Trending Tuesday Morning Shuffle – Alright, Alright Mix

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Good day, hepcats!  Had a blast seeing Matt Phillips and The Philharmonic out at Charlie Bob’s last night.  The band sounded fantastic and it was great hearing how much Matt’s sound has evolved since I saw him last year at Music City Roots (which was awesome, too by the way).  I hope he makes it back to Nashville for a more extended visit. 

Lots on the horizon, trying to keep all those juggles balled… no wait, that is not it…

It’s Tuesday!  Time to find out what we have “Trending” on E2TG. 

“Picture” by Jean Synodinos

First up, another track from Love and Blood the latest album from this Austin-based singer-songwriter.  I dig this album. 

“Stop this World” by Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue

Next, we have our first listen to this new album by a band made up of great bluesmen from California and Texas – including Mark Hummel and Anson Funderburgh.  The band’s self-titled album is due out April 15. This is authentically, real blues music.  Dig it!

“It’s Gonna Be (alright)” by Ricky Mirage

I am pretty sure (but won’t swear by it) that I was turned onto this record by a Facebook post of Aaron Lee Tasjan.  Ricky Mirage is the alter-ego of Chicago musician Nick Harris.  The album Pop Goes the Sun is a trippy, poppy good time. The last couple of tracks have been hanging around the playlists for a while – it is great when they come up.

“C Vitae” by Leapfrogtown

Another awesome track from Dreaming in Public.  I am really digging this band from London – so is my shuffle function.

“The End of Mystery” by Jason P. Krug

I think I am just figuring out what the term “Spirit Animal” means in popular vernacular.  It’s like a “Patronus” from Harry Potter, right?  Well, anyway, I think Jason P. Krug is my spirit animal. Long-time E2TG readers will recall that I have been writing about Jason’s old band Grimm Generation for several years – including an interview which was when I first felt like Jason was someone I knew – someone who could be me… He just released The Zen of Losing.  Expect a full discourse/treatise on the album  – which has blown me away upon initial listening. In the meantime, as logic would dictate, the first track up on the shuffle is the last track on the album.  The album comes with my highest recommendation.  It is about as real and raw and powerful as music gets these days.

“Stolen” by Elephant Revival

Elephant Revival released Sands of Now last year as a live album/DVD.  It was recorded at the Boulder Theater.  We have been featuring this one for several months – still have a couple more tracks to go.  Enjoy!

“I’m Alright” by Angela Easterling

If I had had one more song in the shuffle with “alright” in the title, I was going to subtitle this one, the Matthew McConaughey Mix. This is another from Common Law Wife. It is an infectious uplifting song for those days when life does not feel so uplifting.

“My Dog Thinks I Am” by Lori Kelley

Our second Lori Kelley song in as many days.  Lori is one of the best songwriters working today. I know she is beginning to get some songs cut by other performers. If Nashville knows what it is doing, this is a trend that will continue.  Awesome catchy songs with a lot of spirit and heart.

“Carpetbagger Song” by Richie Owens and The Farm Bureau

Richie and company just recently released Dia De Los Azules, and I got to hear the band tear through some of those new songs last Friday.  (This is a band you want to see live as often as you can – by the way). Today, we have a timely tune from the album Tennessee.  (Speaking for myself), I don’t think of everyone who moves to Nashville as a Carpetbagger… to me it is those people who come here and begin buying up and tearing down historical landmarks and putting up non-descript over-priced condos and trendy upscale mixed-use. This is becoming an all too frequent occurrence on Music Row and elsewhere in the city.  Anyway, this song is about that kind of person/enterprise. As someone said yesterday, if this trend does not stop soon, tour buses will soon drive down Music Row and tell the wide-eyed tourist, “see that Bed, Bath, and Beyond?, Elvis (Presley or Costello) once recorded in a studio that used to be on that spot.”  Editorial over… anyway a great tune from one of my favorite Nashville bands.  The band members have all been part of the local music scene for a long time.

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Featured Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Snow Day Mix

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A rare snow day off work, but the shuffle must go on….

Had a blast last night before the winter weather descended… a night at The Family Wash for a pair of CD Release shows by two of my favorite East Nashvillians.  Amelia White and The Blue Souvenirs (tonight featuring Sergio Webb, Justin Amaral, Megan Palmer, and Ron Eoff). Amelia’s new album is called Home Sweet Hotel.  Stone Cupid (Julie Christensen, Sergio Webb, Chris Tench, Bones Hillman, and Steve Latanation). Stone Cupid’s new album is called The Cardinal.  Amelia and band were wonderful as always, and Julie and Stone Cupid rocked the house.

