Music City Monday Morning Shuffle – Shoot Right Through You Mix

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Kind of a dreary, post-time change Monday in Nashville – although the sun was out this morning enough to blind me as I drove in to work.

It’s a another Music City Monday – time to feature songs some how, some way connected to Nashville, Tennessee. 

Darrin Bradbury is playing tonight at the fairly recently reopened 12th and Porter…  Busy week of music coming up… more later…

“Former Queen of Spain” by Brian Wright and the Waco Tragedies

Pretty cool way to start of the week, one of my favorite Brian Wright songs from his live sets from the album Bluebird with his old band, the Waco Tragedies. 

“Songs from Beneath the Lake” by The Shakers

This is the title track from the album by this band that featured Robert Logue and Oscar Rice of Royal Court of China.  The band created a unique and wonderful mix of southern gothic mysticism and atmospheric folk music – Rebecca Stout provided haunting vocals that served as another instrument. One of my favorite bands from the late 80s to early 90s Nashville music scene.

“Thought You Needed Me” by Carl Anderson

Nashville by way of Charlottesville, VA – another excellent track from Risk of Loss which was one of my favorites of 2015.

“Everything It Takes” by Loretta Lynn feat. Elvis Costello

There is so much Nashville here… let’s start with the song which was written by Lynn (who has been called the Queen of Country Music) and Todd Snider (one of the founding fathers of the “new” East Nashville music scene).  The song comes from Lynn’s new album Full Circle which was produced by Lynn’s daughter and John Carter Cash – at the Cash Cabin Studio.  The song is also a duet with Elvis Costello whose own Nashville roots go back to 1981 when he recorded his Almost Blue album at Studio B on Music Row.

“The Other Man” by Tim McNary

Careful and long time E2TG readers will remember we featured several McNary tracks a few years ago.  Well, he is back with an excellent new album called Above the Trees.  The album is due out on April 8, but you can get a 4 song sampler at Noisetrade right now.

“Glory Hallelujah” by Brian Wright and the Waco Tragedies

My cup runneth over… a second Brian Wright song on the shuffle and it another one of my favorites from his electrifying live sets.  Wright is a vital part of the Nashville music community, and a heck of a nice guy.

“Lower You Can Go” by Tim Carroll

Speaking of vital and nice guys.  Tim Carroll’s long running Rock and Roll Happy Hour (every Friday 6-8:30p.m.) has been heating up in recent weeks. I think is one of the best deals in this city and always a good time.  A great way to kick off the weekend.  This is an inspirational song taken from a recent CD sampler that you can only get at a Tim Carroll gig.  Remember, if you are feeling down, there is always lower you can go!

“Isn’t It Strange?” by Charlie Hager

We have another track from Charlie Hager’s new album American Saga.  The Nashville CD Release Party will be held Thursday night at the Crying Wolf in East Nashville.

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Featured Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Still a Human Being Mix

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Got to make this quick – I’m running late.  Saturday is another one of those impossible choices (musically-speaking in Nashville):  The Foobar is holding a multi-act afternoon show that features: Jeff Shepherd, Year of October, Susie Oleson, and Adrian + Meredith, and more!  Intersecting with the Adrian+Meredith part of the show will be some other awesome options:  David Olney returns to Bobby’s Idle Hour, Jon Latham opens for The Whistles and The Bells at The Basement.  Aaron Lee Tasjan returns to Nashville for a full band show – and his band include the also recently returned Brian Wright at Soulshine Pizza, and then later on Zach Schmidt + Patrick Kinsley & A Fistful of Dollars open for Cataline Crime at The 5 Spot.  And probably tons of other cool stuff…  get out and do something… you cannot go wrong with any of these selections…

Tonight: Tim Carroll Happy Hour 6-8:30 at The 5 Spot, and later on Kevin Gordon and his band are at The Family Wash.  If you have tickets, Those Darlins are playing their final show (a sell out) at The Basement East.

“How the West Was Won” by Ashleigh Flynn

Another cool song from A Million Stars. This one is a toe-tapping number.  Janie doesn’t have a gun.

