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As I was walking back to my car from an absolutely amazing Bob Dylan show last night, I was reflecting on what an amazing month of live music this has been... Did I mention that Dylan was amazing. I saw him first and last in 1988, and he was simply going through motions. Back then, his set including some of his all-time classics, but it didn't matter. That show left me flat. Flash forward 27 years, Dylan's set was very heavily weighted toward his last few albums, many of which I wasn't that familiar, but the sound was great, Dylan seemed to be having a blast, and as a result, I put the show up among the best I've seen. I feel like I can finally say that I have seen Dylan.
"Gonna Change" by Gear Daddies
Another track from Billy's Live Bait. Gear Daddies are revving up for hometown 25th Anniversary shows in Minnepolis coming up soon.
"The Oldest Story in the Book" by Paul Kelly
Australian Paul Kelly is one of those musicians that I have known of and loved for a long time, but who I someone feel like I have missed out on. He has been making music for many years, and he is still making great music, and I am trying to get up to speed. This song, which I love, is from his 2004 album Ways and Means and was included on his 2008 compilation Songs from the South Volume 2. The video was shot at Music City Roots here in Nashville in 2013 when that show was still held at the Loveless Barn.
"Mostly Miss in a Hit Kinda Town" by Darrin Bradbury
A live version of a song that later appeared on Darrin's True Love album. Supposedly, this recording from his live album Tur-Lyfe: A Live Recording of Unfortunate Events, is the first performance of this song (but don't rely on this information for anything important). Darrin will be coming soon to a city near you (if you are near one of the cities - in the Mid-West and South) in the near future, and rumor has it a new live album is coming soon in addition to the hotly anticipated Life is Hard studio album which I have heard and love.
"Sleepwalker Blues" by Joe Sundell
Sometimes songs meander around my playlist for several months and then jump out a odd times to offer a jolt a awesomeness. I featured some of Joe Sundell's music from his album The Hat Thief many months back (maybe a year or so), and this song stuck around my playlist to add some authentic country music to this mix.
"I Been to Georgia on a Fast Train" by Billy Joe Shaver
Speaking of which... Billy Joe Shaver is included in my listing of GREAT artists that I got to see live this month. He performed at Music City Roots a couple of weeks ago. This one goes all the way back to his 1973 debut album Old Five and Dimers Like Me.
"Fairly Local" by Twenty One Pilots
There are some that may say that following up Billy Joe Shaver with Twenty One Pilots is pretty screwed up. Hell, I may even be one of them, but I have learned not to question the wisdom of the shuffle. The shuffle works in mysterious ways... take that how you must... This song is from the forthcoming album Blurryface, and it was included on a Noisetrade Bonnaroo compilation.
"Sure Thing" by Sam Morrow
I featured Sam Morrow's music on Ear to the Ground a couple of years ago, and I am really glad he jumped back onto my radar. I have been seriously digging the new music he's been putting out. This is a live recording of a song from his 2014 album Ephemeral which is an EP which you can find on Noisetrade.
"Song for Harry Nilsson" by Luke Saxton
Luke Saxton is a young singer-songwriter from the UK. This song about the late American singer-songwriter is on the album Sunny Sadness which was released back in November, and I like it quite a bit.
"Rikki's Shuffle" by Michael Hedges
From Live on the Double Planet by the late guitar virtuoso Michael Hedges.
"Honey Don't Think" by Grant Lee Buffalo
Another nifty song from Mighty Joe Moon which was a primo thrift store find of mine at the beginning of this month.
"A Love Bizarre" by Michael Hedges
Besides being an other-worldly guitar player, Michael Hedges also liked to do unexpected covers. This is a cover of the Sheila E song and is also on the Live on the Double Planet album.