Music City Monday Morning Shuffle – Rosebud, Too Mix

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Quick recap, I continued to lay a little low – still dealing with a lingering cold, and working on song selection for the forthcoming “Double Shot with Joe and Sue” (still no confirmed start date).

Friday:  First, it was good to see a large and vibrant crowd for the weekly Tim Carroll Rock and Roll Happy Hour  (one of this town’s best weekly events in my opinion).  I left there a little early and headed to Bobby’s Idle Hour on Music Row for the Darkhorses of East Nashville – a collaborative round featuring the amazingly talented trio of Julie Christensen, Amelia White, and Sergio Webb.  Trading off songs and backing each other, produced several magical moments.  If they come through your town, do not miss it.

So, as I promised Friday, it seemed like a good time to shake things up here at E2TG – just a little bit.  Inspired by the success of Featured Friday, I have decided to have a “theme” playlist every for every day of the week.  The large #E2TG playlist had gotten very large and getting bigger. By having smaller playlist each day, it may provide more opportunities to feature different artists.  We shall see.

So, without much more ado, we begin this new chapter with the debut of Music City Monday – featuring music with connections to Nashville.  As you will see, this playlist features both current artists/albums and classics covering over half a century.  Non-Nashville artists: Do not be concerned, there will be many opportunities throughout the week for me to feature your music.

“The Homer Bellamy Centennial Blue Yodel” by Jesse and Noah&nbsp

Jesse and Noah Bellamy have roots in Florida and first made a name for themselves in Texas, but Nashville is happy to claim them now.  This song, from the album Driven Back, marks what would have been the 100th birthday of their Grandfather who solidified their love of Country and Western music.  The brother’s performed this long on the Grand Ole Opry.  A very Nashville way to introduce Music City Monday.

“Crazy Lady” by Paul Zografi

Our final featured song from Paul Zografi’s most recent EP – Brevity Lane.  Zografi is part of loosely organized group of artists that includes some of my favorite people.  His songs are very strong and extremely fun to hear.

“Follow Me Home” by SHEL

We started off this shuffle with brothers, and now we have a band of sisters.  SHEL (the name derives from the first letters of the first names of the 4 Holbrook sisters originally from Fort Collins, Colorado.  They divide time between their hometown, and Nashville (thus their qualification for this playlist).  They played an important (if coincidental) role in the genesis of this recent phase of my life as a music writer.  In May of 2014, on the day, I first met Darrin Bradbury in person, I followed him down to The 5 Spot – where Darrin was manning the merch table for Tim Easton during his residency.   SHEL performed as part of that show – which was also the first time I saw Aaron Lee Tasjan and Megan Palmer (who backed Easton).  Anyway, what is more important than my own experiences, is that SHEL are a really awesome band with a pretty cool sound. They are currently running a Pledgemusic presale for their new album Crazy Enough which is due out in May.  In support, they released a sampler on Noisetrade which includes a couple of tracks from the new album and some bonus songs which have appeared in television and film.  Including this one, which was featured on MTV’s Eye Candy.  SHEL will be down at Safety Harbor Song Fest in early April and are scheduled to play Nashville’s Earth Day concert in Centennial Park on April 23.

“Cut n Run” by Brandy Zdan 

Another Nashville transplant and another track from a Noisetrade sampler.  Brandy Zdan is getting some good and well deserved attention here in Nashville.  She is originally from Winnipeg, and here self-titled album was released in 2015.

“Chainsaw Dance” by Crazy Aces

A short fun track from Music City’s resident instrumental rock band.

“Home Sweet Hotel” by Amelia White

Fresh off Friday night’s show at Bobby’s Idle Hour, we have Amelia White with the title track from her brand new album.  Expect much more from this album. White is one of East Nashville’s best and this album is a true collaboration with several more awesome folks from both sides of the Cumberland River.

“Stubborn Lover” by Sugar and the Hi Lows

Nashville based duo Sugar and the Hi Lows are up next with a track from their 2012 self-titled album.  They were an E2TG featured artists when that album came out.

