Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Cosmo and Seventeen Mix

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PRESENTING THE  1st Annual E2TG Awards – “The Earies”  (The Earies – it sounds kind of strange, but not really). 

Well, it is December, and as I promised, we will begin our month long celebration of all things E2TG.  Welcome to the first annual E2TG awards.  Our red carpet welcome had to be cancelled due to rain in the Nashville area, plus we don’t have a red carpet, and someone forgot to book the Ryman.  So, this will be an on-line awards show this year… 

I thought long and hard about how to begin this award month, but finally it seemed fitting and proper to begin the 2015 awards with the artist who closed out 2014 by being named the Artist of the Year.

Presenting the first award for 2015 is ….. me…   Thanks, Joe.  The first award to be presented is the Flattery Will Get You Everywhere Award.  It recognizes the artist or artists who have realized that the blog host is basically a big ball of insecurities and self-doubt and that a little bit of flattery (even somewhat dubious flattery) goes a long way.

This artist not only routinely dedicates one of his signature songs to me, but he also included my likeness on the album cover of his most recent release.  I think “Bob” is a pretty handsome guy, even if I would not say that he is short or tall.     The 1st ever “Earie” goes to Darrin Bradbury.  Darrin is currently on tour out West, so I will accept the award on his behalf.  Also, we don’t have actual
statues.  Maybe next year.  



Stay tuned all month for more awards….

On to the shuffle:

“Rules of Change” by Neil Young + Promise of the Real

Neil Young has been making music for over 50 years.  About the only thing you can say for certain is that he has never settled into a comfortable place and sound, but has instead embraced and followed stylist changes and political movements while maintaining a pretty high level of integrity and consistently marching to his own beat.  His latest album The Monsanto Years – addresses contemporary food industry issues and features Willie Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah plus Lukas’ bandmates Promise of the Real.

“My Name is the Same” by Los Microwaves

This is another track from the 13 O’clock compilation of early and rare New Wave songs put out by Atlanta Label PPNW Records.  Los Microwaves are a San Francisco band, and I believe this song was recorded sometime around 1980.  I have really been digging hearing this music – most of which I missed out on the first time around.

“To Love Is to Fly” by Jonathan Tyler (feat. Nikki Lane)

I grabbed this song – from Jonathan Tyler’s latest album, Holy Smokes – after seeing Jonathan perform at “The Beast” at the beginning of Americana week. Nikki Lane joined him that night, and I am going to say that they sang this song together (until and unless someone corrects me). It was awesome, and it was good to hear it again this morning.  Not a typo and not the Townes Van Zandt song.

“Read About Love” by Richard Thompson

The opening song and one of my favorites from Rumor and Sigh.  I can relate all too well, and that is all I am going to say.

“Ice Forms on the Tips of Her Wings” by Smokey the Firebear

Our first (but not our last) appearance by Smokey the Firebear. Smokey the Firebear is Cade Williams another of those talented kids from Connecticut.  I really don’t know what they put in the water in that state???  I just grabbed his entire and remarkably extensive discography for really cheap on Bandcamp. What I heard was actually the very brief reprise of the opening track of Smokey the Firebear’s Ohm Atlanta album.  The video playlist has the entire opening song.

“Outta My Head” by Blake Babies

The fine folks at Noisetrade not only offer a great way to discover new artists, but they also occasionally put out some cool older releases.  Recently, I downloaded a live album by the 80s-90s band Blake Babies called Live 5-9-89.  Blake Babies was the band that gave Juliana Hatfield her start.  This is the opening track for the live album. The song was on the band’s 1989 second album Earwig.

“AquaLung” by KATO

This song has been hanging around the playlist for awhile. This is another brief track – the last on KATO’s EP, A Summer in Space Beach.

“High Winds White Sky” by Bruce Cockburn

We go way back to Bruce Cockburn’s 1971 second album. This is the title track.  An early listen to one of the most talented living songwriters.

