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The end of the work week is at hand. Sunny skies and cooler temperatures are not a bad thing for mid-November.
We have a short but diverse collection of songs to round out the week - it ends with a five song run of awesome Nashville music.
"Raspberry Moon" by The Jackals
Before we get to the Nashville artists, we go international for a bit. Here is another awesome track from the album People by the Edinburgh band, The Jackals.
"Harperia" (8-bit) by vod
We next touch down in Canada for this interesting, experimental track from vod from Saint-Bruno-Lac-Saint-Jean. This song, which was released just ahead of the recent Canadian elections which saw the defeat of conservative Stephen Harper for which this song is named. This track came to my attention via the participation of Gabriel Lucas Gitin Riccio who you probably remember from The Gabriel Construct. I featured their album Interior City pretty extensively a couple of years ago. (An aside: Gabriel Construct recently played their first ever live show - which if you member the complexity of the music, you will realize was a remarkable achievement). Gabriel provided the vocals for the main "Harperia" track which we will get to soon enough. This is a cool, lo-fi electronica instrumental version of the track.
"Soul Thang" by Daphne Willis
We finally get back to Nashville to catch up with Daphne Willis. I first met and heard Daphne earlier this year down in Safety Harbor, Florida at the annual Safety Harbor Song Fest. This is a track from her brand new EP, Get It, which was released one week ago today. I attended the soft release show a few days prior to release - at the Basement East - where I caught up with another Nashville writer who I met at Safety Harbor. Chris Gelbuda co-produced this EP. Daphne Willis plays high-energy and fun, Pop music. Get It - as I said - is out now... so do what the title says.
"Old" by Reckless Johnny Wales
I have to say, with one of those birthday's with a zero coming up in about two months, the concept of aging has been on my mind. With age comes experience and some change of perspective. Reckless Johnny may call himself old, but he is definitely not "in the way". His album, American Heart, is looking to get an official release early next year. I was lucky enough to hear some of his interesting stories from a fascinating life. I hope to have the chance to hear more soon.
"CIA" (Home Recording, 2014) by Tom Schreck
"I Never Sang for No One But Myself" (Live 2014-02-24 At BLDG Nashville) by Tom Schreck
So thrilled to have two songs in a row from Nashville Outsider Tom Schreck from his new EP, Added Glory. The EP is meant to be a companion piece to his previous releases, Outsider (2009) and Save Your Glory (2014). The first track is a home recording of a song on which Schreck blows his cover. The second is a rocking version of a song that was originally on Outsider. It was recorder at BLDG with Schreck band, Tom Schreck Escapes. Tom is one of my favorite writers in town, and I highly recommend that you check him out if you have not.
"Flawless Diamond" by Jeremy Nash
We close things out with another Nashville songwriter. Jeremy Nash recently returned to town. He has a brand new record called Getaway Driver which I am really enjoying. This is a track from that record. The album has a gorgeous cover - by the way. I got to see Jeremy play some songs solo at Bobby's Idle Hour a couple of weeks ago, and that is where I got my grubby little hands on this record. Highly recommended.