Wednesday Morning Festivus Music Shuffle – Pretty Girl Dancing to Jugband Music Mix

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Happy Festivus!  Stay tuned for the traditional airing of grievances and feats of strength.

You know, even though I have been featuring some holiday/Christmas/Winter/Red Cup themed music for the last few days, I honestly have not been in the spirit of the season.  Maybe it the fact that it is almost 70 in Nashville and tornados are possible later today or maybe it is just the realities of current life.  However, last night, I attended the Ornaments Christmas Show (it was actually their 14th performance this season) which featured the music of Vince Guaraldi from A Charlie Brown Christmas.  The night also featured Holiday music from Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers  and a Tuba Christmas.  There was so much great music and great vibes present that I found myself- wholly against my will caught up in the Spirit. 

It also helps that today will be my last day of work for four days and I get to leave early today!!!!

The “Earies” continue with the “Wind Comes Sweeping Down the Plain” Award.

The premise:  I don’t think I’ve ever been to the state of Oklahoma (my parents lived there a short time before I was born). And other than the musical and some college football games, I’ve never given it much thought. (no offense – I really don’t think much at all about anything).  In 2015, however, it seems like I kept hearing awesome music from artists who call Oklahoma home. 

The Award:

1.  I would be severely remiss if I did not give an “Earie” Award to John Moreland.  His album, High on Tulsa Heat, was a break-through and definitely among the top tier of best albums of the year.  Throughout the year, I was fortunate enough see him perform live a few time, and each and every time, he managed to give me goosebumps and stir my heart and soul.  At Americana Fest, Moreland managed to mostly silence a packed out Mercy Lounge and garnered a very rare AMA Showcase encore.  

2.  Dan Martin. I met Dan Martin at a David Olney residency at The 5 Spot earlier this year, and I got hold of his CD Hoka Hey, and it quickly became one of my favorite albums of 2015.

3. Levi Parham and John Calvin Abney.  These two amazing singer-songwriters blew me away when I saw them perform during the Campfire Propaganda residency at The 5 Spot.  Actually, I kind of feel like their is a definite psychic link between Oklahoma and East Nashville. 

4.  Samantha Crain:  I saw Samantha Crain perform as part of an incredible round at the Bluebird Café earlier this year.  She combines excellent songs with a unique voice.  There was some hope that she would make it back to Nashville this month or so, but it did not pan out.  Hopefully, we will see her here again in 2016.

Next, we wrap up our Red Cup Season Playlist!  Best to everyone no matter what you celebrate and if you are struggling with anything during this season remember you are not alone. Peace!

“somerkersfees” + “stille nag” by velodrones

We finish up velodrones Christmas EP with lovely versions of Christmas Carols.

“Blanket” + “Fantasy” + “Stocking” by Batkhi Dahn

We wrap up the Batkhi Dahn Christmas EP with three songs.  “Blanket” refers to the thing you place under the tree. I’ve always called it a “skirt” but I will defer to the New Englanders since they actually might have snow this season.   

“Barbeque” + “Closer Now Than Ever Before” + “Brothers” + “Hole in the Washtub” from Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas

We roll through the last four songs from the Emmet Otter Jugband Christmas.  The two-tapping Barbeque, the two songs which were mashup yesterday, and the equally toe-tapping Hole in the Washtub.   I just noticed that Hulu has the special, so maybe I will watch it all tomorrow.

“O Come, O Come Emmanuel” by Milktooth

Nashville band, Milktooth – who we have featured in the past, released a lovely version of this Carol along with a  powerful and moving video (which is in the Video Playlist below).

“Winter’s Lie” by Angela Easterling

“Earie” Award winner Angela Easterling released a season song.  It is a gorgeous song.

“The Earth Stood Still” by Future of Forestry

And we finish off the Future of Forestry Advent Anthology with this song.  I think this is an original song – or at least I have not heard it before and I could not find anything in a brief search to indicate it is not a Future of Forestry original.  A really lovely song.

