Gabriel’s Run….

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One of our very first Bands of the Week – way, way back in mid 2011 was Nashville-based The Redding Brothers.  This is the band that back in the day, wrote, recorded, and released  a song every Saturday Night at Midnight.  More recently, we have posted some tracks from the solo debut by Gabriel Redding which was called Untethered.  Well, Gabriel is in the midst of something pretty remarkable.  Here’s the details from his website.

GABRIEL is following up his bicycle ride across America by running across America to benefit those with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, and specifically his grandfather, who has developed both. The run will start on June 7th in Santa Monica, CA and end on July 19th in St. Simons, GA, covering 2,413 miles in a world record breaking 43 days. Please support him in any way you can! If you would like to donate supplies such as energy bars, energy drinks, protein shakes, bottled water, or anything else, please contact
If you would like to sponsor the event monetarily, please click on the button below, or send a check made payable to Gabriel Redding to:

Gabriel Redding
Alzheimer’s Run
4007 Wisdom Way
Smyrna, TN 37167

Buy a T-Shirt to support the event!


Donate directly to the Alzheimer’s Association via the Bill Redding Tribute fund here:

  Gabriel is half way through his run. If you are able, please show some love for this remarkable feat and the great cause.  Here’s video released yesterday…


Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Tragic Like Our Youth Mix

Everyone is talking about the Grammy Awards even if it’s just to slam them.  Enjoyed the closing number with Paul McCartney, Springsteen, Joe Walsh etc.  Overall, I haven’t had much respect for the Grammys in a long time. They seem to honor popularity over quality and they seem very out of touch.

I was sorry to hear of the death of Whitney Houston. Seems like a tragic end to a gifted talent plagued by personal demons. A few things come to my mind.  I remember Elvis Costello doing a guest VJ stint on MTV back in the day, and he played a Whitney Houston video and his comment was something like, Whitney you have an amazing voice, but those songs… let me write you some songs. Later she did a Dolly Parton song and helped bring that song to a wider audience.

Today I shuffled songs from my playlist of artists who have been featured on this blog.  Currently that playlist stands at 133 songs with some more music waiting in the wings.

First up is Aubergine with a song from their Soundcloud account called Aubergine, we means Eggplant or the dark purple color of the same. Aubergine by The Hunting Accident

(you can check out the bands EP on Amazon by clicking on the album cover above)

Next is New Jersey’s favorite son… no not Springsteen.  Don Ryan with Living Avenue off of his fabulous Tangle Town album.

(click on the cool album cover above to learn more about and to purchase Tangle Town)

Jesse Payne makes nifty modern roots rock music with a stripped down sound and nifty lyrics. Skeletons is the song from today’s list.  It’s off an EP called Songs from Beyond the Leaves.  You can check out that EP by clicking on the Album cover below:

Waterfall  is a track from Gabriel (Redding of the Redding Brothers)  you can get his Untethered album which includes Waterfall by using the widget below.

Finally, we ended on a rocking number from Those Mockingbirds.  Coast to Coast is off the bands Fa Sol La album which you can download for free from the band’s website.You can also find out about a limited edition Vinyl release of the album.

Meanwhile check out the band’s earlier No Symmetry EP by clicking on the album cover below:

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Casey Jones is Ready Mix

In the course of the 8 months  I’ve been writing this here blog-thing, I’ve had the good fortune to meet some truly amazing and interesting people from all over the world. I gone down some rabbit holes and found gold (is that a mixed metaphor or just a goofy statement).  One rabbit hole has lead me to an incredibly rich and vibrant music scene in the New York/New Jersey area. In fact, I’m officially declaring myself the preeminent New York/New Jersey music blogger who lives in Nashville. Anyone care to challenge me for that title? Hmm? No. Okay then, the ayes have it.

One of the first bands that started me on this journey is a hard rocking band Montclair, New Jersey called Those Mockingbirds.  On their EP, Fa Sol La (out in a few days on vinyl), they stretch there musical muscles and bring it. “I’m quite drunk on your intimate cocktail” from today’s track, The Bloodiest Gums, speaks to an all too familiar pain and is nice counter-part to some of the more straight-ahead rockers on the EP.  Not that Bloodiest Gums doesn’t rock.  In fact, it rocks me all the way to center of my heart.

Take a listen to The Bloodiest Gums   

and check out their earlier release No Symmetry over at Amazon – you can grab it for under 4 bucks.


