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So, I guess the sort of official AMA Fest things start today - or something like that, but last night things got off to an official and wonderful start with the Kevin Gordon CD Release Show at the City Winery- Nashville with Sarah Potenza opening. You can read my review - here (currently on the front page of No Depression)
Tonight things get going in a pretty insanely good way with a throw down at the Basement East featuring so many people it is not even funny. Doors at 7, Show starts at 8 with Campfire Propaganda (an amalgamation of killer songwriters all of whom I have raved about on E2TG). Don't be late...
Meanwhile, we have a shuffle....
"Chase the Sun" by Millar Jukes and The Bandits
Millar Jukes is a Scottish born, Australian Americana inspired singer/songwriter who with his band The Bandits just released a new EP called Chase the Sun. We have the title track for you today.
"Lilly Vereen" by Jesse and Noah
We have another track from the Driven Back album by Nashville based sibling duo - Jesse and Noah. The video is their 2013 CXCW submission.
"Galapagos" by Family Fodder
Another one from the excellent 13 O'clock compilation put out by PPNW Records out of Atlanta. Family Fodder are based in London and formed in the late 1970s. Alig Fodder forms the heart of the band which has had a rotating membership during their existence. They have continued to perform and record to this day - with periodic dormant periods. This is a previously unreleased track which was recorded in 1985.
"National Funbike Tournament" by Discount Ravioli
You get some interesting results when you search for Discount Ravioli, but you do not get any videos of the band. As I mentioned before, their 21 track album - Robin Schultz and the 21 Prayers - was recorded in a tent in the wee hours of the morning following the fourth of July. Since no video - here is the track for your enjoyment and future reference.
"Battle Cry" by joykill collective
"A disaffected call to arms"... joykill collective are a UK alt-rock band with a left-wing political bent and a poetic lyrical persuasion. This single was released last month. Dig it!
"Take Me I'm Yours" by Squeeze
Honestly, I do not know how Squeeze managed to produced song after song of pure pop gold without becoming massively famous in the US. All I can say is that the 80s were a strange time for music in America (but then again what years weren't strange in that way). This was the very first single from the self-titled album and the first track on Singles 45s and Under. The melodies and wordplay are almost too good to be true, but it is true.
"My Camera" by Aaron Lee Tasjan
As ALT prepares for the release of his highly anticipated In the Blazes album, we have one of my favorite tracks from his release Crooked River Burning. I am not a studier of the markets for this sort of thing, but I assume there are people out there who dig cool music and who have not yet discovered Aaron Lee Tasjan. If that is you today, there is no need to feel ashamed or inadequate, just get yourself acquainted and prepare to have your mind blown. Aaron Lee will be playing the big to-do tonight at the Beast - so get there!
"Gone South" (Electric Rock) by Mark Robinson
Preeminent Nashville Blues Rocker and Ear to the Ground favorite, Mark Robinson just released (as in today!) a new single. Like traditional singles, it has an A side and a B side. The only difference is that the same song is on both sides, but each side as a radically different version. (Hint: They are both fantastic). Today we feature the hard electric rock version that features Robinson and his band (Justin Amaral and Daniel Seymour) joined by the talented Michael Webb (who has played with Poco and John Fogarty) on Hammond B3 and Rick Schell (Pure Prairie League) on Background Vocals. Thursday evening, Robinson will be celebrating the release opening up David Olney's Residency at The 5 Spot. (Note the special 5:00p.m. start and don't miss it).
"The Struggle" by Minutemen
From The Punch Line. Watt, Hurley, and the late D. Boon tell all about The Struggle in :45 seconds. They do a lot in less than a minute!
"Think Too Hard" by Syd Straw
What a better way to end this really cool shuffle than with our penultimate track from Surprise. Syd Straw here is covering a song by The dB's. The video is a performance from David Letterman that featured the one and only Dave Alvin. That is a whole lot of awesome in one place.