Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Into the Mandolin Wind Mix

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Welcome to the working week… since we last gather here, I’ve had the great good fortune to see some incredibly great music.  Friday night, I got to hang out with awesome people and witness the Tim Lee 3 rocking the house in a rare Nashville appearance followed by the amazing R.B. Morris with his crack band bringing words and music together in the most spellbinding way.

Saturday night, I saw Ted Drozdowki’s Scissormen rock the stage at City Winery opening for The Baseball Project. The Baseball Project haven taken a concept and through a love of the subject and the creative geniuses behind The Dream Syndicate, Young Fresh Fellows, The Minus 5, and R.E.M. among others rode that concept for 8 years and 3 albums to date with no sign of slowing down.  My review of that show is on No Depression.

After the Baseball Project show, I got to hang out with more cool people (after climbing a circular staircase) and see an incredible round of music that makes me proud to live in this city.  Kevin Gordon, Sarah Potenza (accompanied by her husband Ian), and Jeff Black sat and delivered to a packed out lounge at City Winery.

As if that was not enough, Sunday night, I got to hang out with the immensely talented Russell Thompson and watch Mary Gauthier and Allison Moorer swap songs for almost two hours accompanied for much of the time by the incredible guitarist Kenny Greenberg.  My review of that show should be posted on No Depression very soon.

Whew!  Now back to the workday grind (but only a four day work week this week), and a brand new never before heard shuffle of music to melt your mind and expand you face… or something like that…

“North Korea and the Five Stages of Grief” by Forebear

Forebear on an Alternative Rock band from L.A. This song, with awesome title, has been hanging around my playlist for a while. A great way to start the week. From the self-titled EP.

“Into the Wind” by John Wesley Harding

Starting off a “Wind” themed mini-set with the shuffle, comes another a great track from the artist current known as Wesley Stace from the album Why We Fight!

“Mandolin Wind” by Rod Stewart

Continuing and concluding our little mini-set of “wind” songs… comes this track from Rod Stewarts brilliant third album, Every Picture Tells a Story. 

“Our Home” by Hugh Trimble

Our final track from Hugh Trimble’s neighborpoem album – and one my favorites.  Now, I need to move on to some of his newer music.  I really love his songs, and I am happy that the Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen folks introduced them to me through one of their compilations.

“Joy” by Son Little

The first of two recordings from World Café Sessions.  I really don’t know much about Son Little, but I dig this song which comes from the 2014 EP, Things I Forgot on ANTI- Records.

“Blues de Bernadette” by Lost Bayou Ramblers

Another from the World Café sessions.  My family are from the same general area as this band, and Cajun music has a special place in my heart and in my blood. Always great to hear younger bands and artists spreading that rich, unique musical form near and far and keeping the culture alive. The song comes from their 2012 album Mammoth Waltz.

“While We’re Apart” by Beat Rodeo

We close out the day’s shuffle with our final track from the Beat Rodeo album, Home in the Heart of the Beat.  I “discovered” Beat Rodeo thanks to IRS Records Presents: The Cutting Edge – which brought a lot of great music to me in my pre-internet small town isolation – back when the M in MTV stood for music.

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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Circular Mix

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Well…well…well… we’ve reached the mid-point of this work week. 

Last night’s Kevn Kinney/Peter Case show at The Basement East was every bit as awesome as I expected.  Case opened with “Walk in the Woods” – the song that first introduced me to his classic self-titled debut solo album and Kinney followed that with the title track from his equally classic solo debut, MacDougal Blues. For the next couple of hours, they traded songs and stories…

“Losing the Feel” by Kansas Bible Company

The Nashville based 12-piece gets the shuffle off to a rousing start this this track from their recent Dad’s Day EP. 

“Circular Fever” by The Tourists

Another great song from the aptly titled Should Have Been Greatest Hits.  The Tourist – in case you missed my previous posts – were an awesome late 70s/early 80s Power Pop band which featured Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart before they were The Eurhythmics.

“Evelyn” by Jeremy Gluck/Robert Coyne

For a while there, we seemed to be posting a different song from Jeremy Gluck’s Memory Deluxe: I Knew Buffalo Bill 2 just about every day.  As hard as it is to believe, we still have a couple of songs from that album which have not been posted.  This is one.  It’s really good to hear more of this great album.

