Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Full Grown Man Mix

In the middle of posting this, I heard about the passing of Rock and Roll legend Bobby Keys. The long-time Rolling Stones saxophonist was a resident of Nashville at the time of his passing, and I had the great pleasure of seeing him and his band play a free lunch time show at the downtown Public Library in the summer of 2013.  RIP Bobby Keys…



Today’s shuffle follows no set pattern, obeys no written (or unwritten) rules, and was a heck of a lot of fun to listen to on a rainy morning commute.

“Thunderstorm” by The Western Shore from Thunderstorm

The rain this morning hardly qualified as a Thunderstorm – nevertheless, I am always glad to hear songs by one of my favorite East Nashville duos.

“Three Little Angels” by The Dirty Guv’nahs from Hearts on Fire

From Knoxville, The Dirty Guv’nahs have a great band name, and an awesome groovy sound.

“North Side Gal” by JD McPherson from The Rounder Records Collection/Signs and Signifiers

Happiness is finding some JD McPherson music on NoiseTrade…  This song is from his 2012 album.

“St. James Infirmary” by Jon Batiste and Stay Human from Social Music

Jon Batiste is an innovative jazz pianist from New Orleans.  I recently got turned on to his music when a new project he is involved in came to light. That project – The Process – features Batiste along with avant garde bassist Bill Laswell, and RHCP drummer Chad Smith. Here we have Batiste and his band doing an standard made famous by Louis Armstrong.

“Blue in Green” by Miles Davis from The Classic Album Collection/Kind of Blue

Keeping things in a jazz groove (and the first of three instrumentals in a row).  How about Miles Davis…

“La Mort” by Martial Solal from A Bout De Souffle (Breathless)

From the soundtrack of the French New Wave classic (and Jon Luc Godard’s first feature film), comes this track from the jazz pianist and composer Martial Solal.

“Great Blue C” by The 442s from The 442s

The 442s are from St. Louis. The band features two jazz musicians and two classical musicians.  They have an innovative sound and approach that I really dig. This was my first listen, and I want to hear more.

“Big Love” by Little Village from Little Village !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=”//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js”;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,”script”,”twitter-wjs”);

And we close out the shuffle with another great song from this amazing collection of talent. 

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Anarchy in the Shuffle Mix

Ear to the Ground doesn’t follow rules – not even our own rules. Does that make us anarchists? 

“If Only, Aunt Sye” by Minton Sparks from Middlin’ Sisters

Another slice of Country-flavored spoken word from Nashville’s own Minton Sparks.

“Too Many Cuts” by Pork Chop Willie from Love is the Devil

One of my favorite tracks on this album which is one of my favorites of this year.  Well versed and seasoned North Mississippi Blues pushed along by a classically trained violinist who has toured with Mark O’Connor.  This is the real deal – steeped in tradition and fully a product of the here and now.

“The Green Door” by Jim Lowe from 1956 Billboard Top 100/Single

A number one song in 1956.  What is going on behind that Green Door?

“Lazarus” by The Western Shore from Thunderstorm

A great song from my new friends, The Western Shore.  I got to see them play again this past Sunday with a bunch of other newish friends. It was a great night of music.  I really love the dynamic that Charlie and Kalee Smyth have been they perform together.

“Alleluia” by Dar Williams from The Honesty Room

Another great track from Dar Williams first full-length album.  Almost twenty years old and sounds fresh as ever.

“I’m Joliet Bound” by Sidestreet Reny and Lil’ Bell

From what I could tell, this is a cover of a Kansas Joe McCoy song which has been covered by many other people including John Mellencamp on his 2003 cover album Trouble No More.  Here the song is given the unique Sidestreet Reny and Lil’ Bell treatment.  Heave emphasis on the “treat” which this is…

“Don’t Go Away Mad” by Little Village from Little Village

I am not someone who keeps up with such things, but I would consider the Little Village album an underrated classic. There is hardly a dud on the album.  The genesis of this impressive collaboration (Hiatt, Lowe, Cooder, and Keltner) began in 1987 when all of the above worked on Hiatt’s incredible Bring the Family album. In 1991, the stars (and their busy schedules) aligned and this album was born.

“Just Because” by The California Honeydrops from Like You Mean It

Always happy to hear some funky soulful music, I consider The California Honeydrops among my favorite “discoveries” of the year. Discovered in the “new to me” meaning of the word. 

