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Having come of age musically speaking in and around Nashville in the late 80s, it would not surprise anyone that last night's show featuring Webb Wilder and the Beatnecks, Bill Lloyd and his fantastic band, Warner Hodges and his fantastic band, and the newly reunited Government Cheese would be an exciting thing for me to see. I think what impressed me the most was that it wasn't all or even mostly about nostalgia or looking back. I mean sure, I got a certain thrill when Webb did Poolside from It Came From Nashville - his first album. And there were significant memories stirred in the Nashville Jam finale - when everyone returned to the stage to do the late Tim Krekel's "I Can't Help Myself" (a song that Jason and the Scorchers recorded). The most significant aspect of the evening was that everyone had newer material and seemed to be looking forward not back. Government Cheese has a brand new album after decades apart. And Warner Hodges, I dare say, rocked the Music City Roots stage about as hard as it has even been rocked.
On to the shuffle...
"Rufus Baker, Mermaid" by Atticus Floyd
From the album Russell Stover Stole My Baby. Some awesome experimental noise rock stuff. I could not find any videos of Atticus Floyd so since Atticus Floyd is a member of Circus Propaganda, I posted a Circus Propaganda video instead. Check out Atticus Floyd, though, y'all.
"Tree" by Grumsling
From A Church, On a Boat, In the Sea... The Oakland, California based Grumsling are back in the shuffle with another highly original, cool song.
"Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer" by Old Crow Medicine Show
For the record, Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary closed in 2009. Old Crow Medicine Show are truly Nashville musical treasures. This song is the lead track from the band's ninth studio album, Remedy which was released about a year ago.
"Hitler's Tears" by John Wesley Harding
Only a master songwriter could write a song like this... Another from the fabulous Why We Fight?
"Tinsel and Lights" by Tracey Thorn
Another from the World Café sessions. It is always refreshing to have a Christmas song in the shuffle in early June. Even better when said Christmas song is by a member of Everything But the Girl. From the 2012 holiday album of the same name.
"Foot of the Hill" by Boxed In
Boxed In is Oli Bayston a producer and former member of the band Keith. This song his from the self-titled debut album which was released around the first of this year.
"Low" by [debut]
Another swell sounding Electronic/Indie song from the album Postcards from Berlin.
"Coney Island" (Live from the City of Brotherly Love) by Good Old War
The Philadelphia band have a sampler out on Noisetrade that includes songs from the latest Good Old War album, Broken Into Better Shape."North Country" by American Scarecrows
We close out the shuffle with another song from the Yesteryear by this awesome Minnepolis rootsy rock band.