Featured Friday Morning Shuffle – Grand Coulee Dam Mix

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Okay… so I feel like I am limping (battered and bloody) into the weekend, but it is Friday…

Friday is the day when we randomly shuffle songs from our Featured Friday playlist which is a playlist of songs we want to feature. 

Did I mention it’s Friday?  And that we have some songs to feature? I did? Good! I think that cover it.  Shuffle after the jump

“Mercy, Mercy” by Jean Synodinos

From her album, Love and Blood.  Synodinos just placed #9 among the top 10 songwriters and #6 among the best folk artists at the Austin Music Awards. I really dig her songs and her voice.

“Adultery” by Pony Girl

So, don’t be confused: Pony Boy is a singer-songwriter from LA/Nashville and she is a girl.  Pony Girl are from Canada, and they are boys and girls. Pony Girl released Foreign Life in November. This is, I think, our first listen, and I like what they are doing. It is highly original music – very refreshing. 

“Within This Skin” by Saint Cole

Next up, the title track from the debut EP from UK artist Saint Cole. I have been really digging this record, and it looks like Saint Cole has some new music out or soon to come out. 

“Walking on the Levee” by Kevin Gordon

From Long Gone Time… to me this is one of the stand out tracks from that album.  Always good to have a Kevin Gordon song come up in the shuffle…

“Polly’s Running Out of Patience” by the transcendents

E2TG favorites from Christchurch, NZ return to the shuffle with another excellent track. This is from the EP Common Ground.  That record is the latest release from the band, but they just recently teased, The Sun is Still Asleep.  I have my ear to the ground… I will keep you posted, or you can follow them on Facebook.

“Biggest Thing That Man Has Ever Done” by Brian Wright

So, way, way back on Music City Monday, our first shuffle of the week was one of my favorite Brian Wright songs, and now, here we are coming full circle to the last song of the last shuffle of the week… From the Café Rooster Sessions Vol. 1 – Wright’s take on the epic historical/morality song written by Woody Guthrie.  A very awesome way to end the week of shuffles…

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Featured Friday Morning Music Shuffle – All Over Before Mix

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I have seen the dystopian future of Buck Owens tribute bands, and it’s name is Buck N Stuff!

Okay, let me start from the beginning…  So, I ended up spending almost the same amount of time at The 5 Spot last night as I did at work yesterday.  No wonder I am tired today…

Paul Burch and the WPA Ballroom began their February residency with special guest Kevin Gordon who played lead guitar all night.  The band was hot, the songs were great, and the vibe of cool.  The only thing missed were the people.  Come on Nashville!  You got three more week of this residency.  You gotta get there!

The late show, kicked off with Darrin Bradbury  doing a pretty rare solo set and pulling out some chestnuts like “Zoey” (aka the ka-ka-cool song), “Conversation with Superman”, and “Yardsale”.  Jon Latham was up next accompanied by Sean Quinn.  Latham picked up on shoeless singer-songwriter mantle from Darrin Bradbury (who now wears shoes usually) and he did not hold back – making the pain of “Hand Me Down Heart” palpable. A highlight was his extended riffs on “Take It Easy” and “Boys of Summer” into his rendition of his summer anthem “Major Key”.

Next up, were two singer-songwriters that I was not familiar with:  Elli Perry who is in town working on a record, delivered a loose and awesome set with Robbie Crowell of Deer Tick playing drums and producer Adam Landry on bass.  For the last song, Crowell and Landry switched instruments. That last song was a soulful, slow motion dirge that was wildly unexpected and disorientingly awesome.

Chris Watts is a Louisiana born singer-songwriter – whose back story includes being shot in the leg while serving with the National Guard at the Superdome during Hurricane Katrina. Watts played with a stand-up bass player and a drummer – injecting pep and good humor into his songs.  He has a new CD coming soon, and he will be playing a CD release show in March at The City Winery.

The night ended (well past midnight) with the aforementioned Buck N Stuff.  This power trio lead by Adam Kurtz and featuring Cameron Carrus and Lemuel Hayes play nothing but Buck Owens songs, and they play them like you have never heard Buck Owens before.  This was their second ever live show (following a $2 Tuesday gig that I missed last week), and I am so glad I did not miss this one. The styles flew wildly from Reggae to Hard Rock/Punk to Cosmic Country – lots of echo-y vocals and looped guitar parts and Adam Kurtz bouncing all over and off the stage like the madman genius he is – all the while, Carrus and Hayes held the whole glorious mess together.   Hands down among the most fun sets I have seen a while.

Tonight, I will take in some of Tim Carroll Rock and Roll Happy Hour and then head over to The Country for The Tangled Hearts and Saint Luke’s Drifters. 

Oh, and we still have a featured Friday shuffle to get to….

“It’s Been All Over Before” by Tommy Womack

Another track from Tommy Womack’s Namaste album.  This song has he feel of an instant classic. It is first class truth-telling like all great song are.  Womack will be performing tomorrow night at Douglas Corner as part of an “in-the-round” show put on by Nashville Flipside and featuring Peter Cooper, David Olney, and Chris Gantry.  Not a half band line-up…

“Time for Moving On” by Tymon Dogg

We move next into another track from Made of Light.  Still digging this album.

“Sex” (Single Version) by The Sneaky Nixons

This is out first listen to the recently released single from Liverpool band, The Sneaky Nixons.  A wildly fun song.  The video which we’ve included in the playlist is disturbing but a powerful statement. Not for the faint of heart.

“Shuffle Sweet” by Delta Deep

Another hard rocking track from the debut by this new blues rock band featuring members/former members of Def Leppard and Stone Temple Pilots.  This is crushing hard rock that features a powerhouse female blues singer.

