Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Sunburn at Night Mix

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It is Tuesday.  A bit tired today after a night of great music. The Nashville Conundrum was in full effect, but one thing I didn’t say yesterday, is that I’ve learned that it is okay to feel bad for the shows you missed – especially when it means missing the show of a friend, but in the end, when you’ve made your choice, you should expend more energy appreciating the show you did see than you do regretting the show(s) you missed.  Life is kind of like that, too, I think.

 “Walter Mitty” by Cletus Kennelly and Lori Kelley

Cletus and Lori were a popular duo in the Greater Washington D.C. area over the last decade.  In 2014, Lori Kelley decided to move to Nashville to pursue a solo career, and I have been fortunate enough to hear some of her great music.  Recently Cletus Kennelly came through Nashville, and I had the rare treat of seeing them perform together.  I also got hold of their 2005 album Lotus, and I have been digging it tons.  “Walter Mitty” is a track from that album.  In the video playlist, we have the duo’s cover of “America” by another duo – Simon and Garfunkel.

“When a Car Becomes a House” by Darrin Bradbury

The title track from Darrin Bradbury’s most recent collection of demos. This song is about the time that he lived out of his car.  Stay tuned for news of his new record. I have had the pleasure of hearing the final mixes, and it is going to be amazing.

“Back Inside the Shell” by Artur U and the New City Limits

Relatively new #E2TG favorites, Artur U and the New City Limits are from Finland, and this song is from their relatively new album, Holiday from Eternity.  This is some innovative music with elements of Rock, Pop, and Alternative.

“Hymn” by Tom Schreck

A gorgeous song from Schreck’s incredible album Save Your Glory.  He calls himself the Nashville Outsider, but dammit Nashville! Let him in!

“Maggots and Flies” by Dead in 5

Sometimes, I wonder if my quest for diversity in the music I feature serves to bring a diverse audience or to drive people away.  It doesn’t really matter, I guess.  I am what I am, and Ear to the Ground is what it is.  There is no logical way to explain following up a gorgeous song like “Hymn” with a song called “Maggots and Flies” – except to say that it is a great big weird wild world, and I have a variety of interests and who is to say that the world always makes sense, and so why should my shuffles always make sense… Dead in 5 are from Detroit, and they rock… hard.  Check them out, if you dare.

“Black Pony” by The Wans

The Wans are a hard rocking, Nashville garage band who I have been hearing about.  This song is from the Noisetrade SXSW mixtape, and it was featured in a commercial for BMW – as all good aggressive, garage rocks songs should be.

“Dance With Me” by The Danbury Lie

I have two The Danbury Lie albums in my current playlist.  This is from Scattered Moments of Connection – the oldest of two albums (by about two months).  Fun fact:  two of the artists in today’s shuffle first came to my attention directly as a result of my writing about Don Ryan back in late 2012 or so.  Today is Don’s birthday, so it seems appropriate to have music from The Danbury Lie and Darrin Bradbury in the shuffle.

“A Farm Named Froo” by John Hamilton

This is the theme song to the 1970s film Come On Children which I mentioned the other day.  The song composed by John Hamilton, one of the young “stars” of the film introduces the cast.  The film is an interesting view into a particular moment in time and a particular group of young people.  As I said before, it’s kind of a representation of what “reality” television could be in some alternate reality (early 1970s Canada) where a group of teens could be transported to a farm (name Froo) and left to their own devices and vices with just a camera crew to document.  Short of major drama, the film nonetheless is fascinating to watch.  It’s available through the Criterion Collection.

“Born in the U.S.A.” by Amanda Shires and Jason Isbell

If anyone was still confused about the meaning of Bruce Springsteen’s song (how many times have you heard it played at a 4th of July celebration). This devastatingly beautiful version by Amanda Shires and Jason Isbell leaves very little room for misinterpretation.  From the Dead Man’s Town – Springsteen Tribute record. 

“Keep Yourself Alive” by Queen

The first single off the very first Queen album.  Because sometimes you need a little 70s arena rock in your life.

“The Ballad of Ira Hayes” by Townes Van Zandt

Van Zandt’s cover of a folk classic written by Peter La Farge.  The song has been covered by among others: Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Kinky Friedman, and Pete Seeger.

“Ghost of the Road” by Guadalcanal Diary

We close out today’s shuffle with a song from the album, Walking in the Shadow of the Big Man, by Georgia band, Guadalcanal Diary.

