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Rolling on toward Thanksgiving. Keep an eye out for the 1st Annual E2TG Awards - 2015 - which I calling "The Earies". (Tagline: "The Earies, it sounds strange but it's really not").
About "The Earies": I will begin announcing the awards around the first of December and continue on and off throughout the month. There will not be nominees - because no matter how much people say that it was an honor to be nominated... well, you know. Also, we will have recipients and not "winners". This is for two reasons, 1. Calling someone a winner may imply that others are "losers". 2. The recipients may think there is some sort of cash reward, which there is not. Nor are there actual awards. It is an honorary honor.
The awards will culminate with the naming of the 5th Annual Ear to the Ground Artist of the Year.
There will not be fan voting, sorry. Although we had fun in 2011 and 2012 running Readers Polls, I decided at the end of 2012 to suspend the practice.
Bribes will be accepted and the awards will probably go to the highest bidder.
Anyone caught taking the awards too seriously, will be severely teased.
All the awards are not all that serious, what I am serious about is taking another opportunity to recognize some of the great music that came my way in 2015.
In other news, after Thanksgiving, pending my getting in a bunch of seasonal music, I am thinking of having a once-a-week shuffle from a playlist filled with such songs. I am debating what to call the playlist. Christmas is too specific as their may be songs that have nothing to do with Christ's birth. Holiday Playlist will probably piss off people - since apparently Holiday is a nasty word or something. I may just call it the Red Cup Playlist. We shall see.
We have another featured music shuffle today - featuring some favorites (old and new) and some artists hitting the shuffle for the first time.
"Coolin' Out" by Rich Robbins (prod. OnGaud)
One my favorite young hip hop artists is back with another track from his Nimbus debut album. For the video - I reached back to Rich Robbins' first mixtape and the track, "Suburban Trap Rat". This was a nice groovy tune to ease me into the morning drive.
"Where the River Bends" by Brian Carpenter and the Confessions
The new album is called The Far End of the World - it is one of my favorite albums of 2015.
"Lucinda's Room" by Aaron Lee Tasjan
It is no mean trick for an album to be both highly anticipated and a pleasant surprise, but that is what Aaron Lee Tasjan has done with In the Blazes. The album contains some of Tasjan's best songs and the record sounds amazing. ALT is already starting to appear on some "best of" lists. Expect more. Maybe he will even will an "Earie" award....
"Home You Built" by Ali Holder
Careful, #E2TG readers will remember this Austin singer/songwriter from the tracks we posted of her with Raindogg. Holder has a new album called, From My Veins Will Fall. I am really digging this album. This is the first song to appear in a shuffle. More to come.
"I've Got a Feeling" by Eight O'Five Jive
Award winning, Nashville Jump Blues band, Eight O'Five Jive return to the shuffle with another track from their excellent, "Too Many Men" album. Expect to hear more about this album as The Earies progress.
"Oppenheimer's Sister" by Zaibatsu
So called Pregressive (sic) Rock from Italy. Zaibatsu have a new album called Zero, and this is our first listen to that album. More to come.
"The Actress Pt. II" by Calming River
The opening track from The Ones That We Left Behind EP by the Danish singer-songwriter who records and performs as Calming River. This is our first listen to this record, and I like what I hear so far.
"No Change There" by Katie Mac
Our second listen to Liverpool singer-songwriter Katie Mac. I did not find a video for this song, but Katie Mac did recently upload a video for another song.
"Cia" (Reprise) by Tom Schreck
And, we close out the shuffle with the reprise of a song we featured a week or so ago. From the Added Glory EP. Tom Schreck is a Nashville singer-songwriter that you should get to know.