Friday, May 27, 2016

Featured Friday Morning Shuffle - Amp of Epi Mix

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ICYMI - E2TG premiered the brand new video from Charlie Hager for his song "These Days" - you can read my words and watch the video here.

Trying to coast toward the end of the week and into the long holiday weekend...

Last night, having caught up on sleep the night before, I headed out despite threatening weather to catch the last night of Kevin Gordon's residency at The 5 Spot. Gordon opening solo - showing of the intricacies of his songs and the richness of his voice and guitar work. He even threw in a cover of Richard Thompson's "Keep Your Distance".

Then with his band, he flat out rocked the house.  Advice, if you get the chance to see Kevin Gordon live, go see him.

After that show ended, I headed to one of my favorite new venues, The Country.  I got there in the middle of Sean Rivers set, and I was really impressed.  Great songs and a rocking sound.  Next up was E2TG favorite Zachariah Red with a six piece band that featured a lot of cool folks - including Taylor Alexander, Drew Kohl, and Tim Ryssemus of Ricca Vita. I have been following Zach since I met him over a year and a half ago, and I have to say he is sounding better than ever. I really fun set that included an Eagles cover and a Marshall Tucker cover along with songs from Zach's last two records.

Last of the bill was Jason Martin who played really heavy but melodic rock.  Josh Waters played guitar with both Rivers and Martin.

All in all, a fun night and I enjoyed seeing a bunch awesome people.

Today in the Featured Friday shuffle, we have a pretty diverse mix of music... so enjoy...

E2TG Video Premiere: "These Days" by Charlie Hager

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Ear to the Ground has been featuring songs from American Saga, the new album by Charlie Hager  for a few weeks.  I previously described his music as pure honest songwriting.  It is a sad commentary on our times that I almost felt the need to explain that I meant that as a compliment.  In some ways, that is what this song and the brand new video, which we are premiering today, is all about.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Throwback Thursday Morning Shuffle - Big Brass Bed Mix

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Burning the candle at both ends...  so, last night, I went home after work, and I feel asleep (after having not slept much the night before), and I work up just before 7:00.  I looked at the time and immediately jumped up - still groggy and thinking that I had fallen asleep on the couch and slept through the night, and that I was now way far behind getting ready for work.  After a bit, my head started to clear, and although I had to get ready fairly quickly for Stone Cupid at The High Watt, I was not actually too far behind.  Needless to say, I had to punt on all of the other awesome stuff happening last night.  Stone Cupid (the full band!!!!) were incredible.  Julie Christensen is a force of nature, and man they can all play.

Stone Cupid at The High Watt 5/25/2016 
Photo and effects by: Joe Wolfe-Mazeres

Thankfully, I am now well-rested and ready to take on the last day and a half before a three day weekend!

It is Thursday which is when we throw it back... E2TG style...

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wild Wednesday Morning Shuffle - Electronic Dreams Mix

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Derek Hoke's $2 Tuesdays at The 5 Spot continues to be one of the best weekly events around. And, it seems like Derek and company manage to somehow keep topping themselves.  Case in point, last night....   First of all $2 admission, $2 Yazoo Drafts, a stellar line-up of local and touring artists and bands, Derek and the talented people who back him up, and the always on point DJ Tim Hibbs who spins vinyl all-night always with a theme.

Last night's night was jam packed with music from Adam Brick, Letitia VanSant, the amazing Boo Ray, Hoot and Holler, Rob Bondurant, Derek Hoke backed by Paul Niehaus,  DJ Tim Hibbs spinning Dylan songs and covers for Bob Dylan's 75th Birthday.  Pretty good for $2 right, but there was also a late act on the bill who happened to be Sadler Vaden who was in Drivin' N Cryin' and is perhaps best known these days as Jason Isbell's guitar player.  Vaden is an amazing songwriter and performer and he completely killed it previewing songs from his upcoming album.  He will be doing a full show tonight at The Basement East - part of one of those amazing Nashville nights that includes, R.B. Morris, Wild Ponies, Stone Cupid, a Travelling Wilbury's tribute at the FooBar, and a best of Jed's Open Mic night at The Country.  Also in the mix is me getting to bed at a decent time... we will see how things play out...