“Cattle Prod” (Guadalcanal Diary cover) by Government Cheese

Okay, so Government Cheese are technically a Bowling Green band, but Tommy Womack lives in Nashville, and they were a vital part of the Nashville music scene during their original run.  Furthermore, the video I found for this track was shot at the late, lamented venue, The Rutledge by the fabulous Too Much Country.  Oh, and the song was originally by Guadalcanal Diary who were also not a Nashville band (from Marietta, Georgia), but who played here often in the 80s and early 90s (I saw them several times).  Everything about this is awesome. From the retrospective, 1985-1995. They had me at Government Cheese covering Guadalcanal Diary.

“Nine Pound Hammer” by Johnny Cash with The Carter Family

I don’t think I need to explain Johnny Cash’s connection to Nashville.  This song was written by Merle Travis (and put too fine a point on my connection theme), this song was often used as Darrin Bradbury’s warm up song back in the heyday of the Darrin/Tim Carroll Fran’s Eastside era.

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – The Rainbow Didn’t Bring Me No Luck Mix

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Welcome back… No shuffle yesterday because I was off work for Veteran’s Day.  Lot’s to recap…

Tuesday night, I attended the weekly $2 Tuesday show at The 5 Spot.  As it always is, it was a great time at a great price.  Included: a second opportunity to see Brock Zeman and Blair Hogan – who killed it.  Bob Lewis with great band that included my old friend Joe Bidewell plus Lemuel Hayes and Issac Anthony.  Plus Derek Hoke’s always awesome set, and the late night spot was rocked hard by new Nashvillian K. Phillips whose band included by friend Steven Cooper.

Since, I was off I got to hang out in the studio and observe the making of Darrin Bradbury’s next album.  A lot of people are going to be surprised by his turn toward gangsta rap, but I never question an artistic genius.

Last night, a great night of songwriters at Mad Donna’s featuring the always awesome Kiely Schlesinger who was backed by Drew Kohl – who did a killer version of Springsteen’s “Atlantic City”, Violet Delancey who was backed by a great band that included Andrew Leahey on guitar, and Lindsay Ellyn who was awesome as always backed by Raun Schultz and Buddy Woodward and for the first time by fiddle player – Holly Parks. 

In the midst of all that, I wrote a review of the (still fairly new) Sara Syms album, Way Back Home.  The title track (coincidently) showed up in the shuffle today, so I will post the links when I get to that song…

On to the shuffle

“Frying Eggs (The Roadkill Song)” by Darrin Bradbury

Decades from now, musical historians will look back and note that this was the first sign of Darrin’s eventual turn toward gangsta rap… what is more gangsta than singing about a dead raccoon?  Seriously, this our last track to post from The Story of Bob – the record which made my face famous…  By the way, I did not find a video of this song, but I did find a nine year old clip of Darrin.

“Saint Francis” by Gretchen Peters

Another from Hello Cruel World. Gretchen Peters is, hands down,  one of the best songwriters  working today.

“Side of the Mountain” by Carl Anderson

Another chance to talk about Carl Anderson’s amazing album Risk of Loss. The year is almost over and this is still on my mind as one of the best of 2015.

“Goodbye Marie” by Gear Daddies

Billy’s Live Bait – along with Let’s Go Scare Al – were part of the soundtrack of particularly interesting portion of life.  I think the songs (as all great songs do) have held up well in the decades since they were released.

“Florida Water” by Jesse and Noah

Another from Jesse and Noah – this one is from their Driven Back album of original songs.  It is a tribute to their home state.

“Way Back Home” by Sara Syms

As I mentioned in the Intro – I have written a review of Sara Syms’ awesome new album, Way Back Home.  This is the opening and title track which sets the tone for the album.  My review can be found on No Depression and right here on Ear to the Ground.

“Walking Down the Road” by Tymon Dogg

Tymon Dogg is a stalwart of the London underground music scene – whose credits include being a part of Joe Strummer’s last band, Mescalero’s.  He also contributed to Sandinista! and Combat Rock by the Clash.  Made of Light is the name of his new album which was released last week. Check it out!

