Music City Monday Morning Shuffle – The Road Got Blurry Mix

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So, spring has arrived and here in Nashville that has meant a brief cold snap. I seem to be over whatever it was that kind of knocked me out at the end of last week… ready to take on a new week. According to Facebook, I have 12 events with 51 friends coming up this week.  Fortunately, I do get Friday off work…

I did manage to venture out into a misty rain last night for a fine night of music at The Basement. Despite some vocal duress, Jon Latham was amazing as always.  Throwing a new song (for me anyway) into the mix and inviting up Peyton Parker to sing on a couple of tunes.  Peyton Parker has been on the current season of The Voice.   Next up was Charlie Whitten, who I saw a few weeks back, I once again was struck by his awesome songwriting, gentle good humor, and his whistling (which especially impresses me because I cannot really whistle).  Closing the night was Caleb Caudle who recently released Carolina Ghost to widespread acclaim. A great ending to a great night of music at a pretty pack out Basement.

It’s Monday – I’m in Music City… let’s do Music City Monday….

“Helpless” by Lindsay Ellyn

Lindsay Ellyn’s EP Out of Road (one of my favorites of the year) was named Number 1 EP by Queens of Country. This is a great track from that EP.  Readers in New York City, Lindsay and Jeremy Nash (both Nashville songwriters who moved to town from NYC) will be playing at Rockwood Music Hall tonight, and I highly recommend both of them. 6:30p.m. to 8:30p.m. EDT.

“Feels Like Rain” by John Hiatt

John Hiatt moved to Nashville very early in the 1970s and been making incredible, ground-breaking music ever since. This is the final track from his 1988 album, Slow Turning. The song was later covered by the great Buddy Guy.

“Mockingbird” by Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons

Cory Chisel moved to Nashville from Appleton, WI.  This song is from his 2009 album Death Won’t Send a Letter.  I think I was first introduced to his music around this time when I saw the band open for Peter Case at 3rd and Lindsley. More recently he was nominated for a Grammy award for his co-write of the Rodney Crowell/Emmylou Harris song “The Travelling Kind”. He also recently toured with Robert Ellis and Jonny Fritz as Traveller.

“Still With Me” by Charlie Hager

Among the events I regretfully missed during my brief convalescence at the end of last week was the CD release show for Charlie Hager’s new album American Saga.  It sounds like it was an awesome night packed with tons of great artists.  I really hate that I missed it, but at least I get to hear the album, and it’s out so you can hear it, too.  To me it is pure and honest songwriting at its best.


“You Could Be My Baby” by SHEL

This is a track that will be on SHEL’s new album, Just Crazy Enough which is due out in May.  They will be playing the Safety Harbor Song Fest in a couple of weeks, and they are scheduled to play Nashville’s Earth Day show later in April.  

“Fun Machine” by Colorfeels

This is another track from that Music the Film: Music City Underground.  Colorfeels were a Nashville band that broke up in 2014. I don’t know much about them, except that I like this song and a bunch of my East Nashville friends were fans of the band.

“Speed Trap Town” by Jason Isbell


It’s been pretty interesting to watch the meteoric rise of Jason Isbell over the past several years. I was lucky enough to see Isbell with the 400 Unit in the back parking lot of Grimey’s a few years ago for Record Store Day.  There was a decent crowd, but nothing like what it would be today.  This is a track from his latest album, Something More Than Free which won the Grammy for Best Americana album. 


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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Love Hurts Mix

Today we induct three more amazing artists into our brand new (still under construction) Hall of Fame.  As with the first two groups of additions, these names should be very familiar to regular readers of E2TG.

7.  Tim Lee 3 (Knoxville, TN)
8. Killing Kuddles (Atlanta, GA)
9. Don Ryan (NY/NJ)

Welcome to the Hall…

Also, we have a pretty cool shuffle up next…

“Paris by Now” by Adam Hill (from Little Time.  Another track by this Nashville singer/songwriter)

“Love Hurts” by Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris (from Grievous Angel. Just stunning.  h/t to Too Much Country who included this on the October Feel Bad for You mixtape.  Both Too Much Country and I were in the audience when Amelia White and Jon Byrd sang this song at the Five Spot back in September on the 40th Anniversary of Gram Parson’s death.)

“Jesus Christ” by Big Star (from Third/Sister Lovers.  One of my favorites. Eef Barzelay, Bill Lloyd, Grimey and others did this song at a Record Store Day event at Grimey’s shortly after Alex Chilton passed away)

“Foxgloves” by Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons (from Old Believers.  I first saw Cory Chisel opening for Peter Case a few years ago, and I have been a fan every since.)

“Come a Little Closer” by Cage the Elephant (from Melophobia.  I think Cage the Elephant are simply one of the most exciting bands around. This is the first single from the band’s latest album.)

“TDB” by Its Teeth w/ Travis Orbin (from Divided. Some more awesome Instrumental Post-Rock from this project which Gabriel of The Gabriel Construct turned us onto.)


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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Honky Tonka Truck Mix

So, I guess this is it… Wednesday is here, and I begin writing without much of an idea about what I am going to say.  Not an unusual occurrence mind you, but unnerving all the same. In case you missed it, Mumford and Sons debuted their latest song last night. Check it out:

Their sophomore effort called, Babel is due out September 24 and will join a number of albums being released next month.  Even some of your favorite Ear to the Ground featured bands have new music coming.  Stay tuned – more information to come.
So… I discovered the Rabbit Hole on ReverbNation which to me is like a microcosm of what the whole internet is all about – except this Rabbit Hole is all about music. I’m sure you’ll hearing the results of some of my Reverb surfing soon… who knows maybe even sooner.
Today’s shuffle goes a little something like this:
I first became aware of Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons two years ago when they opened for Peter Case at 3rd and Lindsley for a Nashville Sunday Night show. The Wisconsin band recorded their latest records called Old Believers here in Nashville with producer Brendan Benson (The Raconteurs).  The song we have today is callled I’ve Been Accused.

Korby Lenker is a Nashville-based singer-songwriter with a colorful past and a bright future.  He’s one of those people I feel like I should have caught up with much sooner, but who I actually came across while browsing through ReverbNation.   Lovers and Fools is the title track off of his 2009 album. Grab the song using the widget below.

Or, head over to Amazon to get a copy of the CD.

Here’s Korby Lenker performing at the CD release show for Lovers and Fools.

When I went down the Rabbit Hole on ReverbNation, I came across Martha Ann Brooks from Walker County, Georgia.  Going to Facebook – I that she is friends with two of my friends, Will Kimbrough and Mary Gauthier.  Good company.  Today we have Could We Go Back  which is off of her 2009 album Lately…  Get the song via this Reverb widget or grab the whole album at Amazon using the picture below.

And finally, we close out what turned out to be a definite, country/folksy music shuffle with a track from the amazing Carolina Chocolate Drops. Country Girl is off of Leaving Eden which came out earlier this year.


Carolina Chocolate Drops & Joe Thompson Carolina Chocolate Drops & Joe Thompson

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Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons: Death Won't Send a Letter Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons: Death Won’t Send a Letter

Cory Chisel hails from the heartland of Appleton, WI. Produced by Grammy-winner Joe Chiccarelli (The Shins, The White Stripes), Chisel’s full-length debut is a dark and urgent rock and roll vision that takes a romantic but gutsy stance on the meaning of love and spirituality. Our matching folio features all 11 songs: Angel of Mine * Born Again * Calm Down * Curious Thing * Longer Time at Sea * Love Is Gone * Mockingbird * My Heart Would Be There * So Wrong for Me * Tennessee * What Do You Need.