Monday, May 21, 2018

Music City Monday Morning Shuffle - Love Comes, Love Goes Mix



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Week 1:  Clark Paterson, The Big Dumb, Rayvon Pettis
Week 2: The End Men, Ted Drozdowski's Psychedelic Circus, Ben de la Cour
Week 3:  Brian Milligram, Microwave Mountain, The Coal Men
Week 4: Joanna Barbera, Bee Taylor, Eli Cook

We are just over two weeks away from the E2TG 7th Anniversary Residency at The 5 Spot.  Rayvon Pettis, The Big Dumb, and Clark Paterson will be lighting up the stage.



Consider this a soft release announcement, but my debut novel The Drift is now available from Amazon.  If you are in Nashville and would like a copy, let me know, and we can make some arrangements. Full announcement coming soon.  (They said 3-5 days until it was available, so I wasn't expecting it today!)

Needless to say, I have a lot going on right now, and as is my nature, I'm feeling wholly out of sorts about everything.

Nothing like music to calm my savage beast of a monkey mind - and it is Monday - so we have another fabulous Music City Monday for your enjoyment.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Featured Friday Morning Shuffle - Solitaire Mix



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Well the E2TG 7th Anniversary Residency Line-up is set and June is rapidly approaching. 

Details!

Week 1:  Clark Paterson, The Big Dumb, Rayvon Pettis
Week 2: The End Men, Ted Drozdowski's Psychedelic Circus, Ben de la Cour
Week 3:  Brian Milligram, Microwave Mountain, The Coal Men
Week 4: Joanna Barbera, Bee Taylor, Eli Cook


Meanwhile, it is Friday, and we have a kind of short but sweet Featured Friday Shuffle. I'm short on time so let's get to it!


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Trending Thursday Morning Shuffle - Dog Man Don't Mix



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Last night was Week 2 of the Bradbury, Latham, Nace residency at The 5 Spot.  Jon and Darrin did solo sets, and Nick Nace did a full band set. Highlights for me were Jon doing the original version of "Major Key" which I had never heard - it was incredible. Darrin doing "Junkie Love" which I had not heard in a while - which included a cute, if reluctant sing-a-long.  Darrin is promising awesomeness next week - so make your plans to attend Next Wednesday night at 6pm at The 5 Spot.



(I  need to update the poster)

Ben de la Cour opened the show - he sang a new song - which was fabulous.  I am thrilled to announce that after some intense and brutal negotiations, Ben will be the special guest opener of Week 2 of the E2TG  Residency in June (June 14).   Here is the rundown in case you've missed it:

Week 1:  Clark Paterson, The Big Dumb, Rayvon Pettis
Week 2: The End Men, Ted Drozdowski's Psychedelic Circus, Ben de la Cour
Week 3:  Brian Milligram, Microwave Mountain, The Coal Men
Week 4: Joanna Barbera, Bee Taylor, Eli Cook

I am stoked about this line-up and I hope you will make plans to attend some or all of these shows. I think it represents a great cross-section of the music that has made E2TG what it is, and I am honored that these talented folks are willing to perform.

Well - it is Thursday, and that means we dig back into our New Music playlist for "Trending Thursday" - let's shuffle!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Wild Wednesday Morning Shuffle - Zombie Walk Mix



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Generally speaking, my knowledge of Nashville's music communities began with the rock scene in the 1980s - Jason and the Scorchers, Walk the West, The Questionnaires, Raging Fire, The Movement, In Pursuit, Bill Lloyd, Webb Wilder, Shadow 15, Royal Court of China and others.  I was aware of Waylon, Willie, and Kris and their music, but I did not know the story of their early days in Nashville.  A couple of years ago, for my birthday, my friends Pat and Kelsey bought me two books. One was "Outlaw: Waylon, Willie, Kris and the Renegades of Nashville" by Michael Streissguth. It is a great book and very informative about how this songwriters defied the conventions of the country music establishment and made it work. I was a fascinating peek into a moment of Nashville music history, and I was also able to draw parallels to the East Nashville songwriting community today.

