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And so it goes, and we reach the end of another work week here at #E2TG. Heading into the weekend just ahead of Thanksgiving here in the United States. There is a ton of great music happening this weekend at different venues. Choose your poison and get out there.
Among the shows coming up today and tomorrow (and no I cannot make it to all of these): Today: Joey Kneiser of Glossary is releasing a new record, and he will play this evening at Grimey's. Will Kimbrough is also he releasing a new record, and he will be playing The Basement at 7:00 with Nellie Clay opening. Today is Tommy Womack's birthday, and we will playing around 9:00 at The Family Wash. Also tonight, the East Nashville Underground: A Magical Reunion is going on at The Basement East. Plus there is the weekly, Tim Carroll Rock and Roll Happy Hour at The 5 Spot. Plus probably tons of other stuff.
Tomorrow night: One of this blog's favorites Mark Robinson Band will be playing an early show at The 5 Spot (6:00 start). Joey Kneiser will be playing that venue after that. Meanwhile, over at the Family Wash - Knoxville poet and songwriter R.B. Morris will be playing. Plus the aforementioned East Nashville Underground event continues at The Beast. and More...
We have a Featured Friday Shuffle that I am really happy about today... let's take a gander...
"Pieces of Things" by Lindsay Ellyn
What can I say? This is another track from Lindsay's Out of Road EP which is one of my faves of the year. Lindsay somehow manages to pull of great fashion sense, amazing songwriting ability, and being one of the most generous and genuine people I know. Plus, she surrounds herself with some incredibly talented people (both on this record and in her live performances).
"Broken As I Am" by Stone Cupid
From the forthcoming album, The Cardinal. This is one of two leaving California songs that Julie Christensen sings. While, we know that California misses her, Nashville is awfully glad to claim her. Backed by an amazing band of Nashville's finest, Stone Cupid serves as wonderful encapsulation of Christensen's storied career and life.
"All My Nightmares" by Maxim Ludwig
Way back in at the very beginning of this blog, when I was still trying to figure out what Ear to the Ground was going to be, I decided to create an Artist of the Week feature (the feature lasted several months and gave way to the Featured Artists feature which lasted several more months). The very first Ear to the Ground Artist of the Week was Maxim Ludwig. At the time, he was performing with his band, The Santa Fe Seven. Later he recorded under a different band name, and now he is back with music recording under the name Maxim Ludwig. He has new single, which I am really digging. I really like keeping up with the music and artists I have "discovered" through writing this blog, and it is always a great thing when one of them puts out new music.
"So Long, So Long" by Jeremy Nash
My shuffle function seems to really be enjoying Jeremy Nash's Getaway Driver record, and I cannot say that I blame it one bit. This is another fine track of that album.
"Killing Women and Children" by Tom House
Tom House is a songwriter and a poet who has long been a fixture on the Nashville music scene. His latest album is called Songs Like Dreams... More Like Blood. Looking forward to hearing and writing more about his music.
"Sorry You're Sick" by Mary Gauthier
Another track from Cold and Bitter Tears: The Songs of Ted Hawkins. This track features Mary Gauthier. I got to see her perform this song at the meet and greet for the record, held during Americana week. A really lovely song.
"Major Key" by Jon Latham
"What are you wanting out of this? A little more Steve Earle, a little less heroin." So opens Jon Latham's Real Bad News - that studio banter is followed by this song on which Latham delivers. This is the defining song on the album and sets the tone. A steady rocker that hits on all cylinders (clever and intelligent references, powerful lines and a crystal clear musicality). This should be your new favorite song.
"Sweet Magnolia Love" by D.L. Duncan
And we close out the day with some more excellent blues from the self-titled record by D.L. Duncan which features some amazing players including Delbert McClinton, Sonny Landreth and many more. If this music does not make you feel better, I am not sure what will.