Hope everyone is doing well...
Let's jump straight into the Shuffle....
"Talkin' World War III Blues" by Billy Bragg (from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan: A Folk Tribute. A great way to start today's shuffle. Taken from a song by song cover of Dylan's landmark second album - a Woody Guthrie-style talking blues song covered up just right by one of the voices of my generation, Billy Bragg)
"Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabell" by Annie Sellick (from Let's Make a Christmas Memory. Annie Sellick is an acclaimed and accomplished jazz vocalist from Nashville. This is her first Christmas album, and this song happens to be lead track. It's a glorious and beautiful take on a French carol which includes the backing of a full orchestra. The album is due out on November 28, and Sellick will have a release performance on December 5 with the Nashville Jazz Orchestra. I usually don't listen to Christmas music until after Thanksgiving, but I wanted to introduce this one to you. I have at least one other new Christmas album which I hope to be featuring before the holidays are over.)
"The Murder Mystery" by The Velvet Underground (from The Velvet Underground. The eponymously titled third album by New York band The Velvet Underground was also the first without founding member John Cale. The Murder Mystery stands alone on this album (which is filled with more straight forward sounds) with it's overlapping spoken-words and the haunting counter-point vocals.)
"I'd Rather Be High" by David Bowie (from The Next Day. When this year began, it was pretty widely accepted that David Bowie was all but retired from music. As it turned out, Bowie still had a few musical tricks up his metaphorical sleeve and released his twenty-fourth studio album in early March. The album has received generally positive reviews with some calling it his best work since Scary Monsters released over twenty years prior. We dig deeper into this album with the 8th track.)
"Riptide" by Vance Joy (from God Loves You When You're Dancing. A pretty nifty folk/pop song getting some significant buzz from the people who buzz about such things. Vance will be touring with Young the Giant next year including a stop in Nashville at the Ryman in March.)
"Tennessee Blues" by The Howlin' Brothers (from The Sun Studio Session. I think at this point I've featured this whole record. The video playlist for today includes a live video from the Sun Studio Session. A PBS show is scheduled for early next year, and February 4 is the target date for the next full-length The Howlin' Brothers record. As this song played this morning, I was driving just north of downtown Nashville, and it was a crisp, clear Fall day, and this song was just about the perfect accompaniment.)
"Smug" by Grounded (from their new untitled album. Nice way to close out the Shuffle with an extended - 7 plus minute jam from this young band from Florida.)
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WATCH (video playlist)