Last night, I hung out at this wonderful weekly East Nashville happening, Derek Hoke's $2 Tuesday at The 5 Spot. It was a great time with some great music. Host Derek Hoke played an awesomely perfect Western Swingish version of Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy, and the night ended with a great full-band set by J.R. Wyatt who I have featured on this blog.
If you are in Nashville on Thursday, you have your next non-Fran's chance to see Ear to the Ground 2014 Artist of the Year Darrin Bradbury. The show is also at The 5 Spot beginning around 9:00. Mention Ear to the Ground and you will get some odd looks, but what the heck, mention us anyway.
"Liar Liar" by Phranc
I don't know what a small town Tennessee boy was doing listening to an ex-punk, Jewish Lesbian Folksinger, but I did, and I loved it. As an Amazon reviewer noted, some of the cultural references are a bit dated, but the music prevails and hell, we can all think of people to whom this song applies. From Folksinger
"You Keep Me Hanging On" by Aretha Franklin
In 2014 the Queen of Soul released Sings the Great Diva Classics. This is the Holland Dozier Holland classic originally recorded by The Supremes. Aretha is still the Queen of Soul.
"Evona Darling" by Linda and Teddy Thompson
Evona Darling is a beautiful song written by Lal and Mike Waterson. Linda Thompson included this song on her 2002 album Fashionably Late. This version with her son Teddy was included on Shining Light: The Songs of Lal and Mike Waterson which was also released in 2002. This is an amazing cover by two incredible performers.
"In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" by The Allman Brothers Band
The Allman Brothers Band recently ended their long run, and a 6 disc box set of recordings from their legendary 1971 At Fillmore East shows was released in 2014. This is the shortest version of this Dickey Betts' song included in set (just over 12 minutes). And, although, I cannot claim to be a huge or long time Allman Brothers Band fan, I can say that there are some amazing things happening here musically. And I am moved to dig deeper.
"We Ain't Gonna Die Today" by Atmosphere
From their latest album Southsiders, Minneapolis hip-hop duo Atmosphere... I dig it.
"This Must Be the Place" by Bill Lloyd
Feeling the Elephant is one of my favorite albums of the Nashville 80s Rock era, and it remains a true Pop masterpiece.
"Whirlpool" by Meat Puppets
From Forbidden Places, this song was later covered by They Might Be Giants.
"It'll Come to You" by John Hiatt
Another great track from the classic album Slow Turning.