“Separate Ways” by Carl Anderson

It’s hard to believe, but we still have songs to feature from Risk of Loss – one of 2015s best albums.  Carl Anderson is from Charlottesville, VA, but Nashville is happy to claim him now.   (and yes, I do speak for Nashville).   This is not the Journey song by the way.

“Defining Deviance Down” by The End Men

2013 E2TG Band of the Year from their excellent 2015 album Terms and Conditions. Man these guys rock so hard, and they are sounding so good on this record. 

“Lay My Head” by Angela Easterling

Another of my favorite albums of 2015, Common Law Wife.  A gorgeous song.  There are deep Nashville connections on this album.

“It’s a Beautiful Morning” by Tommy Womack

Certain to be one of the best of 2016. A new album from Tommy Womack is always a cause for celebration, and there is a lot to celebrate on Womack’s return following a neat fatal automobile accident last spring.  A powerful and lovely song for my morning walk, and a good reminder.  This song connects well with “I Almost Died” which we featured yesterday (I think).  It is a message of the hope that is possible on the other side.

“Let You Down” by Zachariah Red

And we close out the shuffle and the week with a track from Backbone.  This one features the vocal accompaniment of Lindsay Ellyn who also co-wrote the song.  I am pretty sure Backbone will be on my best of 2016 list.

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – The Pills Ain’t Working Mix

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I am back after an extended time away…  When I last posted, storms were on the horizon for Nashville and that appears to be the case today six days later. In fact, as I look out the window, the rain has started.

This is always an odd week.  Christmas is over, New Years Eve is still a few days away. There is a sense of winding down of the old year and anticipation of what is to come.  In my office, there are many people out this week.  The overall pace of life seems just a wee bit slower.  But, here at E2TG, we keep pushing to the end.  We have more “Earies” to hand out and more shuffles to be shared.

The “Connections” Award. 

The premise:  Although, I don’t always explicitly state it, one of the central themes of Ear to the Ground has always been the thread of connectivity that runs throughout all music.  The Shuffle (which to me is more than random) can often serve to highlight those connections. When songs that seem to be incongruous are placed together, they can often serve to reveal previously unseen connections. These connections come in all different forms and can be difficult to explain.  Long time readers may recall a post I made a few years ago when I shuffled together the then new records by Imperial Rooster and Black Jake and the Carnies.  These two bands came from different regions of the U.S. and were not even aware of each others existence but I found connections.

The Award:  So for this award, I thought about artists/bands who have come into my consciousness who have no visible connection but who speak to me in very similar ways despite their obvious differences.

1.  Tim Lee 3/Bark – A long time favorite of #E2TG, I first encountered TL3 via Couch by Couchwest.  They are based in Knoxville and have roots in Jackson, MS. As I have gotten to know Tim and Susan Lee, I have discovered their deep connection to much of the music I listened to growing up.  To illustrate, I found out not too long ago, that Tim Lee produced or co-produced Will and the Bushmen’s Gawk album which has been a favorite of mine for a long, long time.  In 2015, Tim and Susan celebrated their vinyl anniversary (33 1/3 years) with the release of a new Tim Lee 3 album (331/3) and the very first EP from Bark.  I was lucky enough to see both configurations live in 2015.  The music of both bands manages to sound both fresh and familiar to me.

2. Susan James – A couple of years ago, I got the opportunity to hear and write about Susan’s then new album, Driving Toward the Sun.  Susan is based in Southern California. At the time, I saw where D.J. Bonebrake of X (one of my all-time favorite bands) had acted as emcee for a CD release show for an earlier album.   In 2015, Susan James released Sea Glass which marked a departure from the Americana feel of her previous two releases.  Sea Glass is a wonderful example of California pop music.  Several times on the album, the Paisley Underground sound is evoked very effectively.  It is an album I want to hear over and over. 

Just to put too fine a point on my premise, Tim and Susan Lee have some very deep and personal connections to the original Paisley Underground scene of the 1980s which is evoked so well on Susan James latest album.

On to the shuffle:  I am going to be shuffling from the “Featured  Music” playlist for the three days I am at work this week.  Trying to get through some of 2015’s featured music to clear some room for the many new releases expected in early 2016.

