Trending Tuesday Morning Shuffle – Alright, Alright Mix

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Good day, hepcats!  Had a blast seeing Matt Phillips and The Philharmonic out at Charlie Bob’s last night.  The band sounded fantastic and it was great hearing how much Matt’s sound has evolved since I saw him last year at Music City Roots (which was awesome, too by the way).  I hope he makes it back to Nashville for a more extended visit. 

Lots on the horizon, trying to keep all those juggles balled… no wait, that is not it…

It’s Tuesday!  Time to find out what we have “Trending” on E2TG. 

“Picture” by Jean Synodinos

First up, another track from Love and Blood the latest album from this Austin-based singer-songwriter.  I dig this album. 

“Stop this World” by Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue

Next, we have our first listen to this new album by a band made up of great bluesmen from California and Texas – including Mark Hummel and Anson Funderburgh.  The band’s self-titled album is due out April 15. This is authentically, real blues music.  Dig it!

“It’s Gonna Be (alright)” by Ricky Mirage

I am pretty sure (but won’t swear by it) that I was turned onto this record by a Facebook post of Aaron Lee Tasjan.  Ricky Mirage is the alter-ego of Chicago musician Nick Harris.  The album Pop Goes the Sun is a trippy, poppy good time. The last couple of tracks have been hanging around the playlists for a while – it is great when they come up.

“C Vitae” by Leapfrogtown

Another awesome track from Dreaming in Public.  I am really digging this band from London – so is my shuffle function.

“The End of Mystery” by Jason P. Krug

I think I am just figuring out what the term “Spirit Animal” means in popular vernacular.  It’s like a “Patronus” from Harry Potter, right?  Well, anyway, I think Jason P. Krug is my spirit animal. Long-time E2TG readers will recall that I have been writing about Jason’s old band Grimm Generation for several years – including an interview which was when I first felt like Jason was someone I knew – someone who could be me… He just released The Zen of Losing.  Expect a full discourse/treatise on the album  – which has blown me away upon initial listening. In the meantime, as logic would dictate, the first track up on the shuffle is the last track on the album.  The album comes with my highest recommendation.  It is about as real and raw and powerful as music gets these days.

“Stolen” by Elephant Revival

Elephant Revival released Sands of Now last year as a live album/DVD.  It was recorded at the Boulder Theater.  We have been featuring this one for several months – still have a couple more tracks to go.  Enjoy!

“I’m Alright” by Angela Easterling

If I had had one more song in the shuffle with “alright” in the title, I was going to subtitle this one, the Matthew McConaughey Mix. This is another from Common Law Wife. It is an infectious uplifting song for those days when life does not feel so uplifting.

“My Dog Thinks I Am” by Lori Kelley

Our second Lori Kelley song in as many days.  Lori is one of the best songwriters working today. I know she is beginning to get some songs cut by other performers. If Nashville knows what it is doing, this is a trend that will continue.  Awesome catchy songs with a lot of spirit and heart.

“Carpetbagger Song” by Richie Owens and The Farm Bureau

Richie and company just recently released Dia De Los Azules, and I got to hear the band tear through some of those new songs last Friday.  (This is a band you want to see live as often as you can – by the way). Today, we have a timely tune from the album Tennessee.  (Speaking for myself), I don’t think of everyone who moves to Nashville as a Carpetbagger… to me it is those people who come here and begin buying up and tearing down historical landmarks and putting up non-descript over-priced condos and trendy upscale mixed-use. This is becoming an all too frequent occurrence on Music Row and elsewhere in the city.  Anyway, this song is about that kind of person/enterprise. As someone said yesterday, if this trend does not stop soon, tour buses will soon drive down Music Row and tell the wide-eyed tourist, “see that Bed, Bath, and Beyond?, Elvis (Presley or Costello) once recorded in a studio that used to be on that spot.”  Editorial over… anyway a great tune from one of my favorite Nashville bands.  The band members have all been part of the local music scene for a long time.

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Trending Tuesday Morning Shuffle – Till Your Well Runs Dry Mix

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Hey ho!  It’s Trendy  Trending Tuesday at E2TG.  This will have to be a quick one.  Lots of music and not much time.

“Black Butterflies” by Angeline

French-born, London based singer-songwriter with a beautiful track from her EP Back to Pike Place.

“Like Thelma and Louise” by Lori Kelley

One of my favorite songs from the More album by Nashville songwriter-singer Lori Kelley.