“We Got to Meet Death One Day” by Luella

From the new Luella sampler, her haunting version of the Blind Willie McTell song that she has been covering for years.

“Icarus” by Mickey 9s

If it seems like we have been featuring a bunch of bands from Scotland, you are not getting flashbacks from that questionable haggis you ate at some point in your life.  I can’t really explain why, but I like it.  This song is a b-side of their single Computer Inventor which was released back in November.

“Andy’s Loud Shirt” by SuperCrashingStar

This is our first listen to a song from this New York band with international roots. The music is wildly experimental and pretty darn awesome.  More to come.

“The Spirit Molecule” by Saint Cole

Our second listen to Saint Cole – a UK based artist who fuses dance music with indie rock in a pretty interesting way. Within This Skin is the name of the album.

“Brevity Lane” by Paul Zografi

And we close things out with Nashville songwriter Paul Zografi and the title track from his latest EP.  Brevity Lane is a real road in my old neighborhood which as the name implies is an extremely short road – connecting two Crieve Hall streets.  If I am not mistaken, I think I actually looked at house on Brevity Lane one time when I was house hunting.   The song is lovely.  Zografi was a winner of the Better Late Than Never “Earie” Award in 2015, but I’ve jumped on this record much sooner.

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Why? 1K Mix

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I’m not sure what it is about round numbers… zero is a round number.  We all seem to like lots of zeros.  Why zero? Why not nine? or eight?  Ah well, who am I to blow against the wind?

So this is post number 1000* for Ear to the Ground.  Quite a milestone, I suppose, and I am really thankful for everyone who has read, shared, commented over the years. I am been introduced to a lot of great music and met a bunch of really awesome people as a result of this blog. I certainly did not expect that happen when I began.  I mean I hoped someone, somewhere would read theses rambling posts, but it has been a great ride so far.

*1000 posts on Blogger.  The first six or seven months of Ear to the Ground were on Posterous. A few entries were cross-posted but some were not.

Ear to the Ground is for one thing, a way for me to share my experiences with the music of my life.  From the beginning, I knew that I could not cover all of the music being made – that I would  not compete with the Brand-X music blogs with their top ten lists and clickbait headlines… In my daily shuffle, I strive to keep a good mix of old and new music from a variety of genres and movements. 

I cannot really say for sure why music has become such an important part of my life. I just remember the joy of discovery I experienced when music like Velvet Underground or The Jam or The Clash or Bob Dylan or Bruce Springsteen first came into my consciousness.   Music is filled with connections and if you follow those connections you often are lead down rabbit holes and find yourself in places you never could have expected. I think life can be like that, too. I hope I never lose that spirit of discovery – again. I lost it once, and I was lucky enough to have it revived.

Been in a nostalgic mood… last night I took the Music City Roots bus from The 5 Spot in East Nashville to The Factory in Franklin for a special Music City Roots show. It was a benefit from Tommy Womack who was seriously injured in an automobile accident earlier this year. The show was filled with iconic figures from the Nashville Rock music world that I first experienced (from the perimeter) back in the mid to late 1980s.  Dan Baird opened his set with “Keep Your Hands to Yourself” which became a massive hit single for Baird’s old band, The Georgia Satellites. Beginning in February 1985 and ending sometime in early 1993, I kept a journal which basically would have probably been a blog or at least a Livejournal in a later time.  Just random thoughts, and I quoted song lyrics quite often.  From the moment I first heard, “Keep Your Hands to Yourself” – it made it’s way into my brain and I quoted it often in my journal. It was almost surreal watching the song move from this (sort of) local college radio song to the top part of the nationwide singles charts.  Dan’s set included material from his brand new record as well as a way too cover of Springsteen’s “Johnny 99” from Nebraska – which by the way was the first album I ever bought on CD.

Webb Wilder – so many great shows over the years, and his set was filled with songs from his brand new album.  Will Kimbrough – I remember a sput-of -the-moment drive to Nashville with my friend Boyd to see Will’s old band Will and the Bushmen. I remember Bill Lloyd joining them on stage that night.  Lloyd was there, too last night. 

Jason and the Scorchers tore up the stage and 30 something years later – Jason Ringenberg and Warner Hodges still defy gravity and still careen around the stage like an out of control whirling dervish. I first saw the Scorchers live almost exactly 30 years (give or take a few weeks) ago, and “Broken Whiskey Glass” still gets me every time.

So – let’s get on with our shuffle for post number 1000.  It isn’t a shuffle of a specially prepared playlist.. like almost all of my posts – the music player shuffle  picked the tunes and placed them in a certain order… and here we go.

“The Return of Jimi Hendrix” by The Waterboys

I love music that references other artists and their music.  I love songs that are about dreams. I love The Waterboys and I love Jimi Hendrix.  This song is from The Waterboys 1993 album Dream Harder and the version I heard was from the 2005 live album Karma to Burn.

“The Old and the Young” by Midlake

Midlake are a folk band from Denton Texas.  This song is from their fourth and most recent studio album Antiphon.

“All Along the Watchtower” by The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Speaking of Hendrix… the recording I heard was from the Atlanta Pop Festival in 1970.  Bob Dylan has indicated that when he plays this song (which Dylan wrote) he performs it as a cover of the Hendrix version.

“Enjoy the Rise” by Saint Cole

We have a sneak peak of from forthcoming album Within the Skin from this electronic dance/indie pop band from the UK.  Great sounding, accessible electronic music.

“Waterfalls” by Crow and the Canyon

Crow and the Canyon are an acoustic folk band from Portland, Oregon.  I love this song.

“Hoka Hey” by Dan Martin

We close out this milestone post with the opening and title track off the current album by Oklahoma musician Dan Martin. Maybe my favorite song on the album, and I dig all the songs from Hoka Hey – the album.

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