Throwback Thursday Morning Shuffle – No Secrets To Reveal Mix

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As I predicted, last night was fun.  Tim Carroll, Tommy Womack, Jon Byrd, Joe Nolan, and Andrew Adkins put on one of the best and most diverse songwriter events I have seen in a long time – at The Country.  They are all excellent songwriters coming from different backgrounds and working in and out of different genres or styles of music, and together they represented well the rich tapestry of Music City.

In a rare moment of perfect timing, I had just enough time to say my goodbyes at The Country, and I made my way to The 5 Spot for Sara Syms, Carrie Welling, and Lindsay Ellyn.  Sara Syms sounded fantastic as always with her excellent band. 

Carrie Welling (who I had seen once before) has some great songs and an amazing voice. She was backed by a guitar player. 

It has been a little while since I had seen Lindsay Ellyn doing a full band show, and it was every bit as good as I remember it.  Her song, “Glory, Glory” became a joyous sing-a-long.

Beyond all the hype, the truth remains that there is a ton of great music going on just about every night in Nashville.

Tonight , I recommend Darrin Bradbury at Little Harpeth Taproom, Fats Kaplin with guest Paul Burch at The 5 Spot, Beet Root Revival at The Basement,  and The Cordovas at The Family Wash.  While, it is logistically impossible to hit all of these shows, I highly recommend any of them.

Well, it is Thursday – let’s throw it back…

“Yesterday’s Wine” by Willie Nelson

As I think I mentioned, I recently read Michael Streissguth’s excellent book Outlaw: Waylon, Willie, Kris, and The Renegades of Nashville.  Inspired, I added a bunch of Waylon, Willie, and Kris to my playlist.  Here is Willie with the title track to his 1971 concept album.

“Good Hearted Woman” by Waylon Jennings

Speaking of Waylon, Willie and Kris.  This song was written by Waylon and Willie in 1969, and it was released as the title track to his 1972 album.  There are a lot of interesting comparisons to be made to what has happening musically in Nashville in the early 1970s and what is happening musically in Nashville today.

“The Anchor” by Minutemen

By early Minutemen standards, The Anchor is an epic. Clocking in at 2:30, it is the longest song on their second album What Makes a Man Start Fires?

“Our Lips Are Sealed” by Fun Boy Three

This song was written by Jane Wiedlin and Terry Hall.  Wiedlin’s band, The Go-Go’s released the song first – it was the debut single by the California All-Female band.  Hall’s short-lived but highly successful band, Fun Boy Three released this version of the song in 1983 as a single from the band’s second and final album, The Waiting.  The Fun Boy Three version was a bigger hit in the UK than The Go-Go’s version.

“Skeleton Crew” by Webb Wilder

Another from Hybrid Vigor, Wilder’s 1989 album.  Wilder is still very active today, and his most recent album, Mississippi Moderne has received wide-spread critical acclaim.

“Crunch” by Pylon

From Pylon’s 1990 album, Chain which was recorded following the band’s reformation in 1989.  The band has originally broken up in 1983, but experienced a resurgence due to R.E.M.’s  cover of their song, Crazy, on the Dead Letter Office compilation and numerous mentions in the documentary Athens, Ga: Inside Out.

“Withered and Died” by Richard and Linda Thompson

Richard and Linda Thompson made some amazing music back in the day.  This song was from their classic 1974 album, I Want to See the Bright Light’s Tonight. It was later covered by Elvis Costello (released as a Bonus Track for the 1995 CD Release of his 1984 album Goodbye Cruel World).

“Even Cowgirls Get the Blues” by Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings

Rodney Crowell wrote this song – inspired by Tom Robbins 1976 novel.  Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings released the song on their 1986 album, Heroes. Another one, I downloaded after reading the Outlaw book.

“Don’t Look At Me” by Gear Daddies

From their 1990 album, Billy’s Live Bait. In a serendipitous moment, the band are kicking off a reunion tour in Sioux Falls, South Dakota tonight.

“Deacon Jones” by Louis Jordan

I am currently reading a book called The Chitlin Circuit and the Road to Rock and Roll by Preston Lauterbach.  Inspired by that, I have added some songs by artists mentioned in that book.  This song by “The King of the Jukebox” goes back to 1944.


