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It was kind of a cool morning here in Nashville, but it felt great. The certainty that Spring is in full effect, and that Summer is barreling down the turnpike hot on Spring's tail. Spring seems as good a time as any (maybe better?) to step back and reassess and think about what comes next. Ear to the Ground has exceeded my wildest expectations (mainly because I didn't have many), and I am happy that nearly four years on, I am not feeling any real desire to stop. Still, from the beginning, Ear to the Ground had frequently (or infrequently) evolved (usually due to some external pressure). The Shuffle was originally about 3-5 songs, then for a while I had the "pre-shuffle" which kind of expanded the shuffle to upwards of 20 or more songs. We've settled into a groove of 8-12 songs per day, and it is good, but I feel an itching to do something more, something different. I don't know what that is yet, but I have some ideas.... until then... let's hit the shuffle....
"In the Summertime" by Beat Rodeo
Another cool track from Home in the Heart of the Beat (1986 IRS Records).
"Miss Marcy" by Johnny Horton
A classic murder ballad from the one and only Johnny Horton. Horton was killed by a drunk driver on November 5, 1960.
"Ballad of the Choir Boy Band Robber" by Ike Reilly
One of the last two songs from the Ike Reilly compilation we grabbed off Noisetrade a good while back. This is an Ike Reilly Assassination song originally released on the album Sparkle in the Finish.
"Your Name is Wild" by Guided by Voices
From the 1996 album Under the Bushes Under the Stars... It was for many the years, the last Guided By Voices album to feature the band's "classic" line-up. Guided by Voice broke up in 2004, reformed in 2010, and then disbanded for a second time at the end of last year.
"Future 40's (String of Pearls)" by Syd Straw (feat. Michael Stipe)
Guess what? This song has been in the shuffle before - recently. I forgot to remove it from the playlist - like I usually when songs appear. Guess what? I really don't care. It is a great song featuring the amazing Ms. Straw along with R.E.M. front man, Michael Stipe. For R.E.M. fans, this album was released between Green and Out of Time. Classic Nickelodeon fans may remember Syd Straw from her role as a middle school math teacher on The Adventures of Pete and Pete. This song is on her 1989 solo debut Surprise which also featured contributions from Anton Fier, Richard Thompson, and Jody Harris among others.
"Hell for Leather" by Hoodoo Gurus
A track from the Hoodoo Guru's third album, Blow Your Cool! which was released in 1987. We'll be digging more into that album in the days, weeks and months allow - subject to the slings and arrows of outrageous shuffles.
"Down Yonder" by David Schnaufer
More music from the late, great Mountain Dulcimer master, David Schnaufer.
"Side by Side" by Grant Lee Buffalo
Another track from Mighty Joe Moon. I am really digging this album (which was a goodwill rescue).
"It's a Big Old Goofy World" by John Prine
What better way to end the shuffle than with this big old goofy song from Prine's 1991 album, The Missing Years.