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Well.... we made it to mid-week. Last night was a blast. I walked down from work to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum for the CD Release Show for the Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats (the 2 CD Set accompanies the exhibit currently running). Bill Lloyd and the phenomenal Long Players served as the core band and were joined by an all-star lineup that included some of the players on the original recordings (like Al Kooper) as well as family members like John Carter Cash, Jamie Hartford, Britt Ronstadt. Charlie Daniels, Michael Nesmith (Monkees), Julie Christensen, Kathy Mattea, Radney Foster, Jason Ringenberg and many more made for a memorable event. A brief rain delay did not seem to chase to many people away.
After that show, I headed to the Hi Watt to catch Heathen Sons (who were really good) - they are competing in Music City Mayhem for a slot playing Live on the Green so check them out and give them a vote if you can. Benchmarks were next. Formerly known as Todd Farrell and the Dirty Birds, Benchmarks just recently released a new EP which we will be presenting soon. The band had not played together in a few months, but they really sounded good to me, and as always, the songs were excellent. Todd Farrell pulled double duty, joining headliners Two Cow Garage on guitar. It was the last night of a month long tour for the long running Ohio band, and they did not hold back - offering a full-frontal assault of their unique brand of rock and roll.
Now, to this mornings shuffle....
"Promised Land" by Tom Schreck
Nashville singer-songwriter, Tom Schreck leads off today's shuffle with another track from his album Save Your Glory.
"Out My Window" by Tiffany Huggins Grant
Another Nashville singer-songwriter, Tiffany Huggins Grant is up next with another song from her new album Jonquil Child which was released yesterday.
"Rock of Ages" by Grant Lee Buffalo
Grant Lee Buffalo covers Def Leppard... not really... from the album Mighty Joe Moon which I came across in a Goodwill bin, this "Rock of Ages" is an original and a really cool song.
"Call of the Wild" by Tom Tom Club
From Boom Boom Chi Boom Boom which has been in our playlist for several months. After this, we just have one more from that album which we have not featured in a shuffle. In case you don't know, Tom Tom Club is lead by the husband and wife rhythm section from Talking Heads (Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth).
"Alonely" by Bob Lewis
Last week, Bob Lewis (yet another Nashville singer-songwriter) opened up for Darrin Bradbury and Austin Lucas at The 5 Spot, and I was impressed enough to grab some of his music. This is the first official E2TG listen. The track in on his 2011 album, NOw here... I could not find a video of Bob Lewis so here is "Alonely" via Bandcamp.
"The Warmth of the Sun" by The Beach Boys
The latest Feel Bad for You mixtape features "Summer" songs and includes this Beach Boys track which appeared on their 1964 album Shut Down Volume 2 and it was also the B-Side to the single, "Dance, Dance, Dance".
"Exit a Hero" by The Vigilance Committee
The Vigilance Committee is a indie/punk band from Long Island. Exit the Hero is the title and final track of the band's latest release - a concept album which details events in 1800s San Francisco.