“Tears Fall the Same” by Tiffany Huggins Grant

We return to local favorite, Tiffany Huggins Grant with another track from her album, Jonquil Child which also has to be on my list of favorites for the year.

“Motel Matches” by Elvis Costello and the Attractions

And, we close out the shuffle with some classic Elvis from Get Happy!  Get Happy! was Elvis Costello’s fourth album – his third with the Attraction, and it was released in early 1980 and remains one of my all time favorites.

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Toy Balloon Mix

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Reason I love Nashville #(somemadeupnumber…prettybigI’dguess):

To be able to say that I saw Brock Zeman, Blair Hogan, Darrin Bradbury, Megan Palmer, Lilly Hiatt, Jesse Lafser, John Jackson, Brian Wright, Aaron Lee Tasjan and more….  and for that to be in one night not over the course of a week or a month.  You know – Monday night!

Brock and Blair will be playing as part of $2 Tuesday at The 5 Spot tonight.  Aaron Lee will be part of a line-up at ACME Feed and Seed sponsored by No Country for New Nashville.  You probably won’t be able to do both, but you should definitely done one or the other if you around. 

Probably the highlight of the night was Brian Wright and his incredible band that included Aaron Lee Tasjan on guitar ripping through an mind-blowing version of Big Wilson River’s “Astronaut”.  Long time and careful readers of this blog will remember that Big Wilson River was a Featured Artist/Band way back in 2012.  They were probably in the process of breaking up when I was featuring them, and I kind of lost touch until head BWR dude, Darrin Bradbury showed up in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Nashville in late 2013.  Anyway, it was a really amazing version of the song, and I was trying to record it when my stupid phone ran out of memory and then didn’t save the part I did record.  Fortunately there is a video someone made floating around. 

Here is the original:

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On to the shuffle:

“Pigeon River Flood” by Richie Owens and the Farm Bureau

Tennessee – the latest album by Richie Owens and the Farm Bureau is roots rocking history lesson – filled with stories about the state in which I live. Richie Owens and the two other members of the Farm Bureau – John Reed and Brian O’Hanlon –  have been on the front lines of the Nashville independent music scene since the 1980s.  The double historical perspective of this record combined to make this a remarkable achievement and a really fun record, too.   See them live if you ever get the opportunity.

“Into My Arms” by Jesse and Noah

The latest Jesse and Noah release Brethen: Acoustic Covers Ep features the duo covering a diverse collection of songs – including this Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds song.  Check it out.  Jesse and Noah also have a pretty unique historical perspective being the sons and nephews of the legendary Bellamy Brothers.  They are working on a new record, and we have a track cued up and waiting for the shuffle gods to release it. 

“Quietly and Slow” by Man Named Pearl

I am really digging the sound of this new record – Quietus Make – which really pushes the envelope wonderfully in terms of what “folk” music can be.  This track features trippy and haunting a cappella vocals singing words that sound pretty until you really listen to them… with claps and stomps and some back-masking at the very end. 

“The Battlefields” by Liberty’s Exiles

Liberty’s Exiles are a progressive rock band from London.  Their new album, The Price of Immortality is a 79 minute long concept album about a small planet where dying is not allowed. 

“Waiting on June” by Holly Williams

This incredibly powerful and moving song is the closing track from William’s 2013 album, The Highway.  The song is written for and about Holly Williams’ maternal grandparents.  Her other set of grandparents were Hank and Audrey Williams.

“Your Children’s Children” by Carolina Story

We next have another lovely song from the recently release Noisetrade compilation from this Nashville duo.  This on is from their EP Chapter One.

“Broken Down Morals” by The Killing Condition

Because this is E2TG, it only makes sense that we would transition to some extreme brutal death metal from upstate New York. If someone tries to tell me that extreme brutal death metal and Americana music have no connecting threads… I will just refer them to Todd Farrell Jr.

