Featured Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – At the Crack of Noon Mix

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Rolling on toward Thanksgiving.   Keep an eye out for the 1st Annual E2TG Awards – 2015 – which I calling “The Earies”. (Tagline: “The Earies, it sounds strange but it’s really not”). 

About “The Earies”:  I will begin announcing the awards around the first of December and continue on and off throughout the month.  There will not be nominees – because no matter how much people say that it was an honor to be nominated… well, you know.  Also, we will have recipients and not “winners”.  This is for two reasons, 1. Calling someone a winner may imply that others are “losers”.  2. The recipients may think there is some sort of cash reward, which there is not.  Nor are there actual awards.  It is an honorary honor.

The awards will culminate with the naming of the 5th Annual Ear to the Ground Artist of the Year.

There will not be fan voting, sorry.  Although we had fun in 2011 and 2012 running Readers Polls, I decided at the end of 2012 to suspend the practice. 

Bribes will be accepted and the awards will probably go to the highest bidder. 

Anyone caught taking the awards too seriously, will be severely teased.

All the awards are not all that serious, what I am serious about is taking another opportunity to recognize some of the great music that came my way in 2015.

In other news, after Thanksgiving, pending my getting in a bunch of seasonal music, I am thinking of having a once-a-week shuffle from a playlist filled with such songs. I am debating what to call the playlist.  Christmas is too specific as their may be songs that have nothing to do with Christ’s birth.  Holiday Playlist will probably piss off people – since apparently Holiday is a nasty word or something.  I may just call it the Red Cup Playlist.  We shall see.

We have another featured music shuffle today – featuring some favorites (old and new) and some artists hitting the shuffle for the first time.

“Coolin’ Out” by Rich Robbins (prod. OnGaud)

One my favorite young hip hop artists is back with another track from his Nimbus debut album.  For the video – I reached back to Rich Robbins’ first mixtape and the track, “Suburban Trap Rat”.  This was a nice groovy tune to ease me into the morning drive.

“Where the River Bends” by Brian Carpenter and the Confessions

The new album is called The Far End of the World – it is one of my favorite albums of 2015.

“Lucinda’s Room” by Aaron Lee Tasjan

It is no mean trick for an album to be both highly anticipated and a pleasant surprise, but that is what Aaron Lee Tasjan has done with In the Blazes. The album contains some of Tasjan’s best songs and the record sounds amazing.  ALT is already starting to appear on some “best of” lists.  Expect more.  Maybe he will even will an “Earie” award….

“Home You Built” by Ali Holder

Careful, #E2TG readers will remember this Austin singer/songwriter from the tracks we posted of her with Raindogg.  Holder has a new album called, From My Veins Will Fall.  I am really digging this album. This is the first song to appear in a shuffle. More to come.

“I’ve Got a Feeling” by Eight O’Five Jive

Award winning, Nashville Jump Blues band, Eight O’Five Jive return to the shuffle with another track from their excellent, “Too Many Men” album.  Expect to hear more about this album as The Earies progress.

“Oppenheimer’s Sister” by Zaibatsu

So called Pregressive (sic) Rock from Italy.  Zaibatsu have a new album called Zero, and this is our first listen to that album. More to come.  

“The Actress Pt. II” by Calming River

The opening track from The Ones That We Left Behind  EP by the Danish singer-songwriter who records and performs as Calming River. This is our first listen to this record, and I like what I hear so far.

“No Change There” by Katie Mac

Our second listen to Liverpool singer-songwriter Katie Mac.  I did not find a video for this song, but Katie Mac did recently upload a video for another song.

“Cia” (Reprise) by Tom Schreck

And, we close out the shuffle with the reprise of a song we featured a week or so ago. From the Added Glory EP.  Tom Schreck is a Nashville singer-songwriter that you should get to know.

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Rattle Snakes Confusion Mix

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Welcome to the working week….   Heading into an unusual week – I am off Wednesday – before that I have a busy week, after that I have a busy week.  Wednesday will probably we busy, too.

Friday night, I saw two Jon’s at The Family Wash. First Jon Byrd and then Jon Langford. Very different sets, but both offering unique and interesting takes on Country music.  In between, I got to spend a little time with some East Nashville friends at my friend Bob’s birthday bash.

Saturday night, Human Radio at The 5 Spot (they are in the shuffle today so more later about that), and then to the Wash again for Lisa Oliver Gray’s birthday show. The amazing singer had a killer band that included Tommy Womack and Ross Rice (of Human Radio) among others.

Tonight, back to the Wash again for a stellar night of music featuring Brock Zeman with Blair Hogan and Darrin Bradbury featuring Megan Palmer.  Starts at 7:00 – you do not want to miss it.  Later, Brian Wright is playing the Basement with a killer band and with Lilly Hiatt and Jesse Lafser opening.

On to the shuffle….

“Chapel Hill Boogie” by John Dee Holeman

Via the Music Maker Relief Foundation – some Piedmont Blues from one of the living legends of the style.

“The Bridges I’ve Burned” by Reckless Johnny Wales

Another great track from American Heart.  I love some of the lines of this song.  Reckless Johnny is one of those larger than life musical figures who you can see quite often around Nashville. 

“Table Rock” by Angela Easterling

One of my personal favorites from Angela Easterling’s Common Law Wife album. 

“Above the Surface” by Bang OK Bang

From a live album recorded at an East Nashville Underground show… Bang OK Bang are a sludgy hard rocking band from Nashville. This song and this recording remind me so much of the independent, local music I grew up listening to… but it is thoroughly modern in all the best ways, which makes it doubly exciting to me.

“Harder to Lie” (Live at Eastside Manor) by David Ramirez

Sticking with recordings made on the east side of Nashville… This recording by Austin-based singer-songwriter David Ramirez sounds gorgeous and it’s a great song, too.

“Electromagnetism” by Human Radio

As I mentioned, I got to take in the Human Radio show this past Saturday night.  They did a good job mixing their classic tracks with some material from their forthcoming new album. The new songs sounded great.  The thing I have always loved about this band is their ability to combine instruments in a unique way and their ability to hit a groove like very few bands can do.  Fun show!  Great music.  Get ready for the new album, and in the mean time, seek out their classic self-titled album which includes this song and tons of other great ones.

“Fly Me Courageous” by Drivin’ n Cryin’ with Audley Freed

Someone here in town, dubbed this past summer as the Summer of Kevn Kinney.  Kinney made several notable appearances around town including a month-long residency at The 5 Spot.  Audley Freed (Black Crowes, Sheryl Crow) joined for at least one of those shows. Kinney will be back in Nashville December 5 with his band Drivin’ n Cryin’.  Warner Hodges will filling the guitar slot and Jason Isbell guitarist Sadler Vaden is the special guest.  I don’t know if Audley Freed will be in town, but if he is, I would not be surprised if he jumped on stage… maybe for this song which was one of the legendary Georgia band’s best known songs and the title track to their 1991 album.

“Minutes Into Hours” by Katie Mac

Katie Mac is a 20 year old singer-songwriter from Liverpool. I really dig this track which I could not find anywhere on-line, but here is a link to her Facebook page if you want to check her out.

“Airstream Transmission” (Live) by Leland Sundries

We close things out with another track from Brooklyn band, Leland Sundries. The song is on a live album called Live at the Creamery.  Check them out!

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