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There is a phenomenon that I like to call the Nashville Dilemma or the Nashville Conundrum depending on my mood... It is basically this, a friend or hero or hero/friend or friend/hero announces a show. You readily and enthusiastically indicate on Facebook that you are either Going or Interested... meanwhile, others of the same category(ies) also announce shows and you again readily and enthusiastically Join the event. Then, the day or week of the event arrives and you check your calendar and realize that two or more of the aforementioned events coincide with one another, and you have to use some complex algorithm of friendship, location, cost, in-town show frequency, etc. to decide which show you are going to see. And so, you decide and you have a blast and it's a great show - like you knew it would be and then you see pictures from the show(s) you elected not to attend, and there are surprise special guests and puppies and stuff, and you rework you algorithm for next time and the process repeats. It's really a nice problem to have....
"You're a Star" by Tim Carroll
One of the best things about the last eight months or so for me, has been having the opportunity to see Tim Carroll play music at least twice a week almost every week. If you can stand the smoke, I recommend visiting Fran's Eastside just about every Wednesday from 8:30 until... or if you can't handle the smoke, I recommend heading to The 5 Spot just about every Friday from 6-8:30. With Tim Carroll, the music and the great songs do not stop. This song is from his latest album, Pure As Coal which you can get now.
"Boiling" by Minutemen
If the fact that I am a huge Minutemen fan has not come across, then I promise to try harder. Lately, I have been featuring songs from the CD Post Mersh Vol. 1 which includes the albums, The Punch Line (from which this song is taken) and What Makes a Man Start Fires? I am a huge Minutemen fan, by the way.
"American Standard" by Folk Family Revival
From their very recently released album, Water Walker.... I really dig this song.
"Brushed the Dust Off (Lean into the Wind)" by Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray
It was just over a year ago, that fate and scheduling and whatever conspired so that Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray happened to be playing at The Basement in Nashville on the same day that their album, Lean into the Wind was released. It was a great night, and Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray (and Ben Tufts and Derek Evry) sounded amazing. They are hard and work on their next record, but in remembrance of that show from last March, we have the song from which the album title was derived.
"Handbags and Gladrags" by Rod Stewart
The song was written by Mike D'Abo - at the time he was the lead singer of Manfred Mann.
"Stupid Boy" by Gear Daddies
Along with "Sonic Boom" this is probably the song on Billy's Live Bait with which I most closely relate. The Gear Daddies are playing a three night stand of 25th Anniversary shows at 1st Avenue in Minneapolis. This album still sound fresh to me today.
"Postcard" by Jukebox the Ghost
Washington D.C. based Indie band... I grabbed this song from a Noisetrade SXSW sampler put out last month. It's from the eponymously titled album which was released last week.
"It Could Happen Here" by Beat Rodeo
from Home in the Heart of the Beat... Beat Rodeo were on IRS Records. One of those songs from my younger days which takes me back...
"Baby Caught Fire" by Tim Lee 3
A great song from the latest TL3 album, 33 1/3... it's about spontaneous human combustion. This Knoxville band is one of my favorites.
"King Bee" by Captain Luke and Cool John Ferguson
Another track from the Music Maker Relief Foundation sampler released on Noisetrade. Some awesome old school, "real" blues... The most recent information I've seen via the folks at Music Maker is that Captain Luke is under hospice care. So I'd to send this out to Captain Luke and all who know and care about him. Again, I am so grateful to the Music Maker folks for all that they do to bring this music into the light and assuring it stays there, and to support the people who make the music.