To the shuffle:

“You Left the Water Running” by Amy Black

Amy Black kicks off our Snow Day shuffle with a classic Muscle Shoals song from her Muscle Shoals Session album.  This song has been recorded by many people including Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett.  The song was written by Dan Penn, Rick Hall, and Oscar Franks.

“The World Belongs to You” by Indigenous Engines

Andrew Adkins has a new album out under his own name, and we will get to that very soon, but this is another track from one of two EPs he released in 2015 under the Indigenous Engines name.  This song is from the EP Werewolves.

“St. Sinner” by Exedra

Some newer music from our a E2TG favorite Jeremy Gluck.  Exedra features Gluck along with Darrall Knight and Mark Elliott.  The album is called Elemental, and the music is ethereal, dreampoppy, shoegazey, and all kinds of awesome.

“Sorry” by Youngstrr Joey

Our second listen to London based Youngstrr Joey from Grilled Wiig.  Really digging this music.

“Exotica” by Exedra

An instrumental tune from Elemental… takes me to a different place….

“Promise” by Leapfrogtown

Our second listen to London based Leapfrogtown from Dreaming in Public.  I like this band a bunch.

“Columbus Stockade Blues” by Richie Owens and the Farm Bureau

Richie Owens and the Farm Bureau are getting ready to release the follow up to Tennessee (from which this track comes) which will be called Dia de los Azules. If the first single (which was recently released) and the recent live shows are any indication that album is going to be a great one. This track is a civil war story about a Tennessee boy being held in a Union prison in Columbus, Georgia.

“Elevator” by Artur U and the New City Limits

This is, I think, our last track to feature from Holiday  From Eternity.  The “Earie” award winning Finnish band have promised some big plans for 2016.  “Elevator” is one of my favorite songs from the current album, and it has a pretty infectious groove to it.   

“Backbone” by Zachariah Red

Hopefully you read my recent review of Backbone. If not, it is now up on No Depression so give it a read.  This is the title track from the album which is now available on iTunes if that is your preferred outlet.  The live video (for a different song)  features Zach along with some of favorite Nashville folks, Taylor Alexander, Drew Kohl, and Lindsay Ellyn.

“Ode to a Friend” by Jon Magnusson

And we close out the shuffle with a moving song from a singer-songwriter from Stockholm.  His 3 song EP is called Dina drommar (with umlauts over the o that I do not know how to type).  This is the only English song on the EP. It is a tribute to a childhood friend who died at age 15.  It is extremely moving to me because I lost a friend at close to the same age – 35 years ago this month.

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Baby Out of Jail Mix

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Well, here we are.  Another late posting.  Tomorrow likely will be, too.  Let’s jump to it. Plus by stupid bluetooth earphones have bitten the dust.  Replacements are on their way.

We’ve been doing the “Earies” for about a week now.  I hope everyone is enjoying themselves.  I am coming up with winners faster than I am coming up with Award names…. but it’s all good.  I just hope I don’t forget anyone, but I probably will…

Today’s award is the “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues” Award.

The premise:  I have known for some time that Nashville is the home to some amazing blues players and music, but that fact came into sharp focus for me this year.  The other thing that came into sharp focus for me is that “The Blues” is not a narrow genre of music and it is very much alive and well in this middle year of the second decade of the new millennium.  This award is meant to recognize some of the best of the blues and it so happens both of this years winners come from Nashville, and they both bring their own unique twist to the genre.

The Award goes to Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen  and Eight O’Five Jive.

Ted Drozdowski is a journalist and scholar of the Blues and an amazing guitar player.  With his trio, he brings Mississippi to Nashville and rolls into a sweet psychedelic coating while telling stories and blowing minds.  Love and Life was one of the best albums of the year and one of the best albums Ted Drozdowski has made.  An electrifying live act (no stage can contain Ted and no utensils or glassware are safe from being used as a guitar slide.

Eight O’Five Jive play upbeat, swinging jump blues that evokes an earlier era while remaining firmly rooted in the present.  Their album, Too Many Men, was smart and sexy and a whole lot of fun.  They won a couple of awards at this years Nashville Independent Music Awards including Best Blues Artist, and now they can add an “Earie” to their award cabinet,

On to the shuffle:

“Pissing At Will” by Ohioan

As I think I mentioned when I played them before, Ohioan are not from Ohio. They are from Tucson.   This is the a-side to their recent single. I grabbed this off of Aquarium Drunkard a few months back, and I like it a bunch.

