Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Blue Morning Mix

“Mountains of Sorrow” by Amos Lee from Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song (2013)

When your Monday morning, bleary-eyed commute begins with Amos Lee, you just know it’s all gonna be okay – even if Amos is singing about Mountains of Sorrow.  From his latest album, produced by the amazing Jay Joyce (and the first album ever recorded at Joyce’s new studio in East Nashville.)


“The Morning Bird” by Carolina Story from Home (2011)

Things keep rolling along with an appropriate song for a morning shuffle.  The East Nashville connection continues with Nashville based Carolina Story with this song from their 2011 album.  The married duo just released Chapter Two last month.


“Summer Bummer” by NO ICE from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen: Section 5 (2014)/Single  (2014)

More great music from Mama Coco’s…. “sad, sweet, noisy american indie rock featuring members of The Brooklyn What.”  This is a very young band, and this is their first single which was released in April with a full album expected by the end of the year.


“Treasure of the Broken Land” by Chagall Guevera from Orphans of God (A Tribute to Mark Heard) (2004)
Back in the early 90s, Chagall Guevera filmed/taped a planned live album/concert with an almost free show at the legendary  328 Performance Hall in Nashville. The place was packed and when the band began to play, it exploded with such incredible energy.  Me and my buddy Rex Silo lost the people we were with, but we had a great time…


“Wichita Lineman” by Kevin Jenkins from Step Inside (2013)

From the True Groove Label – Kevin Jenkins delivers solid smooth jazz flavored music, and this stunning take on the Jimmy Webb classic first done by Glen Campbell is a daring and awe inspiring feat.


“From the Dirt” by The Delta Saints from Death Letter Jubilee (2012)

More swampy goodness from this Nashville band.


“Feel You Now” by The Autumn Defense from Noise Trade Eastside Manor Session (2014)/Originally from The Autumn Defense (2007)

A lot of Nashville connections in today’s shuffle.  Chicago band The Autumn Defense stopped by Nashville and recorded this treat at the fabulous Eastside Manor.


“Made to Be Blue” by Adam Hill from Little Time (2013)

Adam Hill is from Nashville.  I’ve featured several tracks from his Little Time album.  They are all good.  So is this one.

“Morning” by The Jean Jackets from Field Theory Blues (2013)

Another appropriate song for the Morning Shuffle, and another stunningly beautiful pop song from The Jean Jackets.  I really need to get caught up with their music…


“The Beatles; Conspiracy” by HIPPIE CULT from demo (2013)

 Clocking in at over 10 minutes (and still only the second longest song in today’s shuffle.  I’m a big enough man to admit that I don’t have a clue what this song has to do with The Beatles (or with conspiracies for that matter), but it’s a sonically interesting extended jam.


“Wash it Down (with a Little Whiskey)” by Taylor Brown from 3 Folk Songs (2012)

Taylor Brown is a California folk singer who has appeared with (among others) Carly Simon, Levon Helm, and Dar Williams.


“Blue Dream” by Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray from Lean Into the Wind (2014)
Ear to the Ground favorites, Couch by Couchwest darlings, and road warriors extraordinaire – Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray dropped an incredible new album in the midst of my hiatus.  I’ve been fortunate enough to see them live a couple of times in the last year, and I am more and more impressed with their sonic prowess every time I hear them.


“Surrender to the Storm” by Joseph Arthur from Redemption City (2012)

Taking us home on this blue Monday is a stunning 11+ minute song from Brooklyn based Joseph Arthur who more recently released an ambitious and awesome tribute to Lou Reed.




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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Pure and Noble Breed Mix

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We press on…

In the shuffle today:

“Some Day” by Rewpart
“Mother of Exiles” by Joseph Arthur
“The Devil’s Creek” by The Delta Saints
“David Watts” (Kinks Cover) by The Jam
“Kayla of Colorado” (2008) by Darrin Bradbury
“The Great Airplane Strike” by Paul Revere and The Raiders
“Redemption City” by Joseph Arthur
“When You Get That Way” by Taylor Brown
“Nobody” by Killing Kuddles
“Girl/Room” by The Jean Jackets
“II. A Common Theme (The Dream; Life’s Odyssey)” by Left of Logic
“Hymn for the Road” (2012) by Darrin Bradbury
“Go Away” by Solardrive
“Diddler” by Sam Davison
Since I began writing Ear to the Ground, I have come to music or music has come to me from a variety of sources: Twittter, Facebook, Google +, Music Promoters, direct contacts from artists, Noisetrade, ReverbNation, Bandcamp, Brite Revolution, and recommendations by friends and family.  Today, I feature my first “discovery” via the website. Nineteen year old British solo dream-pop artist Rewpart (aka Rupert Roberts).  His latest EP is called “1/2”
More music from recent frequent flyers: Joseph Arthur, The Delta Saints, Darrin Bradbury, and Left of Logic.  Nashville people: The Delta Saints have an upcoming show with our friends Humming House.  Also, I dare you to listen to Darrin Bradbury’s song “Kayla of Colorado” and not sing along.
More #MCFK goodness from The Jean Jackets and Sam Davison.
The Jam made “David Watts” their own so well that some times I forget that it is a Kinks’ cover.
Paul Revere and the Raiders – downloaded on a whim. Silly costumes. Great song.
A new song from Killing Kuddles!  I repeat, a new song from Killing Kuddles!  It’s every bit as awesome as one would expect!
I have mentioned in passing that Solardrive is the newish project by one Balthazar Getty.  In case you didn’t know that or why Mr. Getty is so awesome, I present a rare #E2TG list
1. He is descended from those Gettys.
2. He starred in the 1990 film version of Sir William Goldings’ classic novel, The Lord of the Flies
3. He starred in TV’s Brothers and Sisters with the totally awesome Sally Field. I like her, I really like her.
4.  He followed me back on Twitter
5.  and most important, Solardrive is some truly amazing music.


Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Juicy Avocado Mix

We made it through another week.

Let’s move on….

Today’s Shuffle contains 7 songs: 2 covers, a couple of songs by a New Orleans World/Fusion band from New Orleans who are new to #E2TG, and more…

The Mix:

“The Light” by Swear and Shake

“All You Do is Talk” (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club cover) by Kopecky Family Band

“Scarlet” by Taylor Brown

“Sweet Confusion” by The Plum Magnetic

“Pablo Picasso” (Modern Lovers cover) by David Bowie

“Parallax” by The Plum Magnetic

“Raja’s Song (Hold on My King) by Ghost Pal


The deeper I go, the more I like Swear and Shake.

I dig Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and I dig Kopecky Family Band. And, I dig this cover.

A few weeks back I spent a little time following the Bandcamp recommendations rabbit hole, and I came to “3 Folk Songs” by Taylor Brown who was recommended by Brian Bergeron of Mr. Kind.

The Plum Magnetics are from New Orleans, and they play a rocking version of World/Fusion music.  Sweet Confusion is an extended kind of funky instrumental track.

I dig David Bowie and I dig the Modern Lovers. Pablo Picasso is one of my favorite Modern Lovers’ songs, and I think I like their version of this song better.  Still, this is an interesting conversation starter.

Parallax by The Plum Magnetics. From their album Terra Animata. This band came to me from James Moore of IMP.

The day would be complete with out some #MCFK, this time via Ghost Pal from their God Save MCFK album.