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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Rich After Than Before Mix

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One of those moment where music connects me to a moments in my life: I went to The 5 Spot last night to see songwriting legend Don Schlitz, who has written so many great songs including several Mary Chapin Carpenter songs and Forever and Ever, Amen.  He was pretty phenomenal and funny, but when he sang The Gambler which was the first of his songs to be recorded, I literally felt the hair stand up on the back of my neck.  I was twelve years old when The Gambler was released, and you heard it everywhere.  When I was in seventh grade, a girl asked me out (a first for me), and when I called her we talked about a lot of things and I asked her what music she liked and we talked about Kenny Rogers and this song. Later, when I turned 21 and went to buy beer and get carded, that same girl was working in the convenience store where I went and she didn’t even card me.  A few years ago, I heard that girl (woman) had been killed in a car accident.  Anyway, all those thoughts went through my head as I sang along to the words I still knew so well. Oh and I got to “fist bump” Don Schlitz last night.  Pretty cool…

To the shuffle:

“Packington’s Pound/The Almaine” by David Schnaufer

I was in my late teens maybe, and mostly a fan of punk, post-punk, and whatever we called Alternative music before we called it alternative music, and I was a big fan of a lot of bands in the Nashville “underground” scene of that time.  One of my favorite bands from that time was Walk the West, and they had a spin of group called The Cactus Brothers and I saw The Cactus Brothers a few times and they often had David Schnaufer playing with them, and up until that point, I didn’t know that I liked the sound of the mountain dulcimer.

“Train Beat Songs” by Matt Prater

A great song that answers the question non-musicians have about why musicians keep going day after day for little or no monetary reward. 

“Huesos Solos” by The Ghoul Goes West

A gorgeous sounding song from my new friends from Arkansas from their album Ghosts and Bones and Blood and Things.  The Ghoul Goes West are playing their first post album release show in Fayetteville, Arkansas on April 25.  If you are in the area, get on this.  If you know someone who lives nearby, get them on this.  Here the link to the Facebook event.

“Yr Soul-less Ass” by Poledo

Poledo were a Canadian alternative band active during the mid 1990s. I came across this track rather randomly, and I like it.  It is from the band’s only full-length album released while they were together called There, You.

“The Little Beggar Girl” by Richard and Linda Thompson

Richard and Linda Thompson made some amazing music during their time together.  From the album, I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight, this is one of my favorites.

“Fade Into You” by J. Mascis

The Dinosaur Jr. guy doing the Mazzy Star hit.  From a single released earlier this year.

“The Barber” by Matt Prater

Our second Matt Prater song in today’s shuffle and probably my favorite track on his fantastic album Tables and Chairs which was released earlier this year.  An evocative story of a small town barber… song takes me back to barber shops I visited as a child.

“Breakfast in the Field” by Michael Hedges

Late guitar virtuoso Michael Hedges.  The original of this song was the title track of his 1981 debut album, and the version I heard today was from his 1987 album Live on the Double Planet. 

“Where Things Get Lost” by Tim Lee 3

Where Things get lost is on the new Tim Lee 3 album, 33 1/3. I dig this song. Tim Lee 3 are a great band and they are good people.  Here is the link to where you can buy their stuff. Do it!

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Tuesday Afternoon Music Shuffle – Iced In Part II Mix

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Still at home, even more bored, but I did finally join seemingly everyone on my Facebook news feed and finally watched the SNL 40 special.

Lesley Gore passed away yesterday. I can’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve referenced her most famous song.

On to today’s shuffle:

1.  “We Sing Hallelujah”  by Richard and Linda Thompson

From I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight… Probably my favorite Richard and Linda Thompson album.  I love almost every song on it.  

2. “The Guns of Brixton” by The Clash

From London Calling…  Oh man, I love this song… such a great groove!

3. “Shit, Damn, Motherfucker” by D’Angelo

From Brown Sugar….  With D’Angelo getting so much attention from his long delayed third album, why not go back twenty years to his first album from 1995.  

4. “Holocaust” by Big Star

From Third/Sister Lovers…  Sister Lovers is such a devastatingly broken masterpiece and Holocaust is pretty the epitome of broken pop genius. 

5. “Don’t Matter to Me” by KaiL Baxley

From Heatstroke/The Wind and The War…  I have just now become acquainted with KaiL Baxley who is a California (by way of South Carolina) blues musician, and I like what I’ve heard so far – very much. 

6. “I’m a Fool to Want You” by Bob Dylan

From Shadows in the Night… When you are Bob Dylan, you can make an album of Frank Sinatra covers and people will eat it up…mainly because it is pretty darn awesome.