“Taste the Ceiling” by Wilco

So, I think I read somewhere that Wilco front man Jeff Tweedy did not know that there was a new Star Wars movie imminent  when naming the band’s latest album.  The album, which was initially offered as a free download, made many top ten lists for 2015.  I enjoyed the album as I have much of Wilco’s long and extensive catalog.

“More and More” by Bob Margolin

Another track from the new album by Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin. The album is called My Road.  This is real deal blues music folks!

“Love to a Ghost” by Brandy Zdan

Nashville singer-songwriter Brandy Zdan recently released her self-titled debut solo album.  She was previously a member of the duo Twilight Hotel and the band The Trishas.  I was pleased to find a sampler from her new album on Noisetrade.  Check it out and if you dig – pick up the whole album at the usual spots.

“Pinyin” (Instrumental Version) by Batkhi Dahn

We may be done featuring the Batkhi Dahn Chritmas EP, but we still have several more songs in our playlist.  This is the instrumental version of the latest single. 

“Call Out Mellobird” by The Jackals

Another track from People, the latest album from Edinburgh band The Jackals.

“In the End” by Ilana J

Another listen to the highly listenable debut EP, Free Fallin’ from the Ground Up.  Ilana J is from Birmingham (not Alabama).

“Little Meghan Kelly” by Fendrick and Peck

Fendrick and Peck are a hard travelling, neo-traditionalist folk duo currently residing in Nashville.  They released Lucky Penny this year, and it is one of my favorites of the year.

“Pills” by Carl Anderson

Speaking of favorites, we close out this shuffle with another track from Risk of Loss – which is definitely among my top ten albums of 2015  (if I made such a list).  Carl Anderson is another Nashville artist having moved here from Charlottesville, VA.

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – The Rainbow Didn’t Bring Me No Luck Mix

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Welcome back… No shuffle yesterday because I was off work for Veteran’s Day.  Lot’s to recap…

Tuesday night, I attended the weekly $2 Tuesday show at The 5 Spot.  As it always is, it was a great time at a great price.  Included: a second opportunity to see Brock Zeman and Blair Hogan – who killed it.  Bob Lewis with great band that included my old friend Joe Bidewell plus Lemuel Hayes and Issac Anthony.  Plus Derek Hoke’s always awesome set, and the late night spot was rocked hard by new Nashvillian K. Phillips whose band included by friend Steven Cooper.

Since, I was off I got to hang out in the studio and observe the making of Darrin Bradbury’s next album.  A lot of people are going to be surprised by his turn toward gangsta rap, but I never question an artistic genius.

Last night, a great night of songwriters at Mad Donna’s featuring the always awesome Kiely Schlesinger who was backed by Drew Kohl – who did a killer version of Springsteen’s “Atlantic City”, Violet Delancey who was backed by a great band that included Andrew Leahey on guitar, and Lindsay Ellyn who was awesome as always backed by Raun Schultz and Buddy Woodward and for the first time by fiddle player – Holly Parks. 

In the midst of all that, I wrote a review of the (still fairly new) Sara Syms album, Way Back Home.  The title track (coincidently) showed up in the shuffle today, so I will post the links when I get to that song…

On to the shuffle

“Frying Eggs (The Roadkill Song)” by Darrin Bradbury

Decades from now, musical historians will look back and note that this was the first sign of Darrin’s eventual turn toward gangsta rap… what is more gangsta than singing about a dead raccoon?  Seriously, this our last track to post from The Story of Bob – the record which made my face famous…  By the way, I did not find a video of this song, but I did find a nine year old clip of Darrin.

“Saint Francis” by Gretchen Peters

Another from Hello Cruel World. Gretchen Peters is, hands down,  one of the best songwriters  working today.

“Side of the Mountain” by Carl Anderson

Another chance to talk about Carl Anderson’s amazing album Risk of Loss. The year is almost over and this is still on my mind as one of the best of 2015.

“Goodbye Marie” by Gear Daddies

Billy’s Live Bait – along with Let’s Go Scare Al – were part of the soundtrack of particularly interesting portion of life.  I think the songs (as all great songs do) have held up well in the decades since they were released.

“Florida Water” by Jesse and Noah

Another from Jesse and Noah – this one is from their Driven Back album of original songs.  It is a tribute to their home state.