“Fits and Starts” by Brian Keenan

The title track from the new album by Brooklyn singer-songwriter Brian Keenan.  I am really enjoying his new album.

“Goodbye Girl” by Squeeze

Originally the first single from Cool for Cats.  Another in a long string of classic songs by the newly reformed Squeeze.

“None of That Now” by Michelle Lewis

Michelle Lewis is a Boston singer-songwriter.  This track comes from her Live at Club Passim EP.  The video performance I found is from Belcourt Taps here in Nashville. 

“I’m Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail” by Porter Wagoner

I was introduced to this song on the Knitters’ Poor Little Critter on the Road album back in the latter part of the 1980s.  It struck me (not for the first time) that here I was a good Tennessee boy, and it took a bunch of L.A. punks to introduce me to classic country and western music.  Ah well…  I do remember Porter Wagoner coming to my hometown and stopping the in the store where my Mom worked.  So there is that.

“From Here to Burma” by Blake Babies

Another from the live Blake Babies album.  In the introduction to this song, they say it will be on an album some day, and it was included on the band’s album Earwig.

“Cumberland Mountain” by Richie Owens and the Farm Bureau

2015 “Earie” award winners, Richie Owens and the Farm Bureau with a song and story that comes from the same source material as the book, “Cold Mountain”.  At least I think that is what Richie told me… it had been a long night of big fun so I could have that wrong.

“Beggars and Choosers” by Soul Asylum

And we close out the shuffle with a song from one of my all time favorite albums, Hang Time.

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Featured Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Just the Same as Dyin’ Mix

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“Being afraid of living is just the same as dying.”  This line from Two Cow Garage seems like one of the most important for me to remember today.  More about Two Cow Garage and last night’s other great music is few…

First, the next 2015 E2TG “Earie” Award:

The premise:  “Kids these days.”  I write those words, but how did I mean it?  Was it said with exasperation, as it has been said for generations?  Well, in this case, that is not how it was meant. We live in a time of incredible possibilities – really!  Just thinking about music (keep in mind, I know next to nothing about the recording, mixing, mastering etc. process), the potential for DIY recording, distribution etc. seems pretty amazing.  But of course, availability of technology is just a part of the equation.  It is when and where ripe and fertile minds meet this “new” technology that things start to get exciting.  The driving force for me when it comes to music is the constant search for something new.  E2TG has always been (in part) a balancing act between incredible new music being made all over the globe  and maintaining a health appreciation and passion for the music that made the new music possible.  It’s about connections. Right?  Yes!  Some “kids” these days are using the tools of the day to make some really cool music, and sometimes, this exciting new music is forged by an appreciation of music way older than those who are making it.

About three years ago???? I was introduced (by Papa Tune’s – of course) to a young band of brothers from Connecticut called The Foresters.  At the time, I think only one of the brother was a teenager – the rest were pre-teens.  I made a joke that their average age was 10 3/4 but that their amps go up to eleven. (or something like that). The Foresters were a pop punk band – formed after the three brothers, named Nork, attended a Green Day concert and asked for a received instruments.  The early music was really good power, pop punk. Over the past couple of years, The Foresters have released a couple of EPs, recorded with and as several different side projects. The influences have expanded and diversified and the music has gotten more complex and better.  The band’s latest album, Sun Songs, finds the band reaching a new plateau – while the possibilities remain endless. A couple of years ago, the band were given the Hope For the Furure award by the Couch by Counchwest Music Festival. Well, the future is now, and The Foresters appear poised to find out what happens next – which at this moment is a 2015 “Earie”.  Actually, special mention for this award needs to go out to all of the artists on the band’s homegrown record label, Dord Music Group.

Congratulations to The Foresters – you are the 2015 “Kid These Days…” Award winners.

Last night was a quintessiential Nashville live music night – with some great shows going on in different venues.  Me, I hung out at The Five Spot.  Early, was a show featuring Fats Kaplin, Kristie Rose, Paul Burch, and more.  Later, I was introduced to my new favorite band.  They are called Red Collar from Durham, NC. They are a high energy, punk influenced band.  Austin Lucas – who I saw for the third time this year was as amazing as ever, and Two Cow Garage who I saw for the second time this year (and who barely made it due to mechanical issues) blew me away as they did the first time I saw them.

Tonight, I’m excited to see Jon Latham opening up for the legendary Malcolm Holcombe at The Basement (not East).

Now, we have a Featured Friday shuffle to close out the post-holiday work week.

