Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Zombies of Death Mix

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E2TG moves into the mid-week.  The rain has stopped for now, and I actually think I saw a patch of blue sky for a second, but it’s gone now…

We have a nifty shuffle that features some friends, a cover, a variety of styles of music, and a classic track from 1979.  Boom!

“Love Remains” by Bob Lewis

Adding to the growing and awesome list of cool songwriters I know in Nashville…  I got to see Bob Lewis perform a while back. Cool songs with a bit of  Paul Westerberg sound… always a good thing.  I see him frequently working the front door (and occasionally behind the bar) at The 5 Spot.  If you ever go there and he is working, mention Ear to the Ground…. then show him your ID and pay the cover.  Mentioning Ear to the Ground won’t get you anything, but hey, it always helps to have people mention your blog.

“Tupelo” by Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen

In the random shuffle/good timing department….  Ted and his Scissormen will be will playing Music City Roots in Franklin tonight – along with another artist we’ve featured here – Amy Black.  Should be a cool night of music…  Interesting to see if the MCR stage can contain Ted Drozdowski… hint: Don’t count on it!  This is an older song from the band which is available on a Noisetrade sampler called Stink Eye.  Ted and company’s new album Love and Life is out now and you should get it!

“Cuts Like a Knife” (Bryan Adams cover) by The Hold Steady

What’s that? You’ve always wondered what it would sound like if The Hold Steady covered a big hit song by 80s Canadian star Bryan Adams… well wonder no more.  No video of this, but grab your own copy of the song and other Halloween Treats in the October Feel Bad for You Mixtape which is available right now on our good friend Popa’s Tunes site.  Hint: Even if you really don’t like Bryan Adams, you should check this out.   Hint 2: Bryan Adams did not just release a cover of Taylor Swift’s 1989 album.

“Silk and Diamonds” by James Tomberlin

Former Nashville singer/songwriter James Tomberlin delivers the sexy with this track from his record, Still Life With Orange.  The album was produced at Fort Dakota Studios by Josh Morris who also co-produced Jon Latham’s new album Real Bad News.   Coincidently (or not), Jon Latham does a pretty awesome James Tomberlin impression.

“Lucky Me” by The Unravelling

Making the smooth transition from a silky smooth singer-songwriter to some progressive gothic industrial metal from Calgary, we feature another track from the album Tear a Hole in the Collective Vision.

“Never Going Back” by Samantha Crain

And we go back to some cool singer-songwriter/folk music – because that is how we roll at #E2TG.  Samantha Crain is from Oklahoma, which as I have discovered of late, is home to a bunch of really awesome songwriters.  I got to see Samantha in a round at The Bluebird Café earlier this year, and I was highly impressed. “Never Going Back” is from her 2013 album, Kid Face. 

“Riverside” by Stone Cupid

Another day, another Stone Cupid song from the forthcoming The Cardinal.  This one is a song about a Demolition Derby in Winterset, Iowa. It rocks!

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And we close out the mid-week shuffle with the title track from one of my all-time favorite albums by one of the best bands of all time.  “and I live by the river…”


Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – The Motel Angels Sing Mix

Temperatures started plunging yesterday in Nashville, but your favorite music blogger didn’t let that stop him from exploring some of the city’s mid-week music offerings.  And neither did I.  Here’s the scorecard: 1. Hanging out with one of my favorite musician’s managers and a top notch Nashville singer/songwriter and watching the granddaughter of an outlaw country music legend rock the house. 2. Meeting said granddaughter and some of her band. 3. Watching three of the absolute best songwriters around kick off their tour. 4. Making triumphant return to Fran’s Eastside (first time since December 17?) and hanging with some cool folks and hearing some amazing music from some of my insanely talented friends.  Yeah!

This morning, it was as cold as… well you’ll have to come up with your own saying, I’m still too cold to think straight.  Here are the songs that valiantly tried to keep me warm… well they sure made being cold more tolerable.

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Okay, if you consider yourself a fan of modern folk music, and you haven’t heard Richard Thompson’s Rumor and Sigh (or even if you haven’t heard it in a while) then you need to remedy that shit, and I mean now.

“Junkie Love” by Darrin Bradbury

Always a highlight of his live shows…. ladies and gentlemen, the 2014 Artist of the Year for Ear to the Ground! Lesson: when you are in a crappy motel room in New Orleans, and you overhear an interesting conversation in the adjacent room, you put a cup up to the wall and you write that shit down. From the demo collection, When a Car Becomes a House.  Maybe, probably a fleshed out version of this song will be on the forthcoming Darrin Bradbury album.

“Too Much of a Good Thing” by The Sons (featuring Bret Reilly)

Okay, this song is from the Dumb and Dumber Soundtrack, and in my haphazard research, I could not find out anything more about the band or the featured guest.  I found one band called The Sons who broke up some time recently, but it does not appear to be the same band.  It’s a cool song.

“I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You” by The Hold Steady

Sometimes events prompt me to add certain artists to my active playlist.  In late December, Darrin Bradbury was part of a sold out show in New York that featured Craig Finn of The Hold Steady.  Hence, I added this song to the list.  I’m pretty much absolutely glad I did. This is from their latest album, Teeth Dreams.

“Common Mistake” by The Bad Years

Another track from Noisetrade’s Best of What’s Next 2015 playlist.  The Bad Years are from Los Angeles, and Common Mistake is their first single.  Check them out.

“Killing Time” by Dead and Lovely

More from the talented new Nashvillian’s who call themselves Dead and Lovely.  A perfect soundtrack to the beginning of my single digit walk.

“American Dreaming” by Killing Kuddles

The latest music from our favorite punk folk rockers/folk punk rockers. Killing Kuddles is from Atlanta and is associated with the Autumn + Color label.  Hoping to hear much more music in 2015.  In the meantime, get this tune… it rocks!

“No One is Lost” by Stars

Stars is a Montreal band.  This appears to be their latest single, and the title track from their latest album which was released in October.  Groovy tune.

“Down Where The Drunkards Roll” by Richard and Linda Thompson

Another reason why I like using the shuffle to decide the songs and their order each day…  If I had contrived a playlist that began with Richard Thompson’s “God Loves a Drunk” and ended with Richard and Linda Thompson’s “Down Where the Drunkards Roll”, I would have probably chickened out thinking it was too contrived.  But, since it was the shuffle making the decision for me, I can just sit back and revel in the wonder of beginning and ending the shuffle this way. 


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