Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Just Like My Mama Said Mix

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To be sure, I see a bunch of great live music here in Nashville, and I probably miss at least as many if not more than I get to see.

Last night was one of those great shows that I did get to see, and it was a show that made me really happy that I live in Nashville. It was the Aaron Lee Tasjan Release Show for In the Blazes at The Basement (the original one) last night.  Zach Schmidt opened the show back by Adam Kurtz on pedal steel.  Zach Schmidt looks like a Country music star should look, and he has the songs and voice to back up the look. He is the real deal, and he easily kick the ass of any one of those “bro-country” posers, but he is probably too nice a guy to do that.

Aaron Lee Tasjan is a one of a kind artist, and he seems destined to as hugely famous as he deserves to be.  Seeing him live under any circumstances and in any configuration (band or solo) is always a must-see event.  When he assembles the kind of band he did last night, the show is one for the ages.  Backed by drummer Aaron Shafer-Haiss, legendary bassist Keith Christopher, the always amazing Brian Wright and Jon Latham on guitars, and on two songs backed by vocal powerhouses Sally Jaye and Sarah Potenza – Tasjan’s incredible songs were delivered with precision and power.

In short, the night was a demonstration of what I love about this city.  Great songwriters, talented players, mutual admiration, and incredible music.  The Basement was packed out and everywhere I looked were awesome songwriters and players taking it in.

In the Blazes is hands down one of the best records of the year, and you should definitely check it out.

We have a shuffle to put out….

“Hannah” by Darrin Bradbury

A live recording of a rareish Darrin Bradbury song.   From a live record called Tur-Lyfe: A Live Recording of Unfortunate Events.  I think I’ve only heard him do this one live once or maybe twice which makes it rare in my book.

“Revelator” by The Boy From the Crowd

We first heard UK rockers The Boy From the Crowd a while back.  They have just released a new EP called Where the Bees Come to Die.  And our first taste of that is a song, we’ve heard before.  It’s a damn good song, so I’m not complaining. 

“Straight to Hell” by Hard Working Americans

I was fortunate enough to see Kevn Kinney live here in Nashville on a number of occasions over the past summer.  He did this song of his several times and every time it was incredible.   Here is a cover of the song by the supergroup Hard Working Americans.

“So I’m Told” by J.R. Wyatt

I can’t believe this song is still in my playlist.  I picked up J.R. Wyatt’s solo record, The Empty Room Sessions, when I saw him live – I want to say almost a year ago????  This is one of my favorite songs on that record. 

“Joliet Bound” by Memphis Minnie

I’m not even sure how many times Memphis Minnie’s name has come up for me in the last several months.  Born Lizzie Douglas, she was an incredibly prolific songwriter and singer who made a name for herself in a field and time dominated by male performers. When I saw the Heritage Blues Orchestra last month, they did a version of this song which prompted me to seek out the original.

“Beautiful Monster” by The Train Set

We have another track from Never California by the resurgent 80s UK band, The Train Set. I continue to be grateful for a second chance to “discover” his band.

“Three Poisons” by Jet Black Factory

It seems fitting and proper to follow up a song by a 80s UK band that I missed the first time around with a song by a Nashville band that I have been fan of for almost 30 years.  Jet Black Factory were dark and brooding and there was nothing even remotely “country” about them.  This one comes to me by way of an incredible compilation of early Nashville Rock Music called, Return to Elliston Square 1979-1989.  The compilation includes some of the great music of that era.

“Spanish Harlem” by David Schnaufer

We have another instrumental cover from the late mountain dulcimer master. The song was first recorded by Ben E. King (written by Leiber, Stoller. and Phil Spector) and later famously covered by Aretha Franklin.

“Seventeen” by Silverbird

And we close out the shuffle with our second listen from the new album, Pureland, by New York band, Silverbird.  Digging the original sound of this music.

