Monday Morning Music Shuffle – I Said That Mix

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It’s Monday and man it sure is hot here in Nashville…  you know what else is hot? Today’s shuffle!  Hot off the presses…  The #E2TG shuffle at it’s best – widely and wildly divergent styles and themes of music congregate on my music player on a weekday morning…  enjoy!

“Bowling Green” by The Barefoot Movement

Another traditional tune from The High Road EP.  A great way to start the week.

“Another Green World” by Brian Eno

At this point, it seemed like the shuffle might be going for some sort of “green” theme.  It ended here… the title track from Brian Eno’s classic 1975 album.  I would say chances are good that even if you aren’t a Brian Eno fan, you’ve likely heard this short instrumental piece.

“Gorilla Girl” by The Dead Milkmen

So far we’ve moved from traditional bluegrass music to ambient art pop and now onto whatever it is that The Dead Milkmen do… From Big Lizard in My Backyard.  “I love my groovy Gorilla Girl.”

“Jonesin’ for Jones” by Dale Watson

And from a song about a girl who looks like an ape, do a fine bit of traditional country music in the form of a tribute to the late great George Jones.

“Blood Oranges in the Snow” by Over the Rhine

As the heat index breaks the triple digits for the second or third day in a row, it’s refreshing to hear a song about snow.  Blood Oranges are pretty good, too.  This is the title track from the 2014 Holiday album by Ohio folk/Americana band Over the Rhine.  The first of what amounts to a mini-Ohio theme embedded in the shuffle.

“Ain’t That A Lot of Love” by Webb Wilder

I got to see Webb Wilder play with the Beatnecks a couple of weeks ago.  He still packs quite a wallop.  This is a cover of a song by Homer Banks and it was later covered by Simply Red (but you’d hardly know this is the same song).  Webb makes the song all his own.  From Hybrid Vigor.

“Modern Life” by Mothers

A slice of Modern Life from Mothers – another track from Panamanian Times.

“American Tan” by Aaron Lee Tasjan

Our second Ohio artist in the shuffle – although East Nashville claims him now!  From the new EP, Telling Stories to the Wall.  Dig it! 

“I Woke Up in a Race Car” by Batkhi Dahn

So Batkhi Dahn founder Hayden Nork just finished middle school.  Listen to this song and let that sink in.  Hayden’s other band just released the second single ahead of their forthcoming album Sun Songs (which will be their third release).

“You or No One” by Chrissie Hynde

This is recorded for World Café and is the lead track from the debut solo album by The Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde.  She was born in Akron, Ohio, and thus completes our Ohio mini theme (unless there are other Ohio connections that I missed – which is entirely likely).  The album is called Stockholm and it was released in 2014.  Kind of hard to believe that Chrissie had not released a solo album before then.

“Pax Romana” by The Great Game

The Great Game are an international band – their Hometown on Facebook is listed thusly: “Somewhere between south of Spain and North of Scotland, Passing through Prague and Antwerp.”  The Great Game is the name of their debut record from which this track is taken.

“Glory, Glory” by Lindsay Ellyn

Lindsay Ellyn’s EP Out of Road is one of my favorite records of the year, and this may will be my favorite song from that record.  At a time when it would appear from reading social media that everyone has everything figured out, it is nice to hear a song about good old fashioned doubts.

“Ballad of Billy Joe McKay” by Shawn Mullins

From his 1998 album Soul’s Core.


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Friday Morning Music Shuffle –

I wanted to share some news with all of my Ear to the Ground readers.  I am going to begin covering live shows at awesome Nashville venue 3rd and Lindsley for No Depression. Don’t worry, #E2TG will continue to be the same hot mess that it always is, and you will also be able to read my reviews over at and see that I can actually clean up when it is required (I hope).  Seriously, I am excited about this opportunity and I know that all of you have helped me to reach this place. So, thanks!  Hot Mess of Cool Tunes follows….

“Caroline” by The Silos

There are several bands who can be cited as innovators of the sound that would become Alt-Country.  The Silos certainly earned their place it that discussion. Bottom line, great songs are great songs. This is from the bands self-titled major label debut also known as “the one with the bird on the cover”.

“Take Your Shoes Off Pt. 2” by Booker T. Averhart and The Mustangs

A funky instrumental b-side from a 1963 single released on the Kent label.

“Blood Oranges in the Snow” by Over the Rhine

A gorgeous song – the title track from the band’s 2014 holiday album. Perfect for this latest cold front we are experiencing (although no snow yet in Nashville – at press time.)

“Possibly” by Ben Arthur

Seriously, if you haven’t checked out Ben Arthur’s latest project novel/album on Noisetrade.  Do it now! I will wait here.

“Homeless” by Paul Simon

My recent conversations with a friend about Paul Simon’s Graceland album prompted me to add it back into my rotation.

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“World Party” by The Waterboys

Supposedly Karl Wallinger got the name of his band from this song (per Wikipedia – so who knows), in any case, I love The Waterboys, I love this song, and I love World Party the band, so it’s all good.  Come on, let’s party, world! From Fishermen’s Blues.

“Making Breakfast” by Twin Peaks

So supposedly the band got their name from the restaurant chain and not the David Lynch series which is returning!!!!!  Rumor has it the restaurant chain’s name is also not a reference to the David Lynch series.  Still a good excuse to say that Twin Peaks the David Lynch series is returning in 2016.  The band are from Chicago, and I really dig this song. From their album Wild Onion.

“Next Time” by Satellite Sky

Satellite Sky are an Australian brother/sister rock duo currently based in L.A. I can’t remember where I got this song, but it appears to be a recent single.  It is not on any of the albums I could find listed.  I like it.

“Take it Off” by Alex Chilton

How about Alex Chilton on a Friday morning…  Take it all off!

“In the City” by J.R. Wyatt

Another appearance by phenomenal Nashville songwriter J.R. Wyatt in the shuffle.  Such a great voice and such great songs. 

“Caucasian Cancer” by The Danbury Lie

The Danbury Lie are flat out one of my favorite bands.  This song is from their latest release called Scattered Moments of Connection. The song is highly original and sooo good.  Check them out on Facebook and at Bandcamp.


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