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I try really hard not to pay attention to things like page views - I really do, but a couple of things have happened in the last 24 hours that I am pretty happy about. My total Page Views since I switched the blog to Blogger a little over 3 years ago reached one of those milestones with lots of zeros. The number isn't really important because it is all relative. I mean, I know some of those brand x music blogs probably achieve the same number is a month or week or day or hour or whatever, and that is the part I don't really care about. It's just nice to see those zeros and know that among those site views are people who come to enjoy the music that I am so happy to feature.
The other thing (and rather inexplicably) but the daily site views for the current 24 hour period has exploded. I know I owe a big thanks to the people who share my posts across the webbernets.... It's still not that important because I have a great shuffle today and for all I know something like 12 people will look at it, and if I don't get too worried about that, I can't really get to excited for the higher numbers... but I do. And I thank everyone for it.
As I said, we have a great shuffle with some old friends and some newer ones and some classic tunes...
"Choose Your Delusion" by The Danbury Lie
What better way to start off today's landmark shuffle than with the title track from the latest The Danbury Lie album. I quite like this song and the parts of the album I've had a chance to hear. Much more to come from this and the previous release from this Connecticut-based outfit.
"Peter Rumpkin" by Willa Mae Buckner
From the Music Makers Relief Foundation Sampler... Very glad for an organization that seeks to support and preserve some of America's great and too often forgotten musical artists. I haven't had a chance to find out a whole bunch about Willa Mae Buckner, but she seems to have been quite a character - as this song and the picture accompanying the video will attest. She passed away in 2000 but her music lives on, and I am glad to play a small part in keeping things going.
"Something There" by Tom Schreck
I hang out with a bunch of talented songwriters in Nashville, and for a long time, I kept hearing about Tom Schreck, Tom Schreck, Tom Schreck... He runs a recurring event at Jackalope Brewery with which I have a recurring conflict, but I finally got the opportunity to see him and now I have joined the chorus. Tom Schreck! He writes timeless sounding songs and you should definitely check him out. The song I listened to today is from his latest album, Save Your Glory which can be found on his Bandcamp page. That's Tom Schreck in case you missed it.
"Tools" by Yellerkin
Yellerkin are a New York band that I heard for this first time when this song came up in today's shuffle. It's from a Noisetrade SXSW sampler. I want to hear more - pretty interesting stuff.
"Blackberry Blossom" by David Schnaufer
I mentioned yesterday, the connection between David Schnaufer and his connection with 80s/early 90s Nashville band The Cactus Brothers. The video standing in for this song is The Cactus Brothers version from their self-titled album. Cactus Brothers lead singer Paul Kirby and David Schnaufer are, sadly, no longer with us, but thankfully the music endures.
"Hurts Like Hell" by Josh Morris
Josh Morris was 1/2 of And the Giraffe, who were an #E2TG featured artist a few years back. And the Giraffe broke up recently, and now Josh has a brand new EP called Green Fields which has just been released. Check it out. Josh is also producing the forthcoming album by Jon Latham which going to be the bomb..
"Sweet Blue Midnight" by The Georgia Satellite
A sweetly sentimental song from In the Land of Salvation and Sin...
"Broken Face" by Pixies
Nice of the Pixies to drop into the shuffle, and they brought along a song from their classic album Surfer Rosa.
"East of West" by The End Men
What would such a momentous shuffle be without an appearance by 2013 Ear to the Ground Band of the Year, The End Men. This song is the B-Side of the new single by called Morning Birds. Digging into new The End Men music is like putting on a comfortable old pair of shoes... if said shoes were totally badass and had magically become even better since the last itme you wore them. Yep, that's the kind of shoes I'm talking about.
"Lord Byron's Luggage" by Warren Zevon
From the album, My Ride's Here.... A cool song.
"Foolin" by Andrew Combs
Foolin is from the recently released album All These Dreams by Nashville-based songwriter Andrew Combs. You should definitely check him out.
"Am I The Only One (Who's Ever Felt This Way)" by Maria McKee
We close things out with further proof that Maria McKee is totally awesome and that her self-titled solo album is an underrated gem. I honestly don't know how it is rated, but no matter how highly rated it is, it is still underrated in my book. This song was later covered by The Dixie Chicks on their Wide Open Spaces album.