“North Side Gal” by JD McPherson

Oklahoma singer-songwriter JD McPherson keeps the shuffle moving with a rave up, and the opening track of his 2012 Signs and Signifiers album.

“GTO” by Kevin Gordon

We revisit one of my favorite albums of the year – Long Gone Time (as I boldly proclaimed in my review) may well be Kevin Gordon’s best album yet.  Revisiting and expounding on the locales and themes of his previous album Gloryland. GTO is a solid, toe-tapping rocker that slides in references to the complicated racial climate of the Deep South.

“Stoned” by Macy Gray

This recording came from the World Café Session mega-download I got a while back. The always amazing Macy Gray with a song that appeared her 2014 eight studio album The Way.

“Celestial Dance” by Cletus Kennelly and Lori Kelley

And we close out the shuffle with another song from popular DC area duo Cletus and Lori’s album, Lotus. Lori Kelley now resides in East Nashville and is making a name for herself on the local songwriting scene.   I got to see the duo perform together earlier this year at Bobby’s Idle Hour.

VIDEO PLAYLIST

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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – In the Middle of the Land Mix

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We are back after an unexpected day off… my late fall cold finally caught up with me.  Before I succumbed to it, I got to take in an awesome show at City Winery.  Songwriting legend (and I do not use that term lightly here) Dan Penn celebrated his 74th birthday with a nearly 2 hour solo acoustic show performing many of the amazing songs that he was written and co-written over the course of his incredible career.  Hint: If you don’t know who Dan Penn is, I guarantee that you have heard many of his songs.  Read my reflections on this show here.

Dan Penn wrote his first hit song when he was still in high school.  Sammy Brue is just 14 years old, and he is widely regarded as one of the best songwriters around.  He will be making a rare Nashville appearance tonight at The Basement (the original) with Actual Wolf (who I saw during the Campfire Propaganda residency at last month). Actual Wolf will be back by a fine collection of local players.

Today’s shuffle went down like this….

“Right Time” by Nikki Lane

All or Nothin’ is the latest album from red hot Nashville artist, Nikki Lane.  If you have not caught up with her yet, now is the right time…

“Once in a Very Blue Moon” by Nanci Griffith

Another from that amazing Rounder Records anniversary compilation on Noisetrade, and one of my all time favorite songs.  I first heard this on one of those Steal This Disk CD releases back in the day. Just a flat out gorgeous song from one of the finest voices of all time.

“Lee Harvey Was a Friend of Mine” by Homer Henderson

I’m just going to leave this right here.  I grabbed this song from a compilation called, Tragic Songs from the Grassy Knoll which was released a couple of years ago.  I snagged this track off Freegal.  The song itself dates back to around 1985 when it was released as a single.  The song has been covered by Laura Cantrell  and by The Asylum Street Spankers.

“Over the Red Cedar” by Charlie Parr

This song, from Minnesota singer-songwriter Charlie Parr, is off of his album Stumpjumper which was released back in April of this year. If I had read that it was a twenty or thirty or forty year old song, I would not have batted an eye.  It has a timeless sound.

“In the Middle of the Land” by Hoodoo Gurus

Giving us the sub-title to today’s post… from their Blow Your Cool! album.  I love this band.

“With a Girl Like You” by Alex Chilton

Making a connection to Monday night’s show – Dan Penn produced the first hit single from Alex Chilton’s old band, The Box Tops and co-wrote a couple of other songs for that band.  This is a cover version of a song by The Troggs  which was included on the compilation 19 Years: A Collection of Alex Chilton which was released in 1991.  That is where I came upon the track.

“Killin’ It In California” by Jeremy Nash

Another from Jeremy Nash’s new album Getaway Driver.  This is one of my favorite songs which I have heard him perform live a couple of times.  Filled with the bitter chill of loss and regret and winter.

