran’s in late 2014/early 2015.  Luella, as she does on all of the songs she covers, makes this all her own.  From a sampler you can get from Luella at one of her performances.  Come to The 5 Spot any given Friday and see Luella to get your copy of her sampler and Tim’s sampler.

“Play a Train Song” by Todd Snider

The late Skip Litz was a notable character around East Nashville who would always direct the band to “play a train song”.  This iconic song comes from Sniders classic album, East Nashville Skyline, an album that is at least partially responsible for a large number of songwriters moving to this cultural center.

 
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Throwback Thursday Morning Shuffle – Boiling Butter Mix

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Fun-filled night at Coverbest at The Beast (The Basement East)… Terry Rickards always does a great job putting those events on… I really dug Matt Haeck doing Tom Waits,  Darrin Bradbury doing Modest Mouse, Sarah Potenza doing Gillian Welch, and Tesla Rossa doing Beck… plus lots of inspiring conversations about music and East Nashville and creativity….

Tonight, Fats Kaplin returns to his Thursday Night residency at The 5 Spot – the penultimate week of this month-long (sans St. Patrick’s Day) event…  I missed two weeks ago, and I do not want to miss this one…  It is guaranteed to be some of the best music around and highly entertaining, too.

Later tonight, Chris Scruggs and The Stone Fox Five are playing what I think is their second show since the club that gave them their name closed unexpectedly.  They will be at The Country with The Farmer and Adele opening.  I have heard a lot about The Farmer and Adele, but I have not seen them yet.

I am off work tomorrow.  I may try to do a Featured Friday Shuffle from home, but no promises… stay tuned.

Meanwhile, Thursday – means we throw it back like an undersized fish….

“Dead and Gone” by Blake Babies

Another from that live album recently released on Noisetrade. Blake Babies formed in Boston in 1986 and gave Juliana Hatfield her start. This recording is from a show for Emerson College on 5/9/1989.  The song itself was released on the band’s 1989 album Earwig.

“Summer’s Cauldron” by XTC

In the interesting timing category… This song is the opening song from XTC’s 1986 album, Skylarking which was produced by Todd Rundgren.  Apparently, Rundgren recently reignited a long standing “feud” with Andy Partridge about the album to which Partridge responded in long series of tweets…. anyway, I always liked the album… from this outsider perspective, it is an interesting bit of historical information. And anyway, I dig this song.

“Deacon Jones” by Louis Jordan

Disclosure time, my practice is to remove songs from my phone once I have featured them so I don’t have too many repeats – not to say a song may not reappear, but I try to avoid songs coming up again too soon after I featured them.  Sometime – as in this case, I fail to delete the song.  So – here is “Deacon Jones” which was featured two weeks ago (on another #TBT).  What the hell, it’s a great and fun song.   

“Gigantic” by Pixies

From Surfer Rosa (1988) – the band’s first solo album. And yeah – there is a bit of connection between this and a song later in the shuffle that I will not elaborate on…

“Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen

The year was 1975, the album was Born to Run, the song was Born to Run… a true American rock and roll anthem…

“Calinda” by Jim Smoak and the Louisiana Honeydrippers

Bluegrass music is not often associated with Louisiana, but Jim Smoak who was born in South Carolina and played with Bill Monroe early in his career – was living in the Bayou State when he put together the Louisiana Honeydrippers and recorded this music back in 1960.

“The Big Johnson” by Neighborhood Texture Jam

From Funeral Mountain…. Neighborhood Texture Jam were loud and wild and often highly inappropriate…  they also recorded some great songs (even songs like this one that you don’t always want to share in sensitive company)…  This song connects with a song from earlier in the shuffle for reasons  I will not elaborate on…

“Where Did All the Girls Come From” by Treat Her Right

From the fantastic self-titled debut from 1986 by Treat Her Right…  speaking of connections – Treat Her Right like Blake Babies were from Boston.  The album from which this song came was released in 1986 same as Skylarking (mentioned earlier). And on a personal note, this song asks the musical question that I often found myself asking in my reckless youth… #chickmagnet   😉 #ironichashtag #whyamIhashtagginginmyblogpost  #lame 

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Wild Wednesday Morning Shuffle – Eight to the Bar Mix

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Mid-week has arrived. 

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!!!
Consider this a great big SAVE THE DATE!!!!!  May 18, 2016 9:00p.m.  The 5 Spot.  The E2TG 5th Anniversary Party with some awesome performances (to be announced soon) and a good time to be had by all.  This will be right after the R.B. Morris Residency show so you should plan on making a night of it.  MORE TO COME!!!!!

Tonight is another awesome Coverfest at The Basement East. 

The lineup:

Matt Haeck as Tom Waits
Sarah Potenza as Gillian Welch
Friendship as Bright Eyes
Darrin Bradbury as Modest Mouse
Ri¢hie as Ghostfinger
Tesla Rossa as Beck
Tin Fist Pony as Sone Temple Pilots

Doors at 8:30 Music at 9:00 

Should be a fun night!

Wednesday is the day when anything can happen here at E2TG… well any day is kind of like that, but Wednesdays are called “Wild” taken from the term “wildcard” meaning that all bets are off*… enjoy….

*E2TG and its affiliates do not advocate gambling. Void where prohibited by law. Gamble responsibly. Don’t Bet and Drive. 

