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One of my absolute favorite people and one of Nashville's best songwriters, Jon Latham has completed his first album, Real Bad News. Real Bad News is the name of the album. The fact that he has completed it is real good news! He has a Indiegogo campaign to help get the album out in physical form. Here's the details...
On to the shuffle!
"Roman Candles" by Benchmarks
Benchmarks is the band formerly known as Todd Farrell and the Dirtybirds. The name change was meant to better represent who the band have become. Based upon their new EP American Night, which came out a month or so ago, they are a band who have found themselves. This track in particular evokes the comfortably unpredictable feel of a hot summer night in the South - out in a field... fireworks and alcohol and abandon.
"Please Don't Give Up on Me" by Amy Black
Singer-Songwriter Amy Black's latest album, The Muscle Shoals Sessions, is a tribute to the great music that has (and continues to) come out of the "Shoals" in Alabama. The album contains covers of some truly classic songs mixed in with some choice original songs - like our track today. I would think that it takes some audacity to place ones own songs along side some proven classics, but Black has the songwriting chops to pull it off. She is backed by a stellar band.
"Lovin' Babe" by Anna and Elizabeth
Anna and Elizabeth are a duo from Virginia. They play Appalachian Roots music. This song is a traditional tune from their self-titled album which came out earlier this year.
"My Baby Got It" by The Satisfactors
One more dose of pure rock and roll from the New Jersey super-group from their self-titled debut album.
"Sympathy for the Devil" by Ben Arthur
The leadoff track from Ben Arthur's forthcoming album of "answer songs", is a response to the classic Rolling Stones' song from Beggars Banquet. Whereas the Stones' classic is epic in scale, Arthur's response is intimate and personal. It is one of my favorite tracks on this album - maybe because I most familiar with the source material.
"For God Knows Why" by James Roquemore
The opening track from Roquemore's The First EP. Sometimes you don't know why you do things you do...
"Pickled Ginger" by Wilco
Another track from the brand new "surprise" release from Wilco finds the band sounding a good as ever.
"Down the Road" by Steve Earle
From Steve Earle's Guitar Town album - one of my all-time favorites.
"Sometimes I Wish I Didn't Care" by Kevn Kinney's S.T.A.R.
And we close out this Tuesday shuffle with a song from Kevn Kinney's Sun Tangled Angel Revival (S.T.A.R.) from 2006's Comin' Round Again. Kinney closes out his month-long residency at The 5 Spot tomorrow night with guests Warner Hodges and Chuck Mead. Hodges has announced that he will be backed by a band that is essentially The Bluefields (Dan Baird, Brad Pemberton, and Joe Blanton).