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Shoot Out the Lights 2013 Mix

Bang! And with this post, #E2TG closes the door on our extended recap of some of our favorite music of the past 12 months.  The Video Playlist ends up at just over 100 videos. Our Amazon Web Store comes in at 54 items.

Monday – we jump right into 2014 and hit the ground running….

Further ado avoided…


“Heartbeat” by Kopecky Family Band

“Dirty Boys” by David Bowie

“Top of the World” by Don Ryan and the Blank Canvas Movement

“Brick x Brick” by Christopher Paul Stelling

“A Song for Leonard Cohen” by Amanda Shire

A Grimm Interlude
 
As we listened to the latest The Grimm Generation album, The Big Fame in it’s entirety in a non-Shuffle mode:
 
“Earthquake, Hurricane, Flood and You”
“The Next Indie Boy”
“Dizzy in my Hips Swinging”
“House Drinks”
“Miller, Don’t You Even Care”
“Until Then”
“Quiet (St. Francis)”
“Road to Joy”
“Real Bad Voodoo”
“Wreck of my Bed”
“Eye of Tranquility”
“Bigger Than”
“The Big Fame”
 
End A Grimm Interlude
 
 
“Pawnshops” by Todd Farrell Jr. and the Dirty Birds
 
“Box Cutters” “Wasted and Rollin'” and “Devastate” by Amanda Shires
 
“Diamond Sigh”  “Second Moon” and “I Do Not Will to Know” by Valued Customer
 
 
NOTES:
 
Kopecky Family Band are really a family band and they have been Nashville favorites for several years.  Kids Raising Kids was first released back in 2012, but was released by ATO Records in April and helped to introduce the band to the rest of the world. I keep finding Kopecky Family Band EPs at Goodwill – so thanks to the person with poor musical taste and/or questionable judgment.
 
We couldn’t let 2013 get away without posting one more Don Ryan song. We have yet another song queued up for 2014.
 
Christopher Paul Stelling released his awesome album False Cities and toured the world in 2013. My regret is that I missed seeing him when he came through Nashville and played a sold out show at the world famous Bluebird Café (as seen on the ABC series, Nashville)*
 
*if ABC or the producers of Nashville  want to pay me for the plug, they can just shoot me an e-mail and I will happily provide banking information….
 
Amanda Shires released the stunning Down Fell the Doves in 2013, and we offer up four songs from that album even though she doesn’t need our help.  She’s amazing. I saw her at Americana in 2012 and then again at an all too brief mini-set at Grimey’s for Americanarama.
 
As I was listening and writing all of these year-end posts, I kept coming up with superlatives, but I never got around to codifying them. So, suffice it to say, The Big Fame – the highly anticipated album by Connecticut’s The Grimm Generation would have been the Most… something.  I couldn’t let this year end countdown slip by without a little Grimm music, so I decided to listen to the whole damn album.  The band is one of my all-time favorites and they keep making new music and doing new things, so I fully expect to post much more of their music in 2014.
 
Todd Farrell, Jr. and the Dirty Birds are from right here in Nashville, but it took CXCW and Popa Tunes (again) to turn me on to their music.  This is flat out great music that I want to hear much more of in 2014.
 
Well, I burned through my playlist and still had a few minutes to get to my office this morning.  I could think of no better way to close out this whole she-bang than by listening to the first three songs from Valued Customer’s mind-expanding Kalpa album.  There is so much demented genius going on here, that it can be hard for a simple-minded music blogger to keep up. I really just want everyone to experience this album.  Do it!
 
WATCH
 
 
 
SHOP
 

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – It Ain’t Easy Mix

Wow! I can’t believe another month has come and gone. It’s November! 

I’m going to start something new on Monday – unless I don’t.  In the meantime, I have a nifty ten song Shuffle to send you into your weekend.

“Red Lights” by JWM

Today’s Mix begins after the jumpy-thingy

“Humdrum Blues” by The Growlers (from Paste Fall Pre(View) 2013.  The Growlers are a California 60s inspired Folk, Surf, whatever band. I can’t find that this song is on an album yet. But you can get it and other great music on the latest Paste/Noisetrade Sampler:)

“It Ain’t Easy” by David Bowie (from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.  Did you know that this was a cover of a song by American songwriter Ron Davies who was the older brother of singer/songwriter Gail Davies? Me either. Now we both know.)