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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Sparkle Gone Mix

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Tonight on a very special episode of Music City Roots… Really looking forward to tonight’s benefit show for Tommy Womack.  A rare Nashville area appearance of Jason and the Scorchers, Webb Wilder and the Beatnecks, Will Kimbrough, Dan Baird and more guests… If you can’t be there, you can watch the livestream.

After that it is Aaron Lee  Tasjan, Nellie Clay, John Calvin Abney, and Levi Parham at The 5 Spot- where conveniently, the Roots bus will drop me off.

“Me Oh My” by The Honeycutters

 

The title track of the latest album from the Asheville, North Carolina band who have been getting some great and well deserved press.  I dig this song.

 

“Wait a Minute” by David Schnaufer

A brief instrumental interlude from the late, great David Schnaufer.  Schnaufer was one of those rare musicians who having mastered his instrument (in his case the Mountain Dulcimer) found the ability to expand the sonic possibilities of that instrument. 

“I Got What I Wanted” by Randy Weeks

The first of three songs in the shuffle today from the brand new Ted Hawkins tribute album – Cold and Bitter Tears. Hawkins was a long time and well known street performer in Venice Beach. During his storied life, he mostly managed to elude mainstream or financial success, while earning respect from his fellow musicians and songwriters.  During the last year of his life, he did find some degree of financial success, and from what I have gathered, he lived it up.  Randy Weeks is a longtime Austin musician who was once a member of the Lonesome Strangers.  By the way, for all three of the Hawkins’ songs in the shuffle – the video playlist contains a song by the artist AND the original Ted Hawkins version of the listed song.

“Strange Conversation” by Jon Dee Graham

The shuffle brings up another song from the Cold and Bitter Tears album and another from a longtime Austin resident – the legendary Jon Dee Graham whose credits include a who’s who of the music I have loved for the last 30 something years. He was a member of both The Skunks and True Believers.  Coincidently, he is playing tonight at the Continental Club in Austin just before embarking on an extended tour that will take him all up and down the East Coast. 

“Old Love Letter” by Reckless Johnny Wales

Speaking of legends… Reckless Johnny Wales is a legend in and of himself – with a storied history which we have previous recounted. His latest album American Heart is one of my favorites of 2015.

“My Last Goodbye” by Ramsay Midwood

And a third track from Cold and Bitter tears.  This one is performed by yet another Texas musician.  By the way, Randy Weeks is listed a member of Ramsay Midwood’s band. I got to hear Midwood perform this song at the Cold and Bitter Tears launch party during Americana week.

“Throw Down Your Guns” by The Colored Parade

Another great song from Andrew Adkins – this time from his band The Colored Parade – off their album …And The Walls of the City Will Shake.  The Colored Parade called it quits back in August, but expect much more music from Adkins.

“Ghost Soul Traffic” by The Jackals

We have another great track from People – the latest album by Scottish band, The Jackals.

“Flagship” by Jason Isbell

And we close out today’s shuffle with a track from Jason Isbell off his most recent album Something More Than Free.

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – More Sand in the Glass Mix

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A new month is upon us!  September should be a pretty crazy month around these parts.  Buckle up!  We start the month with some old favorites and several bands/artists making their first ever #E2TG appearances.  I am pressed for time so I will keep my witty repartee to the bare minimum.


“Strays” by Indigenous Engines

My talented friend Andrew Adkins has a song in the trailer for the new documentary about Tower Records.  The film looks pretty cool – Tower was a mecca for me back in the 90s here in Nashville. This is from the EP Witches by Adkin’s side project called Indigenous Engines.

“The Weather Song” by Ought

Ought are based in Montreal. I don’t know that much about them, but I like this song a lot, and I want to hear more.  This song was on their album called More Than Any Other Day which was released in 2014.

“Light Enough to Travel” by The Be Good Tanyas

We have had band member Frazey Ford in our shuffle before, but if my Label tagging is to be believed this is the first appearance by this Alt-Folk band from Vancouver. Unintentional oversight.  This will not be the last.  I love this band.

“Django and Jimmie” by Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard

Proving that even heroes have heroes and that unbroken line that meets itself many times over (or something like that). The title track from the fantastic new album by Willie and Merle.

