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We've teamed up with The Finger to put on what we hope will be the first of many showcase events... it's going down tomorrow (Wednesday August 19, 2015) at The Building in East Nashville. Details can be found at the Event Page on Facebook!
Yesterday, our Facebook Page crossed a milestone yesterday when we reached 300 followers. Thanks to a groundswell, we are a mere 94 away from 400! Seriously, it means more to me than you will ever know. When I started E2TG in May 2011, I honestly didn't know if anyone would read it. Anyway, I promised surprises for the lucky 300th Follower.... in an incredible stroke of luck - the awesome Songwriter/Guitarist Tim Carroll was the lucky one! It's kind of funny because when we reached 200, another great Songwriter/Guitarist, Richie Owens, was the one!
So... You can see, that the Tim Carroll's name graces the post title. I think this is the first time a real person has had that "honor". Who knows, now that I am big time, maybe I will start selling naming rights.... or maybe not...
It would have been cool if a Tim Carroll song had come up in the shuffle, but alas... still, I know there are some songs in today's shuffle that Tim will dig.
"You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" by The Byrds
From Sweethearts of the Rodeo, comes The Byrd's version of a Bob Dylan song. "Down into the easy chair..."
"She's Gone" by The Train Set
The Train Set were a UK band from the late seventies/early eighties. Their music is getting some renewed interest with the release of the compilation, Never California. "She's Gone" was an early single by the band. We will have more by The Train Set coming up... this is an amazing slice of a great era in music and for me a second chance to hear something I missed the first time around.
"Tell Me Cosmo" by Susan James
More awesome fresh original Paisley Underground inspired Pop music from the fantastic album Sea Glass!
"That Horse" by Tomas Doncker Band
Big Apple Blues is a fantastic achievement for New York No Wave veteran, Tomas Doncker. It is a powerful, bluesy ode to the greatest city in the world. "That Horse" delivers a brutally powerful message.
"Cindy Vedantam" by Batkhi Dahn
Batkhi Dahn, as I have share before, is a side project of The Foresters Hayden Nork. It is delightfully weird in the best possible ways. This song comes from the Four Song Delinquent EP (which was released back in November 2014). Many things have been released since this one... those The Foresters kids are nothing if not prolific.
"Letter to Shreveport" by Kevin Gordon
Kevin Gordon is flat out one of the best songwriters and performers working today. I've had the great opportunity to see him several times over the last few months, and every time he impresses me more and more. He has been at this music thing for a while now, and his latest album Long Gone Time is set to be released in September. This song is from that album, and showcases some of the things that makes Gordon such a powerhouse.
"Dead Man's Shoes" by Brock Zeman
Pulling Your Sword Out of the Devil's Back is a pretty long album title, and it is also a damn fine record. If you have yet to hear Brock Zeman, correct this oversight right away.
"Watermelon Kid" by Ted Drozdowski's Scissormen
We close out today's shuffle with track from Love and Life, the brand new album from Ted Drozdowski's Scissormen. This is the story of a real life man called Watermelon Slim, who besides being a bluesman is a member of mensa and used to drive trucks. This song was one of the highlights of the Album Release Party last weekend for Love and Life. By the way, I ran into Tim Carroll at that release show, and I guess that brings this post full circle back to the beginning.