“Fooled by the Heart” by Nancy Apple (from The Memphis Belles – Past, Present and Future. I had the good fortune to meet Nancy Apple (The Queen of Memphis Country Music) a few weeks back at The Family Wash in Nashville when she played with Tim Lee 3 and other as part of the Troubadour Blues Roadshow. I got to share two of my favorite Memphis stories with her. This song is an awesome introduction to her music – for the uninitiated. The video I added to today’s Playlist is of a song she did the night I saw her – (the video is not from that night just to be clear.)”

 
“Tattoos” by Moovalya (from Moovalya.  Cool songs by a nifty hard rock band from Phoenix)
 
“This Old Heart” by Mark Robinson (from Quit Your Job – Play Guitar. Another awesome song from Mark’s previous album.  This is the Blues!)
 
“Halo” by Port O’Brien (Beyoncé cover by a now defunct San Francisco Indie band. This was on the October Feel Bad for You Mixtape.)
 
 
“Too Scared to Run Away” by James Crawford (from James Crawford. I still think it’s a pretty cool thing to reconnect with a friend from high school, find out they are putting out an album, and then discover that said album is so freaking brilliant. I understand that James is putting together a band for some shows… coming soon to a town near you – assuming you are near a town where he is going to play)
 
“Barbarella” by The Bongos (from Numbers With Wings. The Bongos reunited on stage to help close the doors on the legendary New Jersey club Maxwell’s. They announced that night that a new Bongos album was coming soon. Phantom Train is here.  I added that along with the classic Numbers With Wings to the E2TG Weekly Store. Feed or Begin your Bongos obsession now.  And yes, Barbarella is the title of the 1968 cult film starring Jane Fonda – based on a comic book.)
 
“The Fall of Man” by Andrew Ferris (from Yellow Lorry. Andrew Ferris is a British born singer/songwriter currently based in Austria.  He connected to me via Google+.  By the way, I have a nifty new URL for my Google+ account.  Anyway, Yellow Lorry is the debut album by Andrew Ferris which has been out just over a month.  His first EP was called Red Lorry.  I’m really enjoying this album so check him out.)
 
“A Song for Leonard Cohen” by Amanda Shires (from Down Fell the Doves.  Just about as close as it gets to perfection.  The awesome Amanda Shires who Nashville is proud to claim doing a long about the legendary Leonard Cohen. And it is a song that I think he would like.  I couldn’t find a video for this song, so instead, I included one of Amanda Shires singing a Leonard Cohen song.)
 
 
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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Blue Line Mix



Some how the release of the new Those Mockingbirds single – “How to Rob a Bank” got past me.  The single is out and it rocks every bit as hard as one would expect from Those Mockingbirds. If you don’t know what to expect from Those Mockingbirds, expect THE ROCK.  Seriously. But, now that the song is out there is no need to take my word for it.  Unless you need the validation of a high profile taste-maker – in which case, you have come to the right place. 😉 
 
Give it a listen:
 
 
 
Here is a live performance captured on video
 
 
 
Now, we have a cool shuffle – so let’s get to it!
 
After the break

 
“My Blood Ain’t Runnin’ Right” by Black Joe Lewis  (from NoiseTrade Eastside Manor Sessions. A track from his album Electric Slave. Black Joe Lewis is the real deal.  Austin, Texas)
 
“Stockholm” by Jason Isbell (from Southeastern. Yes, yes, and yes. Nashville is proud to a share Mr. Isbell with Muscle Shoals, Alabama.)
 
“Blue Line” by Let’s Active (from Cypress.  A true classic from this underrated and under-appreciated band led by the awesome Mitch Easter. Look for a youthful, Tim Lee of Tim Lee Three in the accompanying video – in the playlist down below – which was taken from an episode of the old MTV show IRS Records Presents The Cutting Edge – a show which was highly influential to the impressionable youth who used to be me.  Winston-Salem, NC)
 
“Wasted and Rollin'” by Amanda Shires (from Down Fell the Doves. Mrs. Jason Isbell – or is it vice-versa?  Nashville is very proud to claim her.  Talk about a Nashville power couple! Whoseit and Whatsit on ABC’s Nashville have nothing on these two.  Nashville, TN)
 
“You Will Be Here, Mine” by Will Johnson (from Scorpion. Since finally catching on to the awesome band Centro-Matic which Will Johnson leads, I’ve had to take crash course in his impressive credentials and music. Scorpion was released in 2012.  Coming soon to a Living Room near you – included one in Nashville on November 4. Austin, Texas)
 
A cool mix of music – coincidentally all from the South – if Texas is considered the South)
 
 
 
Watch the Playlist of the Day
 
 
 
 
 
 

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E2TG at Americanarama VI 9/21/2013

Grimey’s know how to through a party.  Their annual Record Store Day event is always awesome, and Saturday wasthe sixth installment of the original Americanarama – a free day of music in the middle of the Americana Music Association Conference.

