Featured Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Talk, Talk, Talk Mix

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Well, it is time for the last shuffle before the long Thanksgiving weekend.  I hope if you are travelling that you have safe travels, I hope you find a place of gratitude, I hope you remember those for whom the holidays are a painful or difficult time.  I hope you do all the things you want to do.  For my Canadian friends, you can like, #tbt tomorrow to Canadian Thanksgiving or whatever…

We have one more awesome featured music shuffle to see this work week off in style.

“Shut Up and Kiss Me” by Tim Lee 3

Long time friends of Ear to the Ground kick things off with a track from their album 331/3 which was a celebration of the vinyl anniversary of Tim and Susan Bauer Lee. Sometimes words just get in the way….

“Just Try Me Out” (Home Recording) by Tom Schreck

Nashville Outside, Tom Schreck released Added Glory, an EP companion to his two full length records, Outsider and Save Your Glory.  The latter of those two records has a turkey on the cover, so maybe this holiday weekend would be a good time to get hold of all of Tom’s albums so you can join me in being grateful for such an amazing songwriter.

“Waitressing Sucks” by Jon Latham

Why bother with subtlety? This straightforwardly titled song, delivers some gut wrenching emotional power. From Real Bad News which is rightfully getting a lot of attention these days.  Once you are recovered from the holidays, Jon Latham will be opening for the legendary songwriter Malcolm Holcomb at The Basement on December 4.  Doors at 7:00p.m.  You do not want to miss that show!  As a Thanksgiving bonus, we present, a brand new Jon Latham video of a song he co-wrote with Darrin Bradbury called, “Kimberly Met Billy” which the good folks at Flour Sack Cape released this week.  Enjoy.

 
 
 

“Night Sounds” by Brian Keenan

This is the first Ear to the Ground appearance by Brooklyn songwriter Brian Keenan.  He just released what I believe is his second album called Fits and Starts.  This was my first listen – more ahead. Dig it!

“Paper People” by The Foresters

Sun Songs, the latest album by Connecticut band, The Foresters, is a bold step forward.  The band of brothers began making music after their father took them to a Green Day show a few years ago.  While their early music, showed a definite influence of the pop-punk leanings of that band (which was all well and good), the band has matured and broadened their sound over the last couple of years, and Sun Songs represents a plateau of sorts for this particular stage of the journey.  The maturity also highlights the fact that although the band members are still quite young, they are ready to be judged solely on their merits not as a “good band of young kids” but just as a “good band”.   Sun Songs is one of my favorite albums of the year.

“My Mind” by Dan Coyle

Another great track from Dan Coyle 2009 album Random Thoughts and Incomplete Sentences. This is on the featured music playlist for a couple of reasons: 1. it is new to me and 2. It’s my playlist and I can put what I want on it.   Oh and 3. It’s a great album.

“Second Sight (for Shlomo)” by Bosveld

Velbrand is the debut album by the Canadian band Bosveld which includes among it’s members Velodrones who has been featured on this sight before.  This is envelope pushing folk music. I was first introduced to Velodrones  through Valued Customer.  Like that band, Bosveld manage to make experimental music accessible without compromising on the originality.  It is not an easy feat.  Bosveld have been known to go on bike tours around Canada.  This album was recently featuring on CBC. 

“Ain’t Dead Yet” by Nellie Clay

Nellie Clay is a relatively new Nashville songwriter from Oklahoma by way of Alaska.  I have been fortunate enough to see her live a number of times over the last month or so – including last Friday when she opened for Will Kimbrough’s CD Release show.  She just released, Never Did What I Should Have Done.  It has rapidly become a favorite of mine.

“Crocodile Tears” by Dale Watson

We close out the shuffle with another song from Dale Watson’s Call me Insane album. Watson has a distinctive outlaw country voice, and through his work with the Ameripolitan Music movement, Watson is dedicated to making authentic American music for the 21st Century.