“Way Back Home” by Sara Syms

As I mentioned in the Intro – I have written a review of Sara Syms’ awesome new album, Way Back Home.  This is the opening and title track which sets the tone for the album.  My review can be found on No Depression and right here on Ear to the Ground.

“Walking Down the Road” by Tymon Dogg

Tymon Dogg is a stalwart of the London underground music scene – whose credits include being a part of Joe Strummer’s last band, Mescalero’s.  He also contributed to Sandinista! and Combat Rock by the Clash.  Made of Light is the name of his new album which was released last week. Check it out!

“Tears Fall the Same” by Tiffany Huggins Grant

We return to local favorite, Tiffany Huggins Grant with another track from her album, Jonquil Child which also has to be on my list of favorites for the year.

“Motel Matches” by Elvis Costello and the Attractions

And, we close out the shuffle with some classic Elvis from Get Happy!  Get Happy! was Elvis Costello’s fourth album – his third with the Attraction, and it was released in early 1980 and remains one of my all time favorites.

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – White Light Had It Mix

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Exciting day yesterday as the #E2TG Facebook Page barreled over 400 Likes on our way to 500!  Welcome all the new “likers”.  To get in on the party, click the clink above and give us a “Like”.

Let’s get  to today’s shuffle….

“White Light/White Heat” by The Velvet Underground

The repetition, the distortion, the power… The Velvet Underground were so far out in front that most people still haven’t caught up.  The title track from the band’s second album – the last with John Cale.

“Smoke” by Ilana J

Ilana J is a pop songwriter from Britain. Her current album Freefalling from the Ground Up was released last month.  This song is light, airy, and extremely catchy.

“Genie Versus Genie” by Clouseaux

When I attended the surf rock show featuring Crazy Aces and The Mystery Men, I picked up an instrumental rock zine that included a compilation CD.  From that record, comes a groovy track by this band from Houston.  I don’t know much about the band, but I really dig this tune.

“Hurricane Wind” by Carl Anderson

Another from Carl Anderson’s awesome record, Risk of Loss.  Coming to the Nashville scene by way of Charlottesville, VA, Anderson has found his place among the incredible wellspring of talent bubbling up out of East Nashville of late.  Risk of Loss remains in my heretofore hypothetical best of list for 2015.

“girl” by valued customer

The final song on Byugecup (The Huge Cup B-Sides). The song clocks in at over 9 minutes and manages to encompass much of what it is that makes Valued Customer so awesome.  I kind of said a whole bunch the last post I made about VC, so I will just end this post by saying: Valued Customer is good – really good.

“Cuckoo Song” by Townes Van Zandt

A while back, I grabbed a download of a Townes Van Zandt performance 1973 recorded at a coffee shop in Minneapolis…

“Marquee Man” by Pony Boy

Pony Boy was an L.A. singer/songwriter when Ear to the Ground first caught up with her about three years ago.  She has since moved to Nashillve and she just released her latest albun, Blue Gold on Cosmic Thug Records. The album was produced by the superduo of Adam Landry and Justin Collins. 

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Critical of Comedy Mix

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Went out for the first time since Americana last week. Visited Twin Kegs II which is located just 4 minutes from where I live. I don’t know what I had never been there before. Neat place.  Saw some great songwriters including the brother of someone from the show Nashville, and a tremendous young writer from Sydney who was celebrating the release of her new album, Love and Lovely Lies . Her name is Imogen Clark. 

We have another fine shuffle with some of those odd connections that seems to happen all the time when you closely follow music and the people who make it.

“The People’s History” by Eleventh Dream Day

This Chicago band have been making music for over 30 years.  Their late 80s/early 90s albums Beet and Lived to Tell were among by favorites back in the day. I somehow lost track of them, but I was happy to discover that they have continued to make music and that I have a lot of catching up to do.  They just recently released Works for Tomorrow, and this is our first listen to that record.  And man does it rock!  I was immediately reminded why I loved this band so much.

“President Clinton Blues” by Drink Small

The second day in a row for some Piedmont Blues.  Klout is going to name me an “Expert” of Piedmont Blues any day.  This is definitely politically incorrect, and pretty damn funny.