“Atlanta Blues” by Young Sidney Bechet from Young Sidney Bechet 1923-1925

Let’s jump back about 90 years with legendary Jazz saxophonist Sidney Bechet doing a W.C. Handy song which was in turn adapted from a folk/jazz/blues standard called “Make Me a Pallet on the Floor”. 

“Anarchy in the U.K.” by The Sex Pistols from Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex Pistols

Jump ahead about 50 years, and we close things out with the one and only Sex Pistols. Need I say more? No… I needn’t.

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Fool Who Knows Mix

Of late, one of the musical highlights of my week has been the Wednesday night Tim Carroll/Darrin Bradbury extravaganza at Fran’s Eastside Tavern.  Just having the opportunity to see this two talents in a casual/laid back setting has been amazing, and it has been fun to see this thing grow into a bit of a happening.  If you live near Nashville and can stay up late and handle a whole lot of smoke, you should come out.  Last night, those who showed up and stuck around were treated to the added bonus of a short set from David Dondero – who NPR’s All Songs Considered called one of the best living songwriters.  I can tell you based on what I heard, they were not exaggerating in the least.

On to the shuffle—

“Marionette” by Emily Wolfe from Roulette

We start with another cool track from Austin, Texas based Dream rocker, Emily Wolfe.

“Fool Who Knows” by Little Village from Little Village

Our revisit of the only album pre-Americana supergroup Little Village reaches it’s penultimate moment.  I almost wrote that this is one of my favorite songs on the album, but I realized I’ve said that about just about all of the tracks.  Suffice it to say this is an amazing album.  In case you are just joining us, Little Village was John Hiatt, Ry Cooder, Jim Keltner, and Nick Lowe.  Is it any surprise this is such an awesome album?

“Sophia” by Hugh Trimble from neighborpoem

After hearing his song, “Danglin'” on the Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen compilation, I just had to download the neighborpoem album to add to my playlist.  I am really digging his unique sound and killer songs.

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“Surfing Iceland” by The Jason Drug Reaction from Down On The Pharmacy

Another cool track from the enigmatic The Jason Drug Reaction.  “Cool” see what I did there?  Fun fact: Iceland is not really made of ice, but Greenland is made of ice… or something like that. I don’t know.  The Jason Drug Reaction may or may not be enigmatic, but if me calling them that intrigues you enough to check them out – then my work here is done.  Seriously, the song is cool in every sense of that word.

“Iodine In My Coffee” by Muddy Waters from Muddy Waters

Random musing: I wonder if The Ramones were thinking of this song when they wrote “Somebody Put Something in my Drink”?  Probably not.  An early recording from the influential Blues legend.  By the way, Johnny Winter later covered this song.

“Bring Me Some Water” by Matt King from Raw

Another nifty song from Nashville songwriter Matt King.

“Inez In Zazan” by Shabbadoo from Pajama

Another song from the Pajama album by Memphis’ Shabbadoo. A nice, chill groove for a morning walk in the cool air. 

 

“Stackolee” by Dom Flemons from Til’ the Seas Run Dry

Old-time folk artist Dom Flemons with his take on the popular folk standard.

“Personal Judas” by Kink Ador from Deer Head Music Presents: Indie Mixtape Nashville     window.amznpubstudioTag = “eartothegro00-20”;

We close with great Nashville band – Kink Ador – from the Deer Head Music mixtape. Drawing elements from punk, rock, indie, and funk – Kink Ador is the primarily Sharon Koltick.  I’m digging the sound, and I really like this song..

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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Silly Boys Mix

We have a bunch of cool songs by some silly boys and one not so silly, but very talented woman.  Let’s go!

“Falling” by Pork Chop Willie from Love is the Devil

Another great track from the album which came out earlier this year.  You need to hear this.

“Silly Boys” by Holy Modal Rounders from Last Round

How about this?  New York psychedelic folk duo – who have collaborated with Sam Shepard among others.  This song is from their 1978 album.

“Head” by The Orwells from Other Voices EP

Think Rock and Roll is dead?  Have you not heard The Orwells?

“Medicine Springs” (Stanley Brother Cover) by Sturgill Simpson from 2014-05-13 – Grimey’s Records – Nashville, TN

Think Country music sucks? Have you not heard Sturgill Simpson?

