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It is Tuesday. A bit tired today after a night of great music. The Nashville Conundrum was in full effect, but one thing I didn't say yesterday, is that I've learned that it is okay to feel bad for the shows you missed - especially when it means missing the show of a friend, but in the end, when you've made your choice, you should expend more energy appreciating the show you did see than you do regretting the show(s) you missed. Life is kind of like that, too, I think.
"Walter Mitty" by Cletus Kennelly and Lori Kelley
Cletus and Lori were a popular duo in the Greater Washington D.C. area over the last decade. In 2014, Lori Kelley decided to move to Nashville to pursue a solo career, and I have been fortunate enough to hear some of her great music. Recently Cletus Kennelly came through Nashville, and I had the rare treat of seeing them perform together. I also got hold of their 2005 album Lotus, and I have been digging it tons. "Walter Mitty" is a track from that album. In the video playlist, we have the duo's cover of "America" by another duo - Simon and Garfunkel.
"When a Car Becomes a House" by Darrin Bradbury
The title track from Darrin Bradbury's most recent collection of demos. This song is about the time that he lived out of his car. Stay tuned for news of his new record. I have had the pleasure of hearing the final mixes, and it is going to be amazing.
"Back Inside the Shell" by Artur U and the New City Limits
Relatively new #E2TG favorites, Artur U and the New City Limits are from Finland, and this song is from their relatively new album, Holiday from Eternity. This is some innovative music with elements of Rock, Pop, and Alternative.
"Hymn" by Tom Schreck
A gorgeous song from Schreck's incredible album Save Your Glory. He calls himself the Nashville Outsider, but dammit Nashville! Let him in!
"Maggots and Flies" by Dead in 5
Sometimes, I wonder if my quest for diversity in the music I feature serves to bring a diverse audience or to drive people away. It doesn't really matter, I guess. I am what I am, and Ear to the Ground is what it is. There is no logical way to explain following up a gorgeous song like "Hymn" with a song called "Maggots and Flies" - except to say that it is a great big weird wild world, and I have a variety of interests and who is to say that the world always makes sense, and so why should my shuffles always make sense... Dead in 5 are from Detroit, and they rock... hard. Check them out, if you dare.
"Black Pony" by The Wans
The Wans are a hard rocking, Nashville garage band who I have been hearing about. This song is from the Noisetrade SXSW mixtape, and it was featured in a commercial for BMW - as all good aggressive, garage rocks songs should be.
"Dance With Me" by The Danbury Lie
I have two The Danbury Lie albums in my current playlist. This is from Scattered Moments of Connection - the oldest of two albums (by about two months). Fun fact: two of the artists in today's shuffle first came to my attention directly as a result of my writing about Don Ryan back in late 2012 or so. Today is Don's birthday, so it seems appropriate to have music from The Danbury Lie and Darrin Bradbury in the shuffle.
"A Farm Named Froo" by John Hamilton
This is the theme song to the 1970s film Come On Children which I mentioned the other day. The song composed by John Hamilton, one of the young "stars" of the film introduces the cast. The film is an interesting view into a particular moment in time and a particular group of young people. As I said before, it's kind of a representation of what "reality" television could be in some alternate reality (early 1970s Canada) where a group of teens could be transported to a farm (name Froo) and left to their own devices and vices with just a camera crew to document. Short of major drama, the film nonetheless is fascinating to watch. It's available through the Criterion Collection.
"Born in the U.S.A." by Amanda Shires and Jason Isbell
If anyone was still confused about the meaning of Bruce Springsteen's song (how many times have you heard it played at a 4th of July celebration). This devastatingly beautiful version by Amanda Shires and Jason Isbell leaves very little room for misinterpretation. From the Dead Man's Town - Springsteen Tribute record.
"Keep Yourself Alive" by Queen
The first single off the very first Queen album. Because sometimes you need a little 70s arena rock in your life.
"The Ballad of Ira Hayes" by Townes Van Zandt
Van Zandt's cover of a folk classic written by Peter La Farge. The song has been covered by among others: Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Kinky Friedman, and Pete Seeger.
"Ghost of the Road" by Guadalcanal Diary
We close out today's shuffle with a song from the album, Walking in the Shadow of the Big Man, by Georgia band, Guadalcanal Diary.