Saturday, August 30, 2014

Redneck Noir: E2TG Reviews Motel Oatmeal by Darrin Bradbury

About a month ago, Darrin Bradbury sent me some songs he was thinking about releasing and wanted to know my opinion.  So, I listened - cause when it comes to music well that is what I do - and when I was done I told him what I thought.  Spoiler alert: he ended up releasing the album Motel Oatmeal on August 5 some seriously cool folks had good things to say about it, and it was trending as a bestselling "Folk" record on Bandcamp for a time.  Darrin told me a few weeks back that my comments help convince him to release the record.  I said at that time that I should tidy up those comments and post them as a review of the record.  So, in my usual timely approach, I offer up what will serve as an official E2TG review of Motel Oatmeal - which is still the most current release from Mr. Bradbury.

Hopeful Resignation: An E2TG Review of My Country by The Grey A


Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Morning Music Shuffle - Adjustable Rod Mix

Not much pre-shuffle commentary today.  It is Friday ahead of a three day weekend here in the States, and this is the last Morning Shuffle of August. We have some real gems in the shuffle today, so let's do it!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thursday Morning Music Shuffle - Had it Blue Mix

Update: Apparently, I cannot spell music, which is not a good thing for a music blogger... corrected.

September is shaping up to be a great month for live music in Nashville (I'm not sure that there is a bad month for live music in Nashville, but still...).  I kicked things off a little early with a great night of music in East Nashville.  I saw the legendary David Olney (who has been a fixture in Nashville music for as long as I can remember) and his incredibly tight band (with E2TG favorite Mark Robinson standing in and killing it on guitar) doing a Happy Hour show at The 5 Spot.   Then I hopped over to East Nashville's best dive bar, Fran's Eastside to see another E2TG favorite Darrin Bradbury and Tim Carroll doing their weekly thing.


Well, we have another great shuffle of music today, so it's get to it.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle - Bad Voodoo Mix

Casual readers may not know this, but although I was born in Tennessee, my parents were both born in Louisiana, and I still have some deep roots in that state.  There is quite a bit of Louisiana in today's shuffle by some twist of fortune/juju...

My phone did feel heavier this morning - probably due to the nearly 100 songs I added to the current playlist.  How much does an MP3 file weigh anyway?

Ah- let's jump into it...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle - Whiskey Thunder Mix

Another day, another cool mix of music....  Today we close out a few albums we've been spinning for some time, we have a track from one of the coolest and most underrated bands of all time, and we close things out with four tracks in a row from some Ear to the Ground favorites. 

In case you missed it (shameless self-promotion): Check out an audio rendition of a excerpt from my novel-in-progress... 

Shuffle begins right after the jump:

Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday Morning Music Shuffle - Never Enough Mix

On a Monday which began with a spilled cup of coffee... (and did I mention it was Monday?) the shuffle comes up with a fine collection of music.  No oddball pop gems, none of the usual suspects, just a nice collection of cool music from around the country...

Oh - I recorded a new bit of short fiction to my Soundcloud account.  Check it if you want...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WOW Wednesday Music Shuffle - No Excuse Mix

I just recently found out that the five year old daughter of Joseph "Taco" Russell is fighting a courageous battle with childhood cancer.   #E2TG sends all kinds of love and good thoughts and prayers to the entire Taco Land family.  I sometimes think of the bands/artists, I've gotten to know as part of an extended Ear to the Ground Family, and Taco Land has been a big part of that for a good portion of our history.

Right now you can get an "Audrey Strong"  bracelet plus a free download of Heart of Texas by Taco Land for a $1 (or more) donation (proceeds go to St. Jude.)  Here is the link to bandcamp...

from Taco Land:

Support bracelet for Taco's 5yr old daughter whom is fighting childhood cancer. Bracelet is Gold. This color represents the fight against all Childhood Cancers. All monies will be donated to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Bracelet comes with free download of song "Heart of Texas" which has Audrey opening the song by saying, "I love Daddy!"

Includes unlimited streaming of
Heart of Texas via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday Morning Music Shuffle - Ow Mix

Well, we muddled through another week....  It's time for me to dive head long into creating E2TG version 3.0 (we are currently on 2.1) - I'm not sure exactly what that will entail, but it will be awesome - I bet.  There may be a release 2.2 in the meantime, but maybe not... whatever, if you have ideas of what I can do to make E2TG better, now would be a good time to send them my way.  I'll either use the ideas or I won't - it's the cool thing of writing your own blog... :-)  But, my philosophy since day one has been to be open to whatever comes along.  So wherever we go, I see my job is just to keep this thing between the lines... (only occasionally crossing)...

Whatever, the shuffle speaks... and we must listen... Jump to it if you dare...

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thursday Morning Music Shuffle - Can of Carrots Mix

Back with a shuffle, but short on time... thanks for stopping by...

Friday, August 8, 2014

Friday Morning Music Shuffle - Ambulance Mix

It is Friday....  We have some big name artists, some E2TG favorites, some live versions of songs, special sessions, and an awesome Blues song to close out the week.... Have a great weekend everyone, and I will see you on the otherside...

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Thursday Morning Music Shuffle - Daddy Sang Bass Mix

Took a drive across the river last night, to a little dive bar in East Nashville called Fran's Eastside. Saw E2TG favorite Darrin Bradbury and the amazing Tim Carroll.  Fun night with great music, meeting cool people, and even the Music City Roots bus was there... and why not?  I have some pictures, but my phone is being stingy and won't release them yet.

By coincidence and because I have a ton of his music loaded right now, Darrin is in the shuffle again today - an older song - one of the first that really caught my attention.  He has a new release which I will be sharing more about soon....

To the shuffle:

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

WOW Wednesday Music Shuffle - On My Own Mix

As we do pretty much every Wednesday, we dig into the well that is the music currently residing on my phone's memory, and we hit "shuffle" and let the chips fall where they may...  Today's shuffle yields a nice mix of different styles of music which makes sense only to people like me...

Shall we?