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Well it's Friday and it is All Hallows Eve Eve and it is sunny today and did I mention it is Friday!
Last night I completed my punch card and made it to all five of the Campfire Propaganda residency shows. This week Megan Palmer and Brian Wright were back, and Darrin Bradbury was out of town on tour. Great sets of music by Tim Easton, Brian Wright (who covered Darrin's "Blue Highways"), Megan Palmer, and then Nellie Clay played with a full (and awesome) band for her CD Release show. She even brought up a horn section for the last two songs.
After that I decided to enjoy the crisp Autumn evening and made my way to Drifter's BBQ to watch Tim Carroll and Luella before heading home to do some preparation for a meeting this afternoon which should help me set a course to make 2016 the best year ever for #E2TG.
We have a featured Friday shuffle that is sure to provide a multitude of treats with a minimum of trickery.
"ネオ東京 Underground" by Victor Love
We start out with some Industrial/Techno music with an accompanying video that is a tribute to the classic Manga/Anime Akira. Fun stuff - check it out. This is the lead track from an album called The Network. Victor Love is from Rome - I believe, by way of Neo Tokyo.
"Cold Stones and Rubble" by Jon Latham
We are now two weeks out from the release of Jon Latham's awesome new album, Real Bad News. The buzz for this record continues to build, and Jon will opening up for Malcolm Holcomb in December 4 at the original Basement.
"Silver Cigarette Case" by the British IBM
Earning their spot in the long line of awesome British Pop bands (Pop in the best sense of that work by the way), I have been really digging on Psychopaths Dream in Black and White. Check them out.
"If I Could Only Turn Back" by Fendrick and Peck
Fendrick and Peck are really nice people who happen to be awesome songwriters and performers. True story, I met Brian Peck the very same night that I met Jon Latham. I had been convinced to accompany Darrin Bradbury and James Tomberlin on a somewhat sketchy drive to a Sunday night open mic somewhere way out on Murfreesboro Pike. We ended up in this rather nice establishment in a strip mall. The open mic featured some kids doing recital pieces, a couple doing traditional songs, and Darrin, James, Brian Peck, Taylor Alexander, Jon Latham, and Drew Kohl doing their amazing songs. Ah, those were much simpler times... (last year). Anyway, this is another great song from the Fendrick and Peck album Lucky Penny which you should definitely check out.
"Land Where The Blues Began" by Sara Syms
Speaking of really nice people and amazing songwriters/performers.... Sara Syms is one of my absolute favorite Nashville artists. She recently released her wonderful new album Way Back Home. Land Where the Blues Began is as good as any place to dive into her music. Sara makes pretty timeless yet timely music- couching her strong songwriting with some great production and instrumentation. Check her out!
"Some Days a Dollar" by Tiffany Huggins Grant
Continuing a theme of Nashville singer/songwriters who are also very nice people... We have been featuring Jonquil Child for some time, and we still have a few more songs in our playlist. Boasting a powerful voice and backed by talented an experienced plays, Jonquil Child is an incredible album. #E2TG favorite, Mark Robinson produced and played on the record.
"Awful Lot" by Susan James
We close things out with our final track from Sea Glass - long time blog favorite Susan James' new album which marked a return to her California singer/songwriter roots and which injected a decidedly Paisley Undergroundish sound to the music.