 

VIDEO PLAYLIST

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Monday Morning Red Cup Season Music Shuffle – Grandma Otter Mix

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I have to just admit right now that I’m really not feeling it today. Whatever “it” is.  The approaching holiday with everything surrounding it, the fact that this is the shortest day of the year, and that fact that it is a grey and rainy day here in Nashville…   But, I will press onward…  rest assured…

The “Earies” are getting down to the wire.  Our last six awards are forthcoming. It is getting difficult to decide which award to post.  Do I save one for right toward the end or do I go ahead and post it now… who have I forgotten… what should I call this or that award… but I don’t really have time for all that existential overthinking…

Consider this the counter-point to the “All the Young Dudes” award – kind of… I will call it the “Southern Women Showcase”  Award focusing on some of the excellent music I came across this year that happened to come from female artists who either live in or originated the southern part of the United States) (or both)….

1.  Tiffany Huggins Grant – A Jonquil Child from Smyrna, Georgia (now a Nashville resident). Tiffany released here stunning album, Jonquil Child early this year, and it serves as an excellent testimony to her extraordinary vocal abilities and her strength as a songwriter.  The album was produced and features guitar work from fellow “Earie” winner – Mark Robinson.

2. Amy Black – Although she recently relocated from Boston to the Nashville area, Amy Black grew up near (but apart from) the music mecca of Muscle Shoals, Alabama.   Her recent album, The Muscle Shoals Sessions includes classic and lesser known tracks recorded in that fertile ground – plus a few original compositions inspired by recording and being around that hallowed ground.

3. Angela Easterling – Hailing from South Carolina, Angela Easterling released the amazing, Common Law Wife this year.  The album is a showcase of her amazing abilities  as a singer/songwriter.  Coincidently (or whatever) both Easterling’s album and Amy Black’s album feature the guitar work of Nashville icon, Will Kimbrough.  

I was fortunate enough to see all of these talented artists perform live during 2015, and I look forward to what they each have in store in the future.

We have three shuffles before Christmas… so let’s have our second installment of the Red Cup Season Playlist shuffle.  Remember – I tried to pick a name for this playlist that could not possibly cause offense. Red Cup seemed like a pretty neutral thing….

Just as E2TG strives to cover music from as many different angles has possible, today’s shuffle pretty much does the same with holiday music. 

“Tree” by Batkhi Dahn

The opening track from the Batkhi Dahn Christmas EP.  This one is about that classic Christmas symbol – the Tree – oh Tannenbaum.  No, it is not that song.  To add this EP to your collection simply use the widget below.

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“Yancey Woodchuck’s Barbeque” from Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas

I’ve come to the realization that even though Emmet Otter was a Christmas special, the music was not particularly Christmasy..  This track records the moment when ol’ Yancey Woodchuck performs the song that Emmet and his Jugband were going to perform. Even though his performance was subpar, our heroes were forced to quickly rehearse an alternate song.  You may recall, they went with the Metallica song, “Enter Sandman”… I think – it’s been years since I’ve seen the show.

“The Bathing Suit She Wore” from Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas

What says the Holidays more than a song about the extremely large bathing suit once worn by your deceased Grandma Otter?  Not much, not much!

“Santa’Self (F*ck Your Christmas Party)” by Butch Walker

Thankfully, the Christmas party I attended this weekend was not like the one described in this song, but I do know what Butch Walker is talking about.  Some NSFW language unless you are wearing headphones or working from home.

“Little Drummer Boy” by Future of Forestry

“Carol of the Bells” by Future of Forestry

I just grabbed hold of  a holiday sampler from Future of Forestry on Noisetrade.  These are some lovely and original arrangements of some classic songs.

“kom alle getroues” (O Come All Ye Faithful) by Velodrones

“Bleibet meine freude/Bron van al my Vreugde” (Joy of Man’s Desiring) by Velodrones

In a moment of inattentiveness, I first played this now (seemingly) unavailable velodrones EP in the Summer last year,  before realizing it was some lovely experimental arrangements of Christmas tunes mostly sung in Turt Darren’s native Afrikaans.

