Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – I Don’t Care Mix

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My sincere hope is that a large number of people saw John Moreland on Colbert last night and became instant fans. I realize that the possibility of seeing Moreland at The 5 Spot or the backyard at Fond Object may be less likely, but in my opinion this is important music that needs to be heard. One thing I try to do (both for myself and others) is just appreciate that someone discovers great music for themselves and not worry about when they made that discovery.  For me, I am glad I discovered John Moreland’s music when I did (which was somewhat before anyone who discovered him last night and somewhat after a lot of my songwriter friends).

Let’s move on into the shuffle:

“I Don’t Care” by Tim Carroll

Tim Carroll has digitally released some new songs and new versions of older songs with his new band.  Three of those songs ended up on a homemade CD, which you can pick up most Fridays at The 5 Spot where Carroll and Luella and band hold court from 6-8:30.  This is one of my favorite of the new songs – although all of Tim Carroll’s songs (and he has a bunch of them) are excellent.  The video we’ve included was directed by “Earie” award winner, Paul Zografi.

“At This Midnight Hour” by Tomas Doncker Band

Big Apple Blues was Tomas Doncker’s ode to New York City. The album was released last year and features Pulitzer Prize winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa.  From that album, comes this track which sets a mood and groves.

“Over and Again” by Brian Wright and The Waco Tragedies

From the 2007 album, Bluebird… sometimes you things go on even when they are cracked and broken.

“Some Ol Dolls” by Tomas Doncker

Tomas Doncker’s follow up to Big Apple Blues is The Mess We’ve Made – a powerful commentary of the what’s going on. Social and racial injustice – again with a true groove that few can do as well as Tomas Doncker. Doncker is a veteran of the New York No Wave scene, and he recently completed six sold out nights with James Chance and the Contortions in Tokyo.

“The Cardinal” by Stone Cupid

The powerful and devastating lead and title track from the brand new album by Stone Cupid – the band fronted by Julie Christensen. The song is filled with brilliant imagery, and it is epic in its scope.

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From The Foundry EP.  Another awesome song from the Brooklyn based indie-folk/Americana band.  I am electing not to comment on the sentiment of the song, but there is a chance I may or may not subscribe to it. I can neither confirm nor deny.

“Hot Party Dads” by Whiskey Shivers

Another from the wildly entertaining Austin old-time/bluegrass/folk/traditional band.  A short, but sweet rave up from the self-titled album.

“Swimmin’ Time” by Shovels and Rope

And we close out the day with the title track from the 2014 album… It’s up above 70 today in Nashville, and it seems like Swimmin’ Time is just around the corner.  Ah, but winter is not over by a long shot.

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Monday Morning Shuffle – Planet Earth is Blue, and There’s Nothing We Can Do Mix

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I had just rolled over to try to sleep when my phone buzzed. A bad habit I know, but I looked at it.  “David Bowie Dead at 69”. And, I thought it was one of those terrible internet hoaxes. I put the phone down – convinced that was the case, but I picked it up again, and I discovered that it was true. I felt numb.

My own exploration of his music was as random – just like all my explorations of music tend to be. I am not even certain where it began or the exact order.  I knew David Bowie from MTV – probably before, but MTV opened up several musical doors for me.. say what you will about it.  “Ashes to Ashes”, “Let’s Dance”, “China Girl”…. Lou Reed was an early influence of mine, and I found out that Bowie has co-produced Transformer – an album that helped transform me. I got a cassette of Hunky Dory and I wore it out. There was a lot I didn’t understand about myself. Bowie’s music helped. Ziggy Stardust…. 

I am having hard time really accepting that he is gone, but I am heartened by all of the posts on my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds – so many vastly divergent musicians and fans sharing many shared experiences some of which echo my own.  Music, for me, has been a companion through many lonely times, but it has also been a source of connection with others.

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As we must, we press on… My week long Birthday adventures kicked off last night with a couple of cool rounds a Bobby’s Idle Hour on Music Row.  First, “Earie” award winners Joe Nolan, Drew Kohl, and Andrew Adkins shared a stage, and they all sounded fantastic.

There was a second round, and I had intended to leave, but I ended up staying.  Three singer-songwriters that I had not heard before –   Kyler Daron, Joey Maloney, and Peter McKeown. Seems an appropriate part of my Birthday Week.