Grimey’s which began in a small shop in the Berry Hill section of Nashville and blossomed into one of the best and most respected record stores in the world. They are a magnet for musicians and music lovers.  Metallica recorded a secret show at The Basement located below the shop but named the ensuing record “Live at Grimey’s”.  Just about every cool band that comes through town, does an in-store at Grimey’s.  In addition, they are champions of many of the great up and coming bands.

Believe it or not, this was the first year that I was able to make it out for Americanarama, and I think I picked a good year.

The day began with The Reneaus who are either from Bowling Green, Kentucky or Nashville depending on who you ask.  Regardless, I was not familiar with The Reneaus for this performance, but I now consider myself a fan. 

Steelism were next, and although I was already familiar with them, this was the first chance I had to see them live. Steelism is the brain-child of Spencer Cullen Jr. and Jeremy Fetzer (Caitlin Rose).  They have an amazingly original sound. Fronted by a Pedal Steel Guitar and featuring two drummers… favorite quote of the day, “I’m still hung over and the stage is leaning…”



Next up were The Dexateens. I’ve liked their music for a long time, but seeing them perform live was revelatory. I now count myself as a huge Dexateens fan. This was one of the most fun and energetic shows I’ve seen in a fair bit of time. The band’s extensive and entertaining bio on Facebook mentions that they began as a punk band, and this spirit shows through.



After The Dexateens set, I decided to go inside to Howlin’ Books and Grimey’s, Too, and then I grabbed some lunch from Mas Tacos. Somehow,  I made it back in time to introduce myself to a couple of The Dexateens and then to see Daughter play their set.  I had ever heard of Daughter, but they have almost 300,000 likes on Facebook. They are from the UK.  They played a stripped down set due to their regular instruments already being at the Exit/In where they were playing that night. They had a awesome atmospheric, moody sound which I really liked.  Quite a transition from The Dexateens, but it was good.  After their set, they were surrounded by hordes of young people (and by young people, I mean people younger than me which was I guess about half the crowd – give or take a few dozen).



Next up was T. Hardy Morris who is in the band Dead Confederate. We’ve played a few songs from his solo album Audition Tape, so it was good to see him live. I enjoyed the music, and I’m not sure if it’s a persona or a personality but there was a bit of aloofness which I found a bit off-putting. Maybe especially after the complete openness of The Dexateens. But, I do know it’s dangerous to compare bands, and like I said, the music was great.



Next up was The Autumn Defense featuring John Stirratt and Pat Sansone of Wilco. This was just some amazingly glorious music. Some delicious melodies and classic sounding vocals.  Just brilliant. The inclusion of The Troggs classic Love is All Around Me underscored the classic sound that this band has captured.



Next up was one of most anticipated sets of the day.  British Folk/Punk legend Billy Bragg took the small, slightly sloped stage and for about thirty minutes spoke truth and held court. After playing a few songs from his latest album including a Woody Guthrie cover which he introduced by referencing the brilliant Mermaid Avenue albums and acknowledging the presence of John Stirratt who along with the rest of Wilco played on those records, Bragg acknowledged that it was the 30th Anniversary of the release of his first album, Life’s a Riot With Spy Vs. Spy.  He said since the album was only 17 minutes long it was not worth renting out the Ryman or hiring symphony and that he could play the whole album as an encore and that he actually had enough time left to play it, and thus he launched into a blistering song by song cover of that masterpiece.  There was a palpable energy running through the crowd.   



After Billy Bragg headed inside to sign autographs and meet and greet, the ones of us who remained heard a couple of songs from the soon to be released High Cotton: A Tribute to Alabama. T. Hardy Morris came back from a ragged yet somehow brilliant version of the title track, and then the always amazing Amanda Shires (joined by Rod Piccott) performed her contribution to the record as well as one song from her new album.  To be honest, I expected more from this set, but hey, I got a free t-shirt and seeing Amanda Shires perform is always a plus.