“Just About the Sexiest Thing” by The Jolly Light Brigade

“I’ve got a parachute that you can use.  It was just about the sexiest thing that anyone had ever said to me.”  From our friends at Dord Music Group.  D or d (Density).

“Easy Living” by Broyeur

Broyeur is a Swiss dance, edm, electronic music artist.  This is a single that was released late last year which came to me via e-mail. If I had a usual thing, this would be different than it, but I like this.

“Color Wheel” by Bashful Hips

The first of two tracks from Bashful Hips’ new album After I Died, I’ve Never Felt So Alive.  Dig it!

“Heaven and Hell” by Willie Nelson

From the 1974 album, Phases and Stages – some classic Willie Nelson… the kind of smooth transition that makes Wild Wednesday so much fun!

“Samson and Delilah” by The Staple Singers

From the Freedom Highway Complete recording which celebrated the 50th Anniversary of The Staple Singers legendary 1965 performance at Chicago’s New Nazareth Church, comes this recording of the traditional song. The song was notably covered by the Grateful Dead.

“Like Flies On Sherbert” by Alex Chilton

The title track from Alex Chilton’s 1979 debut solo album – produced by Chilton and Jim Dickinson and recorded and Ardent and Sam Phillips Studios in Memphis.

“Why Won’t You Love Me” by Bare Jr.

The last listed track on the 1998 album Boo-Tay.  I was fortunate enough to see the most recent Bare Jr. reunion show at The Basement East a few months back, and it was a blast!   Bobby Bare Jr. is currently touring as a member of Guided by Voices.

“Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar” by Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen

From the 1971 debut album by Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen called Lost in the Ozone.  Their version of the 1940 song that was written by Don Raye and first recorded by the Will Bradley Orchestra.  I think this song first came into my consciousness via The Rainmakers’ song, “Let My People Go-Go” which references the title.

“Spotted Bird” by Kalyn Fay

Another track from that Oklahoma Room CD that I mentioned yesterday.  This song is from the forthcoming album, Bible Belt.  I really dig this song.

“Imaginary Certainty” by Bashful Hips

And we close things out with another track from the new Bashful Hips’ album. There is something I really like about the meditative qualities on this album. 

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Trending Tuesday Morning Shuffle – An Affliction Mix

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Some days are like running up a down escalator that is moving faster than you could possibly ever run…  but you keep on running because… well you do… and eventually the escalator slows down or stops or maybe even starts moving up… wait, do escalators ever do that?  What as I talking about…

Eh…

Trending Tuesday Shuffle up coming….

“Might Be Mine” by The Defeated County

The Defeated County are from St. Louis.  Their latest album is called Bar Tabs and Baby Names.  I like their sound, and I think you might, too.  Check them out!

“You Are the Sun” by Annie Oakley

A vintage recording of the legendary wild west star… wait, no… that’s not right.  Annie Oakley are a band from Oklahoma City.  Part of that burgeoning Oklahoma music community that very kindly sometimes sends folks Nashville way (either for tours or to live).  I’ll tell what having my ear to the ground means to me… when you see a  pile of CDs sitting on a table at The 5 Spot with no one around them, you pick it up and look at it, and when you read that it is a compilation from the Oklahoma Room at Folk Alliance put out by Horton Records, LTD, you casually pick up the CD and take it home with you.  This track is from the album Thought of You a God which was released back in September.  It’s good stuff.

“Nobody Got the Blues” by Luella

Another tune from Luella’s sampler CD that you can get at most of her shows – including any given Friday night at The 5 Spot as part of Tim Carroll Rock ‘n’ Roll Happy Hour.  Nobody got the blues like you do, but you can do the “Hot Dog” and everything will be okay… 😉

“The Friar” by Venkman

Several first timer E2TG appearances today – including this funky band from the Midlands area of the UK.  A great sound.  This song is from an EP called Kakorrhaphiophobia which was released late last year.  Really fun music.

“And It’s You” by The Veldt

Another first appearance.  The Veldt were originally from North Carolina, lived in New York City for some time, and their Facebook pages lists their current location as Leeds.  This is excellent soul driven modern dance music. This is also our second set of twins in the shuffle (Annie Oakley featured the first).  The Veldt’s roots go back to the vibrant Chapel Hill music scene of the late 80s/early 90s. The have a new mixtape EP called The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation.  This a track from that record.  Expect to hear more…

“Flower Beds” by Bashful Hips

Another from the new Bashful Hips record, After I Died, I’ve Never Felt So Alive.  Bashful Hips music is unlike just about anything you hear in Nashville (or really any where), and I like it a bunch.

“Dilettante” by Toot Sweet

So far, Toot Sweet are the only band from the Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen collective that I have seen live, and they put on a great show at The East Room a few month’s back.  They recently released a new single and title track from their new album which is set for release this coming Friday. Vintage modern sounds of the cabaret.  Check them out!

“Heaven Mississippi” by Bob Margolin

Another track from My Road, the latest album by Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin who was a long time member of Muddy Waters band.  I think I mentioned this before, but Margolin appears in The Last Waltz alongside Waters.  This is really what they call the blues…

“Vagabonde” by Susan Herndon

Another track from that Oklahoma Room CD I came across.  A really cool sound with a delightful French accent.  Need to find out more. 

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