“Who Woulda Thunk It?” (Greg Brown Cover) by Grant Peeples and the Peeples Republik from Punishing the Myth

One of my highlights of AMA week was being introduced to the music of and meeting Grant Peeples.  This is the only cover on his incredible album – of which you will be hearing lots more – and it’s a good one.  I never complain about a cover song when it is a Greg Brown song being covered.

“А где мне взять такую песню” by Orera from 1970

Ya’ll I seriously love this music – more from this amazing Georgian folk/jazz group who recorded back in the 1970s or so.

“White Gardenias” by Justin Townes Earle from NoiseTrade Eastside Manor Session/Single Mothers

 
 

Okay it got cropped out of the picture, but it is the time, I shared the front page of No Depression with Justin Townes Earle. This is a song from his brand new album recorded in a special session for NoiseTrade at Eastside Manor.  Trivia: The photo of the cover of his new album was taken at a Nashville park commonly known as Dragon Park.  This park was also featured in the album art of one of R.E.M.’s albums.

 


“Blue Light of the Fire” by Heather Powell from Believe it to Life

Heather Powell has an amazing voice, and it is always good to have her in the shuffle.

“Don’t Think About Her When You’re Trying to Drive” by Little Village from Little Village

Good advice from the Little Village

“Following the Plan” by bellwire from Following the Plan

This seems to be the latest song from New Hampshire based bellwire.  It’s a cool powerpop song. If you aren’t hip to these guys – definitely check them out.

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Traveling Mix

A busy week for music in Nashville.  Tonight it’s a Tim Easton live recording at The Building in East Nashville with Megan Palmer plus Darrin Bradbury and Tim Carroll.  Tomorrow – way too many choices, but it’s the usual Wednesday night joint a Fran’s with Darrin Bradbury and Tim Carroll.  Thursday, a Happy Hour of great Roots Guitarist including Ear to the Ground favorite Mark Robinson, plus Ritchie Owens and the Farm Bureau, Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen, and Nick Kane formerly of The Mavericks at The Five Spot.  After that another E2TG alum, Pony Boy plays as part of a 5 Spot favorites show and the fun continues…

Right now, we have a shuffle to put on…

“Ordinary World” by Heather Powell from Believe it to Life

A wonderful soulful pop song from Heather Powell via the True Groove Records label.

“Solar Sex Panel” by Little Village from Little Village

Eco-friendly loving via John Hiatt, Nick Lowe, Ry Cooder, and Jim Keltner

“Volcano” by U2 from Songs of Innocence

I actually like this better than the track from yesterday.  For the video, I picked some bizarre Russian??? girl doing this song or maybe it’s another song called Volcano.  I really don’t know.

“Travelling Again (Travelling I)” by Dar Williams from The Honesty Room

Maybe it’s because my life has not included nearly the amount of travel as I would like, I have always been drawn to songs, stories, and films about travelling.  With Dar Williams – you just can’t go wrong.

“Mr. Z” by Joe Sundell from The Hat Thief

A recommendation from Popa Tunes. An old fashioned sounding Blues/Folk song about a certain Mr. Z from Florida who got away with murder, but does anyone ever really get away with murder?

“Revelator” by The Boy From the Crown from The Boy From the Crowd

via IMP – some pretty interesting Alternative Blues Rock music from London.  This is the new single which will be released next week.  I’m digging it.

“Ma Mule” by David Johansen from Evangeline Made: a tribute to Cajun Music

How about a Cajun song about a mule from ex-New York Doll who introduced the world to Buster Poindexter.

“Don’t Bug Me When I’m Working” by Little Village from Little Village

How many times do I have to tell you?

“Shout to the Top” by The Style Council from The Singular Adventures of the Style Council/Café Bleu (deluxe version)/Vision Quest Soundtrack

This song appeared beside Madonna, Foreigner and Journey on the soundtrack to the 1985 movie Vision Quest which is based upon an excellent novel by Terry Davis.

“Lovesick Blues” by Chris Stamey from Lovesick Blues !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=”//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js”;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,”script”,”twitter-wjs”);

We close out the day with the nearly six minute title track to Chris Stamey’s 2013 album.  A fine way to close out a Tuesday shuffle.

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Number Three Mix

One of the best side-effects of writing this blog (and certainly not one I expected or intended) has been the incredible people I have met.  Honestly, that is one of the main reasons, I have kept this up for three years.  One of the very first people I “met” way back in the early stages of Ear to the Ground was Howard Rabach.  Last night, I was fortunate enough to meet him in person and have an enjoyable dinner. Tonight, I get to see him again – playing bass for The Grey A for their CD Release Show at The Stone Fox.