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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – You, You Know I’m Right Mix

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I had a good time last night at The Basement East.  I got to see performances from two people I was first introduced to at the Safety Harbor Song Fest way back in late March – Chris Gelbuda and Daphne Willis.  It was the soft EP Release Show for Willis – whose new EP, Get It, will be released on Friday. 

Opening the show was Kyshona Armstrong.  She actually played the first Safety Harbor Song Fest in 2014.  She plays some wonderful acoustic soul music and was backed by an outstanding band.  I really enjoyed her set, and I will be on the lookout for more opportunities to see her again.

Daphne Willis played next back by yet another outstanding band.  I am always hesitant to assign genres when the artist/band does not.  I will say there is a real pop instinct to her music.  The overwhelming impression is energy, enthusiasm, and a very clear understanding and appreciation for the way her music sounds.  Chris Gelbuda, who co-produced her new CD, joined her for a couple of songs, and then was the next on the bill.

I found out after the set that Gelbuda and his band only got the chance for minimum rehearsal time before the show, but I can honestly say, that did not come across. Gelbuda is an accomplished producer (he produced the latest hit single for Meaghan Trainor) and a professional songwriter.  I was very impressed by the caliber of his songs. 

Unfortunately, I had to leave before the last act on the bill was done, but Sonia Leigh – playing with much of the band that accompanied Daphne Willis – sounded great.

On to the mid-week shuffle for your listening pleasure…

“Stupid Bird (This Time Next Year)” by Dean Fields

Another track from the Harvester Sampler.  This song relates the migration (leaving only return) to the similar effect small towns have on people.  I really like this one.

“Generic Bike Rider” by Batkhi Dahn

The return of Batkhi Dahn to the shuffle.  They have a new single out, but this is from the Plays 15 record.  This song is not about a name brand bike rider. Just so we are clear.

“City Kids” by Motorhead

What’s that? Why does Ear the Ground never have early period Motorhead in the shuffle?  The hell you say!  Ta-Da.

“The Bulrushes” (Bongos cover) by Tim Lee 3

When I came across this song a few weeks ago, and then discovered it was a few years old, I had to wonder why it took me so long to learn of its existence. Some of favorite people and E2TG favorites from Knoxville, Tennessee covering one of my favorite songs by one of the best bands of all time.  The song appeared on an benefit album for Hurricane Relief – I think following Sandy.

“The Hydra’s Heart” by The Unravelling

One of my favorite local songwriters has been posting lots of metal links today (that really doesn’t narrow it down much), but before I even knew that, this song came into the shuffle from the progressive metal band from Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  The lead track (I think) from Tear a Hole in the Collective Vision. ROCK!

“It’s All Gone Now” by Jeremy Nash

Nashville-by-way-of-New York singer-songwriter Jeremy Nash just released a new album called Getaway Driver.  I got to hear him do some songs in a round Sunday night at Bobby’s Idle Hour.  This is our first listen to Getaway Driver, and it will not be the last.  We start with the last track on the album because that is how our randomness rolls sometimes. I’ve just listened to a few tracks on the album, but I really dig what I’ve heard so far.

“Monterey” by The Milk Carton Kids

Monterey is the title track from the latest album by the folk duo, The Milk Carton Kids. The track came to us via those 100 World Café Session downloads we got back several months ago. It is a great performance of a gorgeous song.

“Collide” by Dan Coyle

Another track from Random Thoughts and Incomplete Sentences – the 2009 album of one of our favorites. 

“I Don’t Wanna Know” by Human Radio

We close things out with a favorite from the self-titled Human Radio record.  The band is working on a new album and playing some shows in Nashville and Memphis – including this Saturday at The 5 Spot. 

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Set the Dial to Black and White Mix

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Still reeling from Saturday night’s Raging Fire reunion at Exit/In.  So many memories stirred, the band sounded so good, and the songs were still as awesome as always.  My (perhaps) unique perspective.  I was a huge fan of the Nashville music scene in the mid to late 1980s, but just a fan and mostly at a distance.  I only made it to Nashville on the rare occasion I could round up people to go with me. I was lucky enough to see some of the great bands of  that era, but I didn’t know anybody.