Tonight, the week continues – moving on up to the Eastside for night 2 of Darrin Bradbury’s month-long residency at The Basement East. Tonight’s guest are Zach Schmidt and Tim Easton – two of East Nashville’s finest songwriters.  Come on out and hang and listen to cool tunes.

On to the shuffle –

“Low Life Blues” by Bob Margolin

Bob Margolin released his latest album My Road was released last Friday, and we have another awesome track from that album.  Margolin played with blues legend Muddy Waters from 1973 until 1980. 

“People Who Died” by Government Cheese

No, shuffle – this is in no way funny or appropriate or anything like that… but it is a pretty cool cover of the Jim Carroll Band classic from Bowling Green’s Government Cheese – featuring Tommy Womack.

“Absolutely Sweet Marie” (Live) by Jason and the Scorchers

Speaking of Tommy Womack, he will be Jason Ringenberg’s special guest next Wednesday (1/20).  Jason told a story about bringing this song to the Scorchers and how quickly they took to it and made it their own.  He went on to say, that they were doing a radio interview early on in Europe, and the DJ said something about the Bob Dylan cover, and Perry, Jeff, and Warner all said – “Cover? We thought you wrote that song!”

“Left and Leaving” (Live) by The Weakerthans

This Canadian band’s name came up in a conversation between two friends that I introduced to each other. Somehow, I mostly missed out on this band, so I immediately set about to remedy that.  This is a live version of the title track from the band’s 2000 album.

“Church is Burning Down” by Tomas Doncker

An E2TG favorite returns to the shuffle with a powerful and timely track from his latest album, The Mess We’ve Made.  The album is rightly getting some great press. Expect more here.

“Too Late to Say Goodbye” by Cage the Elephant

Somehow, this track from Tell Me I’m Pretty – the new album from yet another Bowling Green band – seemed to be especially meaningful today….

“Dueling Banjos” by Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandell

And we close out this Monday shuffle with a tune that was written in 1955 – as “Feudin’ Banjos” by Arthur “Guitar Boogie” Smith.  The song was featured on a 1963 episode of the Andy Griffith Show played by recurring characters The Darlings who were played by The Dillards.  This version, which permanently ensconced this song in the collective pop culture consciousness, was recorded for the 1972 film, Deliverance.

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Don’t be Koi Mix

All I can say is that life is probable sometimes, and although we don’t always choose the things that happen (or maybe in some ways we do), what we do choose is whether or not to be fully present in those moments (to the best of our ability).

“Seven Sons” by Tomas Doncker from Power of the Trinity

We finish off our presentation of Tomas Doncker’s Ethiopian inspired album with a track that truly grooves… see what I did there?


“This is Where You Can Reach Me Now” by U2 from Songs of Innocence

How did this end up on my phone?  How many times can I make the same joke that wasn’t altogether funny the first time?  I really don’t hate this music, I just don’t find it especially significant.  Then again how many bands that have been together with the same line-up for over thirty years are still making significant new music?  How many bands can you think of who have been together 30 plus years period?


“Freight Train” (live) by Humming House from Humming House Party!

When Humming House throw a party, it seems safe to assume that dancing will be involved.  Plus, I’m a total sucker for songs about trains.  Woo Woo!


“Super 8” by Jason Isbell from Southeastern

I was fortunate enough to see Jason Isbell and his incredible band in the parking lot of Grimey’s a few years ago – just before things really took off for him.  This year, he swept up a bunch of awards at the AMA’s, and they were well-deserved in my opinion.  Southeastern is a great album, and this song is an almost instant classic.


“Runnin’ Away” by Heather Powell from Believe It to Life

It’s been great having Heather Powell in the shuffle several times recently, and she is working on/about to release the follow-up to this album.  Awesome soulful pop vocals!


“Snake Drive” by Pork Chop Willie from Love is the Devil

“Love is the Devil, but it won’t get me.”  And I guess that’s why they call it the blues….


“Tomorrow” (acoustic) by Madi Diaz from Stripped Chopped + Screwed/Phantom

An acoustic version of a song from the new album by the Indie/Pop singer.


