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A modest proposal to deal with the problem of people talking during music performances: Just let John Moreland play. I saw John Moreland play twice last night. The first was at Music City Roots where he wowed an audience mostly unfamiliar with his music. Later, he played a full headlining set at The 5 Spot in East Nashville in front of a packed house. The minute John Moreland began to play, the crowd (a bar crowd after 11:00pm) fell silent almost immediately. A friend of mine asked what it was about his music that had that effect. In the moment, the only words that came to me were the emotional vulnerability of his songs. I don't know if that is the answer. But, it got me thinking about vulnerability, and how our society sees it as a weakness, but how in the hands of someone like John Moreland - it can be such a powerful thing.
"Heima" by Hildur Gudnadottir
Hildur Gudnadottir is a cellist and composer currently based out of Berlin. This stunning composition comes from a Noisetrade Sampler from the recent Big Ears Festival which took place in Knoxville, Tennessee. Quite an impressive line-up at that festival.
"Buddy" by The Western Shore
One of my favorite songs from the Thunderstorm album. I saw The Western Shore Monday night, and they are preparing to hit the road for a short tour which includes a couple of West Coast dates with Nikki Lane.
"Breathe" by Maria McKee
Another track from Maria McKee's self-titled debut solo album. McKee was named among the "Top 10 Female Artists You Really Should Know" in a recent article - she was included with other great artists like Kate Bush, Alison Moyet, and Nina Hagen among others. Well deserved.
"Revelation (The Final Book)" by Jeremiah Tall
In a short time, I've come to really dig this guy's music. It's available on Noisetrade, you should really check it out. (Free - but donate if you can, and definitely share to spread the word).
"Tying Ten Knots in the Devil's Tail" by Townes Van Zandt
A classic western poem/song performed by the legendary Townes Van Zandt from a 1973 live recording.
"The Difference" by Dan Coyle
From Perfect Word, Perfect Beat comes this song with a great doo-wop sound.
"Sharp Feathers" by Telepathic Teddy Bear
From the album Forgiveness... Telepathic Teddy Bear writes great songs and produces great sounding records.
"Don't Make Nothin' in the USA" by Tim Carroll
The lead track and one of my favorite songs on the new Tim Carroll album, Pure As Coal. A ton of my East Nashville friends are featured in the video including Kalee Smyth from The Western Shore who we heard from earlier in the shuffle. I was at The 5 Spot when the live performance portions of the video were recorded.
"Napoleon" by Scott Miller
Scott Miller was one of the performers at Music City Roots last night, and he was fantastic. He was previously a member of the seminal Knoxville band The V-Roys. This song comes from a compilation album called Bubbapalooza Vol. 1: Chronicle of the Redneck Underground - which also included Southern Culture on the Skids and others.
"Plight of Imemine" by Broken Guru
Broken Guru are an Alternative Rock band from New York City. Their debut album, Bent Up Halo is scheduled to be released on April 28. You can currently stream five of the songs from that album on their Bandcamp page.
"I Want the One I Can't Have" by The Smiths
We close out today's shuffle with a track from The Smiths' second album, Meat is Murder. Any shuffle that includes The Smiths and Townes Van Zandt can't be bad...