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We are back after taking yesterday off to celebrate Labor Day here in the U.S. I have seen 8 different live performances since my last post.
Sunday night at Foobar, I saw Ryan Dishen, Sioux City Kid, Adrian and Meredith Krygowski, and then long time #E2TG favorites Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray (full band). I saw Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray back in July as a duo where they really stripped their songs down, and that was a fun show. Here the band was tight and they blew the roof off the place.
Last night, I headed out to The East Room for a show that featured three Nashville acts and one band from New York. Toot Sweet from NYC opened the show. We featured them on Ear to the Ground before. They are part of the Mama Coco's Funky Kitchen collective, and thus became the first MCFK band that I have seen live. They were remarkable. Highly distinctive and original sound rooted in interesting older music in a style they call Cabaret Soul. My good friends, Western Shore were next, and they delivered like they always do with their unique brand of Americana music. The Wooly Mama's were next and delivered a high energy performance that was a lot of fun. The headliners were The Lonely Bastards who were celebrating and giving away copies of their new vinyl single. I had seen them some time ago, and I remember that I enjoyed them, but it was good to be reminded of what I liked.
Tonight, Megan Palmer, Amy Speace, Tim Easton, and 2014 E2TG Artist of the Year, Darrin Bradbury are doing a round at the legendary Bluebird Café. It will be Darrin's debut at the Bluebird, and is either a sign that Nashville is changing or else it is some other kind of sign... either way, I am so proud of him.
Today's shuffle as well as the recent live performances I have seen have been further evidence that there is so much great much out in the world right now. The old music business may or may not be dying, and yes it is hard for band's to make money, and yet, every day, I discover and rediscover people who continue to make highly music and then put it out into the world.
"Meteoright" by Futurisk
Another track from the awesome 13 O'clock compilation put out by PPNW Records. Futurisk were an early 80s synth punk, new wave band from Florida. They are getting some latter day reissue treatment.
"Independence Day" by Discount Ravioli
From what I have gathered, the Discount Ravioli album, Robin Schultz and the 21 Prayers, was mostly recorded in a tent in the early hours of the morning of July 5. Independence Day is not to be mistaken for the Will Smith Sci-Fi Action flick of the same name, however, if you really want to mistake this song for that movie, then who am I to harsh your buzz.
"Check the Setlist" by Tom Schreck
Nashville songwriter/Outsider from his album Save Your Glory. Rumor has it, Schreck is finishing up an EP called Added Glory. (Actually he posted about it on Facebook, but it is more fun to call it a rumor).
"Dead Men's Garden Part II" by Bashful Hips
Another track from Too Old for a Coming of Age Story. So good...
"This Lonely Road" by Brian Carpenter and the Confessions
Another cool track from The Far End of the World which is due out in early October."Night Still Comes" by Neko Case
Last week we had Neko Case as part of the band The New Pornographers. Here she is solo from her 2013 album The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, the more I Love you.
"Here She Comes Now" by The Velvet Underground
Another gem from White Light/White Heat.
"St. Roch Blues" by Hurray for the Riff Raff
A glorious song from New Orleans band, Hurray for the Riff Raff.
"Can't Back Out" (acoustic) by The Silent War
The Silent War is the relatively new duo that features singer songwriter Garrison Starr and Adrianne Gonzalez. This came from a Noisetrade sampler.