Traversed snow and ice and cold to witness the birth of a new East Nashville musical happening at the Mad Donna's Loft... a super-serious, super-cool songwriting thing (the name is still being bandied about), but who needs a name when you have Joe Fletcher, Brian Wright, and Darrin Bradbury playing their awesome songs to a small but dedicated audience of super-serious music fans (including some other great musicians). Here's to many more of these happenings and much better weather for them. Hats off to the awesome Terry Rickards for making this thing happen...
Since I traversed the snow last night, I kind of had to do it this morning... guilty conscience if I said I couldn't make it to work... but I had an awesome sound track for this slippery and frigid journey...
"Back on the Wagon" by Matt Prater
Another excellent song from Matt Prater's latest album Tables and Chairs recorded in Mussel Shoals, Alabama.
"Made to be Broken" by Soul Asylum
The title track from Soul Asylum's second album released in 1986 one of three releases for the band in that year...
A brief instrumental partial title track from Scattered Moments of Connection. In lieu of this song, I included a video of the epic The Great Jester. Thirty seconds for like eleven minutes seemed like a fair trade off.
"Wish I Was in Heaven Sitting Down" by Bark
Tim and Susan Lee could have named their side project Tim Lee 2, but they went with Bark. This is from the debut Bark EP which is having it's release celebrated (along with the new TL3 album 33 1/3 and the new album by Kevin Abernathy) with a triple release show at Scruffy City Hall in Knoxville this very night. This song is an R.L. Burnside cover.
"Revolution On the Rocks" by Gumball
A bit of 90s alternative rock from NYC, two of the members of Gumball were previously (and briefly) part of Dinosaur Jr. This was the lead track on the band's 1994 third and final studio album called Revolution on Ice.
"Brand New Cadillac" by The Clash
From London Calling. This was a cover of a 1950s British Rock and Roll song by Vince Taylor.
"Crazy American" by Syd Straw
From Syd Straw's 1989 solo debut, Surprise. Surprise is one of my favorite albums of all time.
"Train in Vain" by The Clash
Originally a hidden bonus track on London Calling (subtitled Stand By Me in the US because we Yanks were too dumb to handle a song whose name wasn't the most repeated phrase). Also not called "Stand by Me" because everyone is too dumb to figure out it is not the Ben E. King song. Man I love this song!
"This..." by fIREHOSE
A mellow side of Watt, Hurley, and Crawford... from Ragin' Full On.
"Blue Sky Mine" by Midnight Oil
The "sort of" title track to the 1990 album Blue Sky Mining.
"The Eye" by Brandi Carlile
An absolutely gorgeous song from Brandi Carlile's album The Firewatcher's Daughter which was released this past Tuesday.
"The Bedlam Express" by The Lucky Jukebox Brigade
An awesome rave-up and one of my favorite songs on Familiar Fevers. The source of today's Shuffle subtitle.
"White Gardenias" by Justin Townes Earle
Finally, we close out the shuffle with a song from the 2014 album Single Mothers which was the predecessor to Justin Townes Earle's latest album Absent Fathers.