Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Lock the Door and Unplug the Phone Mix

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When I hit shuffle this morning, there were 985 songs in my active playlist. Based upon statistical averages, the number of combinations for the first 10 songs to come up in a random shuffle of those songs, is… well, I don’t know, but it’s probably a pretty big number.  And yet, on any given shuffle, only one combination actually did come up, and here it is…

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The recently reformed Memphis/Nashville band with a song from their self-titled album from back in the day. 

“Everything Blue” by Kansas Bible Company

Nashville via Goshen, IN horn-based rock and roll 12-piece with a song from their Dad’s Day EP.

“Sugah Daddy” by D’Angelo and The Vanguard

From the album Black Messiah… D’Angelo always makes my shuffles better.

“I Missed the Point” by Neko Case

From her third album, Black Listed… 

“Out the Door” by Hoodoo Gurus

From Blow Your Cool!  I don’t listen to Hoodoo Gurus as much as I used to, but every time I do listen, I am reminded again why they are one of my all-time favorite bands.

“I’ve Wasted My Time Getting Wasted” by Reckless Johnny Wales

Reckless Johnny Wales had probably forgotten more about Nashville music than most people ever knew.  He is larger than life – and in a previously incarnation he was a Music Row Executive who is a CMA Founding President’s award winner and who discovered and signed Faith Hill. In retirement, he reinvented him self as a folk/roots legend. Reckless Johnny has a new album coming out soon, and this is the first taste of it, but it definitely will not be the last.  Having met Reckless Johnny and heard some of his stories, I tend to believe that he writes from experience.

“No One’s Home” by  Gear Daddies

The Gear Daddies capture a period in my life almost as if they were watching me… I remember – in the days before cell phones and constant internet connections – being lonely and filled with ennui as only a young twenty-something can be… and choosing to combat my loneliness by unplugging my phone to further isolate myself from the world. It made sense at the time. Anyway, this song brings me back to those days.

“Handsome” by The Vaccines

For some reason, I always think The Vaccines are an old band from like the 70s or something. I don’t know why and it’s not really relevant. Anyway, I always like a shot of rock and roll added into my shuffles.  Handsome is the lead single from the brand new album by The Vaccines  which is titled English Graffiti. I like the song quite a bit.

“Where I Lead Me” by Townes Van Zandt

Taken from a 1973 live recording which I downloaded on the late singer-songwriter’s birthday.  This is a song from Van Zandt’s 1971 fourth album, Delta Momma Blues.

“The One I’m Still Thinking About” by Darrell Scott

We close things out today with a song written by the late Ben Bullington.  Darrell Scott’s latest album ’10’ features the songs of Bullington who was a country doctor and a songwriter who passed away from cancer a couple of years ago.  I was fortunate enough to attend a CD Release party which featured an all-star cast and which was a celebration of songs – Ben Bullington’s songs and the songs of the various performers – all songs Bullington would have loved.


Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Impossible Mix

We have a diverse group of songs today… and several artists making their first ever appearance in the E2TG shuffle…  which means I have to do some quick research to know what to say….

“All My Love” by Joe Nolan

Hats off to my second favorite Joe for writing a song and giving it the same title as a Beatles’ classic.  Helps that it is a really good song.  Second favorite Joe is obviously a joke.  All the Joes I know are tied for second favorite except for one. And I know who I am. From the forthcoming remastered version of Blue Turns Black.

“Notte Insonne” by Ben Arthur

The penultimate song from Ben Arthur’s If You Look for my Heart.  Having explored an insane number of musical styles on the record, he ups the ante by singing a song in Italian.  When he is not making insanely good records of his own, Ben Arthur is co-writing songs in the road between Nashville and Memphis.

“I’m Not Ready (Hotel Lobby Version)” by CHAPPO

New York band CHAPPO come back into the shuffle with a song from a recent Noisetrade release.  This is the Hotel Lobby Version of I’m Not Ready from the EP Celebrate.  Not to be confused with the Father John Misty song Chateau Lobby… not that you were going to be confused until I confused the issue.

“We Will Fall Hard” by Jeremy Gluck/Robert Coyne

Another great track from Memory Deluxe: I Knew Buffalo Bill 2.  There is an awesome video to accompany this song. Check it out in the VIDEO PLAYLIST BELOW.

“Baby Let Me Lay on You” by Etta Baker

The late Etta Baker was a Piedmont Blues singer/guitarist from North Carolina.  This is from another Noisetrade compilation put out by the Music Maker Relief Foundation.

“Impossible Request (Alternate Version)” by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

The last song on the latest album (Only Run) by the Philly based Indie band.

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Another from the Music Makers compilation. Leyla McCalla is a New Orleans based cellist and singer, who has played with Carolina Chocolate Drops.  This song is from here 2014 album Vari-Colored Songs, and is based upon a Langston Hughes poem.

“Julia” by Science!

Seattle based Science! make there way back into the shuffle with another song I came from Noisetrade. From the album Alcoves and Alleyways.

“Handsome” by The Vaccines

The Vaccines are an English Indie rock band.  Handsome is the first single from their forthcoming album which will be called English Graffiti.


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