“Mexican Amphetamines” by Ben Arthur

Another from Ben Arthur’s Call and Response record. Ben is one of my favorite songwriters and his Call and Response album demonstrates the innovation and fun he brings to the art and craft of songwriting.

“Beautiful Jane” by Brian Carpenter and the Confessions

This is another track from The Far End of the World.  This new album by Boston musician Brian Carpenter has emerged as of my favorites of 2015.

“Mess Around” by Cage the Elephant

At long last, new music from Bowling Green rockers, Cage the Elephant.  This is the first single from their forthcoming album, Tell me I’m Pretty which is due out in about a month.

VIDEO PLAYLIST

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E2TG Takes on Americana Fest 2015 – Part I

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So…. I knew last night’s Sin City vs. Guitar Town event at The Basement East was going to be pretty darn incredible, but really….

Sometimes your friends and your heroes share the same stage…

Okay, I got there early to catch Paul Burch finish off the pre-show.  Let me tell you – not a bad pre-show.

Campfire Propaganda opened the set, and it was a delicious teaser for their upcoming October residency at The 5 Spot.  Campfire Propaganda are a collective of amazing songwriters working together to further their art and craft.  Founding member Tim Easton was not there – he is opening some dates for James McMurtry – but Nellie Clay, Megan Palmer, Brian Wright, and Darrin Bradbury all knocked it out of the park.

Next up was Jesse Dayton – taking a break from his current gig filling in for the ailing Billy Zoom on the current X tour.  Playing solo acoustic, he totally rocked the house.

Dayton was followed by an amazing jam lead by the one and only Aaron Lee Tasjan.  His band included Brian Wright and Jon Latham on guitars and Keith Christopher on bass. Guests included Lilly Hiatt, Allen Thompson (who did a Grateful Dead song) and Kevn Kinney!  Oh, and Brian Wright absolute killed on a Supersuckers song.

Jonathan Tyler delivered a really great set and he brought out Nikki Lane as his guest.

Keith Gattis was up next and sounded great.

And then, The Bottle Rockets just about tore the roof off the joint with an extended set.  They played several songs from their forthcoming album and also dug into their extensive back catalog.

Needless to say, the night was a blast, and it was so amazing seeing my friends sharing a stage with some of my musical heroes.  I saw a bunch of people including some I had never met in person before, and I even met a music blogger from Norway.

It’s kind of hard to believe that all that was just basically night zero of the American Music Association Festival.   I’m leaving soon for some AMA related events and trying to map out a somewhat reasonable schedule among the seemingly endless choices at hand.

Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Like Charlie Sheen Mix

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To make up for not having a shuffle – please enjoy this video playlist tribute to the late Leonard Nimoy…

“Back’s Against the Wall” by Judah and the Lion

Another song from the Sweet Tennessee record…

“Genius” by Warren Zevon

From My Ride’s Here….

“Right Time” by Nikki Lane

A supremely awesome song from Nashville’s Nikki Lane off her 2014 album All or Nothin’

“No Sex” by Alex Chilton

An early/mid 80s view of the AIDS epidemic via Memphis legend Alex Chilton off his album Feudalist Tarts.

“I Wanna Sit and Watch the Credits Roll” by Bill Lloyd

From the phenomenal album Feelin’ the Elephant – another great one from Nashville legend Bill Lloyd.

“I Only Want to Be With You” by The Tourists

The pure pop nearly hits keep on coming from The Tourists.  Off a compilation called Should Have Been Greatest Hits.

“Hey Mama” by The Satisfactors

From the self-titled debut album by a New Jersey shore super-group…

“The Mermaid Song” by The Ghoul Goes West

Via my inbox by way of somewhere in Northwest Arkansas…. The Ghoul Goes West impressed me right away.  More to come.  Check them out.

“This Very Second” by Bill Lloyd

We close things out with our second track of the day from Bill Lloyd’s Feelin’ the Elephant, and one of my favorite songs on that album. 

VIDEO PLAYLIST

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