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"White Lies" by Jason and the Scorchers
Although no video exists, I often pretended to be Warner Hodges while playing air-guitar to songs like this one back in my young days. If you really want to visualize that, just remember I was significantly skinnier back then... From Lost and Found.
"Rich" by Royal Teeth
Royal Teeth return to the shuffle. This time with a song that did not appear on the band's debut album Glow (I hope I got that right). The recording (and video in the playlist below) are from a World Café Session and was recorded in the band's hometown of Lafayette, Louisiana (which coincidently is where my parents lived when they were first married). They play a pretty infectious brand of Indie, Dance, Pop.
"Drop" by Elephant Revival
Elephant Revival - besides being about the 3rd or 4th band we've featured on #E2TG with Elephant as part of their name - are a high-energy folk/Americana band from Colorado. The song was first released on the band's 2010 album Break in the Clouds... the recording in the shuffle is taken from the forthcoming live CD/DVD called Sands of Now which are scheduled for release a week from today.
"On My Way" by Ivan and Alyosha
The Seattle Folk-Pop band are up next with one of their catchiest songs - from their 2013 album All the Times We Had.
"Crooked Mountains" by Tom Schreck
Nashville singer-songwriter Tom Schreck has a birthday today! How does my random shuffle know these things? He is one my favorite local writers, and this song is from his album Save Your Glory. Happy Birthday Tom!
"Rocky Island" by The Barefoot Movement
When you meet a band for the first time randomly at the Cash Cabin, and walk away charmed by their personality and with a couple of CDs of their music, you have a good feeling. Fortunately, the music backs all that up. This song is a traditional song from the band's EP The High Road which features six traditional songs.
"I Don't Want Nobody" by Rich Robbins (feat. Dantrell Cotton) (prod. Since '93)
Rich Robbins, who I have been following now for a couple of years (we first met him when he was billed as Christian Robins), speaks his truth and does so brilliantly and beautifully. His debut album Nimbus features some pretty heady stuff, and is definitely worth a listen. We dug deeper for the video - pulling up "Suburban Trap Rat" which was on a mixtape which first introduced us to this young man.
"You Are Who You Are" by A Boy Named Banjo
We close out the day and the week with a young Nashville band who recently performed at Bonnaroo. I got to see them a couple of months back at City Winery as part of a Ben Bullington tribute put on by their bassist Abe Scott's father, Darrell Scott.