“No Easy Way Down” (Carole King cover) by Matthew E. White

And we close out the shuffle with this track – which we got via Aquarium Drunkard which finds modern soul visionary Matthew E. White taking on a song by songwriting legend Carole King.  I could not find a video of this song, so I included a Matthew E. White song and Carole King’s original and I will leave it to you to work that all out for yourself.  Unless you can still find it at Aquarium Drunkard.

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – The Show Must Go On and On and On and On Mix

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Rain is falling steadily over Nashville.  It’s a cool, dreary kind of day.  I’m already dreading the long dark winter season. 

We have some cool tunes for you this morning to help cope with the dreariness…

“Listen Closely Now” by Dan Coyle

From his 2009 album Random Thoughts and Incomplete Sentences, we have another track from Dan Coyle for you. An #E2TG favorite to be sure, and it is great to check out some older tunes that I have not heard.

“Cold Night” by Chuck Ragan and Austin Lucas

I have become a big Austin Lucas fan, and when I came across his 2008 collaboration with Chuck Ragan – called Bristle Ridge, I had to add it to my playlist.

“The Death of Coyote Woman” by All Them Witches

Nashville’s All Them Witches will be releasing their new album, Dying Surfer Meets His Maker, at the end of this week. To celebrate, they released a sampler on Noisetrade that includes a couple of tracks from the new album along with a healthy dose of older music, including this one which was on their 2014 album Lightning at the Door.

“Shelly’s Winter Love” by Jesse and Noah

Jesse and Noah are back in the shuffle – this time with a Merle Haggard cover.  I love the harmonies these guys produce.

“Renegade” by Direct Divide

From their EP Own Your Ocean which was released back in July, we have the Seattle band that describes themselves as Cinematic Rock, which I tend to agree with… there is definitely a BIG rock sound here.  This is a really cool song.

“Pray For Me” by Whiskey Shivers

Another track from the 2014 self-titled album by Austin based Whiskey Shivers.  It seems like ever since I came across this album, I keep hearing more and more about these guys.  That is a good thing.

“Live and Not Die Tryin'” by Stone Cupid

Stone Cupid is Julie Christensen’s amazing band.  Their debut album called The Cardinal is due out in January.  If you happen to catch Julie live between now and then, be sure to mention “Ear to the Ground” and she just might sell you a copy.  I have been fortunate enough to catch Stone Cupid (sans the rhythm section) a copy of times recently, and both have been phenomenal.   

“5th of July” by Dean Fields

Dean Fields was a Featured Artist on Ear to the Ground back when Featured Artist was a thing we did. Since, then he has been killing it all over the country. He started a monthly music series called Harvester and this song is one of the songs released through that project.  He also recently made all of his previous albums available for pay what you want…. so head to his website to see what all the fuss is about.

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Amusing Bellydancers Mix

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So, I guess the sort of official AMA Fest things start today – or something like that, but last night things got off to an official and wonderful start with the Kevin Gordon CD Release Show at the City Winery- Nashville with Sarah Potenza opening.  You can read my review – here (currently on the front page of No Depression)

Tonight things get going in a pretty insanely good way with a throw down at the Basement East featuring so many people it is not even funny.  Doors at 7, Show starts at 8 with Campfire Propaganda (an amalgamation of killer songwriters all of whom I have raved about on E2TG). Don’t be late…

Meanwhile, we have a shuffle….

“Chase the Sun” by Millar Jukes and The Bandits

Millar Jukes is a Scottish born, Australian Americana inspired singer/songwriter who with his band The Bandits just released a new EP called Chase the Sun.  We have the title track for you today.

“Lilly Vereen” by Jesse and Noah

We have another track from the Driven Back album by Nashville based sibling duo – Jesse and Noah. The video is their 2013 CXCW submission.

“Galapagos” by Family Fodder

Another one from the excellent 13 O’clock compilation put out by PPNW Records out of Atlanta.  Family Fodder are based in London and formed in the late 1970s.  Alig Fodder forms the heart of the band which has had a rotating membership during their existence.  They have continued to perform and record to this day – with periodic dormant periods.  This is a previously unreleased track which was recorded in 1985. 