7. “Make It Alone” by Walter Egan

From Not Shy…  From the same album as his mega hit “Magnet and Steel”, Egan now resides in Franklin, TN. 

8. “Undertaken” by The Transcendents

From The Transcendents… My shuffle function loves this band, as do I.  I’m still digesting how to write about the music, but on Facebook, they list their genre as Noir, and that seems about as good as anything I can come up with. It’s like dark, murky folk music coming from distant place that you’ve been before.  That sentence is either pure genius or completely ridiculous… I haven’t decided yet, but I’m going to let it stand. 

9. “Inside Out” by Spoon

From They Want My Soul….  I can’t say that I’ve listened to as much Spoon as I could have, so I’m glad my friend included two songs on his annual mix CDs.

10. “I Don’t Need to Know” by Jeremy Gluck and Robert Coyne

From Memory Deluxe: I Knew Buffalo Bill 2…   I am really enjoying this album from Flickknife Records in the UK.  It’s a great sounding record.


Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – If You Don’t Know Mix

Getting back on schedule…

ICYMI:  Check out my review of Dale Watson and Rosie Flores at Exit/In.

If you are in Nashville this evening, head on over to City Winery Nashville. A great night of music is on tap with #E2TG Artist of the Year Darrin Bradbury kicking things off at 8:00 sharp so don’t be late. $5.00 to hear some really great people make really cool music.

“Love For Tender” by Elvis Costello and the Attractions

I don’t know about you, but for me any morning that starts off with Elvis Costello can’t be all bad.  From Get Happy!

“Tennessee Plates” by John Hiatt

A classic song from John Hiatt’s Slow Turning album. About stealing one of Elvis’ Cadillacs….

“My Felon Girlfriend” by Don Dixon

Don Dixon had a hand in creating the sound that dominated by musical formative years.  Best known as co-producer of the first two R.E.M. albums as well as the many other great records he produced, Dixon is also one hell of a songwriter.  This song comes from his most recent solo record called High and Filth and Borderline.

“Knowing Me” by J.R. Wyatt

A brief but really rad song from Empty Room Sessions.

“Don’t Say No” by Tom Tom Club

Another great song from Boom Boom Chi Boom Boom.  This runs counter to the message I got handed in school via Nancy Reagan. Hmm, who should I listen to? Nancy Reagan or Chris and Tina? What do you think?

“Lawyers, Guns and Money” (Warren Zevon cover) by Magnolia Electric Co.

Magnolia Electric Co covering Warren Zevon is truly sublime. RIP Jason Molina and Warren Zevon. This is from a Daytrotter session in 2009.

“Soul II Soul” by Flo Mega

Okay. So this was a random download from Freegal. Flo Mega is from Germany and this is some funky ass shit.  I rate it a “hell yes!”. From the album Mann uber Bord.

“Has He Got a Friend for Me” by Richard and Linda Thompson

This song came on as I began my solitary walk toward the office. A perfect somber song for this grey morning. From I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight. 

“Nobody’s Singin'” by Matt King

This is the penultimate song from our run-through of Matt King’s stripped down album Raw.  As we await new music from King and his new band, Killing Street.

“Conclusion of the Railway Earth” by Jack Kerouac with Al Cohn and Zoot Sims

We close out the shuffle with ten minutes of Kerouac spitting the beat poetry. The recording includes some studio banter before and after the poetry.  From Blues and Haikus.


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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – The Motel Angels Sing Mix

Temperatures started plunging yesterday in Nashville, but your favorite music blogger didn’t let that stop him from exploring some of the city’s mid-week music offerings.  And neither did I.  Here’s the scorecard: 1. Hanging out with one of my favorite musician’s managers and a top notch Nashville singer/songwriter and watching the granddaughter of an outlaw country music legend rock the house. 2. Meeting said granddaughter and some of her band. 3. Watching three of the absolute best songwriters around kick off their tour. 4. Making triumphant return to Fran’s Eastside (first time since December 17?) and hanging with some cool folks and hearing some amazing music from some of my insanely talented friends.  Yeah!

This morning, it was as cold as… well you’ll have to come up with your own saying, I’m still too cold to think straight.  Here are the songs that valiantly tried to keep me warm… well they sure made being cold more tolerable.

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Okay, if you consider yourself a fan of modern folk music, and you haven’t heard Richard Thompson’s Rumor and Sigh (or even if you haven’t heard it in a while) then you need to remedy that shit, and I mean now.

