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So... even by Nashville standards, the middle part of this week has been an embarrassment of musical riches. I already recapped Tuesday night. Last night for me, began at The 5 Spot - the preeminent East Nashville dive bar for week one of Kevn Kinney's July Residency. Kinney in and of himself would have made the show noteworthy, but we was joined by Gibb Droll on guitar and E2TG favorite Shelly Colvin jumped in a couple of songs for background vocals, and Todd Snider was there to add some awesome harmonica to a couple of songs. The last song of the show included all of the above covering The Replacements' classic "Here Comes a Regular" which Kinney managed to morph into the refrain from Nirvana's "All Apologies". It was a truly magical moment which would have been more than enough to make the night complete... and that was all before 8:00....
After that show ended, I hoofed it over to The Basement East in time to see Tiffany Huggins Grant perform a short solo set of songs from her brand new album (which I'm sure you already own since I've been telling you about it...right?) Her incredible voice was in evidence.
By this point, rumors were circulating about the happenings back at The 5 Spot. Thanks for Mark Robinson and Sue Havlish for the lift back over there. It was the 2nd Anniversary of Jerry Pentecost's Country and Western Wednesday - on the 2nd Wednesday of every month features classic Country and Western covers performed by an awesome house band with stellar guest stars. For the anniversary show, they pulled out all the stops... I'll leave some awesome people off, but the guest included Derek Hoke, Cory Chisel, Elizabeth Cook, Amanda Shires, Bobby Bare Jr., Chance McCoy, Wayne Moss (of Barefoot Jerry), Jim Lauderdale, and incredibly the one and only Lucinda Williams. The club was packed out, but I had a good time connecting with friends and experiencing the moments...
Needless to say (or maybe needed to be said), I think I'm going to stay in tonight and recover... but the shuffle goes on and we have a good one today.... so....
"Goin' Down South" by R.L. Burnside
First up, the late Mississippi Bluesman with the title track from an album that was released in 1998 but which features recordings from a decade earlier.
"Not Punk" by Aaron Lee Tasjan
Next up, ALT speaks the truth in a spoken word track from his latest EP Telling Stories to the Wall.
"Me and You and Jackie Mittoo" by Superchunk
A World Café Session from the legendary North Carolina Indie Rock band with a track from their 2013 10th album, I Hate Music.
"You Can Call Me Al" by Paul Simon
Moving on... our penultimate track from our revisit of Paul Simon's Graceland, and one of #E2TG Artist of the Year Darrin Bradbury's favorite songs.
"I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down" by Elvis Costello and the Attractions
The hits keep coming... as Elvis creates a short burst of pure pop heaven with a track from Get Happy!
"While I Was Gone" by Michael Sackler-Berner
One more from one of my newest favorites... from his Double EP collection... intelligent pop music for our time...
"Quarterback" by Kopecky
The Nashville band formerly known as Kopecky Family Band are up next with the first single from their latest album, Drug for the Modern Age which came out back in May.
"On a Holiday" by Artur U and the New City Limits
From Finland... Artur U and the New City Limits are high on my list of favorite artists I "discovered" this year. Their latest album is Holiday from Eternity. I really dig this song.
"Your Frown's My Friend" by Greg Summerlin
My friend Too Much Country included this track on the current "Summer" themed Feel Bad for You mixtape - playing fast and loose with the theme, which can be forgiven because the song is so good. Greg Summerlin is from Birmingham, Alabama (I think). This is taken from an album called The Young Meteors which came out a decade ago.
"Color of Her Eyes" by Gear Daddies
We close things out today with another reminder as to why I love Gear Daddies so much. From Billy's Live Bait.