“Pumpernickel” by The Danbury Lie

Going way back to January 2015 – from the album Scattered Moments of Connection.  Fun Fact: The Danbury Lie are currently the third most tagged artist in Ear to the Ground history (behind The End Men and Darrin Bradbury).  It is not a coincidence. They (he) is one of my favorites.

“Josh Gibson” by Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen

In addition to the Love and Life album  (which you simply must own), Ted and company just released download on Noisetrade that includes a few songs from the album plus a couple of non-album tracks including this one about the great Negro League slugger that appeared on a limited edition vinyl release that also includes The Baseball Project and Todd Snider among others. 

“Billions of Eyes” by Lady Lamb

Another first timer in the #E2TG shuffle.  Lady Lamb is Aly Spaltro from Maine.  This song is from the album After –  released late in 2014.  Another artist I need to check out more.

“My Own Saving Grace” by Andrew Bryant

Andrew Bryant is from Mississippi. Yet another first timer in the shuffle.  This one came to me from the May edition of Feel Bad for You, and finally made it’s way through the grueling randomization process to make it to the shuffle.  From the album, This is the Life which was released earlier in 2015.

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We close out the day’s shuffle with some music to make you dance.  Late dulcimer master, David Schnaufer… Did not find a video of this song, so I posted a video of the song Fisher’s Hornpipe by The Cactus Brothers (featuring Mr. Schnaufer).

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Vapor Trails Mix

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Okay – first off – I have sort of put the Ear to the Ground Events back up.  It is a work in progress.  I need to do some formatting and stuff.  I will continue to work on it and hopefully improve it.

Let us jump directly into the shuffle… it’s another good one….

“Monkey Suit” by Human Radio

Human Radio just completed a successful crowd funding campaign which means new music is on the horizon!  Great news!  This one goes back to their self-titled first and only studio album so far, and it is the perfect song for a commute to work….

“Chasing Vapor Trails (His Turn to Cry)” by Syd Straw

Syd Straw has one of the most amazing voices in music.  Surprise remains on my list of favorite albums, and this song… this song!

“The Three Bells” by Alison Karuss

A gorgeous rendition of a song popularized by The Browns in 1959.  The song lyrics cover three stages (birth, marriage, and death) in the life of Little Jimmy Brown.  Coincidently, the late Jim Ed Brown was the male lead singer of The Browns and shares a name with the character in the song.

“You Better Move On” by Amy Black

One more from  the Muscle Shoals Sessions.  This is a cover of a song written and first recorded by Arthur Alexander.  The song has previously been covered by artists ranging from the Rolling Stones to Johnny Paycheck and George Jones to Mink Deville. I really like Amy Black’s version included here.

“After You’ve Gone” by Wes Montgomery

A song by the late great Jazz Guitarist – which I grabbed from Aquarium Drunkard.

“Under Their Laws” by Liberty’s Exiles

Liberty’s Exiles are a Progressive duo who formed in 2013.  Our first listen comes from their forthcoming album which will be called The Price of Immortality and is due out September 4.

“Ebeneezer/Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss” by David Schnaufer

Our second instrumental in the shuffle – the late Dulcimer master David Schnaufer is back with more of his wonderful music.

“It’s Our Time” by Blackfoot Gyspsies

We close out the day with an older song from one of my favorite Nashville bands.  This goes back to their EP called Dandee Cheeseball (2011).  They are now signed to Plowboy Records, and you can find their latest album, Handle It, everywhere.  Go see them live!

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Hot Where We’re Going Mix

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ICYMI,  I posted my review of For a Thousand Miles, the new album by Patrick Kinsley and A Fistful of Dollars which was released today.  You can read it by navigating to the last entry on this blog or read it at No Depression.  The No Depression piece leaves out some information of interest to Nashville readers – namely that the Album Release Show for this album will be tomorrow night (7/15) at 8:00 p.m. at the original Basement.

The shuffle today is ready, so let’s get to it!