“Junkie Love” by Darrin Bradbury

Always a highlight of his live shows…. ladies and gentlemen, the 2014 Artist of the Year for Ear to the Ground! Lesson: when you are in a crappy motel room in New Orleans, and you overhear an interesting conversation in the adjacent room, you put a cup up to the wall and you write that shit down. From the demo collection, When a Car Becomes a House.  Maybe, probably a fleshed out version of this song will be on the forthcoming Darrin Bradbury album.

“Too Much of a Good Thing” by The Sons (featuring Bret Reilly)

Okay, this song is from the Dumb and Dumber Soundtrack, and in my haphazard research, I could not find out anything more about the band or the featured guest.  I found one band called The Sons who broke up some time recently, but it does not appear to be the same band.  It’s a cool song.

“I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You” by The Hold Steady

Sometimes events prompt me to add certain artists to my active playlist.  In late December, Darrin Bradbury was part of a sold out show in New York that featured Craig Finn of The Hold Steady.  Hence, I added this song to the list.  I’m pretty much absolutely glad I did. This is from their latest album, Teeth Dreams.

“Common Mistake” by The Bad Years

Another track from Noisetrade’s Best of What’s Next 2015 playlist.  The Bad Years are from Los Angeles, and Common Mistake is their first single.  Check them out.

“Killing Time” by Dead and Lovely

More from the talented new Nashvillian’s who call themselves Dead and Lovely.  A perfect soundtrack to the beginning of my single digit walk.

“American Dreaming” by Killing Kuddles

The latest music from our favorite punk folk rockers/folk punk rockers. Killing Kuddles is from Atlanta and is associated with the Autumn + Color label.  Hoping to hear much more music in 2015.  In the meantime, get this tune… it rocks!

“No One is Lost” by Stars

Stars is a Montreal band.  This appears to be their latest single, and the title track from their latest album which was released in October.  Groovy tune.

“Down Where The Drunkards Roll” by Richard and Linda Thompson

Another reason why I like using the shuffle to decide the songs and their order each day…  If I had contrived a playlist that began with Richard Thompson’s “God Loves a Drunk” and ended with Richard and Linda Thompson’s “Down Where the Drunkards Roll”, I would have probably chickened out thinking it was too contrived.  But, since it was the shuffle making the decision for me, I can just sit back and revel in the wonder of beginning and ending the shuffle this way. 


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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Election Analysis Mix

With just 8 hours left to vote, just 8 votes separates first and second place in our Band of the Month Poll.  If you haven’t voted, the poll is over on the left sidebar.  Just make your selection and click on the appropriate box and hit the Vote button.

We have 5 classic tracks to present today so let’s get to it.

 Sometime back, Rolling Stone came out with one of their Best Albums of all time lists, and I perused that list and began acquiring some of  the albums which struck my fancy.  By this time, I was familiar with Richard Thompson, but didn’t know much about his lengthy career.  Ryko reissued a bunch of Richard and Linda Thompson stuff, and I picked up this album along with the also excellent, Shoot Out the Lights. First up on my shuffle today, is the title track – I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight – which is one of my favorites songs of all time.  To find out more about the album just click on the album cover above.

 I have often said, in a perfectly just world, this album would have gone multi-platinum and Marshall Crenshaw would be the biggest name on the planet.  His catalog which began with this eponymous album includes some of the of the purest pop music of all time.  Someday, Someway is one of his most well known songs.  Since, it is not a perfectly just world, I will continue to write and speak about Marshall Crenshaw and his brilliant career.  If you’re already a fan, drag out your old vinyl, cassette or CD or fire up your MP3 player and give a listen.  If you’re not yet a fan, start your Marshall Crenshaw collection by checking out his debut by clicking the link above.

Starburst (K-Tel, 1978)I was 12 years old in 1978, and still a few years away from having my life changed by rock ‘n’ roll. But in retrospect the Starburst 2 Record Set pictured above may have foreshadowed my future as a super fan of music. Here is a rundown of the music contained on these two slabs of vinyl.

