Last night was so much fun... Went to the Rocking Roots Guitar Showcase at The 5 Spot. Four trios lead by incredible guitarists. Nick Kane, Richie Owens with the Farm Bureau, Ted Drozdowski with his Scissormen, and Mark Robinson. Great players with distinct and unique styles falling into the blues/roots area if labels mean much. All of them were mind-blowingly awesome in very different ways.
Ted Drozdowski getting up close and personal at The 5 Spot
After that showcase, I stuck around to see a long-time favorite of Ear to the Ground, Pony Boy. She was a Featured Artist in August 2012, and since then she has spent some time in Nashville, had a song featured on the ABC show named after our fair city, and last night she played a bunch of Nashville's hottest players. The qualities which first lead me to her music were all present - an amazing voice, great songs (the originals and covers), and a great stage presence. It was good to finally meet her.
Let's jump into the shuffle:
"Devil in my Soul" by Pork Chop Willie from Love is the Devil
I got to spend part of the evening talking to Sue Havlish who sent me this record early this year. It is North Mississippi Hill Country Blues meets Brooklyn - it somehow walks a great line between traditional and modern. Hell, it's a great blues record.
"Libertango" by Clocks and Clouds from The Creation of Matter
Alternative rock and classical music meld perfectly here. It's silly, but for some reason, what came to my mind this morning was "Football Fugue" from Pete Townsend's Another Scoop album.
"Caves" by Brown Bird from Fits of Reason
There is a persistence to this song that I really like... repetition with progression...
"War" by The End Men from Odds and Ends
The End Men joined by Dion Freewheelin Troubadour Power from London. A song which unfortunately seems more and more timely every day. Sunday Night! Did you hear me? Sunday Night - The End Men - reigning E2TG Band of the Year, and all around awesome people will be melting faces at The Basement under Grimey's. There will be music there from 1pm until... come early, come often, but come on down around 9 or so to have your faces melted. Seriously come! There is a great line-up including Tim Easton, Blackfoot Gypsies, and Bebe Buell. $2 draft pints.
"Twin Void" by The Grey A from My Country
I can't believe it's been a week... Was so glad to see the Nashville CD Release show for this album. This song, lyrically, is one of my favorites. And! We have now have a video for "My Country Song". If you are in D.C. and reading this, the band is playing their hometown CD Release show tonight at Comet Ping Pong. The Grey A is also the newly elected Band of the Month from Washington Deli Magazine.
"Time is Not Your Own" by Solomon Grundy from Solomon Grundy
This one is from the August Feel Bad for You mixtape via the awesome Too Much Country from here in Nashville. Solomon Grundy were a hard rock/psychedelic band from Washington state featuring Van Conner who was a co-founder of the legendary Screaming Trees.
"Somebody Love Those Girls" by Lindsay Ellyn from Shores EP
I was fortunate enough to hear Lindsay Ellyn sing with Darrin Bradbury at Fran's this week. She has an amazing voice. Glad to have this wonderful song in today's shuffle.
"Da Doo Ron Ron/I Wanna Be Sedated" by The Dollyrots from Barefoot and Pregnant
This incredible mash-up was included as a pre-order bonus track on the fifth and most recent album by The Dollyrots. The Crystals meet The Ramones.... lots of fun.
"Addiction" by The Foresters from Living Hold
This week marked the fourth anniversary of the brothers' Nork buying their first instruments. They have come a long way in four years, and as proof - I offer this song from their latest album Living Hold.