“Unwanted Man” by Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen

One more from Love and Life – trippy blues that seems to drip with honeysuckle and humidity.

“Napoleon” by Angela Burns

Angela Burns is from Austin – she has some impressive film credentials.   This is her debut musical release – a mixtape called So That You Can Feel Better.  A very unique style.  I like this quite a bit.

“Game Over” by Jeremy Nash

Another track from Getaway Driver, the recent album by Nashville/New York singer-songwriter Jeremy Nash.

“Shadows Past” by Elephant Revival

From the live project, Sands of Now – Colorado Americana/Indie Folk band Elephant Revival.

“Let’s Stick Together” by Luella

Another from Luella – here dueting with Tim Carroll on a cover of a Bryan Ferry song that was a cover of a Wilbert Harrison song.  Luella and Tim make it all their own.

“What They Gonna Say” by Nellie Clay

Another great song from Never Did What I Should Have Done. Nellie came to Nashville from Oklahoma after a several year stop over in Alaska.  Great music from a really cool person.

“Ride the Dragon” by Iced Ink

Ride the Dragon is nine seconds long.  Sounds like a pretty good rodeo ride… From Willie Nelson Prince.

“On Its Way” by Outta the Furnace

Our second listen to these hard/blues rocking Virginians.

“Rainbow Over The East-Side” by Amelia White

A gorgeous song from Home Sweet Hotel.  The video is from last summer at Music City Roots. A bunch of familiar faces in the band.

“The Great Space Fight” by Discount Ravioli

Once again, since Discount Ravioli seems to eschew videos, I found a 7 year video of the Nork kids.  This one an interview at a corn maze.  🙂

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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Frosty Sailor Mix

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Today’s post will contain no references to Darrin Bradbury, Aaron Lee Tasjan, or Jon Latham. (damn, I just mentioned them…)

Tim Easton is one of East Nashville’s most respected songwriters.  He is also (my words not his) the spiritual guiding force behind Campfire Propaganda – a loosely connected group of songwriters on the Eastside who feed off of each other creatively.

Over the past several months, Easton has undertaken the daunting task of posting 100 songs in 100 days – as a way to celebrate his 100th published song. He posted his 100th song yesterday, however, one of those songs was a Bob Dylan cover featuring the McCrary Sisters, Megan Palmer, and Aaron Lee Tasjan (damn, I mentioned him again!).  All proceeds from that song go to charity.

Because it was Easton’s original intention to post 100 original songs, he decided to post song 101. It is called “Sail Away, Sailors”.  And you can watch it below.  According to Tim Easton, “It’s the tale of the Alaska youth traveler who gets a job trimming weed then goes to Mexico, then home to Kodiak Island.” 

Expect one more song tomorrow, called “One for the Ditch” – just because.  Tim Easton is currently working on completing his next album.   Keep up with Tim Easton by following his Facebook page.

If you are in Nashville next Monday, look for Tim Easton along with Zach Schmidt opening up Week 2 of the Darrin Bradbury Residency.  (damn, I mentioned him again, too!)

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Oh well, since I mentioned the other two, I should remind you that Jon Latham will do a free show at Soulshine Pizza on Friday to cap off his week as Local Artist of the Week for Lightning 100.

On to the shuffle….

“Frosty” by Clarence Gatemouth Brown

Pretty appropriate for this chilly winter morning.  Hell, pretty appropriate just about any time.  This came from the Round Records 45th Anniversary collection which I got via Noisetrade.

“Oh How!” by The Deadline Shakes

A brief instrumental from the album Zealots by this really cool band from Glascow.  Dig their sound.

“High Time (You Quit Your Lowdown Ways)” by Waylon Jennings

A song written by Billy Ray Reynolds which was released on Dreaming My Dreams which was Waylon’s 22nd studio album – released in 1975.

“Coo” by Man Named Pearl

Another from -Quietus Make-. via the Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen collective. Man Named Pearl is the artist formerly (and currently) known as Jesse Turits. Have I mentioned how much I love this album?  Check it out. Like soon! 

“Apparition” (Live) by Leland Sundries

New York band Leland Sundries have some new music which should be popping up soon. In the meantime, another one from Live at the Creamery.  This may well be my favorite Leland Sundries song – at least for today. A great hook in this one.

“Good for Me” by Josh Morris

And, we have another from Josh Morris’ Green Fields EP.  This may be my favorite song on his record. The EP was released fairly early in 2015, but I still love listening to it.  Always a good sign.