Last night, in East Nashville, I had the joy of seeing Kris Kristofferson perform - at The Basement East  (Night 2 of his sold out 3 night stand).  Backed by Merle Haggard's band The Strangers (with Ben and Noel Haggard performing some of their late father's music). The band sounded great and the younger Haggards are talented and engaging.  Kristofferson is 83 years old. The joy he showed performing was palpable. His songs were as powerful as ever. "Sunday Morning Coming Down", "Me and Bobby McGee", "The Pilgram" - it was incredible hearing this songs live done by the man who wrote them. Being so close to the stage, and the realization of the history and the stories...


Moving into Year 8 of E2TG - we have our usual "Wild Wednesday" shuffle- where you never know what you might hear... Off we go!



Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Trending Tuesday Morning Shuffle - Lucky 7 Mix




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On May 15, 2011 - because I didn't have anything better to do - I started a music blog which I called Ear to the Ground. I'm not exactly sure why I did it.  In the years prior, I had begun to share music (including my morning playlist) on Facebook and Twitter, and some people encouraged me to do something more with these posts. I started the blog on a site called Posterous - which later got bought out by Twitter and eventually got killed. So that first post is gone into the ether.  It wasn't all that substantive anyway. Fast forward 7 years, and much in my life has changed. I didn't have much of a plan when I started E2TG (which I would eventually decide to call Ear to the Ground for short), but I can assure you I never dreamed I would still be doing this in the far off year of 2018 nor that I would have met the amazing people I have met and had the incredible opportunities I have been given.

Next month will be the official celebration of 7 years (every Thursday in June) at The 5 Spot, but I didn't want to let this day pass without acknowledging the anniversary.

Week 1:  Clark Paterson, The Big Dumb, Rayvon Pettis
Week 2: The End Men, Ted Drozdowski's Psychedelic Circus, plus guest opener TBA
Week 3:  Brian Milligram, Microwave Mountain, The Coal Men
Week 4: Joanna Barbera, Bee Taylor, Eli Cook


Tonight, I am going to see Kris Kristofferson at The Basement East!




The genesis of E2TG was me posting my morning playlist. When I started the blog, I didn't think that was enough for a music blog.... and it may not be, but here I am... and here is my morning shuffle seven years down the road....

Monday, May 14, 2018

Music City Monday Morning Shuffle - Whose Head, How Cold? Mix



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Well,  as we slide into another week, It's a good time to remind/make you aware of the E2TG 7th Anniversary Residency which will be held every Thursday in the month of June at The 5 Spot in East Nashville.    Here are the details:

Week 1:  Clark Paterson, The Big Dumb, Rayvon Pettis
Week 2: The End Men, Ted Drozdowski's Psychedelic Circus, plus guest opener TBA
Week 3:  Brian Milligram, Microwave Mountain, The Coal Men
Week 4: Joanna Barbera, Bee Taylor, Eli Cook




Time to jump in to this week's first post.  It's Music City Monday - where we feature bands/artists who do or have called Nashville home.  As always, we have newer music, older music, and everywhere in between - exploring the width and depth of Nashville's vibrant music community through the years and decades...

Friday, May 11, 2018

Featured Friday Morning Shuffle - When It All Comes Down Mix



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Time is marching on... we've reached the end of another week of E2TG.

By the way, tomorrow, on WXNA (101.5fm in Nashville or wxnafm.org everywhere), my radio show that I do with my dear friend Sue - Double Shot with Joe and Sue will be celebrating our 100th show!  I hope you can tune in!  Double Shot kicks off at 11:00am (Central Time).

Today, we have our Featured Friday shuffle - shuffling songs from our "new music" playlist of albums/artists/songs we are featuring here on E2TG.

Go!