“Darling Valentine” by Richie Owens and the Farm Bureau

2015 “Earie” award winning, Richie Owens and the Farm Bureau are up first in the shuffle with the first of a pair of songs today from Tennessee (the album and the state).

“Sweeten the Deal” by The Deadline Shakes

Another listen to infectious Glasgow band, The Deadline Shakes and a song from their album, Zealots.  

“L and N” by Richie Owens and the Farm Bureau

First of all, this title should have an ampersand rather than the word “and” but every time I use an ampersand I get really weird HTML formatting issues.  If anyone knows a way around that, shoot me a message – I’d prefer to get the song name right…  This is one of my favorite songs on the album Tennessee.

“Collateral Language” by Zaibatsu

A rocking instrumental – the last song on the album Zero from the Pregressive Rock band from Rome, Italy.

“Pinyin” by Batkhi Dahn

Batkhi Dahn is the brain child of Hayden Nork, the middle brother of the “Earie” Award winning The Foresters.  Pinyin is the latest single from Batkhi Dahn – this is the a-side.  There are some really awesome things happening here.

“This Broken Gall Bladder Wants to Kill Me” by Bashful Hips

This is the final song on Too Old for a Coming of Age Story – from experimental artist – Bashful Hips.

“Into Your Arms” by The Naddiks

This is our last track to post from the 21CB album.  The Naddiks are from Canberra. They have a new single called “Stop Listen and Love” which delivers an important anti-bullying message.  Look that up – we will get to that one soon.

“Used To” by Brian Keenan

Another listen to Fits and Starts the new album from Brooklyn singer-songwriter Brian Keenan.  I like this song a bunch.

“One of These Days” by Jeremy Nash

Another from Get Away Driver – from Nashville (via New York) singer-songwriter Jeremy Nash.

“If We Don’t Find Love Tonight” by Barney Goodall and The NightHawks

A first listen, and one I was very impressed with.  From Liverpool, this is some pretty cool, music which brings to mind Nick Cave or Tom Waits.  The video I found is of Barney Goodall doing a Wait’s song which gives me one more chance to plug the Tom Waits tribute and benefit tomorrow night at The 5 Spot. I will be there late – after Drivin’ ‘n’ Cryin’.

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Weird-O Mix

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Let’s face it.  The world is a scary place, however, the antidote for the very natural fear is always love. Music heals.  Even, as it was Friday, a musical event was a target… music still has the power to heal.  Above all, I invite and encourage everyone – regardless of ideologies or political leanings to avoid knee-jerk reactions (which are almost always based upon fear of some kind) and take a breath and wait for facts to become clear.

Here at E2TG, our job is to bring you music from the sublime to the silly to the serious.  Think of our little playlist as a respite from whatever it is that you need a respite from…..

Friday night began with a visit to one of my favorite weekly events – I dare say it is one of Nashville’s hidden gems (hidden in plain sight).  Tim Carroll has been playing a weekly Rock and Roll Happy Hour at The 5 Spot for a long time.  What you get: a casual and fun atmosphere, great music from Tim and his band along with Luella, No Cover (Tips welcome and encouraged), and 1/2 priced drinks from 6-8.  The music usually goes from 6-8:30 and the band does not take a break.  It is a superb way to start your Friday night plans.

After that – this week, I headed to the Basement East to see Sam Outlaw open for an ultra rare reunion of Bare Jr.  Sam Outlaw was awesome (and he was joined by a long time #E2TG favorite Shelly Colvin).  Bare Jr. quite simply rocked the house. Delivering their entire album, Boo-Tay – they closed the night with an epic mash-up of The Cars’ “My Best Friend’s Girl” and The Who’s “Baba O’Riley”.  It was loud and raucous and man was it fun.

Sunday Night found me back at “The Beast” for another edition of East Nashville Songwriter’s Club. This time with Sally Jaye, Zach Schmidt, and the one and only David Olney.  It was an awesome evening of music. 

Then, I headed over to The Building – possibly for the last time before that great space closes.  Kira Hooks, Tom Schreck, and Yosi Mesbah offered up prime examples of the diversity of talent in this very vibrant local music scene.

On to our shuffle:

“Father Time” by Dan Martin

Another superb track from Oklahoma songwriter Dan Martin’s Hoka Hey album.  I strongly recommend checking out this album.   On a side note, I have some big plans for #E2TG in 2016 which I am keeping close to the vest as I continue to fine tune those plans.  One thing of interest to me are the different places in the world where some pretty awesome musical movements seem to be bubbling up.   I tend to focus mostly on Nashville/East Nashville because that is where I am, but I am equally encouraged by the music I hear coming out of places like Oklahoma.  Part of my plan is coming up with feasible and unique ways of covering all of those different “scenes”. 