 Of course not all of the great music I’ve discovered since I began writing this blog comes from New York and New Jersey. One of the first contacts I made on Twitter – even before I began writing Ear to the Ground was a group made up of three brothers who currently live right in my backyard (not literally, but if they are willing to fight it out with my three dogs, they are welcome, too.).  The Redding Brothers are a pretty impressive lot. They release a song-a-week for an entire year. They delve in to some pretty deep lyrical territory. I was just reading about the acapella group Days of Youth which includes some younger Reddings.  Last year, Gabriel, the youngest of the Redding Brothers (band), released an impressive solo album called Untethered.  I was pleasantly surprised at the experimental sound of the record which contains a variety of styles. I can’t say for sure why I was surprised…  The song today is Waterfall.

You can grab Untethered by Gabirel here:

Ben Semmens, who also goes by the moniker BenSem, is a helluva good singer-songwriter from South Wales. He is wrapping up a new album which he recorded on Cumberland Island in Georgia (USA). The album is currently expect out in March, and I can’t wait to hear it.  In the meantime, I’ve got his album Western Lights to keep me happy, and I’m pleased today to have heard two great tracks from that album.  Science Project and the song that first turned me onto Mr. Semmens – the luscious Carol Ann.

Western Lights can be yours for a song (under $9 bucks actually) by clicking the album cover below:

Stomacher are an awesome band from the Bay Area.  They are also wrapping up work on a new album. They used to the wonderful resource kickstarter to um.. kickstart this one. I am waiting with bated breath for this one as well.  Their 2009 release Sentimental Education has been burning up my MP3 player since I discovered these guys last year. Amazon will also hook you up with this album and their previous self-titled album. Check it out:

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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun and Games without Frontiers Mix

Don’t ask me about the subtitle.. my mind just running off at odd angles.

I was feeling kind of “off” walking up the hill this morning. I don’t know if it was from the Nitrous Oxide or from listening to David Foster Wallace on CD….



(click  album cover to purchase and download the album Hands on the Stereo containing the song Can’t Stop Kids Like Us)

Hands on the Stereo are a Hardcore/Punk band from New Jersey.  Can’t Stop Kids Like Us was the first song in my mix from this a.m.




(click album cover to download No Symentry a 2010 album by Those Mockingbirds)

Those Mockingbirds were band of the week a few back.  Now they are up for Band of the Year (go vote for someone if you haven’t already – Go)  Today’s song is an instrumental called Mountain Slang II which is not on the album referenced above, but on their new EP Fa Sol La which is available for free on their website.

(Use the widget above to download Untetherd by Gabriel featuring Breath and Roses – you can and should leave a tip if you are able)

Today our third song is another track off the Untethered Album by Gabriel.  This one is called Breath and Roses . Which you can get via  If you haven’t checked out Noisetrade – do it now.

(click album cover to purchase and download the Gone Blind EP by Porcelain Raft)

Porcelain Raft is from London. Today’s fourth song was an interesting cover of Nirvana’s Come as You Are which is not on the Gone Blind EP but is available for download at Sterogum.


(click album cover to purchase and download Galaxies and Such by Jillian Edwards featuring the song July & June)

Jillian Edwards is a Texas-based indie/folk artist. This is the first I’ve heard from her, and I’m already a fan.  July & June is the fifth and final song on today’s mix.



Nirvana - In Utero

Nirvana – In Utero

Matching folio with 12 songs, including: All Apologies * Heart-Shaped Box * Serve The Servants * and more.

Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Blitz Attack Mix

November is winding down.  Here at Ear to the Ground, we like reload the MP3 almost every Monday night with the freshest new and new to us cuts. We gather all these new songs into a playlist by month and then every Tuesday, we shuffle through that playlist and present the result.  Here then is a shuffle of songs added during the month of November 2011. Born A Nightmare by You and Me
(Listen and Download Born A Nightmare at Sound Cloud0 
You and Me get bluesy with Born A Nightmare off their self-titled LP.

(click to purchase and download this track)
Description of a Fool by A Tribe Called Quest
“fool – defined in webster’s
open up the book, read it read it
turn the page, see what it says
read it to me will you please”
(Use the aboce widget to get a hold of his new album via Noisetrade)
Love Has Lost Its Flair – Gabriel from the Untethered LP.   Gabriel is Gabriel Redding of the Redding Brothers. 

(click on album cover to purchase and download this track)

Penobska Oakwalk – Quilt

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