“When the Mountains Part 2” from Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas

“Instrumental Theme” from Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas

We close out this Red Cup Season shuffle with two more tunes from Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas.  We have the reprise of a song we played last week, and we finish up with the Instrumental Theme from the beginning of the show.

Once again, because I knew I would not find most of the songs in today’s shuffle on You Tube, I have created a playlist of some of my all-time favorite Red Cup songs….

VIDEO PLAYLIST

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle* – All Lies Mix

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*DISCLAIMER*  This post is being written on Thursday night – I listened to the songs on my way home from work.  Tomorrow promises to be a crazy/difficult day, and I’m not sure when I am going to post this, but I wanted to have it ready,,,,

*FURTHER DISCLAIMER* Also, I discovered that part way through the shuffle, the shuffle function got turned off so a part of this so-called shuffle was actually not a shuffle.  I know. What can you believe in any more.  It’s all lies…

Actually, all lies are in the title.  What follows is the truth – as I see it…

“Always Tomorrow” by Tim Carroll from Opening Up/Always Tomorrow

I count myself as very fortunate to have been able to see Tim Carroll play live twice a week almost every week for the last couple of months.  He is tireless and has amazing well-spring of great songs.  This is one is always one of my favorites to hear. I don’t talk about it much on here, but these have been challenging times for me, and as is often the case, music has been an amazing source of strength and healing.  There is always tomorrow.  Come what may…

“Fuego” by Fuzzer from Reberto

More fuzzy goodness from Argentina.  Thanks to Ear to the Ground, I count among my friends (not irl yet but real nonetheless) amazing musicians, singers, songwriters from all over the world.  

“Turn You Inside-Out” by R.E.M. from Green

I have to say that Green is not my favorite R.E.M. album by a long shot, and I’ll be honest – I hardly remember this song – however, hearing it today some 26 years later out of context and distanced from the idealistic weight of being the major label debut of our favorite indie band (although in my world and mind I.R.S. is pretty major) – I dig this song.  So there.

“Death Letter Blues” by The Bones of J.R. Jones from The Bones of J.R. Jones Folkadelphia Session 6/7/2014

Wow oh wow, I like The Bones of J.R. Jones.  I just saw where they are doing a house concert deal here in Nashville.  Hmm…  This is a brilliant cover of the Son House song.

“JeVeus Plus Te Voir” by Linda Thompson from Evangeline Made: a tribute to Cajun Music

I’ve featured a bunch of music from this compilation.  This was a bargain CD bin find from Record Store Day back in April. As I have mentioned, my family’s roots are deeply planted in south Louisiana.  And so, it has been a pretty cool experience hearing some of my musical idols playing the music of my ancestry. Linda Thompson made some of my favorite, and (I think) some of the best albums of all time with her then husband Richard.  She is amazing in and of herself, too – of course, and in fine voice on this song.

“Grace on the 4th” by Minton Sparks from Middlin’ Sisters

I’m digging having this great spoken word – deep southern storytelling in my shuffle.

“Bitch in Heat” by Marla Mase from Half-Life

Marla Mase is an amazing talent – a wonderful person and a damn powerful performer.  If you haven’t, please check out her Half-Life EP as well as the rest of her amazing work.

“Core” by Rewpart from 1/2

My first and thus far my only musical discovery from about.me.  I’ll be honest, I don’t quite know what to do with that site, but sometimes I get and give compliments, and compliments are always a good thing – right.  Anyway, Rewpart is a young man from England/Britain/UK (I really don’t know which is correct, if and when they are interchangeable – if ever – or which is correct for Rewpart but he’s from one of those islands next to Europe), and I really dig his music.

“No Dilemma” by Sam Davison from Always Around

Earlier in the week, I saw a post that this album had just turned one year old.  A love some much about this – great songs – the bass as lead instrument and Sam Davison’s voice.  Check this out.  

“Colorado” by The Jean Jackets from Field Theory Blues

This may be the last track from the Field Theory Blues album which means it is well past time to grab some more recent music from this awesome indie pop band.