“Loving Down” by Hugh Trimble

Another song that has been hanging around the shuffle for a while.  I first heard Hugh Trimble on a Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen compilation. This song is from his album, neighborpoem, and is a good reminder of why I dig his music so much.

“Don’t Stop Trying” by Carl Anderson

Back in March, ahead of the release of his album Risk of Loss (which we have been featuring), Carl Anderson released a Noisetrade sampler that includes some tracks for that then forthcoming album alongside some older tracks like this one from his 2012 Wolftown.

“Behind the Mouth” by Broken Guru

Another track from Bent Up Halo – the high-energy debut from this New York Alt-Rock band.

“Bloodsoaked” by The Killing Condition

So far this week, we have explored traditional bluegrass, ambient art pop, pure country, contemporary classic, various styles of indie and alternative rock, folksy stuff and even some Americanaesque music. Up until this point, we have not had any death metal in the shuffle this week.  Happily, we rectify this oversight and up the ante with some Extreme Brutal Death Metal from Saratoga Springs , New York.  The band just began recording their new album, Broken Down Morals.  

“A Little God in My Hands” by Swans

We close out the day’s shuffle with a seven minute song from the reunited experimental/noise rock band. The track was on the band’s 2014 album To Be Kind.  We got if off that Big Ears Festival Sampler which we featured a song off of yesterday.

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Friday Afternoon Music Shuffle – What’s So Funny Mix

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I took the day off work and barely saw the morning….  so no traditional shuffle but I did run an errand earlier and shuffled a few tunes…. Plus I had some other things to share:



First off though, to me whether you are nuts for all things Christmas or a bit of a Scrooge, whether you are Christian or Pagan or whatever… I’d like to think the honest desire for true Peace is something all of us can agree on in principle.  So, if there is one message of the season that the world needs as much if  not more than ever, it is a message of Peace.  Ear to the Ground favorites, The Tomas Doncker Band have just released a bit of Christmas card in the form of a fantastic cover of the Nick Lowe song made famous by Elvis Costello.  “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding”.  Below is a link to the song.  We have also included a video of the song at the beginning of our Video Playlist.  If you Spotify, the song is also now streaming on that site.


Last night, I attended the Lockeland Springsteen Christmas show which served as a benefit for St. Jude’s.  It was a great show and a lot of fun.  Music was provided by Boom Forest, Elenowen, Blackfoot Gypsies, Cory Branan, and Alanna Royale.  Of course. I took pictures:

To the Shuffle:


“Frank is Gone” by David Olney


The Nashville Scene published a nice feature about the incredible guitar player Sergio Webb. The Video Playlist features a version of this song with David Olney and Sergio.


“Do Not Go Gently into that Good Night” by Dylan Thomas


Besides his amazing music, David Olney is known for his ability to offer amazing renditions of poetry. So it seems in good order to follow up, David Olney with Dylan Thomas reading one of his own poems.  Plus that is what the shuffle decided to do.


“Lemonade” by Megan Palmer


Yesterday, I wrote a bit about Wednesdays at Fran’s Eastside.  Among the special guests who have appeared over the weeks I have been a regular attendee as been the amazing fiddle playing of Megan Palmer.  Here is have a refreshingly tart treat from Ms. Palmer.


“Proud and Dangling” by Hugh Trimble


Hugh Trimble joins this abbreviated shuffle with a different version of the song that first turned me on to his music.


“Better Off Dead” by Stacy Mitchhart


And we close out the shuffle and the week with Nashville’s own Stacy Mitchheart doing a cover of a Bill Withers song.




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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Carry the Day Mix


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In just nine songs, with just seven different artists represented, we manage to cover a pretty wide range of styles today….  and even spread some Christmas…. er… cheer?????