That being said, the music was important to me, and WRVU and The Metro and later Fireplace Whiskey Journal were my lifelines.  So, it was a pretty cool experience to be at this show and to actually know some of the people involved.  And speaking of WRVU, when Adam Dread fist bumped me during the Raging Fire set… my eighteen/nineteen year old self suddenly felt very cool.

And to be redundant, Raging Fire absolutely killed it. Melora Zaner is still one of the best and sexiest rock vocalist around, Mark Medley kept the whole thing in perfect time, bassists John Reed, Les Shields (and the other one I didn’t know) were awesome.  The very large shoes of the late Michael Godsey were filled by not one but two of the scenes very best – Joe Blanton (The Enemy, Royal Court of China, The Bluefields) and Jeff Cease (Rumble Circus, Black Crowes). They were perfect for the role, having known Michael and having been present…

We jump into a Monday Morning shuffle….

“Photo Booth” by Tim Lee 3

Fresh on the news that Tim Lee 3 spinoff band, BARK, will be playing Nashville this month.  We have TL3 with a song from their latest album, 33 1/3.  Such a great band that I’ve gotten to know over the last few years, and they have some deep, deep roots in the music of my youth.

“Casino Road” by Kevin Gordon

Just before Kevin Gordon released his latest album Long Gone Time, he released a compilation EP via Noisetrade and serves as a good catching up point if you are just now discovering the talented Mr. Gordon.  This song goes back to O Come Look at the Burning which was released just over a decade ago.

“Cut Me Some Slack” by Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear

From the film/soundtrack Sound City… much was (rightfully) made of  the ex-Beatle leading the remaining members of Nirvana in this song which truly rocks.  The interesting side story for me… I recently watched the movie What We Do is Secret, which was a fictionalized telling of the history of the L.A. punk band The Germs. So what makes the story fascinating for me… when The Germs started, they decided to form a band, bought instruments, booked and played their first show (which was a ridiculous, chaotic mess), and only then learned to play the instruments. Pat Smear formed the band along with the late Darby Crash, and some thirty plus years later, he finds himself playing with Sir Paul himself.  I don’t know… that seems kind of remarkable to me.

“The Rise of the Black Messiah” by Indigo Girls

Indigo Girls released their 14th Studio album this past summer. The album is called One Lost Day, and the Rise of the Black Messiah is on that album.

“My Lord and I” by Elder Anderson Johnson

From the Music Maker Relief Foundation album. Elder Anderson Johnson was a street performer, an outsider artist, and he founded a church in Newport News, Virginia. He passed away in 1998.

“Drops of Ink” by Drew Kohl

Another track from Drew Kohl’s EP, Sweetheart, which I reviewed earlier this year.  “Drops of Ink” is a story of lost love. 

“Hysterically Speaking” by The Colored Parade

Another track from The Colored Parade’s album, And the Walls of the City Will Shake.  A great, catchy song… I look forward to continuing to follow Andrew Adkins and see where his music takes him.  

“I Feel Like My Time Ain’t Long” by Essie Mae Brooks

We close out the Monday shuffle with another Music Maker Relief Foundation artist. Essie Mae Brooks was born in Georgia in 1930 and began making music at a very early age. I kind of think maybe we featured this song before, but who really cares – it is a great song.

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – One More Time Mix

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So… much happening.  I was in a car for about half of yesterday.  I have just been catching up with the news out of South Carolina. Sending out good thoughts to all those who lost loved ones.  And sending out as much love as I can muster for this country in hopes that we can finally begin address some of the many issues which lead to this terrible event.  I am not optimistic about things, but I remain hopeful.  If that makes sense.

Switching gears… If you are in Nashville tonight, I recommend heading down to the Basement East for a benefit for Allen Thompson.  Even if the music wasn’t going to be good, you should support this because Allen is a great guy.  But this is East Nashville and the music is going to be spectacular.  Even if Allen wasn’t a great guy, you should go because the music is going to spectacular.  But Allen is a great guy.

On to the Friday Shuffle!