“Don’t You Feel Like Playing” by Christopher Aaron Slade

Another track from Christopher Aaron Slade who e-mailed me a while back and introduced me to his fun brand of kitschy, party rock and roll.  (My description and meant as a compliment). 


“Drive South” by John Hiatt

One of my favorite songs from the album Slow Turning, and the source of today’s shuffle sub-title. A great song for when I drive down to visit family in Georgia.

“No Fun” by Jessica Lea Mayfield

From the 2014 album, Make My Head Sing…  which added a rock edge to her excellent songs.

“Safe House” by The Poorhouse Says

The Poorhouse Says are from St. Louis, and they formed in 2007. as patterns go is their new and first full-length album, and it was released late last month.  I have really been enjoying listening to this record, and I highly recommend it.  Great songs, a great sound, and an excellent spirit behind it.

“Lady Jane” by David Schnaufer

The late Dulcimer master takes on the Rolling Stone classic which frankly seems – here to have been written for the mountain dulcimer.

“My Intentions Were Good, But Fuck Me Part I” by Bashful Hips

Ian Fellerman aka Bashful Hips wrote the album from which this track is taken while he was living here in Nashville.  The album is called Too Old For a Coming Age Story… – it came to my attention via e-mail, and I am really digging this so far.  It seems at once to be a very personal and very political album – and seriously if politics are not personal – what the hell are they?

“Working Class Hero” by John Lennon

Up next, we have a song from John Lennon’s very first post-Beatles solo album – called John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band which was released in 1970. Really puts me in the mood for my day job…

“Railroadin’ and Gamblin'” by Carl Rutherford

Another track from the Music Maker Relief Foundation sampler we have been featuring for a few months now.  Carl Rutherford has an interesting story… all of the Music Maker artists have interesting stories. You can read more about Carl Rutherford, who passed away in 2006, here in this piece written by the great music writer (and musician/songwriter) Peter Cooper.

“Strangers to Ourselves” by Modest Mouse

And we close things out today with the title track from the latest album by Modest Mouse. A pretty nice way to end out the morning’s shuffle…

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Weirdo Mix

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Yesterday, I posted a listing of the live music I have seen this week.  Last night, I had the opportunity to visit the famous Cash Cabin in Hendersonville to meet and hear some really awesome music from a San Diego band called Talk Like June.  They have been recording at the cabin with John Carter Cash producing.  The music was great, and they stories and people were truly incredible. The spirit of Johnny and June Carter Cash is so present in that relatively small space.

Please understand, though, I gather no pleasure from seeing incredible live shows and meeting legendary music figures and all of that… I do it all for you dear reader – so that I may bring all of those experiences back with me and make Ear to the Ground the best it can be,  It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it…

Please don’t feel too bad for me, though….

“19” by Boy Named Banjo

Nashville’s Boy Named Banjo are going to be at Bonnaroo next month.  This song is from their album, Long Story Short.  A shout out to my friend Boyd for the recommendation.  He’s been guiding my musical tastes and experiences for many, many years,  and he currently is Israel having an incredible experience I am sure.

“City of Ends” by A Color Engine

A Color Engine was a project featuring one of Ear to the Ground’s absolute favorite people, Don Ryan along with Eric Burchfield who was part of Elephant Goes West which we featured here.  Don made this old project available as a form of compensation for the fact that some of us have been waiting literally a million years for a new Don Ryan record… okay maybe not literally… but you know… I dig this A Colored Engine record, but I’m still baiting my breath for the really new record.

“Hey Lawdy Papa” by The Barefoot Movement

Among this interesting people I met last night was this band newly relocated to Nashville.  They have a very real interest in promoting and learning traditional music, and I got hold of some of their music.  This song is from an EP called The High Road.  This is a Traditional song once recorded by a blues singer named Teddy Grace.

“Fisher’s Hornpipe” by David Schnaufer and The Cactus Brothers

Speaking of Traditional music…. we have another track from the legendary Dulcimer player here with Nashville band The Cactus Brothers which started as a side project of the great 1980s Nashville band, Walk the West.

