Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Trending Tuesday Morning Shuffle - Young and Stupid Mix



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  *Note: The video playlist at the bottom of the post attempts to closely approximate the shuffle I listened to on my way to work this morning. When a video for a song was not available, I substituted another song by the same artist. When I could not find any videos by an artist, I included a related video or did not include a video for that track. This blog may reference unreleased tracks, however, no unreleased music is ever included.



The E2TG 8th Anniversary is now only 8 days away!  

September 25 - Week 1: Ben Arthur + Conrad y Skordalia

October 2 - Week 2: Ryan Sobb + Don Gallardo

October 9 - Week 3: The Truehearts + Jason Erie

October 16 - Week 4:  Josh Gray  + Meghan Hayes

October 23 - Week 5: Microwave Mountain + The Big Dumb



I owe you all a full-recap of Muddy Roots and of AmericanaFest. Right now, I am running head-long into the E2TG 8th Anniversary Residency - which begins one week from tomorrow!!!!!

I had an extra long commute due to traffic and stuff, so we have 13 songs in the shuffle today. I've been too chatty of late - so I am going to try to keep it short and sweet.  Let's go!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Music City Monday Morning Shuffle - My Ego Mix



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 *Note: The video playlist at the bottom of the post attempts to closely approximate the shuffle I listened to on my way to work this morning. When a video for a song was not available, I substituted another song by the same artist. When I could not find any videos by an artist, I included a related video or did not include a video for that track. This blog may reference unreleased tracks, however, no unreleased music is ever included.

And we are back! Americana Fest 2019 is officially over. I had a blast. I don't have time for any sort of official recap, but suffice it to say, I didn't see everything I wanted to see, I missed some great events put on by great people, I overdid it and had to bail on some stuff for the sake on my self... But, I had the time of my life, got to meet some of my biggest musical heroes, caught up with out-of-town friends, watched by friends kick all sort of ass on stages big and small.

Despite my jokes throughout the week, I didn't pace myself and I crashed and burned by the end of the weekend, and you know what, next year, I will probably do the same thing.

On we go!

The E2TG 8th Anniversary is now only 9 days away!  

September 25 - Week 1: Ben Arthur + Conrad y Skordalia

October 2 - Week 2: Ryan Sobb + Don Gallardo

October 9 - Week 3: The Truehearts + Jason Erie

October 16 - Week 4:  Josh Gray  + Meghan Hayes

October 23 - Week 5: Microwave Mountain + The Big Dumb





Make your plans now!

On with the Music City Monday Shuffle!

Friday, September 13, 2019

Featured Friday Morning Shuffle - Two Headed Dog Mix



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  *Note: The video playlist at the bottom of the post attempts to closely approximate the shuffle I listened to on my way to work this morning. When a video for a song was not available, I substituted another song by the same artist. When I could not find any videos by an artist, I included a related video or did not include a video for that track. This blog may reference unreleased tracks, however, no unreleased music is ever included.


AMA Day 3 is in the books.  After working all day, I had some evening shows I really wanted to catch, but I was really tired so I headed home for dinner and a change of close before heading to Mercy Lounge to catch Jeremy Ivey, Christopher Paul Stelling, and Darrin Bradbury at the ANTI- Records showcase. I caught parts of other sets and then made it close to see Aaron Lee Tasjan close out the evening at the Cannery Ballroom. Great sets all around. 

Fun Fact: Christopher Paul Stelling was a Featured Artist on E2TG back in November of 2012! 

You all know the long connection we have to Darrin Bradbury. 

I have become a huge Jeremy Ivey fan Darrin first introduced me to his songs. His debut album on ANTI- came out today.  Darrin's album will be out next Friday. Stelling has an album coming out produced by Ben Harper - with some singles already released.

As for ALT, he gave me a much needed shot of positive energy.

Tonight, I will be representing WXNA and emceeing at the Mercy Lounge all night. A great line-up that includes three towering figures from my formative musical years: Mitch Easter, Don Dixon, and Chris Stamey.

On with the shuffle now!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Trending Thursday Morning Shuffle - Pacing Myself Mix



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  *Note: The video playlist at the bottom of the post attempts to closely approximate the shuffle I listened to on my way to work this morning. When a video for a song was not available, I substituted another song by the same artist. When I could not find any videos by an artist, I included a related video or did not include a video for that track. This blog may reference unreleased tracks, however, no unreleased music is ever included.

Still counting down to the E2TG Residency

September 25 - Week 1: Ben Arthur + Conrad y Skordalia

October 2 - Week 2: Ryan Sobb + Don Gallardo

October 9 - Week 3: The Truehearts + Jason Erie

October 16 - Week 4:  Josh Gray  + Meghan Hayes

October 23 - Week 5: Microwave Mountain + The Big Dumb



Americana Fest week Day 2:   Caught the Broken Jukebox Media Showcase at The 5 Spot - saw Chuck Hawthorne, (E2TG Artist of the Year) Ben de la Cour, Eric Brace, Rod Picott, The Truehearts, and Meghan Hayes (all who have been featured on E2TG) plus Libby Koch and Terry Klein (who soon will be featured).  Fun evening.  Be sure to catch The Truehearts and Meghan Hayes on Week 3 and 4 of the E2TG Residency (respectively).

