First things first: The Grey A have a brand new video for their timely song "Dumb Fool". It's a fun film noir style video which includes our old friend Howard Rabach pounding on a table. Check it out here:
Second of all, I had a great time seeing Darrin Bradbury and The Fran's Eastside Super-High Band deliver a stellar set at The 5 Spot last night.
Careful readers will recall that back in September yours truly had two reviews featured on the No Depression website. One was for The Grey A's album My Country and the other was for Darrin Bradbury's album Motel Oatmeal.
Now there is another coincidental connection between the two - if you look at picture above, at the extreme right of the picture - kind of in the shadows on the picture is Trombone player Diego Vasquez who joined the Super-High band last night and also played with The Grey A when I saw them at The Stone Fox (and played on The Grey A album I believe).
Finally, I need to announce that there are big, big things in store for #E2TG in the coming new year. (Translation: I am basically punting the last month and a half of 2014 so expect nothing from me until after New Years by which time I hope you will have forgotten that I promised "big, big things")
Seriously, the Shuffles will continue unabated... well mostly unabated.... well just somewhat abated... well at least occasionally unabated...
So many - especially Nashville radio legend Mary Brace have been talking up Hozier for several months at least. Sometimes, I slow... I usually get there. I really dig this song.
"Hollerin' Mercy" by Sidestreet Reny and Lil' Bell from Holler
The shuffle's love affair with Sidestreet Reny continues with another great track from the phenomenal Holler album.
"The Difference" by Dan Coyle from Perfect World, Perfect Beat
Dan Coyle has been bouncing on and off my radar for at least a year or so, and I'm happy that he is now officially on the screen. His latest album - Perfect World, Perfect Beat takes the listener back to the time when folk music and pop music weren't two separate worlds. It also simultaneously keeps the listening grounded in the present while offering a bird's eye glimpse into the great unknow - the future.
"Marnie" by Virginia Wing from Measures of Joy
A random discovery - I still love that type of discovery. Virginia Wing are from England. I think this quote from their Facebook page neatly sums up this band..."It's not often i'll say that about any music, but i did not get the strange experimental music these guys make at all. I hate to slander but it was too weird it was like 5 minutes before someone sang and even then it was just vowels. "
Ha! I have to love a band that would use that quote. Check out Virginia Wing....
"Hourglass" by Mr. Kind from Wide Awake/Open Hands
Long time Ear to the Ground fave Brian Bergeron and his current band Mr. Kind are from the Bay Area. Here is a cool track from their latest EP Wide Awake which was released in August.
"She Knows What to Do" by Stacy Mitchhart from Live My Life
Another great track from Nashville Blues legend Stacy Mitchhart's latest album.
"Primary Resistance" by Minton Sparks from Middlin' Sisters
Sassy kids and unrelated aunts. Minton has an amazing ability to capture who own unique slice of the world in this still relatively young century.
"Boxers" by Matthew Ryan from Boxers
Alt-Country singer/songwriter Matthew Ryan released his latest album in October, and this is the title track. This is the sound of a justifiably confident songwriter hitting and maintaining his stride. Ryan has a show in Nashville in December with the amazing Todd Farrell and the Dirty Birds.
"Rain Child" by Hugh Trimble from neighborpoem
I feel in love with the music of folk singer Hugh Trimble from his contribution to the latest Mama Coco's Funky Kitchen compilation. I had to hear more. This song is from his neighborpoem album which was released in 2012.
"Everything is Broken" (Bob Dylan Cover) by Bettye LaVette from Anti Winter EP/ Thankful and Thoughtful
A great way to end the week's shuffles.... soul great Bettye LaVette with a cover of a song from Bob Dylan's 1989 album Oh Mercy. The song has also been recorded by Kenny Wayne Shepherd and R.L. Burnside.