As the sun began to descend, the crowd thinned a bit, which is a shame because those who left, missed out on the final set of the day. Willie Sugarcapps is the new project (supergroup really) featuring Will Kimbrough, Greyson Capps, Sugarcane Jane, and Corky Hughes. They play a break amalgam of traditional music from the South. Folk, Blues, Country,  what have you, and they have a whole lot of fun doing it.  I’ve been a Will Kimbrough fan since his days leading the Bushmen, and I thoroughly  enjoyed this set.  Their new album is out now. Check it.

 

It was truly a great day of great music. Special thanks to all the staff of Grimey’s for putting this thing on. And a shout out to Sandy – a long time Billy Bragg fan for buying me a beer.

Stay tuned for a quick run down of our normal shuffle in a bit…

I created a You Tube Playlist to commemorate the day…




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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – One More Warning Sound Mix

Hey ho! Time is short so we will make it sweet….  whatever.

Song #1 I Kept Watch Like Doves (Murder Ballad) from West Cross Timbers by the amazing Amanda Shires.

Song 2 is Lungs by Steve Earle from his Townes Van Zandt tribute album, Townes.  Van Zandt’s version appeared his 1969 self-titled 3rd Album.

Song 3  is Sympathy from one of our Featured Artists, Salt Lake City Punk/Metalcore/whatever band S3X.

Song 4 is We’re Comin’ Out by Bright Little Field from Treatment Bound: A Ukulele Tribute to The Replacements. Bright Little Field is Jonathan Bright and Tom Littlefield. Littlefield led the legendary 80s Nashville band, The Questionaires.  We’re Coming Out was on The Replacements best album, Let it Be.

Song 5 and our final song for the day is Messin’ Round by another of our featured artists for the month Pigeon Park and can be found on their 2010 album, The Sun.

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Americana Music Fest Part V – Friday Night

So, when Friday night rolled around, I was running on about two hours sleep and a day at work – plus a 5 hour energy drink I got for free at Live on the Green.  So, to maximize my musical enjoyment and minimize my frustrations, I decided to stick to one venue.  I picked the Cannery Ballroom. The Cannery holds many great musical memories from back in the day.  Most of the shows I saw back in the late 80s were upstairs, but I know of a few shows which were downstairs.



Anyway, I arrived just in time to catch the last song of Shelly Colvin’s 8:00p.m. set, and I heard just enough to wish I had been there the whole time.  The song was beautiful. Shelly is a Huntsville, Alabama native currently living in East Nashville where all the cool people live (Blogger’s Note: I don’t live in East Nashville, so the last statement is obviously false).  She is a genuine, harmonica toting, folk singer.  

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Up Next was Amanda Shires.  Amanda Shires is a Texas born singer/fiddle player, who also currently resides in Nashville.  The first thing I noticed was a familiar looking guitar tech.  Yep, that was Jason Isbell or as he was introduced later when he came on stage a few songs into the set, the future Mr. Jason Shires.  Amanda Shire’s music is Americana/Alt-Country friendly with strong Indie Rock street cred.  Ah hell, it’s just damn good music.  She was backed by a cracking band featuring Rod Picott and supplemented by Jason Isbell on a number of songs.


Next on the bill was Houston native and recent Nashville resident Robert Ellis.  I wasn’t all that familiar with his music, but I really enjoyed it.  It did a new song, Houston, as a goodbye to his hometown, and it reminded me, favorably to Steve Earle’s haunting Goodbye Guitar Town.  The set ran the gamut from slow sad country to all out rockers.  Bonus points in my book for having the lovely  and amazing Caitlin Rose out for a song.  I was a bit further from the stage for this set, so sorry for the quality of the pictures.



The headliner of the evening was the legendary John Hiatt, making a rare Nashville appearance. Hiatt is one of those larger than life/down to earth performers.  He took the stage and powered through an amazing set that included some songs from his (what was then) forthcoming  (out on September 25th) album Mystic Pinball and a slew of songs from across his storied career, including that one that Bonnie Raitt covered and the one Eric Clapton and B.B. King did.  He also, at the request of a loud member of the audience) did the classic Memphis in the Meantime.  I’ve been a huge John Hiatt fan for a lot of years, and this was just an incredibly fun show.  


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