“Nothing Else” by Livingmore

Ok two notes here.  This song has been in the playlist for a heck of a long time. It is the first track from the 3 song self-titled release by this L.A. duo.  Livingmore is Alex Moore and Spencer Livingston.  Spencer used to be in a band called The Alternates, and that band was one of the very first Ear to the Ground Band’s of the Week (a long since abandoned feature from our very early time) – we are talking mid 2011.  Livingmore is making some awesome music and they seem to be playing out in L.A. fairly often.  Hopefully we can talk them into making a trek east at some point.

“I Should Go/Thinking of You” (Live) by Good Old War

A live mash up of two songs from the self-titled Good Old War record (2010).

“That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore” by The Smiths

The Smiths have come up several times of late.  The Smiths made some pretty amazing music.  This one is from Meat is Murder.

“1945” by Carl Anderson

Nashville by way of Virginia songwriter Carl Anderson.  1945 goes back to his album Wolftown

“Come Together” by Michael Hedges

The amazing, late great guitar genius – takes on the iconic Beatles song from his album Live on the Double Planet.

“If It Takes a Lifetime” by Jason Isbell

The Nashville based  songwriter has been a roll for the past year of so. This is the opening number from the his latest critically acclaimed album.  BONUS VIDEO: a cover of this song by my friend Drew Kohl…

“Filet of Sole” by The Dead Milkmen

In the strange coincidences very few people will get – The Dead Milkmen once wrote and recorded the line, “You’ll dance to anything, by the Smiths”… happy dancing…

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Featured Friday Music Shuffle – Young Enough Mix

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Guess what? We’ve reached the end of another work week!  Here’s to the weekend! 

Last night, I had the great pleasure of experiencing the second ever Aqua Velvet – Exotic Sounds in Country Music show.  It was pretty fantastic.  For a more detailed account. Check out my review over at No Depression.

Since it is Friday, we have a featured Friday Shuffle to take us all into the weekend… sit back and enjoy the “show”….

“Into the Sky” and “Rose” by Vinnie Jonez Band

From Italy by way of my Inbox, this Heavy Rock band released their debut EP back in June.  The band is comprised of former members of other bands, and to my knowledge none of them are named Vinnie Jonez.  A nice double-shot of high energy ROCK to start off my morning drive.

“Letter from Hell” by Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen

Up next we have another track from Love and Life. If you missed it, you can read my review of the album on No Depression.  Letter from Hell is one of my highlights from the Scissormen’s live set and what struck me this morning was how well the live energy of the song was captured on the recording.

“Falling From You” by Brian Carpenter and The Confessions

Another track from Brian Carpenter and the Confessions forthcoming album, The Far End of the World.  Really digging the sound of this record.  Looking forward to featuring more songs before and after the release date.

“Living on Thin Ice” by Chase Walker Band

Chase Walker is a teenaged Blues Rock guitar prodigy.  This song is a reaction to the all too often headline grabbing stories on the news.  The song is important and it rocks!  A great introduction (for me) to this young band… more hope for the future!

“Sands of Now” by Elephant Revival

This is the title track from the new CD/DVD release by Elephant Revival out of Colorado.  Digging this album a lot.

“Young Enough to Be My Son” by Eight O’Five Jive

Eight O’Five Jive’s latest album, Too Many Men, ranks among my favorites of the year.  They do the jump blues/jive thing better than just about anyone.  For some reason, this is one of my favorite songs on the record.

“Hard Times” by Carl Anderson

A CD Bonus track from Risk of Loss. This is a wonderful cover of the Stephen Foster classic.  Carl Anderson will be at The Sutler tomorrow night.  The always awesome Jon Latham will open the show around 8:30.

“Sweat” by Brock Zeman

Another superb track from Brock Zeman’s Pulling Your Sword Out of the Devil’s Back.  A little bird told me that Zeman may be back in Nashville in November.  I will keep everyone posted because you really want to see him live if you can.

“80s Track” by Rich Robbins (feat. K.Raydio)

And we close out the day with some hip-hop from the album Nimbus.  A pretty awesome way to close out the shuffle and the week.

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