Good morning from Nashville. Once again, congrats to Vinyl Thief – our Band of the Month for July. I try not be too political in this forum, but for the record, it has been many years since I have eaten at that certain fast food establishment that everyone is talking about these days, and I that will not change anytime soon. When I eat patently unhealthy food, I prefer it without the hate… *puts soapbox away.
As you know, if you are a regular reader, I live in Nashville and write about the music I like. Since December (or so), I disproportionate number of bands I’ve written about have come from the New York/New Jersey area. There are number of reasons for this, mainly that I have received the most support, encouragement and enthusiasm from that music community. Also, there is some damn fine music coming out of that scene.
That being said (and as I’ve mentioned before), at the time I was first being turned on to the depth and breadth of music out side of the Top 40, I “discovered” the Nashville music scene. I have been a fan, friend and supporter of Nashville’s diverse music scene for over 20 years. And while, it was never my intention or desire to write a blog solely devoted to Nashville music, I am grateful when I have the chance to do so.
So I am pleased that again today, I had a Nashville band come up on my morning shuffle – let’s get to it.
Daniel Pujol who records under just his last name, makes good, loud ROCK music. I had the good fortune to see the band play Grimey’s for Record Store Day this year, and it was one of my highlights of the day. His latest release called, United States of Being (on Saddle Creek), dropped in June. Today’s song, though comes from 2011’s Nasty, Brutish, and Short. Battles is a nifty rocker.
And finally, we have a song from Jack Ashford and His Funk Brothers from the album of the same name. The Funk Brothers were legendary Motown session players, and according to one source have played on more number one songs than the Beatles, Elvis, The Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys combined. The song today is called Black Jack and it’s funky.