“I Wrote This Song for You” by Chris Stamey from Lovesick Blues

A song about a song…  I really dig this whole album.


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“If it’s all right with you, I gonna start this one out with a fish joke.”  Darrin Bradbury is not a comedy writer.  Get that straight right now!

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Monday Morning (and Evening) Music Shuffle – Two Saints Mix

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Well, it’s late for the shuffle, but circumstance kept me from posting.  As compensation, I extended the shuffle which means tons of music and just a bit of my celebrated wisdom.  That last line is ego disguised as wry humility cleverly cloaked in a veneer of ego.

In case you missed it, the Ear to the Ground review of Darrin Bradbury’s Motel Oatmeal was featured for a time on the front page of No Depression – the preeminent Americana magazine/website,

The review is still a featured review, and you can read it here.

Now, we have a ton of music to get to….

“New Language” by Sam Davison from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen: Section 5/Always Around

Love this song!

“Montgomery” by Tim Carroll from Opening Up/The Devil is a Busy Man

The big city won’t change me!

“Azmari Man” by Tomas Doncker from Power of the Trinity

Tomas Doncker is a Global Soul master!

“With Every Beat” by The Features from Old Familiar Melodies – 2008-2013/The Features

Tennessee band that done good – The Features!

“When the Pumps Run Dry” by Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray from Lean into the Wind

Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray are awesome people.  I couldn’t find a video for this song so I went way back to CXCW 2012

“Mirage” by The Queers from Surf Goddess/Beat Off (Tommy James and the Shondells Cover)

Punk rock!

“Crippler King” by Delta Spirit from Lost and Found/I Think I’ve Found It

Delta Spirit!

“Confederates” by Michael Rank and Stag from In the Weeds

One of two North Carolina artists – Dig this song! I wanting to hear more.

“We’ll Take It From There” by Deena from Rock River

My next E2TG Review – it’s in the can – waiting for the right moment.

“Quiet (St. Francis)” by The Grimm Generation from The Big Fame

First of two Saints in the mix… thus the Two Saints Mix….  Good friends, awesome band

“FOH” by Superchunk from Merge Records Summer Sampler 2013/I Hate Music

#2 from the Tar Heel State…

“Woah-oh” by Francie Moon and the Great Outdoors from Francie Moon and the Great Outdoors

Another from Francie Moon – I couldn’t find this song on video so I picked a video done here in Nashville.

“I Miss the Zoo” by Joseph Arthur from Redemption City

Joseph Arthur recently did a Lou Reed tribute album – the Lou Reed influence is strong on this recording – I think,

“House Drinks” by The Grimm Generation from The Big Fame

#2 from the fabulous Grimms of Connecticut.  Drinks are on the house!

“You’re the Best Thing” by The Style Council from The Singular Adventures of the Style Council/Cafe Bleu(UK)/My Ever Changing Moods(US)

This is what smooth sounds like!

“This Disorder” by The Features from Old Familiar Melodies/The Features

Dig this song. The core of The Features are from the next town over from my hometown.  Coincidentally, that is near where The Grey A’s new album My Country was recorded.  Plus The Grey A recently opened for The Features… Hey, wait a minute is that really a coincidence? I don’t know….

“Tree of Evolution” by The Grey A from My Country

Speaking of The Grey A.  They were the subject of my first No Depression featured review – back when it was exciting,,, yawn… I kid! A song about Evolution that you can and should dance to…

“It’s About Soul” by Lael Summer from Burden to Bear

Another from Lael Summer’s awesome True Groove released Burden to Bear album,

“St. Catherine’s Statue” by The Minus 5 from Through a Faraway Window: A Tribute to Jimmy Silva (Jimmy Silva and the Goats cover)

Groovy song from The Minus 5.  I couldn’t find a video so I included a video of The Minus 5 doing some covers with special guests Mike Mills and Bill Berry, and a video of the late Jimmy Silva and the Goats.

“Class Historian” by BRONCHO from An Introduction to BRONCHO/Just Enough Hip to be a Woman

And we close out with a song from the forthcoming album by Oklanhoma band BRONCHO.  This my first listen, and I dig it!

Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Monsterdogs and Zen Koans Mix

One thing I take pride in with E2TG is the diversity of music that I’m willing to include in my mix.  Frankly, as much as I love Americana and as much as Americana is a pretty wide ranging “genre” of music, sometimes I need some metal, some punk, some music from far corners of the world, some experimental crazy stuff, some classical…

I need to give a shoutout to my friends from Valued Customer who has done more than their fair share in expanding my mind and my musical knowledge beyond all constraints.  They have a blog of their own called P E A C E F O R K which explores some less travelled (but supremely awesome spokes in the complex web of musical styles and influences.  Some of the music they’ve been posting should be showing up here soon, and I can’t wait to share it.

While I’ve got your attention – I direct you to Valued Customer’s masterpiece Kalpa which can be yours if the price is right (or wrong).

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On to the shuffle for today….

“I. Prologue: Monsterdogs” by Left of Logic from In Formation

It isn’t often that the shuffle pulls up a Prologue as the first song of the morning.  Ever less often that the song is about Monsterdogs. We have both from Left of Logics awesome In Formation album. (speaking of expanding our range…)

“I Need a Man” by Lael Summer from Burden to Bear

Another artist from the True Groove label. This song is sexy and sultry and Lael Summer is amazing.

“Always Maybe” by The Black Angels from Indigo Meadow

Austin based The Black Angels are based in the quest for pure sanity.

“Dizzy in my Hips Swinging” by The Grimm Generation from The Big Fame

A prime example of why I think The Grimm Generation should be huge.  They are huge – I just want more people to know it.

“Peace is Not Fiction” by Tomas Doncker from Power of the Trinity

It is entirely possible that I’ve had this song in the shuffle before. It’s also entirely possible that I don’t really care.  The world needs to be reminded of this simple  fact now more than ever.

“Scarecrow Man” by David Olney from When the Deal Goes Down

You may think it’s hyperbole for me to call David Olney a modern Renaissance man, but trust me when I say it isn’t.  In addition to his amazing recent album, he does an incredible recitation of Kubla Khan, and he wrote music and acts in The Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s current production of As You Like It for Shakespeare in the Park here in Nashville.  It runs through the 14th, and if anyone wants to see it and will let me tag along, hit me up. Seriously.  We’ve included a video promo Mr. Olney made about the production.

“Zen Koans Gonna Rise Again” by Dave Van Ronk from Going Back to Brooklyn

I really want to listen to more Dave Van Ronk.  I will listen to more Dave Van Ronk.  I deserve to listen to more Dave Van Ronk.

“I’m Old Fashioned” by Victoria Williams from Sings Some Old Songs

Jerome Kern and Johnny Mercer wrote it.  Tons of people have covered it.  Since I couldn’t find Ms. Williams’ version, I posted John Coltrane’s instead.  Dig it.

“Oye Como Va” (Live at El Jefe) by Perico Hernandez from Chef Soundtrack

We close with some Latin sounds from the Soundtrack of that Jon Favreau  movie with Robert Downey, Jr.  No, not that one.  No, not that one either.  Yeah, that one!

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Whiskey Thunder Mix

Another day, another cool mix of music….  Today we close out a few albums we’ve been spinning for some time, we have a track from one of the coolest and most underrated bands of all time, and we close things out with four tracks in a row from some Ear to the Ground favorites. 

In case you missed it (shameless self-promotion): Check out an audio rendition of a excerpt from my novel-in-progress… 

Shuffle begins right after the jump:

“deep on the inside” by The Lies from whatever

The Lies are from New Jersey.  Like 95% of all New Jersey bands I play, Popa’s Tunes helped make me aware of this rocking band.  We’ve been shuffling songs from their album whatever for a while now, and this really awesome track finishes up the album for us.  The Lies video is one of their contributions to the 2014 Couch by Couchwest (I’m willing to be Popa had a hand in that, too).

“The Bends” by Solardrive from Solardrive

For the second day in a row, we have music from Solardrive.  This closes out this album for us.  In case you are wondering, this is not a cover of the Radiohead song, but an incredible original which I think you will dig.

“Devil on my Back” by Stoney from More Than Animals

A deep blues vibe from Austin, Texas’ Stoney.  Another final track from an album we’ve been featuring for several months.