“National Funbike Tournament” by Discount Ravioli

You get some interesting results when you search for Discount Ravioli, but you do not get any videos of the band. As I mentioned before, their 21 track album – Robin Schultz and the 21 Prayers – was recorded in a tent in the wee hours of the morning following the fourth of July.  Since no video – here is the track for your enjoyment and future reference.

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“Battle Cry” by joykill collective

“A disaffected call to arms”… joykill collective are a UK alt-rock band with a left-wing political bent and a poetic lyrical persuasion. This single was released last month.  Dig it!

“Take Me I’m Yours” by Squeeze

Honestly, I do not know how Squeeze managed to produced song after song of pure pop gold without becoming massively famous in the US.  All I can say is that the 80s were a strange time for music in America (but then again what years weren’t strange in that way).  This was the very first single from the self-titled album and the first track on Singles 45s and Under.  The melodies and wordplay are almost too good to be true, but it is true.

“My Camera” by Aaron Lee Tasjan

As ALT prepares for the release of his highly anticipated In the Blazes album, we have one of my favorite tracks from his release Crooked River Burning. I am not a studier of the markets for this sort of thing, but I assume there are people out there who dig cool music and who have not yet discovered Aaron Lee Tasjan.  If that is you today, there is no need to feel ashamed or inadequate, just get yourself acquainted and prepare to have your mind blown.  Aaron Lee will be playing the big to-do tonight at the Beast – so get there! 

“Gone South” (Electric Rock) by Mark Robinson

Preeminent Nashville Blues Rocker and Ear to the Ground favorite, Mark Robinson just released (as in today!) a new single.  Like traditional singles, it has an A side and a B side.  The only difference is that the same song is on both sides, but each side as a radically different version.  (Hint: They are both fantastic).  Today we feature the hard electric rock version that features Robinson and his band (Justin Amaral and Daniel Seymour) joined by the talented Michael Webb (who has played with Poco and John Fogarty) on Hammond B3 and Rick Schell (Pure Prairie League) on Background Vocals.  Thursday evening, Robinson will be celebrating the release opening up David Olney’s Residency at The 5 Spot. (Note the special 5:00p.m. start and don’t miss it).

“The Struggle” by Minutemen

From The Punch Line.  Watt, Hurley, and the late D. Boon tell all about The Struggle in :45 seconds. They do a lot in less than a minute!

“Think Too Hard” by Syd Straw   

What a better way to end this really cool shuffle than with our penultimate track from Surprise. Syd Straw here is covering a song by The dB’s.  The video is a performance from David Letterman that featured the one and only Dave Alvin.  That is a whole lot of awesome in one place. window.amznpubstudioTag = “eartothegro00-20”;

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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – The Junkyards and The Highways Mix

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“Bend in the Road” by Jesse and Noah

Another great one from the Driven Back album. Such great songs, such great harmonies.

“Sailor’s Song” by Brian Carpenter and the Confessions

Brian Carpenter is from Boston.  The new album from Brian Carpenter and the Confessions is due out in October.  The pitch name dropped not only Nick Cave but Wim Wenders and David Lynch as well… needless to say this film buff was intrigued. This song (the last on the album) is my first listen, and I really like what I’m hearing.  Expect more from me about this album.

“Midnight Wave” by Two Wounded Birds

Two Wounded Birds were an English band that formed in 2010 and disbanded in 2012.  This song was a single released in 2011.

“Last I Heard” by Charlie Whitten

Charlie Whitten is a Nashville based singer-songwriter, this song is from a Noisetrade Sampler called An Assortment. Man I like this guys music a bunch.

“Forked River Roadside Shrine” by Ben Arthur

Another cut from Ben Arthur’s Call and Response album of “Answer Songs”. This one is one of two responses to Joyce Carol Oates short stories in the collection.  Ben Arthur is also Host and Producer of “SongCraft Presents” which is a pretty fascinating web series. Songcraft Presents has also been producing “Songs from the Road” in which Arthur works with a featured songwriter to write a song during a drive usually from one city to another.  The End Men’s Matthew Hendershot is also involved in both series.