Shuffle – let’s go!

Today, I found videos of the actual artists and songs for all but one of the songs in the shuffle…

“What a Way to Go” by Tim Carroll from Opening Up/The Devil is a Busy Man

Tim Carroll is about release a new album which should be awesome.  In the meantime, dig on this!

“When it Was Wrong” (Live) by The California Honeydrops from Honeydrops Live/Spreadin’ Honey

The California Honeydrops’ music just makes me feel good all over.

“Inside Job” by Little Village from Little Village

The hits keep coming from Hiatt, Cooder, Keltner, and Lowe

“Pictures” (acoustic) by Madi Diaz from Stripped Chopped + Screwed

A pretty song from the talented Ms. Diaz.

“In a Cold World” by Toot Sweet from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen: Section 5/American Hymn

Talk about a rich well of talent!  It seems like we’ve already featured like 100 songs from the latest Mama Coco’s sampler, and they are all good.  I really like this one, and I’m going to check out more music from Toot Sweet!

“A New Life” by Jim James from Regions of Light and Sound of God

I don’t care if you call him Jim James or Yim Yames. I don’t care if he is fronting My Morning Jacket, jamming with the all-star Monsters of Folk, or like here on his own – Jim James rarely misses the mark as far as I am concerned.

“Number Three” (Live) by They Might Be Giants from First Album Live

I think anyone who writes (music or words) has experienced (at least temporarily) the feeling that you’ve used up all of your ideas.  This song has always been a favorite of mine by TMBG.

“Ever Start to Wonder” by The Dirty Guv’nahs from Hearts on Fire

This is from The Dirty Guv’nahs’ most recently album. They are from Knoxville, Tennessee, and they groove like you won’t even believe.

“Vagabon Special” by an All-Star Cajun Band from Evangeline Made: a tribute to Cajun Music

This is the instrumental first track from the Evangeline Made album featuring an All-Star band of Cajun musicians that includes the legendary Michael Doucet. I could not find a video of this song, but the song was written by Marc Savoy, and I found a video of The Savoy Family playing and people dancing.

“It Didn’t Matter” by The Style Council from The Singular Adventures of the Style Council/The Cost of Loving

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Flinty Mix

Back to a normal-sized shuffle…. we have some cool tunes – let’s go!

“Flinty Kind of Woman” by Dar Williams from The Honesty Room

One of my favorite artists of all time…  from her 1995 album.

“Blue Skies” by Victoria Williams from Sings Some Ol’ Songs

Ms. Williams part II.  Doing a heart-shattering version of the Irving Berlin classic.

“Amsterdam Moon” by The Mavericks from In Time

From their reunion album – Raul Malo and company sounding better than ever.

“Punk Rockin’ Honky Tonk Girl” by Tim Carroll from Opening Up/If I Could

Two things to share about this song – 1.  At the end of this song on Opening Up, Tim Carroll gives a brief account of his musical journey and mentions one of my favorite bands, Rank and File.  2.  Every time I hear this song, a particular memory of mine comes back to me.  This was sometime in the 80s, at a benefit show for a local club called Elliston Square (now The End).  There was an awesome lineup of some of the cool indie bands of the day, and opening the show was Marty Stuart joined by at least one of the Dillards.  As a young punk beginning to hear Country music influence in my favorite music and still trying to reconcile that to my still strong belief that Country music was for old folks – this was culture shock, and it was also pretty darn awesome. The deal was sealed for me when I saw this tall, beautiful girl in country meets punk attire dosey-doeing  to Marty Stuart. 

“Do You Want My Job” by Little Village from Little Village

One of the stand out tracks on the Little Village album.

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No you can’t… but sometimes you can fake it for a while…

“Kiss and Tell” by Lael Summer from Burden to Bear

Another sultry number from Ms. Lael Summer and another video from a True Groove All-Stars show in New York.  If you’re in New York, check out The True Groove All-Stars as they continue their residency at Milk River this Thursday.

“Drifter’s Compass” by Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray from Lean Into The Wind

And this my friends, is why I love Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray so much.  This and the fact that they are such wonderful people.

“1st Assumptions vs. 2nd Doubts (remix)” by aCr from ghost note manifest

We close with some experimental progressive hard rock from Texas. aCr from the band Liquid Casing  from his recent solo project.


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