“Sophia” by Hugh Trimble from neighborpoem

There  is a distinct possibility I posted this song before the recent Playlist Deletion of 2014.  If I did, I do not apologize for the repeat.  This is a damn good song, and there is a good chance you or someone you love missed this the first time.  – No video for this song, so we found a video of Hugh Trimble busking “Me and Bobby McGee”.  Trimble’s music (including his recently released album Another Ghost to Sleep) can be found on his Bandcamp page.

“The Turtle Dove” by Salli Terri from Rare Female Vocal Tracks

Salli Terri was a Canadian-born vocalist who died in 1996 at the age of 73.  She had a remarkable vocal range and style.  I came across her name in a post on the Peacefork blog which is run by Patrick and Justus of Valued Customer.  Their post was in reference to her work with guitarist Laurindo Almeida.

“Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis” by Tom Waits from Lit Up Like a Christmas Tree – A Vintage Holiday Mixtape/ Blue Valentine

Almost just in time for Tom Wait’s birthday this past Sunday and the East Nashville Tom Waits’ celebration this past Saturday, and in the spirit of the season (or whatever) comes Mr. Waits’ 1978 Christmas song.  

“Sold for Fire” by Hugh Trimble from neighborpoem

Song #2 from neighborpoem is a surprising dense and powerful track. Very different in sound and style from Sophia.

“I Knew She Would” by Ron Muga from Wonderful Doom

New York City singer/songwriter Ron Muga is up next with one of my favorite tracks from his Wonderful Doom album. 

“Dog Wood Run” by Hugh Trimble from neighborpoem

#3 from Hugh Trimble takes on a bluesy style.  It is always a good sign for me when I hear three songs from the same album which I like and which are all very different from each other.

“Come Carry the Day” by Henry Threadgill from Carry the Day

Another track we have to credit to peacefork/Valued Customer.  Henry Threadgill is an American avant garde/jazz composer.  This track is from his 1995 album with his ensemble Very Very Circus.  There is latin percussion and all sorts of other things going on here.  I quite like this, but I’m a little strange sometimes.  This may not be for everyone, but everyone doesn’t read Ear to the Ground.

“Here It is Christmas” by Red Sovine from Lit Up Like a Christmas Tree – A Vintage Holiday Mixtape/ Christmas with Red Sovine   window.amznpubstudioTag = “eartothegro00-20”;     

The comment on the YouTube clip calls this the most depressing Christmas song ever. I don’t know about this, but Red Sovine – perhaps best known for the Trucker song “Teddy Bear” gets real and breaks down in tears at the end, so maybe the YouTube commentator is on to something.

“Christmas Spirit” by The Wailers from Lit Up Like a Christmas Tree – A Vintage Holiday Mixtapehttp://ps-us.amazon-adsystem.com/domains/eartothegro00-20_3dcd3a52-1a1a-4afe-a2fd-aaba8e251afc.js / Merry Christmas – Sonics, Wailers, Galaxies

First off, this is the not The Wailers as in Bob Marley’s band.  This is a 1950s-1960s garage band from Tacoma, Washington.  It’s sort, sweet, and pretty damn good.  I have to give a shout out to David Horton/Popa Tunes for sending this Mixtape my way and helping to keep us in the Holiday spirit(s) all season long. 

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – No Safe Harbor Mix

In a moment of extreme clumsiness, I accidently deleted the entire “Current Music” playlist from my phone.  This is was the continually evolving playlist that I use used to create the morning shuffles you have all come to love so much.  I’m not sure how it happened, but as far as I could tell there was no “Undo” button, so I set about to spend a couple of hours attempting to cobble together a new “Current Music” playlist from my memory.  I also took advantage of this minor disaster to add some Holiday-themed music to the mix.  In the course, I know I forgot some songs (which you will never know about – except that I am telling you) and I am pretty sure I added back some songs that have already been featured (which you will only know about if you have been paying very close attention – in which case, I thank you and beg your patience).

So, the new “Current Music” playlist is a couple of hundred songs short of what I deleted (I will add more as I remember), but I like to think of it as a leaner and meaner playlist.  So, behold….

“7 Come 11” by Ike Reilly from Am I Still the One for You?/Hard Luck Stories

I definitely remembered to read Ike Reilly’s recent compilation to the playlist, and I THINK I remembered which songs I had already featured.  It’s all good though.  Although I am sometimes embarrassed when I am late to”discover” an artist with a long and rich musical catalog, I am comforted by the pleasure of suddenly finding a new favorite who already has a deep well in which to go exploring.