“Andrew, You’re Horizontal Again” by Venkman

Venkman are a band from Lichfield in the midlands section of the UK. Their new record is called Kakkorhaphiophobia.  It has elements of pop, funk, jazz and more with some delicious boy/girl harmonies.                                                                         

“Marathon Car” by Richie Owens and the Farm Bureau

Another from the outstanding Tennessee album. The song pays tribute to an automobile brand that was manufactured in Nashville a little over a century ago.  The Marathon Motor Works building is now a pretty interesting mixed-use development that includes a music venue, Lightning 100, a whiskey distillery, and Antique Archeology.

“Elinor Slomba” by Discount Ravioli

It always brings me great joy when a Discount Ravioli song comes up in the shuffle.  The music is so ridiculously fun.  This is one is a tribute to the mother of one of the members of the band.  Who knows when or if Discount Ravioli will record again – maybe the next time this kids get hopped up on sugar and stay up to late and somebody has the good sense to turn on the recorder.  I can’t find a video of the band, so I substituted another Dord Music Group band called The Urinal Cakes. Enjoy.

“Ship of Fools” by Soul Asylum

From Made to Be Broken.  A prime example of the awesomeness of early Soul Asylum.

“Bombora” by The Atlantics

A fine bit of early period Australian surf rock music.  From 1963.

“Big Time Nashville Star” by Shakey Graves

From his 2014 album, And the War Came.  Dig it.

“Down Home Summertime Blues” by Norman Blake

Norman Blake was a leading figure in the early 1970s Bluegrass revival.  This track originally included on his 1972 debut album Back Home In Sulphur Springs can be found on Rounder Records 45th Anniversary Collection which you can get via Noisetrade.com.

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Toy Balloon Mix

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Reason I love Nashville #(somemadeupnumber…prettybigI’dguess):

To be able to say that I saw Brock Zeman, Blair Hogan, Darrin Bradbury, Megan Palmer, Lilly Hiatt, Jesse Lafser, John Jackson, Brian Wright, Aaron Lee Tasjan and more….  and for that to be in one night not over the course of a week or a month.  You know – Monday night!

Brock and Blair will be playing as part of $2 Tuesday at The 5 Spot tonight.  Aaron Lee will be part of a line-up at ACME Feed and Seed sponsored by No Country for New Nashville.  You probably won’t be able to do both, but you should definitely done one or the other if you around. 

Probably the highlight of the night was Brian Wright and his incredible band that included Aaron Lee Tasjan on guitar ripping through an mind-blowing version of Big Wilson River’s “Astronaut”.  Long time and careful readers of this blog will remember that Big Wilson River was a Featured Artist/Band way back in 2012.  They were probably in the process of breaking up when I was featuring them, and I kind of lost touch until head BWR dude, Darrin Bradbury showed up in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Nashville in late 2013.  Anyway, it was a really amazing version of the song, and I was trying to record it when my stupid phone ran out of memory and then didn’t save the part I did record.  Fortunately there is a video someone made floating around. 

Here is the original:

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On to the shuffle:

“Pigeon River Flood” by Richie Owens and the Farm Bureau

Tennessee – the latest album by Richie Owens and the Farm Bureau is roots rocking history lesson – filled with stories about the state in which I live. Richie Owens and the two other members of the Farm Bureau – John Reed and Brian O’Hanlon –  have been on the front lines of the Nashville independent music scene since the 1980s.  The double historical perspective of this record combined to make this a remarkable achievement and a really fun record, too.   See them live if you ever get the opportunity.

“Into My Arms” by Jesse and Noah

The latest Jesse and Noah release Brethen: Acoustic Covers Ep features the duo covering a diverse collection of songs – including this Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds song.  Check it out.  Jesse and Noah also have a pretty unique historical perspective being the sons and nephews of the legendary Bellamy Brothers.  They are working on a new record, and we have a track cued up and waiting for the shuffle gods to release it. 

“Quietly and Slow” by Man Named Pearl

I am really digging the sound of this new record – Quietus Make – which really pushes the envelope wonderfully in terms of what “folk” music can be.  This track features trippy and haunting a cappella vocals singing words that sound pretty until you really listen to them… with claps and stomps and some back-masking at the very end. 