Starburst (K-Tel, 1978)

Record One / Side One:
Shadow Dancing – Andy Gibb
Hot Child In The City – Nick Guilder
Shame – Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King
Boogie Nights – Heatwave
Every Kinda People – Robert Palmer
Record One / Side Two:
It’s A Heartache – Bonnie Tyler
Handy Man – James Taylor
Emotion – Samantha Sang
Smoke From A Distant Fire – The Sanford/Townsed Band
Record Two / Side One:
Two Out of Three Ain’t Band – Meat Loaf
My Angel Baby – Toby Beau
Too Much, Too Little, Too Late – Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams
I’m Not Goona Let It Bother Me Tonight – Atlanta Rhythm Section

Record Two / Side Two:
Dance With Me – Peter Brown
You & I – Rick James Stone Band
Get Off – Foxy
I Can’t Stand the Rain – Eruption
Baby Hold On – Eddie Money

There were a few songs that my younger self dug,  but for whatever reason the Nick Gilder song, Hot Child in the City stuck with me. The driving guitar, the falsetto voice, the risque lyrics and the androgynous picture of Nick Gilder on the record jacket… To an impressionable kid from a small college town in Tennessee, this was a new world.  I still love the song today….  I can’t tell you where you can find a copy of Starburst, but if you want to check out The Best of Nick Gilder click on the album cover above.

 A few years after I bought the Starburst album, a new cable television channel burst on the scene.  Yes, kids, what you’ve been told is true – at one time MTV stood for Music Television.  In those days, music videos were pretty rare.  Newer bands were more likely to make a video than established artists.  As a result, I got introduced to a whole slew of bands I’m not sure if I would ever been exposed to if it weren’t for MTV. Love Plus One was one of  those songs that got in my head. Looking back, it’s a slightly cheesy bit of 80s pop candy, but when I first saw the video, it was something fresh and new.   You can revel in the majesty that is Haircut 100 by clicking on the album cover above to read more about the Deluxe Edition of Pelican West which contains, Love Plus One.

I don’t have a big story to go with Little Bribes by Death Cab for Cutie.  Just to say, I really love this song.  Check out The Open Door EP by clicking on the album cover above.

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History Lesson (Songs) #1 – Driver 8 – R.E.M.

A good while back, I created a playlist on my MP3 player called ‘100’.  It was kind of my 100 favorite songs of all time – except I’m fickle – so it was really just 100 songs I really, really like. Over time, I would get another songs I really, really liked and just added to this list.  Eventually, the ‘100’ playlist had grown to about 113.  Occasionally, I would look at the list and make edits add or delete to suit my current fancy.  Just the other day, I whittled down the list back to 100.  Rest assured this is still not a definitive list – it will change, but it’s a good survey of some cool songs that have helped to shape my musical tastes. I would like to begin here in presenting this songs for your infotainment. Many of you will probably at least be aware of most of these songs, but you never know, and I know I sure need a memory jolt every once in awhile.  Shall we begin…

Fables of the Reconstruction (or Reconstruction of the Fables – which I always preferred)  (1985) was R.E.M.’s third album and marked a new era for the band.  They recorded in England with veteran producer Joe Boyd after recording their first two albums with Mitch Easter and Don Dixon. Boyd had produced Fairport Convention, Richard and Linda Thompson, Nick Drake and Jimi Hendrix among others. In 1985, he also produced The Wishing Chair by 10,000 Maniacs. Maybe not coincidentally, I saw R.E.M. and 10,000 Maniacs together in November of 1985.

For some reason, I’ve always connected with Fables more than other R.E.M. album.  Their unique brand of Southern mysticism and Gothic charm somehow coalesced on this release. Songs like Green Grow the Rushes and Wendell Gee and especially Driver 8 felt true and relevant to me. I’ve always believed it was due to my having grown up in the South and yet always having felt like a stranger in my own land.

“And the train conductor said…” Trains have always been powerful symbols for me. At the same time, they are symbols of progress and relics of an earlier time. Train tracks were symbols of the possibility of escape and a tie to the bigger world beyond what I know.

“Fields of wheat are looking thin…”  The imagery of a train passing through fields of wheat… I grew up in a smaller town, but I usually think of myself as a city boy, but and so there is a romantic notion of farms and rural America.

“The power lines have rotors so the airplanes don’t get smashed…”  Despite all of the talk about the negative health impact of those tall, high-tension power lines, I’ve also been drawn to these towers. Like the railroad tracks, the power lines were a connection.  Growing up without the internet, and feeling the need for their to be more to the world than the little piece I knew, I needed reminders of the world outside my window. Books and music and less railroad tracks served that purpose and helped me through my young life (which in retrospect wasn’t so bad after all, but trying telling that to my younger self).

It’s been over 25 years now, and I still haven’t grown tired of this song, and now it takes me back to a world which no longer exists and to a time which is long gone.  As the Gunslinger said, “The world has moved on.”

(The song) 

 (The album)

Next up, Travelin’ Light by Peter Case