“Like Calling Up Thunder” by The Gun Club from Miami

You don’t know how much I love having a Gun Club song in my shuffle.  Fronted by the late, great Jeffrey Lee Pierce this California punk, blues band set so many standards, and they were already legendary during my formative musical years in the mid 80s.  This song sounds fresh and even progressive 32 years after the fact.

“Whiskey Rain” by The End Men from Odds and Ends

Reigning E2TG Band of the Year, The End Men return to the shuffle with another track from their latest collection.  Whiskey Rain shows the band at the top of their game.  The accompanying video is from a series of videos about the recording of the song from Songcraft. All the gearheads who read this blog should definitely check that shit out…

“Justice is Due” by Tomas Doncker  from Power of the Trinity

True Groove Global Soul!  Tomas Doncker Band from the Ethiopian influenced Power of the Trinity album with some killer sax work.

“Glory” by Mr. Kind from Wide Awake/Open Hands

The full EP Wide Awake/Open Hands is now available from Mr. Kind.  We’ve presented two of the tracks already.  Here is a third – showing Brian Bergeron and company doing what they do so well…

“Moanin’ at Midnight” by Tomas Doncker Band from Moanin’ at Midnight: The Howling Wolf Project

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – If I Could Mix

Francie Moon and The Great Outdoors at Fond Object 8/16/2014

Plodded my way through another week… Today’s shuffle is a strange trip… or something…

“Charm” by Francie Moon and the Great Outdoors from Francie Moon and the Great Outdoors

New Jersey’s Francie Moon and the Great Outdoors stopped in Nashville last Saturday. (Photographic evidence above)  Popa Tunes shot me a heads up, or I might have missed it.  It was a pretty nice evening.  East Nashville summer, people strolling in off the streets, great music, women dancing, a nifty shop, and I even ran into an old friend (a nice surprise).  They performed this song.

“Until They Find Us” by The Grey A from My Country

Three weeks from tonight, The Grey A will be at the Stone Fox in Nashville for release show for this album.  I will finally get to meet Howard Rabach in person. He has been a friend of the blog since almost the very beginning, and he is slinging the bass for The Grey A these days.  Nashville folks it should be an amazing night with lots of local guests who helped with the record expected to appear.

“Waiting for the Man” by The Velvet Underground from Boston Tea Party, Jan. 10, 1969

This may be the only kind of Tea Party you will find on Ear to the Ground.  I don’t drink tea. I don’t support the political kind of tea party, and I really don’t post that much about US history.  But, when it comes to a live recording of The Velvet Underground from 1969 – well, that is my kind of tea party. “Oh pardon me sir, it’s the furthest from my mind”

“Smokestack Lightning” by Tomas Doncker Band from Moanin’ at Midnight: The Howlin’ Wolf Project

Explosive Blues guitar with a  Global Soul flair – Smokestack Lightning ya’ll… Howlin’ Wolf ya’ll…  Tomas Doncker ya’ll!

“If I Could Then I Would” by Tim Carroll from Opening Up/If I Could

Isn’t this cool, Tim Carroll covering my favorite John Prine song  playing a song he wrote that has been covered by John Prine and several other folks.  Tim played this when I saw him at Fran’s a couple of weeks ago.  Great song!

“Billie Jean 2008 Kanye West Mix” by Michael Jackson from Thriller 25 Super Deluxe Edition

Nothing to see here… just Ear to the Ground posting a Kanye West mix of an iconic Michael Jackson song.   This is what happens when I get bored and started surfing around the Freegal music site. It won’t be the last time. Deal…

“Everything Right is Wrong Again” by They Might Be Giants from First Album Live

Story of my life….  It’s been fun rediscovering how great They Might Be Giants’ first album really is and was.

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Confession:  Today’s shuffle could have ended after They Might Be Giants.  I had made into the office, but then I started fixing my morning coffee, and I got distracted and I didn’t stop the shuffle when that last song ended.  And then, this song started playing, and it’s a really good song, and god knows I don’t post enough Darrin Bradbury on here – do I?

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week of music.  If you hear music you like then you need to Like/Follow/Stalk them on social media, buy their music, see them live, and/or buy their merchandise. (Except Kanye and Michael Jackson.  Kanye is rich enough and Michael is dead.)


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