E2TG Takes on Americana Fest 2015 – Part I

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So…. I knew last night’s Sin City vs. Guitar Town event at The Basement East was going to be pretty darn incredible, but really….

Sometimes your friends and your heroes share the same stage…

Okay, I got there early to catch Paul Burch finish off the pre-show.  Let me tell you – not a bad pre-show.

Campfire Propaganda opened the set, and it was a delicious teaser for their upcoming October residency at The 5 Spot.  Campfire Propaganda are a collective of amazing songwriters working together to further their art and craft.  Founding member Tim Easton was not there – he is opening some dates for James McMurtry – but Nellie Clay, Megan Palmer, Brian Wright, and Darrin Bradbury all knocked it out of the park.

Next up was Jesse Dayton – taking a break from his current gig filling in for the ailing Billy Zoom on the current X tour.  Playing solo acoustic, he totally rocked the house.

Dayton was followed by an amazing jam lead by the one and only Aaron Lee Tasjan.  His band included Brian Wright and Jon Latham on guitars and Keith Christopher on bass. Guests included Lilly Hiatt, Allen Thompson (who did a Grateful Dead song) and Kevn Kinney!  Oh, and Brian Wright absolute killed on a Supersuckers song.

Jonathan Tyler delivered a really great set and he brought out Nikki Lane as his guest.

Keith Gattis was up next and sounded great.

And then, The Bottle Rockets just about tore the roof off the joint with an extended set.  They played several songs from their forthcoming album and also dug into their extensive back catalog.

Needless to say, the night was a blast, and it was so amazing seeing my friends sharing a stage with some of my musical heroes.  I saw a bunch of people including some I had never met in person before, and I even met a music blogger from Norway.

It’s kind of hard to believe that all that was just basically night zero of the American Music Association Festival.   I’m leaving soon for some AMA related events and trying to map out a somewhat reasonable schedule among the seemingly endless choices at hand.

Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Día de los Muertos Mix

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 Congratulations again to Black Jake and the Carnies our Band of the Month for October.  Stay tuned as we begin to unveil our Featured Artists for November/December.  Due to the Band of the Year poll in December, we are doubling up on the Featured Artists for November and will have dual Bands of the Month.  Also, we will be introducing our Featured Artists two at a time.  So stay tuned.

To the Shuffle:

Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, the Portland, Oregon based Rock n Roll band, are up first with Like a Drug from their first full-length album – Dirty Radio.  This is a pure and genuine Rock song and  Ford (the daughter of a puppeteer who was brought up in Asheville, NC) has a unique and wonderful voice.

Alt-Country stalwarts, The Bottle Rockets jump into the Shuffle with Smokin’ 100’s Alone from their 1997 album 24 Hours a Day.  


Here’s an acoustic version of the song

So, it’s not every day we can bring you Hendrix doing Mancini.  Here is the guitar god doing the theme from the television series Peter Gunn and then going into his own composition, Catastrophe.


The Turnpike Troubadours are from Oklahoma play Country/Red Dirt music.  We close our Shuffle today with Evangeline off of the band’s 2010 album Diamonds and Gasoline.  



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