“Swarm” by Whiskey Shivers

Exposing the rowdier side of roots music, we have Whiskey Shivers from their self-titled album.

“The Way it Went Down” by Tim Carroll

One of my favorite (among many songs) by the prolific and tireless Nashville guitarist and songwriter.  From his Pure as Coal album.  The video was produced by students at Watkins College of Art, Design, and Film here in Nashville.

“White Flag” by John Moreland

Oklahoma songwriter John Moreland has released one of the best albums of the year and if you ever get the chance to see him live – go and be prepared to have your mind and heard blown wide open.  

“Uja” by Tanya Tagaq

In our quest to make sure we leave no musical stone unturned..  some contemporary throat singing music from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut in Canada.  This is actually the second track we’ve presented from her.  Pretty cool stuff.

“Weirdo” by Masked Intruder

Masked Intruder are a masked Pop Punk/Power Pop band from Madison, Wisconsin. Weirdo is just a flat out awesome song.

“Tide is Rising” by Direct Divide

Direct Divide are from Seattle and play powerful Orchestral/Cinematic Rock music.  

“Trustful Hands” by The Do

The Do (the o has a line through it – one of those European things I don’t know how to duplicate in typing).  They are from Paris France, and I really dig this song.  I want to hear more from them as soon as possible.

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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – One and One is Two Mix

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It’s just Wednesday, isn’t it?  Here is the run down of artists I have seen live since Sunday:

Sunday Night (Mad Donna’s Loft):   Allen Thompson, Darrin Bradbury, and the legendary Don Schlitz.

Monday Night (Basement East): Darrin Bradbury, Erin Rae, and Kelsey Waldon and her band

Tuesday Night (Bluebird Cafe): a round with David Olney, Will Kimbrough, Brock Zeman, and Samantha Crain.

Being Nashville, the list of artists who play around town that I did not see is equally impressive.  And the week goes on….

“Juley Calhoun” by David Schnaufer

Some wonderful Instrumental Appalachian music to start the morning off from the late great Dulcimer master.  (In the video playlist, a clip of Schnaufer backing the great Emmylou Harris).

“Well I Wonder” by The Smiths

“Nowhere Fast” by The Smiths

How about a randomly generated two-fer from Meat is Murder? Why not?

“Cold Hands” by Carl Anderson

Seriously, I don’t really do top ten lists of anything, but if I was one to do those, this would be an excellent early mid year candidate for my list of best albums of 2015.  Just saying.

“Train” by Jeremiah Tall

If I had a top ten list of music, I “discovered” in 2015, Jeremiah Tall would be on that list.  Thanks to Noisetrade for “introducing” me to his music.  Were those “quotation marks” really necessary?  I’m not “sure”…

“Kill the Messenger” by John Wesley Harding

The opening track to the 1992 album, Why We Fight…  hearing the opening notes of this song feels me with the same level of excitement as it did 23 or so years ago.  A great record, a great song.

“Cast in Faith” by Storm Chronicles

Storm Chronicles are from Seattle.  This song is from their 2013 debut album, Looking Backward.  I am grateful that I can still discover new music directly from artists reaching out.  I get music from a variety of sources, and the volume of submissions has increased which makes it difficult to hear everything that is sent my way (a wonderful problem to have), but I hope I never stop discovering music this way.

“Released” by Ricky Mirage

And sometimes, I discover music just by someone I know and respect posting something on social media…  I know next to nothing about Ricky Mirage except that it is non de plume of Nick Harris about which I know equally little except that a friend I respect said the music was rad, and I checked it out, and it was rad. 

 “I think I’ll sing a new song
one with several long angelic
choruses with voices
in happy harmony”


I couldn’t find any video… so here is a widget to hear this song (from the album pop goes the sun)’

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“Looking for Heroin” by Neighborhood Texture Jam

And we close out the daily shuffle with one from the Funeral Mountain album by Memphis cult band, Neighborhood Texture Jam, and a song about searching for a female hero… oh wait… never mind…

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