After that I headed to Dee's to catch some great music from Daniel Walker, Jaime Harris, Chris Moyse, Nick Nace, and Jon Latham - a really fun night - with lots of cool people in the crowd.  I am pretty exhausted.  Just three more official nights of AMA to go, and only a day and a half of work left.

Tonight Darrin Bradbury will be playing at Mercy Lounge as part of the ANTI Records showcase. 

On with the shuffle!



Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Wild Wednesday Morning Shuffle - Keeping Up Mix



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  *Note: The video playlist at the bottom of the post attempts to closely approximate the shuffle I listened to on my way to work this morning. When a video for a song was not available, I substituted another song by the same artist. When I could not find any videos by an artist, I included a related video or did not include a video for that track. This blog may reference unreleased tracks, however, no unreleased music is ever included.


The first official day of the Americana Fest is in the books. As has become my habit, I went to the Basement East for the Better Together kickoff event. It was packed and I saw so many friends from out of town and in town. The music - as always - was top-notched - this year honoring the City of Memphis - with songs from Memphis, associated with Memphis, and about Memphis. The list of performers included some of the hottest tickets on the AMA line-up and many of my friends.

Sleep is optional during AMA week, but I got a couple of hours. 

Tonight, Broken Jukebox Media is hosting an unofficial showcase at The 5 Spot - the night includes several artists we have featured at E2TG (Broken Jukebox is one of my major sources of new music).  After that, I will head to Dee's for another unofficial event - this hosted by Nick Nace and featuring a full-band set from the one and only Jon Latham and a lot more.

On with the shuffle - It is Wild Wednesday, but once again, I am sticking with our New Music playlist because I have so much new music to get to... It's still kind of wild!



Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Trending Tuesday Morning Morning Shuffle - Shit Gone Wrong Mix



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  *Note: The video playlist at the bottom of the post attempts to closely approximate the shuffle I listened to on my way to work this morning. When a video for a song was not available, I substituted another song by the same artist. When I could not find any videos by an artist, I included a related video or did not include a video for that track. This blog may reference unreleased tracks, however, no unreleased music is ever included.

Still counting down to the E2TG Residency

September 25 - Week 1: Ben Arthur + Conrad y Skordalia

October 2 - Week 2: Ryan Sobb + Don Gallardo

October 9 - Week 3: The Truehearts + Jason Erie

October 16 - Week 4:  Josh Gray  + Meghan Hayes

October 23 - Week 5: Microwave Mountain + The Big Dumb



Well Americana Week in Nashville if officially underway. After recording a future episode of Double Shot - I stopped off at Dee's. When I walked in there was a guy on stage playing a sitar. He eventually played a cover of Nirvana's "Heart-Shaped Box" It was cool.  Got to hang with cool folks, caught a set from Darrin Bradbury and a full-band set by Ryan Sobb (a preview of what to expect on October 2) and Darrin joined in as they did Darrin's song "Myrtle Beach".  A weird, wild, fun start to a week of cool music and cool friends.

Let's shuffle!




Monday, September 9, 2019

Music City Monday Morning Shuffle - Let's Get Happy Mix



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  *Note: The video playlist at the bottom of the post attempts to closely approximate the shuffle I listened to on my way to work this morning. When a video for a song was not available, I substituted another song by the same artist. When I could not find any videos by an artist, I included a related video or did not include a video for that track. This blog may reference unreleased tracks, however, no unreleased music is ever included.


Still counting down to the E2TG Residency

September 25 - Week 1: Ben Arthur + Conrad y Skordalia

October 2 - Week 2: Ryan Sobb + Don Gallardo

October 9 - Week 3: The Truehearts + Jason Erie

October 16 - Week 4:  Josh Gray  + Meghan Hayes

October 23 - Week 5: Microwave Mountain + The Big Dumb



Well, it's Americana Music Association Festival and Conference week in Nashville. I like to say that AMA week is like any other week in Nashville but on steroids. Or maybe, I need to be on steroids to make it through the week. But seriously, one fun thing is seeing friends from all over the world. 

The festival has grown just in the last few years - adding tons of venues and official/unofficial events to the mix. 

Americana represents part of what we play here on E2TG. The thing about Americana is that it is not really a genre. Practically speaking, Americana is whatever the Americana Music Association says it is. But, seriously, it is music of various genres which draws influence/inspiration from American roots based music (country, folk, blues, bluegrass etc.).  

Anyway, there are several wonderful events that I want to catch and some great artists making rare Nashville appearances. 

Meanwhile, it is Monday, and I am thrilled to bring back Music City Monday - after a few weeks off .It is my (usually) weekly celebration of the music of Music City - from those who lived or have lived here. We put it all together in a huge, ever growing playlist, hit shuffle, and let nature take its course.