“Gentle on My Mind” by John Hartford

From the Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats album which accompanies the exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Glen Campbell made the song famous, but Hartford wrote the song and his son Jamie performed the song at the release show for this album (held outside the Museum.

“Freight Train Boogie” by Captain Luke

From the Music Maker Relief Foundation.  Captain Luke passed away back in May, but thanks in no small part to the work of the Foundation, his music will live on.

“Sing Along” by Grant Lee Buffalo

Another from the Mighty Joe Moon album.

“Planet Caravan” by Brown Sabbath

From a Noisetrade Bonnaroo Sampler.  Brown Sabbath injects some Latin/Hardcore/Funk sounds into this version of the Blake Sabbath classic.

“Sad But True” by Das Ding

Das Ding are an Electronic band from Rotterdam.  This song comes from a compilation called 13 O’clock put out by Atlanta based PPNW Records. 

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Every Minute Mix

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So, I’m back after a few days of R&R. It was much needed, and I’m ready to do this thing!

A couple of things, I returned to Nashville on Saturday in time to catch Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen deliver a powerful performance at their album release celebration.  Then, I headed to Bobby’s Idle Hour to see Amelia White, Renee Wahl, and Rich McCulley trade wonderful songs for a couple of hours.  After that, my long day caught up with me.

LIVE MUSIC ALERT!!!!!!  I’ve announced this on Facebook (if you haven’t already be sure to give us a “Like” – you can get there via the link up top.  The next “Like” should be number 300 and a surprise is in store for that lucky follower.  Anyway, two days from now or Wednesday August 19, we will be kicking off what I hope will be a long running series of shows.  We will start off at The Building in East Nashville with local favorites Lindsay Ellyn (plus her awesome and well-dressed band) and Russell Thompson (one of my favorite songwriters) plus all the way from North Carolina, we have George Terry McDonald.  It should be a fun night, and I hope if you are nearby that you will come on out.  (Here is the Facebook Event Page).

I think I have mentioned before the role that college radio and specifically (WRVU) played in the development of my musical interests and passion. As you may know, WRVU went off the air a few years back after Vanderbilt sold the license to the local public radio station.  Some of the people who made WRVU what it was and some of the people who loved what it was are in the midst of raising funds for a new Community Radio Station called WXNA.  They have a Kickstarter campaign going and could use some support.  So much of media is in the hands of a few large conglomerates who are “tryin’ to anesthetize the way that you feel” (Elvis Costello, Radio Radio).  Community Radio is the voice of the people, and it is a good thing.  If you can support WXNA, you should. Here is the link to the Kickstarter (Give and/or Share this).  Who knows, someday, you may hear me on the radio… but only if you support the station.

On to the shuffle:

“Ribbons” by Paul Zografi

We start off with another track from Nashville’s Paul Zografi’s album Bright.  Love this album!

“You Could Have Had It All” by Jesse and Noah

Another gorgeous song from Jesse and Noah’s album Driven Back. 

“Gotta Serve Somebody” by Amy Black

Amy Black covers some Bob Dylan from her album The Muscle Shoals Sessions.  

“Dogs of Lust” by The The

I have always loved the name The The, and the music, too. This one is from the 1993 album Dusk. 

“Our Love Will Change the World” by Christopher Aaron Slade

Call it a Guilty Pleasure (well Christopher Aaron Slade did…), but I really dig this music.  Fun and naughty and rocking… like music should be…

“I Want to Be You” by The Stone Foxes

The Stone Foxes are from San Francisco.  This song came to me from a Noisetrade SXSW Sampler – which shows how long it has been floating around the playlist.  Their new album Twelve Spells will be released in September.  This song was released as a single back in March. 

“Miss Misery” by Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield

From World Café: Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield cover Elliot Smith. 

“Every Minute” by JJ Grey and Mofro

Also from World Café… this one if from their latest album called Ol’ Glory which was released earlier this year.

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