“Shine Them Shoes” by The Tye Trybe from Word is Born (EP)

The Tye Trybe represent the funky side of Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen.  And when you are the funky side of something that has funky in its name, you know you are really funky…. by the way – speaking of Mama Coco’s.  This song is the third in a row from bands that are part of the Mama Coco’s collective.  As a complete outsider, it has been amazing to see what this loose affiliation of talented folks have been able to accomplish.  In the past couple of months, they raised money and came together to renovate a new space following a flood at their old one.  I have to say that Nashville’s indie community could learn some valuable lessons from these folks.

“kom alle getroues” by velodrones from kerfees tape $

So, I’m slow on the uptake.  kerfees (according to Google Translate) means Xmas in Afrikaans.  We recently posted Silent Night.  This is Oh Come All Ye Faithful  – or as Google Translate puts it – Come Together (but is the Christmas song not the Beatles song – so take that Google Translate).  Anyway, another of my international music friends Thean is velodrones and is also a part of Bosveld who recently completed a Bike Tour in Canada and are now crossing that country with Old Cabin.  Plus he is friends with Value Customer which makes him okay in my book.    I guess given that I heard Silver Bells at Fran’s and have now posted O Come All Ye Faithful, you can say that the long Christmas season is upon us. Feliz Noel – or whatever…

VIDEOS

Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Seems Like Incongruity Mix

So, I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of incongruity, and I have this theory that incongruity is a concept made up by those who cannot or will not see that everything and everyone is connected.  And that what we experience as an incongruity means that we cannot presently see the way things are connected.  Sometimes, it helps me to think that I am the one thing that connects these seemingly !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=”//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js”;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,”script”,”twitter-wjs”); incongruous things.  Hint: that thought though helpful is not the truth.

Keep this in mind (or don’t) as you experience today’s shuffle

“Month of Bad Habits” by Andrew Combs from unreleased demo

We’re off to a good if congruous start. After all, E2TG is a Nashville-based music blog, and Andrew Combs is a Nashville singer-songwriter getting a lot of (well-deserved) attention.  This is an as of yet unreleased song which we nicked from August Feel Bad for You mixtape.

“Roll This Stone” by David Olney from When the Deal Goes Down

Thing continue – more awesomeness but surprisingly lacking in incongruity. David Olney is a case study in why Nashville is one of the best music towns in the world.

 

“Eye of Tranquility” by The Grimm Generation from The Big Fame

Okay, maybe we’re getting somewhere… Our good friends The Grimm Generation are from Connecticut so we step out from the Nashville connections…. except the record was produced by Tyler Bird who lives in Nashville…

“Colour Green” by Sibylle Baier from Colour Green

We may be getting somewhere on this seeming incongruity thing. Sibylle Baier is a German folk singer. I came to her music through the Peacefork blog run by E2TG favorites Valued Customer.  The album Colour Green was released in 2006, but the music was all recorded in the 70s. This song mentions Summer in New York City which seems about right for this day.  Peace.

“Rock N Roll Girl” by Paul Collins and The Beat from The Beat

There is no easy transition from gorgeous folk music to an outstanding California power pop band lead by Paul Collins who was the drummer for The Nerves.  They both come from the 70s – so there is that…

“Moon River” by Victoria Williams from Sings Some Ol’ Songs

Another outstanding song from Victoria Williams’ collection of old standards which simply by her amazing voice alone are transported into something amazing.  Victoria Williams was previously married to Peter Case who was in The Nerves with Paul Collins.

“Unconditionally” by Lael Summer from Burden to Bear

Speaking of an amazing voice… we have another song from Lael Summer’s Burden to Bear album and another live video of Ms. Summer with the True Groove All-Stars.

“stille nag” by velodrones from kersfees tape $

So… yeah – we move effortlessly into a version of Silent Night in Afrikaans by the truly incredible Velodrones.  Thean (I still don’t know how to do accent marks and stuff so I apologize) also makes remarkable music with Bosveld who recently completed a Bike Tour in Canada. And yeah, this is all connected – one link is Valued Customer who introduced me to this and Sibylle Baier.