“Get Back Down” by John Wesley Harding

The artist now known as Wesley Stace (actually that is his real name).  Back in the day, he was called John Wesley Harding (after the Dylan album – which in turn was a misspelling of the Old West outlaw, John Wesley Hardin). Anyway, this song is a favorite of mine from his album Why We Fight.

“Spinning” by Elephant Revival

This song is from the 2013 album Changing Skies.  This live recording is from the Colorado band’s 2015 live album/DVD called Sands of Now.

“Just to Pass The Pleasant Time” by The Jackals   

Our second Scottish band in the shuffle.  Another awesome track from the band’s 2015 album, People. window.amznpubstudioTag = “eartothegro00-20”;

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Close Your Eyes, Breathe Slow and We’ll Begin Mix

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“Close your eyes, breathe slow, and we’ll begin…”  – from “The Pan Within” written by Mike Scott and recorded by his band, The Waterboys from their album This is the Sea.

Last night I took the Blackstone Bus to Music City Roots at the Factory in Franklin.  I think the bus is one of this town’s best kept secrets.  Every Wednesday, the bus departs from The 5 Spot in East Nashville makes a stop at Soulshine Pizza in Midtown and then makes its way down I65 to Franklin. 

Reasons it is such a cool, awesome deal:  1. The ride is free.  You pay your (usually $10) Roots ticket, select the Blackstone Bus option. 2. They serve samples of different varieties of Blackstone Beer (the longest currently operating local brewery). 3 You get some free hors d’oeuvres courtesy of Monnells.  4. There is usually awesome live music on the bus and 5. You don’t have to drive.

About #4 – the scheduled music performer was under the weather, but because Nashville – it turned out that The Worry Dolls were on board.  The Worry Dolls are recent transplants from London. I had seen them at a showcase during Americana, and they graced us with some songs on the bus.  I nice treat to be sure.

This weeks Music City Roots was pretty eclectic.  Host Jim Lauderdale opened the show with a song from his new album – which I now really want to check out.  A bluegrass band from Italy played one song.  I really dug them a bunch – they are called La Terza Classe.  The Orphan Brigade played next, they are a really interesting group of experienced players with a pretty fascinating story. They completed their current album in Kentucky at what is called the Most Haunted House in America. I really liked their music which is kind of moody roots music – I guess.  LynnMarie was next with her polka band.  They won me over by opening their set with a cover of The Who’s “Squeezebox” and a song written about LynnMarie’s son who has Down’s Syndrome. The latter song really spoke to me.

Amy Black was up next – backed by some of the players who joined her when I saw her CD Release show at The Bluebird Café and supplemented by a horn section and noted Nashville bassist Hags Haggerty.  They sounded fantastic.

Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen played the final set of the night and did what they do best – bringing the authentically original take on psychedelic North Mississippi blues music. And for those who read yesterday’s post – no, the MCR stage could not contain Ted Drozdowski.  Drozdowski is a phenomenal guitar player and his band provide some amazing support. 

The closing Music City Jam featured a pretty awesome version of a song Muddy Waters recorded called “Rollin’ and Tumblin'”.  It was amazing to hear the different takes from everyone on stage.

On to the shuffle:

“The Pan Within” by The Waterboys

Celtic spirituality and soaring, “Big Music”… another track from This is the Sea – which was The Waterboys third album – released in 1985 (30 years ago). 

“Enough” by The Regrets

The first of three songs in the shuffle by bands associated with Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen.  A pretty “in your face” kind of punk song – hint: guys, you do not want to mess with this woman!  This is on the latest Mama Coco’s sampler.  I had to do some pretty heavy duty research, but I managed to find a video made by some of the members of The Regrets.

“Bullets and Arrows” by The Colored Parade

Andrew Atkins has performed in several different combination covering a pretty wide spectrum of styles and genres with one thing in common – well-written song with a hooky melodhy.

“Paper Planes” by Ilana J

 

Another from Free Falling from the Ground Up.  Illana J plays really infectious and original pop music.  She has a new single called “Angel” which is being sold to benefit research to find a cure for Angelman Syndrome.

“The Witches Song” by Longshot Nelson and the Disjoints

Off the latest Feel Bad for You mixtape – comes this seasonally appropriate song from a band who seems to have a bunch of songs which are appropriate for this time of year.  They play Scottish folk music, and this was my first listen, and I want to hear more.  