“Nightclub Towns” by Dan Coyle from Perfect Word. Perfect Beat.

I also remembered to add Dan Coyle back into the playlist. And, I dedicate this song to all of the hard travelling musicians I know.

“There is No Safe Harbor” by The Lucky Jukebox Brigade from Familiar Fevers

The first of three – count them three! songs in today’s shuffle by the Upstate New York band The Lucky Jukebox Brigade.  I “discovered” them in early to mid 2013 and this record was on my highly anticipated list for some time after that. It was worth the wait.

“A Girl Named Joy” by Hugh Trimble from neighborpoem

Hugh Trimble was a discovery I made from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen’s latest compilation.  He’s got some new music out, but this is from his last record neighborpoem which I like quite a lot.

“Bend at the Marsh” by The Lucky Jukebox Brigade from Familiar Fevers

Song #2 of the day from The Lucky Jukebox Brigade was also the second video from the Familiar Fevers album.  I remember when they had to postpone the video shoot due to weather.

“It’s Alright to Die” by Ike Reilly from Am I Still the One forYou?/Sparkle in the Finish

If Ike Reilly wasn’t cool enough, he named his band The Ike Reilly Assassination.  How cool is that?

“Moonchild” by Free Moral Agents from Chaine Infinie

Back in October, the music world mourned the untimely passing of Ikey Owens (Mars Volta, Jack White etc.).  It was only after his death that I learned of the many connections he had to some music and people I adore.  I was especially surprised to learn of his many contributions and deep connection to my friends and E2TG favorites Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray.  I came across this song from Ikey’s band Free Moral Agents and I am pleased to present it to you today.

“They Chose Rapture” by The Lucky Jukebox Brigade from Familiar Fevers

Okay, I am pretty sure I have featured this song before at some point, but you know what? It’s a damn fine song, so who cares. No video was available so I added a clip from the band’s 2013 appearance on?/at? Couch by Couchwest. 

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Pitch Black Mix

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As with many people, my mind is consumed with thoughts of what has happened and is happening in Ferguson, Missouri and what it says about us as a nation – as human beings…. I am not one of those who thinks he has all the answers… in fact there are just a few things I think I know…. repeated and systemic injustice creates situations where violence flourishes.  Violence and Hate are never the answer.  Peace and Love always are the answer.  Justice must proceed peace.  We are one world and one people. We really need to work on losing this idea of them vs. us.

Coincidently, we begin today’s random shuffle with a cover of  Gil Scott-Heron song, but not the one I’ve seen others posting today…

“Legend in His Own Mind” by Stacy Mitchhart from Live My Life

Nashville Bluesman Stacy Mitchhart is up first with his cover of Gil Scott-Heron’s Legend is His Own Mind.

“Wino” by Bob Frank from Bob Frank

To be honest, when I listened to this song this morning, I did not know anything about it.  I grabbed this off of the latest Feel Bad for You Mixtape where it was submitted by Mad Mackerel Music Blog.  The song is from 1972 and is from a 2014 Remastered version of Bob Frank’s self-titled first album.  From my hasty research, Mr. Frank has quite the storied history.  What I know for sure is this is a great song that I wanted more people to hear.

“Shimmer and Shine” by Michael Sackler-Berner

Michael Sackler-Berner is a Musician and Actor from NYC.  I’ll be honest until last night when I came across this song on the New Release section of Freegal, I had never heard of him.  He has worked with a stellar array of talent including folks like Marshall Crenshaw and Jim Keltner.  This is not raw roughly hewn music. This slick, well produced music that “shimmers and shines” like the song talks about.  As much as I dig me some rough raw music, I do not think that slick, well produced music is to be ignored. Especially, when the production is supported by a great pop song.

“Good Looking Boy” by Ike Reilly from Am I Still the One for You?

A powerful song about war veterans from Ike Reilly.  Our second listen to Mr. Reilly and so far he’s 2 for 2 in my book.