“Wonderwall” by Ryan Adams from Love Is Hell, Pt. 1 (EP) (Oasis Cover)

See… You see… Ryan Adams has a new album that is really good.  Ryan Adams once had someone removed from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville for yelling out for Summer of ’69 which in case you don’t know was recorded by Bryan Adams who is in no way related to Ryan Adams except as I previously mentioned everyone and everything is connected. Anyway, this is Ryan Adams doing a cover of the Oasis hit song.

“Reverse Vampire” by Pujol from PUJOL SAMPLER/Reverse Vampire Single

Daniel Pujol is one of Nashville’s best.  I’ve seen him perform twice for Record Store Day at Grimey’s and he puts on an amazing show. 

“Abstract by Alex and the Constellation (aka Livingmore) from download

Alex and the Constellations which may or may not have just changed their name to Livingmore is a collaboration of Spencer Livingston (who came into the E2TG fold back near the beginning with his band The Alternates) and Alex Moore.  They are based in Los Angeles.  I really dig this song and it’s an excellent way to end this shuffle with seems to be but is not filled with incongruity.


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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Smells Like Gin Mix

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“Golden Days” by Year of October from WDVX Blue Plate Special 4/12/2014 1.

 

“Spacetic Fever” by Left of Logic from In Formation 2.

 

“Sharp Feathers” by Telepathic Teddy Bear from Forgiveness 3.

 

“bleibet meine freude/bron van al my vreugde” by velodrones from kersfees tape $ 4.

 

“Running Wild” by Moon Taxi from Mountains Beach Cities

 

“A Real Woman” by Slew of Young Gentlemen from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen – Section 5 5.

 

“Cross-Eyed Woman” by Michael Burks from Alligator Records: 21st Century Blues and Roots 6.

 

“Titfull of Mumbles” by Tipi Valley from Blue Moon EP 12.

 

“Falling (Theme from Twin Peaks)” by Verdigirls from the single 7.

 

“Bait and Switch” by Gumshen from Progtonica

 

“Sharkjaw Beartrap (Megan)” by No Shoes from Cow Drawings EP 8.

 

“In the 9th Inning” by The Jean Jackets from Field Theory Blues  9.

 

“Drinking Song” by The Danbury Lie from Fourth Time’s a Charm 10.

 

“Infinity of Folded Cloth” by Ghostpal from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen – Section 5

 

“A Life Spent Pissing in the Wind” by Darrin Bradbury from Death in my Left Ear 11.

 

“Open Ended Life” by The Avett Brothers from Magpie and the Dandelion

 

Hitting some highlights…

 

1.       A performance of a what will likely be the title track from the forthcoming Year of October album – recorded at the band’s April appearance on the WDVX Blue Plate Special from Knoxville.

2.       A crazy fun song from Left of Logic.

3.       Some new music from Telepathic Teddy Bear.

4.       Another awesome track from Velodrones.  Thean Slabbert’s other band Bosveld are currently on a bike tour in Canada.  Check them out if you are there…

5.       A band that lives up to it’s name…. 

6.       Real Woman meet Cross-Eyed Woman….

7.       Formerly The Velveteens an E2TG featured artist.  Now Verdigrls and covering the Twin Peaks theme..  how cool.

8.       Our Mama Coco’s love fest continues with 4 more Mama Coco’s related songs in today’s shuffle including this one.

9.       Coincidently appropriate given the All-Star Game is tonight…

10.   Another awesome song from the new The Danbury Lie release.

11.   One from Darrin Bradbury’s latest release, and just as expected it’s a really great song..
12.  I almost forgot.  Our friend Tipi Valley is from Wales.  The Mumbles is a place in Wales or something.  Anyway, this is a cool song, and quit giggling at the word Titfull.

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Two in a Row Mix

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Pre-Shuffle

“Power”/Tomas Doncker/Power of the Trinity – Global Soul….

