Wide Open Wednesday Shuffle – Summertime Thing Mix

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Trying a new thing here at Ear to the Ground…. every Wednesday (or at least this Wednesday… or maybe some Wednesday’s) I am going to Shuffle up all the songs in my phone’s memory and see what happens…  Usually, the Morning Shuffles come from a playlist called “Current Stuff” which includes… well current stuff and basically all the recent adds plus some random stuff to keep things interesting.  Songs are moved off of the playlist as they are featured and new music is added all the time (as memory allows).  Beyond that playlist, I have approximately 4,000+ songs stored in my phone at any given time. As you might expect, it’s a weird collection of some really interesting music that I’ve collected in various ways over the years.  I have to say, the fact that Mary Gauthier and Chuck Prophet were the first two songs that came up… I am feeling optimistic.

“Sideshow” by Mary Gauthier from The Foundling

Mary Gauthier is on a major roll of late, which has included stints at the Grammy Museum and a groundbreaking set at the venerable Grand Ole Opry.  This song is from her album of a couple of years back, The Foundling and demonstrates just how worthy she is of all of the acclaim.

“Summertime Thing” by Chuck Prophet from No Other Love
One of my favorite “summer” songs of all time.  It just makes me feel good every time I hear it.
“Calgary (Live on Triple J)” by Bon Iver from Live at Triple J Studio

from his self-titled 2011 album…


“Real Full-Time Guy” by Drive He Said from Multitudes

Drive He Said was the project formed by Maxim Ludwig when the Santa Fe Seven broke up.  Maxim was one of the very first artists featured on Ear to the Ground back in 2011.  He has since returned to recording under his own name, and in the playlist is a recent performance from Europe.


“Our Last Fight” by Scala and Kolacny Brothers from Scala and Kolacny Brothers

Let me get this straight… Scala is an all-girl choir.  And Kolacny Brothers are actual brothers named Kolacny.   Got it.  Known for their haunting covers of well-known songs, this original goes back to 2007 and their album One Winged Angel.


“Wish You Were Beer” by The Great American Novel from 😦
From their last full-length album 😦 aka The Frown Album.  Frantic and fun…  Random fun fact: as I was listening to this song this morning, I came upon a convoy of Budweiser trucks…
“Knock Knock” by Band of Horses from Mirage Rock

The lead off single from their 2012 album…

“Hands” by Alpine from A is for Alpine

Aussie Indie/Pop… from February 2014’s A if for Alpine.


“Hope” by Royal Court of Chine from Royal Court of China

Nashville legends from their now classic self-titled major label debut.


“Battered Old Bird” by Elvis Costello and the Attractions from Blood and Chocolate

Elvis doing what Elvis does… from 1986 and the classic Attractions line up with Nick Lowe behind the boards again.


“Rhode Island Summer” by The Danbury Lie from The Danbury Lie

Coincidently timely, E2TG favorites The Danbury Lie just announced new music being dropped today on their Bandcamp site.   Today we have this seasonally appropriate song which was recorded in 2009 and released in 2013.


“Little Bit of White Trash” by Jeff Porter from 15 Miles

It’s true…


“Prank Call” by Those Darlins from Stick it In
Nashville band Those Darlins’ 2013 album Blur the Lines was a break-through.  This song is from their 2011 debut album. 

“Highways Long” by The Blind Owl Band from This Train I Ride is Made of Wood and Steel
The Blind Owl Band from upstate New York play thoroughly modern music on old timey instruments.  Or maybe it’s the other way around… no I think I had it right the first time.  Whatever, they are awesome! 

“A Feather in Your Shadow” by The Lucky Jukebox Brigade from Pretty Well Damned

Another timely song, The Lucky Jukebox Brigade or just days away from releasing their long awaited new album, and we have their latest video in the playlist. 

“It’s a Wonderful Life” by Heath McNease with Pigeon John, Red Cloud, and Sintax the Terrific from Thrift Store Jesus

 Nothing to do with Jimmy Stewart – as far as I can tell, but some first rate, not so ordinary hip-hop from Georgia.


Fine, Fine Music (Cavalcade into Spring)

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Just a cavalcade of Fine, Fine music (some old and some new) – (heroes, friends, madmen, geniuses, and the like) – to herald the beginning of spring!