“Auto Pilot” by Rich Robbins (prod. Bitoy Beatz)

You know some people who dig the kind of roots rock and roll that I dig, often will make blanket statements about how much they don’t like “hip hop”.  That is okay I guess – I mean all music is subjective and all, but it seems rather short-sighted to dismiss an entire genre/an entire culture so easily. I mean, I get that some people like three chords played on a real electric guitar, with a bass and drums and whatever… Heck, I like those things.  The things that most often attracts me to good hip hop are the beats and the words. I’m a sucker for words that hit the truth hard.  Rich Robbins’ words hit the truth hard, and his music always has great beats.

“Devil’s Rope” by Tim Lee 3

A live recording of the title track from TL3’s 2013 album.  Consider this a warm up because Tim Lee 3 are going to be in Nashville one week from tonight with R.B. Morris at the Basement (the original one).  Should be cool and a start to the great weekend of music.

“Dig a Little Deeper” by The McCrary Sisters

Here at E2TG we always like point/counter-point kind of moments.  So… in that spirit, we offer up the Gospel Group The McCrary Sisters (the four daughters of one of the founding members of The Fairfield Four) with this song.  The version I heard was from a World Café Session.  The accompanying video is from the Gospel Brunch at the 2013 Americana Music Fest – video shot at the legendary Station Inn.

“Only Son” by Shakey Graves

From Shakey Graves’ 2014 album, And the War Came.  Yep, I kind of like that Shakey Graves…

“Lost Highway” by Jason and the Scorchers

Lost Highway is perhaps best known as a Hank Williams song, but it was actually written by Leon Payne – a blind Country Music singer-songwriter in 1948.  Jason and the Scorchers released their cover version on their 1985 album, Lost and Found.  It is one of my favorite songs.

“One More Time” by Joe Jackson

The opening track from Joe Jackson’s Look Sharp! album.

“Rock and Roll is Cold” by Matthew E. White

Matthew E. White released his second solo album Fresh Blood back in March.  This is a song from that album.  Just catching up with his music now.  So far so good.

“I Feel So Good” by Richard Thompson

Whenever I feel really good, and I am going out for the night, I always find myself singing this song…  It could have been cool if RT would have played this song last Saturday night, but you know what he was such a great show, I can’t even complain about the fact that he didn’t play this song.  From Rumor and Sigh.

“Honey (I Miss You)” by Tammy Wynette

We close things out with Tammy Wynette’s cover of a song made famous by Bobby Goldsboro. The song was written by Bobby Russell and originally recorded by Bob Shane of the Kingston Trio.  Wynette included the song on her 1969 album D-I-V-O-R-C-E.

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Games People Play Mix

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Did you miss me?  I’m back after a two day absence with another shuffle of songs across a broad musical spectrum.  Meanwhile, it is Friday! So let’s celebrate!

“Baby I’m Doin’ It” by Eight O’Five Jive

Nashville’s Jump/Jive/Swing band, Eight O’Five Jive are back with another song from their fantastic recent album, Too Many Men. 

“Stuck on Repeat” by Hudson K

Hudson K are an electronic synth rock duo from Knoxville, TN.  This song is from their 2013 Ouroboros and the Black Dove.  We grabbed it off a Noisetrade Bonnaroo mixtape which I take to mean they will be performing in Manchester next month, so check them out if you are down on the farm…

“Cherry Licorice” by The Felice Brothers

Dig this track from The Felice Brothers’ 2014 album, Favorite Waitress.

“Red Rover” by Paper Aeroplanes

UK Dream Folk band, Paper Aeroplanes are up next with a track that first appeared on the EP Time to Be in 2012, and then was included on their 2013 album Little Letters.

“Dig It Up” by Tim Lee 3

A live version of a tune from the classic 2010 double album, Raucous Americanus by E2TG favorites Tim Lee 3 from Knoxville.  Check out all of their music including their latest album 33 1/3 at the usual places or visit their website.

“Surprise, Surprise” by The Rolling Stones

This was the final track on the Stones’ third American album, The Rolling Stones, Now! which was released in 1965. 