“Ven Hacia Mi (Come Unto Me)”/The Mavericks/In Time* – Another from my friend Ronnie’s 2013 mix CD – love this!

“Feel So Down”/Solardrive/Solardrive – another great song from Solardrive – the awesome project fronted by Balthazar Getty.

“Terra Animata”/The Plum Magnetic/Terra Animata – New Orleans based World/Fusion/Rock band.

“Big Mountain Fudge Cake”/The Foresters/Living Hold – the three Nork Brothers from Connecticut continue their musical growth spurt with a Zeppelinesque rocker.

“Calypso Foam”/The Graveyard Kids/Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen: Section 5 (Graveyard Kids II) – Another great band from the seemingly bottomless wellspring that is Mama Coco’s.

“Splinters”/Austin Lucas/Stay Reckless – three time CXCW alum… shows how it’s done with a smart, heartfelt song.

“Life is Hard”/Darrin Bradbury/True Love – “It’s funny where it stops, it’s funny where it starts, and the whole thing in the middle well it’s bound to break your heart.” – such a great line in a song that name drops Jack Kerouac, Lenny Bruce, and Daffy Duck!

  “Magic and Fire”/Brave Baby/Forty Bells – another great song by this South Carolina indie band.

“Could We See”/Grounded/untitled – Grounded were first featured on Ear to the Ground back in September 2012. They have such a unique sound, and I love the acoustic vibe of this song. Trivia: This is the second time that Grounded have appeared in a Shuffle with Darrin Bradbury’s song “Life is Hard”. Their song “Break it Up” appeared with a live version of Bradbury’s song on January 9. #themoreyouknow

“The Best Record Ever Made”/Bill Lloyd/Boy King of Tokyo – a true Nashville treasure who has worn many hats in his long career, and worn them well – I may add. This homage to great records from his 2012 album – has a simply gorgeous hook.

Shuffle after you jump….


Shuffle

1. “Put Your Mouth on Me” by The Harmonica Lewinskies from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen: Section 5 (2014) – Okay, Okay – they are called The Harmonica Lewinskies and the song is called “Put Your Mouth on Me”, but can you define “Is” for me? Nevermind all that, this gleeful band from New York boast nine members (I think) and they create infectious grooves suitable for framing. They also happen to be stalwarts at Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen. http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=2678306607/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/artwork=small/track=1756884245/transparent=true/ ICYMI here’s MCFK’s Indiegogo info…. They are up to about 80% – let’s help push them over… https://www.indiegogo.com/project/help-mama-coco-s-funky-kitchen-build-a-new-studio/embedded

2. “Dawn” by Humming House from Humming House (2012) A gorgeous instrumental that makes a perfect addition to a Morning Shuffle – from their self-titled album.

3. “somerkersfees” by velodrones from kersfees tape $ (?) Okay. The song title has some accent marks and stuff I’m too lazy to try to figure out how to add, and I don’t have a clue what it means. Velodrones is a project of my newest Facebook friend Thean (which also contains an accent mark) who I’ve gotten to know on other social media outlets through #E2TG favorites Valued Customer. This is a beautiful piece of music from an album that I can no longer find. But here is a link to their most recent release. http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=3900300630/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/artwork=small/transparent=true/ 4. “Blood is Not Enough” by Tomas Doncker from Power of the Trinity (2011) Tomas Doncker Band has released one of the best albums of the year (the Howling Wolf tribute: Moanin’ at Midnight), and we will be getting to that album soon – I promise. But right now, my shuffle function is hung up on his 2011 album Power of the Trinity – which is fine by me. It is a great album and an excellent introduction to Tomas and his label True Groove’s concept of Global Soul music.

 

5. “The Heart Beats” by Marla Mase from Half-Life (2014) I was first introduced to Tomas Doncker after writing about the amazing Marla Mase who is a part of the True Groove family. I was fortunate enough to meet the two of them during their quick jaunt through Nashville earlier in the year. I look forward to many more opportunities to see and hear the two of them and to follow their incredible music journey.

Today’s Video Playlist…

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