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Well, it is FRIDAY! Not only that, but I have a three day weekend ahead of me. Some prelims before we get to the Featured Friday Shuffle...
Last night was another absolutely astonishing night of music at The 5 Spot in East Nashville. First, it was week one of David Olney's September Residency. As always, the songs were fantastic and the band was tight. Besides his usual band (Justin Amaral drums, Daniel Seymour bass, and Sergio Webb guitar), Olney was joined by Ward Stout (who played other stringed type instruments). The highlight for me was when Olney played is signature song, "Deeper Well" and wrapped the song around a mind-blowing mashup of Bo Diddley and "Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
The late show at the Spot began with Reno Bo who was joined on guitar by Sadler Vaden (Jason Isbell's guitar player). Then, Jesse Lafser played a spirited set that impressed me greatly. The night ended with a magical jam that features Cordovas and featured Joe Firstman (who was at one time the band leader on Last Call with Carson Daly), Audley Freed (Black Crowes, Sheryl Crow), Steve Gorman (Black Crowes), and the always amazing Brian Wright. Late in the set, Firstman turned over his bass to guest Pat Sansone (Wilco). The band performed an absolutely killer version of Neil Young's "Cortez the Killer", and then Firstman called up another guest, Jewel who joined the band for John Prine's "Angel from Montgomery". An awe-inspiring end to a great night of music.
Other news, Nashville singer-songwriter Kevin Gordon released his new album, Long Gone Time today. You should buy this album, but if you need convincing, you can check out my review which is up on No Depression.
Finally, an update on WXNA, the new low-power community radio station being created here in Nashville. There are just 4 days left to donate and be a part of making this thing a reality. Details below:
Well, I've run on a bit haven't I... we still have a shuffle to present....
"Savior of Love" by Brian Carpenter and the Confessions
We have our second listen from the forthcoming, Far End of the World album. I am really digging the sound of this Boston band. Check them out!
"Throwing Strikes" by Angela Easterling
One more from the incredible, Common Law Wife, album. This one is about baseball, a crushed dreams, small towns, and hard times.
"Shed My Skin" by Stone Cupid
Our first of two tracks from the forthcoming album The Cardinal by Stone Cupid - the Nashville band fronted by Julie Christensen (Divine Horsemen, Leonard Cohen etc.). The band features the dual guitar attack of Sergio Webb and Chris Tench, bassist Bones Hillman (Midnight Oil) and drummer Steve Latanation (Agent Orange). If you failed to heed my advice to get in on the pre-order, then you will have to wait until early 2016 to hear this record. We have a live performance from Stone Cupid, and a fun video from Julie and her husband in our Video playlist.
"Market Place" by Eight O'Five Jive
Congratulations are in order to Nashville's Eight O'Five Jive. The took home two Nashville Industry Music Awards for Best Live Blues Performers and Best Blues Artists. Well deserved! Too Many Men is a fun album filled with many great songs like the one we featured today.
"Paper Napkins" by Benchmarks
Another one from American Night. This song was first released as a solo single by Todd Farrell back in December. It is such a good song, and rightfully, it ended up on Benchmarks new record.
"Hit Me, Hit Me, Hit Me" by The Satisfactors
More straight ahead rock and roll from the self-titled debut by the New Jersey supergroup. A fun song!
"Broken Wing" by Stone Cupid
Another from The Cardinal. If you catch her live, you may just be able to get your copy of the album. Otherwise, mark your calendar for January 22, 2016.
"The One" by The Danbury Lie
Our final song from Scattered Moments of Connection. More evidence to explain my continued infatuation with this music.