“Games People Play” (Joe South cover) by The Georgia Satellites

From In the Land of Salvation and Sin… this song is a cover of a 1968 song by the late Singer-Songwriter, Joe South, who also wrote the song, “Rose Garden” made famous by Lynn Anderson.

“Men w/ Tears” by Rich Robbins (prod. by Nate France)

Some  awesome Hip Hop music emanating from the suburbs of Chicago via the city of Philadelphia and currently settled on the campus of University of Wisconsin – Madison. Informed, honest, and innovative.

“Challenge of the Love Warriors” by Tom Tom Club

In celebration of the birthday of Chris Frantz founding member of both Tom Tom Club and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band, Talking Heads, we have this track written by Frantz from Tom Tom Club’s 1988 album, Boom Boom Chi Boom Boom. The track is breathy and sexy and (like all of Tom Tom Club’s music) incredibly fun.

“The Immortals” by The Ghoul Goes West
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We close out the day and the week with another really cool song, from one of the newest Ear to the Ground favorites.  The Ghoul Goes West are from Northwest Arkansas.  This song is from the awesome album, Ghosts and Bones and Blood and Things.

 

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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Boys Like Me Mix

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If trudging through the work week is like climbing a mountain, then my question has to be is Wednesday really the day we get over the hump or is it just a day that finds us clinging desperately to the sheer face of a rocky cliff and wondering how the hell we are going to make it the rest of the way?  Food for thought… happy Wednesday!

“Get Drunk” by Drag the River

From the 2002 Album closed.  Ear to the Ground just presents song titles, we make no statements for or against the sentiments expressed in such song titles.  Drag the River’s membership includes/has included members of the band All who were previously discussed in posts about the band The Descendents.  Both this song and The Descendent’s song were included on the February Feel Bad for You Mixtape of “short songs”  This song is considerably longer than the other.

“Graves” by Whiskey Shivers

Speaking of Raucous roots based music…  gotta love The Whiskey Shivers.

“The Great Game” by The Great Game

The Great Game is the name of the band, the album, and the song.  It is New World music with an original and decidedly European sound, and I kind of like it… a ton.

“The Almost Great Lakes” by Darrin Bradbury

A live recording of a song that may be on Darrin’s new album or maybe not, what do I know.  It is about the great state of Wisconsin.  Everyone knows about the Great Lakes, but what about those that didn’t quite make that cut?  Now you know about them, too.  I could not find a video of this song, so look it up on Bandcamp to hear/buy it.

“Nearly Lost You” by The Torn Images

We still have a couple of tracks from the fantastic album Reviver by The Torn Images.  This song has all of the elements of a great true alternative Rock song.  It’s not poppy, it’s not light and fluffy… It is just Gut wrenching emotion backed by killer guitar licks.

“Silent Breather” by Tipi Valley

Found out recently that Jeremy Gluck who we have been featuring quite a bit recently lives in the vicinity of Tipi Valley, a long time favorite of all of us here at Ear to the Ground (it’s just me by the way).  This is another killer track from the latest Tipi Valley release called Dust.

“Middle of America” (Worktape) by Will Hoge

Ahead of his latest album, Small Town Dreams (which was released last week), Will Hoge released a Noisetrade sampler of some rough (worktapes) of a few songs from that album.  This is one of those tracks.  Hoge is one of Nashville’s best.

“What I Have Not Got” by Tim Lee 3

A live version of the lead track from their 2010 double album Raucous Americanus… Tim Lee 3 are not a quiet band.   If you are in Knoxville for Record Store Day, you can catch them at Lost and Found Records along with their spin off band, Bark, the last of the full grown men – Webb Wilder, and a host of others.

“I Know What Boys Like” by The Waitresses

If you, like me, were alive in the 1980s chances are pretty good that you heard this song many, many times. The Waitresses were from Akron, Ohio. The Waitresses were the creation of Chris Butler who came out of the same Akron music scene that produced DEVO, The James Gang, and Chrissy Hynde of The Pretenders.  Lead vocalist Patty Donahue passed away in 1996 at the age of 40.