It is Wednesday - on to the Wild Shuffle...

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Trending Tuesday Morning Shuffle - Branches on the Pines Mix

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Hey ho!  I am a little short on time, but I will get through what I can.  Me and Sue recorded our first
pre-recorded show of Double Shot with Joe and Sue.  Our show will be broadcast every Saturday from 11am to 1pm starting... (soon!).  Every other week we will be doing the show live, the other week will be pre-recorded.    In the central Nashville area you can tune in to 101.5 FM.  Outside of Nashville or if you are not near a radio, you can listen to WXNAFM.ORG.  I will be updating here and on Facebook when the first show date is announced.

Today, we have a Trending Tuesday shuffle... let's get to it....

Monday, May 23, 2016

Music City Monday Morning Shuffle - Get Loud Mix

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So, my event calendar never really got off the ground, fortunately, Jared over at Fighting the Nashville Blues - has you covered.  Here are his previews for the week ahead.

So, I am still kind of reeling from the E2TG Anniversary Extravaganza.  Such a good time. I hope to bring you more shows in the future.  It was fun to introduce friends to other friends' music in a live setting.

My daughter and I had a great weekend.  We took in Luella and Tim Carroll down at Phat Bites in Donelson on Saturday morning, and then Saturday night spend some time with The Foresters and Mia Green in at an Airbnb in East Nashville and heard tunes by the aforementioned.  The Foresters should be headed back to Connecticut as I write this, and I wish them all safe travels. They had the opportunity to play Puckett's Grocery in Leiper's Fork yesterday.

Time for some Music City Monday sounds...

Friday, May 20, 2016

Featured Friday Morning Shuffle - Deluge of Words Mix

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THANKS!!!! To all the bands, the guests, The 5 Spot, and all the kind words from near and far!  The 5 Year Anniversary Extravaganza was a smash hit (as far as I am concerned). Let's do it again some time soon! (not a 5 Year Anniversary Extravaganza but you know what I mean!)

A recap:  First of all, I had the great pleasure of meeting and having dinner with The Foresters and their parental entourage. Really awesome folks!  Then, I made it back to the 5 Spot for Will Kimbrough with a full band who was incredible as always and somehow better than ever. Will was followed by the one and only RB Morris - poet, songwriter, musician, and bandleader - called the unofficial poet laureate of Tennessee.  I seriously implore you if you have not made any of the first three shows of his residency, do not miss the final week!

Then, it was time for the Extravaganza to begin (why oh why did I not call it an Anniversary Bash?)..

I had the pleasure of welcoming the aforementioned The Foresters to the stage for their debut Nashville performance (not counting the recording they did at Third Man Records earlier in the day and the live stream they did after that from their Airbnb.  They were amazing, and I think they won over some new fans in Nashville.

Next up was Julie Christensen, Sergio Webb, and Chris Tench who rocked the house with lots of guitars. Julie's legendary voice was in fine form. They performed songs from The Cardinal and some new music, too.  The full Stone Cupid band will be playing next Wednesday at The High Watt - you do not want to miss that one!

Then, Maritime Laws were put into effect has Patrick Kinsley and a Fistful of Dollars rocked the house with some new arrangements of old songs and some new music.

BARK (the duo featuring Tim and Susan Bauer Lee of Tim Lee 3) brought their massive two piece wall of sound in a high-energy performance that exceeded my high expectations.

And finally, Adrian + Meredith closed out the night with a powerhouse full-band performance (doing a lot of songs from their highly anticipated upcoming album).  Their band propelled by Adrian's incredible songs and Meredith's awesome fiddle work featured Paul Niehaus on pedal steel and a guest appearance by the awesome Nashville Horns.

The performances were all top-notch, I loved seeing so many good friends... the between song music was a shuffle (what else) of a special Spotify playlist that I created featuring music from the first 5 years of E2TG.  I heard such favorites as Jon Latham, Joe Nolan, and Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray (who were all in attendance), plus Marla Mase, Black Jake and the Carnies, Lost Romance, Artur U and the New City Limits, Strange Majik, and more...

Let's get back to the business of posting - as the next 5 years starts now!