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(All though he probably won't read this): Thanks for Kevn Kinney for raising the bar for the 5 Spot residency, for putting on four very different and very awesome shows, and for reminding me once again why I love this town. (took someone not from town to do it, too!). Last night was phenomenal with Kinney generously sharing his time with Todd Snider, Rorey Carroll, Tom Clark, Chuck Mead, and Warner Hodges (who was backed by Dan Baird, Joe Blanton, and Brad Pemberton). There were so many amazing moments.
Tonight should be another amazing night of music... did I mention I love this town? The Basement East will be my destination tonight for Nancy Terzian and The Leg Men and Stone Cupid (starting at 7:00) and then four full band sets from Darrin Bradbury, Brian Wright, Raelyn Nelson, and Lauren Farrah (starting at 9:00)
Now to the shuffle... and we have a great one today....
"Angel in the Snow" by Whiskey Shivers
A perfect antidote for the blistering heat we've been experiencing this summer... this glorious sounding song from Austin, Texas based Whiskey Shivers.
"Everybody Knows (For Trayvon)" by Hurray for the Riff Raff
A heart-breaking, powerful, moving, and beautiful song from the New Orleans based band.
"All I Know" by Lydia Loveless
The great songs continue with this one - the lead track from the 2013 EP Boy Crazy.
"Little Bit of Whiskey" by Bill Morrissey
The late folksinger with a song from the 1991 rerecording of his self-titled debut album with was released in 1984. Pure songwriting at it's very best.
"Out of Road" by Lindsay Ellyn
The title track from Lindsay Ellyn's EP - released back in May which is one of my favorite releases of 2015 so far. "Lindsay Ellyn represents all the best qualities of the “New Nashville” music scene... She brings a fresh perspective and a new voice to town, while maintaining an understanding and interest in the traditions that made us Music City in the first place." (I said that!)
"Broken Heart Tattoos" by Ryan Bingham
From Bingham's latest album, Fear and Saturday Night. By this point in my shuffle- I knew the random feature was onto something pretty cool. "Accidently" pulling together a fantastic string of really great songs.
"Mr. Musslewhite's Blues" by Ray Wylie Hubbard
From Hubbard's latest album Ruffian's Misfortune. This song was one of the highlights when I saw him live earlier this year.
"Rods and Cones" by A Color Engine
The lead track from Voyage Underwater; 56 Knots. A fantastic song from the now defunct band/duo that paired Eric Burchfield from E2TG featured band Elephant Goes West with Don Ryan who is one of my all-time favorites. A little bird... told me Don's new album is getting close to being finished... but that bird actually has "lie" in its name, so who knows...
"Love is All Around" by Husker Du
And what better way to end the shuffle then with Minneapolis post-punk legends doing a cover of the theme song to the classic sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show. "We're gonna make it after all!"