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Our shuffle today begins with a powerhouse Georgia Gospel singer-songwriter and ends with a Telepathic Teddy Bear. In between.... click through the jump and find out...
"I Feel Like My Time Ain't Long" by Essie Mae Brooks
Via the Music Maker Relief Foundation... Essie Mae Brooks was born in 1930 and began singing with her grandfather, who was a harmonica player, and she begin singing and writing Gospel music as a child. She has never stopped.
"To Miss Someone" by Maria McKee
Another beautiful song from the self-titled debut solo album by the former lead singer of Lone Justice.
"My Friend From College" by 100% Beefcake
I don't know which is stranger: a couple of young Connecticut teenagers singing about a friend from college, that said teenagers call themselves 100% Beefcake, or that they music they produce is both delightfully weird and downright awesome. It's all strange to me, but then again, I like strange.
"McLane's Dad" by Mothers
New York band Mothers album Panamanian Times has been floating around our playlist for several months now, and it is always cool when another song pops into the shuffle. This one is called "McLane's Dad". A refreshing breath of punk rock attitude in the middle of a Wednesday shuffle.
"Beast of NYC" by The End Men
I honestly thought 2013 Ear to the Ground Band of the Year, The End Men were the Beast of NYC... but they are definitely Beast-like in their power and intensity.
"The World Ender" by Lord Huron
Lord Huron is an L.A. band. This song is from their latest album, Strange Trails which was released earlier this year. The gorgeous recording I listened to came from a World Café session and was one of 100 songs that World Café made available for immediate download (visit the World Café Tumblr page).
"Sweet Tennessee" by Judah and the Lion
As I have mentioned, Judah and the Lion are a fast-rising band from Nashville. Judah Akers happens to be the son of two people I went to school with years ago (a year or so apart). The song is the title track from an EP that was released in 2013. It is a lovely tribute to my home state.
"Stay Here With Me" by Jesse Terry
Jesse Terry is a Connecticut based singer-songwriter who will be appearing at Bonnaroo later this month. I know this because this song was on the Noisetrade Bonnaroo compilation album. It is the lovely lead and title track from their 2013 album.
"Alison's Starting to Happen" by Lemonheads
A classic from the classic album, It's A Shame About Ray...
"Andy's Song" by Telepathic Teddy Bear
"I hear the drying leaves
Tumbling down the sun coated hill
They crumble in my hand
And they leave another void to fill" A lovely song from the EP Forgiveness...