The end of a long strange week... we have a pretty nifty mix of old and new music of various styles and moods and subjects... all making a cohesive morning shuffle...
"Painted On Attitude" by T. Hardy Morris
An October 2014 single from T. Hardy Morris of Dead Confederate. He is part of the new project Diamond Rugs along with members of Deer Tick and Steve Berlin of Los Lobos. Diamond Rugs has a Noisetrade release that includes this track and some music from Deer Tick.
"Blue Light of the Fire" by Heather Powell
Heather Powell's new album A Haze of Grays and Blues is out (this week). This song is from her previous album Believe it to Life. A new version of this song (same lyrics, different tune) is on the new album as "Blue Light". The video included is a recent live version of that new song.
"Lost in the Cosmos (Song for Chris Bell)" by Sons of Bill
A song for the late Big Star member whose classic solo album was released some 14 years after his tragic 1978 death at age 27. The song is on Love and Logic the most recently album by Virginia band Sons of Bill.
"Camera" by R.E.M.
Another classic track from R.E.M.'s second album Reckoning.
"Never Talking to You Again" by Husker Du
From the Short Songs mixtape - taken from the Minneapolis post-punk legends' classic second album Zen Arcade. A Grant Hart composition.
"Cat's Eye Ring" by Steelism
Nashville's favorite instrumental steel guitar driven surf rock band from the debut album 615 to Fame. I have been following Jeremy Fetzer and Spencer Cullum Jr. since I saw them play with Caitlin Rose a few years ago.
"Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes" by Paul Simon
"The Long Run Out" by The Unforgiven
You don't know how good it feels to say a new song from The Unforgiven. The Unforgiven was an 80s band that by all rights should have been huge. They had the look and the sound, they were larger than life and seemed to have stepped right out of a Spaghetti Western. To call them a Big Guitar band is an amazing understatement. Circumstances being what they were and are, their sole, self-titled album ended up being their only release. In 2012, the band reformed for a show at Stagecoach Festival and in 2014 their album was finally given a new release. This song was a bonus track recorded around the time of the 2012 reunion, and it is pure The Unforgiven. If you (like way too many) missed out on this band the first time around or haven't had a heard them in a long time, climb on board. Hang 'em High!
"Has Anybody Here Seen Hank?" by The Waterboys
Our second song about a late musical great in the shuffle. From Fishermen's Blues comes this song about the late Country music icon Hank Williams.