“Shut Up Shuttin’ Up” by Victor from Victor

Before things get too heavy, let’s take it in a completely different direction with this humorous track from Alex Lifeson’s ( of RUSH) 1996 solo album recorded under the name Victor.  This track features Lifeson’s wife and another woman talking about men.  The sentiment is appropriate for a day filled with loud mouths spouting off on the internet and using opinions as facts.

“Line Up” by Minton Sparks from Middlin’ Sisters

Spoken word of a completely different sort with this tale of corporal punishment and familial bonds that cross generations.

“Pitch Black” by PUJOL from PUJOL Sampler/Kludge

What can I say except, I absolutely love PUJOL’s music. This is a great song.

“Tried and True” by The Jayhawks from The Jayhawks (aka The Bunkhouse Album)

More from the debut album of The Jayhawks… tried and true indeed…

“Bad Habits” by Hugh Trimble from neighborpoem

Hugh Trimble just released a new album which I need to check out, but right now we are making our way through this one, and so far every song is a gem. 

“The Hanging” by Grant Peeples from Punishing the Myth

On a serious day, it seems fitting to close out the shuffle with a song that sends a powerful message about Capital Punishment and our nation’s seemingly insatiable appetite for blood.  Two wrongs don’t make a right.

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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Roots Reality Mix

I had the great pleasure last night of venturing to one my favorite spots in East Nashville – The Family Wash for their regular Tuesday night Short Sets, and I got to see Joe Nolan perform.  He has been featured a couple of times recently here at E2TG, and it was great to hear him play live and to finally meet him in person…

Due to some unforeseen and unfortunate events, I am shorter than usual on time for today’s shuffle…   So let’s do what we can with what we have to work with… a stunningly diverse and awesome shuffle today…

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If I had been half asleep when I began my daily trek to work…  Let’s just say there is nothing like some good old fashioned hardcore punk to get your blood pumping…  And, yep that Built4BBQ sampler is the good stuff…

“Falling” by Heather Powell from A Haze of Grays and Blues

I am telling you (and not for the first time), when it comes to awkward transitions between songs you would be hard pressed to find a music blog that does it better than E2TG (if I must say so myself).  We come out of the power and energy of the Bad Friends song with a completely different kind of power in the form of the gorgeous vocals and music of Ms. Heather Powell from her forthcoming CD.

“Indenesh Gedaow (Folk Song of Ethiopia)” by Mahmoud Ahmed from Hidden Treasures 100 Vinyl Recordings from Around the World

A rabbit hole that began with a Peacefork blog post lead me to this bit of wonderful African music from Mahmoud Ahmed of Ethiopia.  We are all one people and I believe that is why true roots music of any culture moves us all if we are willing to listen.

“Girl on a Cable” by Darrin Bradbury for A Car Becomes a House

It was of little surprise when I learned that Darrin Bradbury grew up in a circus. If you have the chance to meet him, you will see what I mean.  This song seems to draw upon that experience, and it is an excellent example of what makes Darrin’s music so damn awesome.

“Big Road” by Sidestreet Reny and Lil’ Bell from Holler

Another great track from the new Sidestreet Reny album Holler.

“Gone is Going” by Hugh Trimble from neighborpoem

The more I hear from Hugh Trimble, the more I am impressed.  The word that kept coming to my mind with this song was rollicking. Check out his album neighborpoems at Bandcamp.

“Never” by Heather Powell from Believe it to Life

Our second song today from Heather Powell this one from her album Believe it to Life.  More gorgeous music.

“Roots Reality” by Sidestreet Reny from Tonal Tonics and Musical Elixers

While we are on second songs from earlier albums let’s continue with this one from the album Tonal Tonics and Musical Elixers.  I think I’ve mentioned a couple of times that Sidestreet Reny was a rapper before he turned to the Blues. This song moves that information from the realm of trivial fact into startling reality.  This is amazing vocal and musical work.  As I was listening, I just kept smiling and saying, “Yes!”.

“Swoon” by Emily Wolfe from Roulette

We close things out with some chunky dream popish music from Austin, Texas. A great way to close out a wild and wooly shuffle.

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