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The unique and wonderful space known as The Building will be closing soon. Over the years, it has provided a home for many of East Nashville's finest songwriters and creative people. Right now, a series of "farewell" shows are happening there. To judge by last night's Open Road Monday, this is not a wake but a celebration of all that has happened in the years that The Building has been opened.
A large crowd gathered for featured acts Darrin Bradbury (with Megan Palmer) and Daniel Lawrence Walker and his band. I stuck around for the open mic and saw a couple of guys whose names I did not catch, Yosi Mesbah, Dave Pahanish, and Tom Schreck. It was a great night of some of the best of what Nashville does.
The Building will be missed, and I hope other places open up to fill the void that will be left when it closes.
On to the shuffle:
"Sorry I Forgot to Write" by Michelle Lewis
Okay. I cannot remember who or how I was lead to Michelle Lewis and her latest release, the EP Live at Club Passim. I am awfully glad I was, though. This some pretty awesome folk music. My first listen - we will be featuring the rest of the EP, and maybe I will figure out who turned me on to this.
"Happy Hour" by Sunny Sweeney
Sunny Sweeney is an Austin based Country singer. This is another track from the excellent album: Cold and Bitter Tears: The Songs of Ted Hawkins. The video playlist includes a different song by Sunny Sweeney as well as Ted Hawkins' version of this song. The album is out now and worth your attention.
"Penn's Woods" by Jeremiah Tall
It seems like it has been a long time since we had a song from Jeremiah Tall's Waking record in the shuffle. We actually still have two more tracks after this one. I am still enamored with the album and it was great be able to feature it again.
From the EP Chapter Two by the Nashville-based alt-folk duo. Chapter One and Chapter Two were released as a single download by Noisetrade earlier this year.
"Gimme the Car" by Violent Femmes
This song was a CD bonus track on the self-titled debut album by the Milwaukee post-punk band. The song encapsulates the album's theme of extreme teenage angst and yearning.
"Good Feeling" by Violent Femmes
Originally the final song on Violent Femmes. This slow - almost nostalgic - song stands in contrast to some of the band's harsher songs. It captures a different (but still valid) side of teenage existence. It is the perfect ending to one of the best albums of its time.
"Sixteen Tons" by Tennessee Ernie Ford
The classic version of the song attributed to Merle Travis. Tennessee Ernie Ford reached number one with his version in 1955. The song was first recorded nearly a decade earlier. This nearly seventy year old song still sounds fresh.
"Nail Driver" by Dirty Basement Blues
We close out this Tuesday shuffle with a hard rockin' Blues band from Michigan who found me on Facebook. Really digging their music a bunch.