“See About You” by Joe Nolan

Another track from the forthcoming Blue Turns Black remaster by Nashville songwriter and writer Joe Nolan. 

“Bleed” by Jeremiah Tall

My latest Noisetrade “discovery” is Jeremiah Tall from Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  He is a one man band that plays a pretty awesome brand of folk/rock music.  This is the final track on his latest album, Walking which has been out just under a month.

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Stupid Boy Mix

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There is a phenomenon that I like to call the Nashville Dilemma or the Nashville Conundrum depending on my mood… It is basically this, a friend or hero or hero/friend or friend/hero announces a show.  You readily and enthusiastically indicate on Facebook that you are either Going or Interested… meanwhile, others of the same category(ies) also announce shows and you again readily and enthusiastically Join the event.  Then, the day or week of the event arrives and you check your calendar and realize that two or more of the aforementioned events coincide with one another, and you have to use some complex algorithm of friendship, location, cost, in-town show frequency, etc. to decide which show you are going to see.  And so, you decide and you have a blast and it’s a great show – like you knew it would be and then you see pictures from the show(s) you elected not to attend, and there are surprise special guests and puppies and stuff, and you rework you algorithm for next time and the process repeats.  It’s really a nice problem to have….

“You’re a Star” by Tim Carroll

One of the best things about the last eight months or so for me, has been having the opportunity to see Tim Carroll play music at least  twice a week almost every week.  If you can stand the smoke, I recommend visiting Fran’s Eastside just about every Wednesday from 8:30 until… or if you can’t handle the smoke, I recommend heading to The 5 Spot just about every Friday from 6-8:30.  With Tim Carroll, the music and the great songs do not stop.  This song is from his latest album, Pure As Coal which you can get now.

“Boiling” by Minutemen

If the fact that I am a huge Minutemen fan has not come across, then I promise to try harder.  Lately, I have been featuring songs from the CD Post Mersh Vol. 1 which includes the albums, The Punch Line (from which this song is taken) and What Makes a Man Start Fires?   I am a huge Minutemen fan, by the way.

“American Standard” by Folk Family Revival

From their very recently released album, Water Walker….  I really dig this song.

“Brushed the Dust Off (Lean into the Wind)” by Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray

It was just over a year ago, that fate and scheduling and whatever conspired so that Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray happened to be playing at The Basement in Nashville on the same day that their album, Lean into the Wind was released. It was a great night, and Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray (and Ben Tufts and Derek Evry) sounded amazing.  They are hard and work on their next record, but in remembrance of that show from last March, we have the song from which the album title was derived.

“Handbags and Gladrags” by Rod Stewart

The song was written by Mike D’Abo – at the time he was the lead singer of Manfred Mann.   

“Stupid Boy” by Gear Daddies

Along with “Sonic Boom” this is probably the song on Billy’s Live Bait with which I most closely relate.  The Gear Daddies are playing a three night stand of 25th Anniversary shows at 1st Avenue in Minneapolis.  This album still sound fresh to me today.

“Postcard” by Jukebox the Ghost

Washington D.C. based Indie band… I grabbed this song from a Noisetrade SXSW sampler put out last month. It’s from the eponymously titled album which was released last week.

“It Could Happen Here” by Beat Rodeo

from Home in the Heart of the Beat… Beat Rodeo were on IRS Records. One of those songs from my younger days which takes me back…

“Baby Caught Fire” by Tim Lee 3

A great song from the latest TL3 album, 33 1/3… it’s about spontaneous human combustion.  This Knoxville band is one of my favorites. 

“King Bee” by Captain Luke and Cool John Ferguson

Another track from the Music Maker Relief Foundation sampler released on Noisetrade.  Some awesome old school, “real” blues… The most recent information I’ve seen via the folks at Music Maker is that Captain Luke is under hospice care. So I’d to send this out to Captain Luke and all who know and care about him.  Again, I am so grateful to the Music Maker folks for all that they do to bring this music into the light and assuring it stays there, and to support the people who make the music.

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