“Fuck Ben’s Party” by The Dregs

Another from the latest Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen sampler.  We’ve featured music by The Dregs before and probably will again.  The band includes bassist Sam Braverman who we first heard with his band Logan X.  

“Nevermind” by James Roquemore

Another listen to James Roquemore’s debut release, The First. You may recall that I saw James open Pat Kinsley’s album release show at the Basement. Great songs, great voice.

“Atlas” by Man Named Pearl

Another track from Quietus Make – the new album by Jesse Turits and his first under this new moniker also our third Mama Coco’s associated band in today’s shuffle. This album has rapidly become a current favorite of mine.

“Will Carry On” by Elephant Revival

We close out the day with an awesome song – another from Sands of Now – the new live CD/DVD by the Colorado experimental folk/Americana band.

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Personality Crisis Mix

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Time is very short, but today was a good shuffle so, I will just post quickly.

“Gimme More” by Broken Guru

Another cool tune from Broke Down Halo.  

“Junior’s Blues” by Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen

An older Scissormen song that is currently available on a Noisetrade release called Stink Eye.  It’s a song about Junior Kimbrough.

“Personality Crisis” (1973 Demo) by New York Dolls

A demo of one of my favorite songs by the proto-punk icons.

“Safe Corridor” by Cruising

Some really cool new surf punk. From an EP also called Cruising.  I don’t know much else. 

“A Chicken With It’s Head Cut Off” by The Magnetic Fields

Sometimes I feel this way… from 69 Love Songs by Edward Sharpe and the Magnet…  wait no, wrong band… 😉

“The Garden” by Elephant Revival

Randomness produces some interesting patterns.  We have our second Elephant Revival song in as many days.  I do like this band a bunch.

“I’m So Good That I Don’t Have to Brag” by Shel Silverstein

And we close with a really funny song from the guy who wrote “The Giving Tree.”  This time around, he is talking about how he is so good that he doesn’t have to brag.

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Wedneday Morning Music Shuffle – Mountains, Rivers, and The Sea Mix

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Been busy this week with writing and getting ready to write. There is a pretty good chance that I won’t have time to post a shuffle tomorrow or Friday, but if I can I will.  In any event, expect some other kinds of posts to even things out. I am finally going to be getting out and about a bit tonight – at least that is the plan.  And by the way, that “Nashville dilemma” that I have written about is still very much a thing.  I’m already double booked on some live shows almost two months out. What a great problem to have.

“The Snake” by Al Wilson

Al Wilson was a soul singer born in Mississippi and later relocated to California. This song was a hit in 1968 and was produced by Johnny Rivers.  Al Wilson died in 2008 at the age of 68.

“Sweet Release” by Hannah in the Wars

Hannah Curwood  is from New Zealand but relocated to Great Britain and formed Hannah in the Wars.  This song is the b-side to a single called, “Only Wanna Be”, and both songs can be found on the self-titled debut by the band – released earlier this year. Added from a submission – this was a blind listen today, and I really dig this.

“A Day at a Time” by Dale Watson

One more from Dale Watson’s acclaimed recent album, Call Me Insane. There is just something about Watson’s rich voice that I really love.

“EKG” by Wilco

The short opening track from Star Wars which was released for free digitally earlier this year and which is now being sold on CD and more recently vinyl.

“God and Money” by Ike Reilly

Our final track from the Ike Reilly mega download from Noisetrade, and one of my favorites. This one has been floating around the playlist for several months.

“Sing to the Mountain” by Elephant Revival

Elephant Revival released a combo live CD/DVD called Sands of Now.  They are from Colorado and the live performance is from the Boulder Theater. Sands of Now came out in July, and we have been featuring songs from it for a few months now. One of a number of “Elephant” related bands which have combined to lead the website Klout to be convinced that I am an expert on Elephants. Hmm.. hit me up for your elephant related questions and problems… really don’t. #notanexpertonelephants.

“Self-Taught Learner” by Lissy Trullie

This one came to me via the Feel Bad for You mixtape – September edition.  The song is the title track from a 2009 EP by this Washington DC born/New York based alternative singer songwriter.

“This is the Sea” by The Waterboys

And we close things out with the title track from The Waterboys’ 30 year old album, This is the Sea.  This song probably resonates more today than it did when I first heard it .  It is  a stirring song of freedom and the fears and perils and exhilaration  inherent in absolute freedom. “Once you were tethered, Now you are free.”

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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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