“The Battlefields” by Liberty’s Exiles

Liberty’s Exiles are a progressive rock band from London.  Their new album, The Price of Immortality is a 79 minute long concept album about a small planet where dying is not allowed. 

“Waiting on June” by Holly Williams

This incredibly powerful and moving song is the closing track from William’s 2013 album, The Highway.  The song is written for and about Holly Williams’ maternal grandparents.  Her other set of grandparents were Hank and Audrey Williams.

“Your Children’s Children” by Carolina Story

We next have another lovely song from the recently release Noisetrade compilation from this Nashville duo.  This on is from their EP Chapter One.

“Broken Down Morals” by The Killing Condition

Because this is E2TG, it only makes sense that we would transition to some extreme brutal death metal from upstate New York. If someone tries to tell me that extreme brutal death metal and Americana music have no connecting threads… I will just refer them to Todd Farrell Jr.

“No Easy Way Down” (Carole King cover) by Matthew E. White

And we close out the shuffle with this track – which we got via Aquarium Drunkard which finds modern soul visionary Matthew E. White taking on a song by songwriting legend Carole King.  I could not find a video of this song, so I included a Matthew E. White song and Carole King’s original and I will leave it to you to work that all out for yourself.  Unless you can still find it at Aquarium Drunkard.

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Featured Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Usually From a Can Mix

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Had a good time last night celebrating Andrew Leahey’s birthday at The 5 Spot.  Darrin Bradbury was on point with a set that featured some old favorites and some excellent new (and newish) songs.  Lauren Farrah was most excellent – I have been fortunate enough to catch her a few times recently, and she kills it every time.  And the birthday boy rocked this house with his incredible band, The Homestead – playing several songs from his record which is due out in April.

On to the shuffle: Almost every Friday is Featured Friday on #E2TG.  Which means, I shuffle songs from a playlist (a subset of the regular playlist) loaded with songs from artists/albums that I want to spotlight.  Here is the latest….

“Making My Escape” by All the King’s Men

All the King’s Men are a Manchester band who offer a kind of modern take on classic rock (in the best sense of that term).  This song is the title track from their new album which I believe will be released at the end of this month. 

“Your Own Best Friend” by D.L. Duncan

We have another song from D.L. Duncan’s awesome self-titled album. I really love this song.  It is “feel good” music of the highest caliber. I can’t remember if I mentioned it yesterday, but Sonny Landreth also contributed some awesome slide guitar on this album.

“Franklin Town” by Richie Owens and the Farm Bureau

Richie Owens and the Farm Bureau released Tennessee well over a year ago, but I really wanted to feature it now, because I want more people to check it out.  This is the second track on the album – which is a history lesson about the Volunteer State set against a grooving roots rock soundtrack.

“Nimbus (Ta-Ku Interpretation)” by Rich Robbins

Today we have the title track from Rich Robbins amazing debut album, Nimbus.  Robbins has a way with words, and I really love what he is doing here.  I feel utterly unqualified to comment on this as a hip hop record, I just know that I love it.

“Swan Jeremy” by The Foresters

Another one from Sun Songs, the stunning recent album by The Foresters of Bethany, Connecticut.  The growth and maturity of this young band over the last couple of years that I have been following them, is nothing short of unbelievable.  Forming after attending a Green Day show and initially writing and recording some excellent pop/punk music.  The hard work and dedication they seem to be putting into their art and their craft is inspiring and admirable.  The result is that Sun Songs is at once one of my favorite records of the year and clearly just a taste of what we can hope to see in the future from the band.  

“Picture Perfect” by The Poorhouse Says

Our friends from St. Louis return to the shuffle with another track from their album As Patterns Go.  I highly recommend checking out the band and the album.  Hearing this reminds me that I am very overdue to reply to a message from these guys. Sorry and expect something this weekend.

“The Fearless Seed” by The Unravelling

Another dose of progressive metal from Tear a Hole in the Collective Vision.

“The Trouble with Drinkin'” by Aaron Lee Tasjan   

And, we close out the shuffle and the work week with the lead track from In the Blazes which upon its release transitioned from being one of the most highly anticipated albums of the year to one of the best.  There are just a handful of writers working today to write songs that are funny, intelligent, moving, and that leads you to tell everyone you know to check it out. Aaron Lee Tasjan is at the top of that list.  He will be in Memphis tonight.  His performance with an all-star band at the Americana kick-off event and more recently at his Nashville release show at The Basement provided some of the best and most entertaining music that I have ever experienced.  And this song! window.amznpubstudioTag = “eartothegro00-20”;

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