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Welcome to the working week.... Heading into an unusual week - I am off Wednesday - before that I have a busy week, after that I have a busy week. Wednesday will probably we busy, too.
Friday night, I saw two Jon's at The Family Wash. First Jon Byrd and then Jon Langford. Very different sets, but both offering unique and interesting takes on Country music. In between, I got to spend a little time with some East Nashville friends at my friend Bob's birthday bash.
Saturday night, Human Radio at The 5 Spot (they are in the shuffle today so more later about that), and then to the Wash again for Lisa Oliver Gray's birthday show. The amazing singer had a killer band that included Tommy Womack and Ross Rice (of Human Radio) among others.
Tonight, back to the Wash again for a stellar night of music featuring Brock Zeman with Blair Hogan and Darrin Bradbury featuring Megan Palmer. Starts at 7:00 - you do not want to miss it. Later, Brian Wright is playing the Basement with a killer band and with Lilly Hiatt and Jesse Lafser opening.
On to the shuffle....
"Chapel Hill Boogie" by John Dee Holeman
Via the Music Maker Relief Foundation - some Piedmont Blues from one of the living legends of the style.
"The Bridges I've Burned" by Reckless Johnny Wales
Another great track from American Heart. I love some of the lines of this song. Reckless Johnny is one of those larger than life musical figures who you can see quite often around Nashville.
"Table Rock" by Angela Easterling
One of my personal favorites from Angela Easterling's Common Law Wife album.
"Above the Surface" by Bang OK Bang
From a live album recorded at an East Nashville Underground show... Bang OK Bang are a sludgy hard rocking band from Nashville. This song and this recording remind me so much of the independent, local music I grew up listening to... but it is thoroughly modern in all the best ways, which makes it doubly exciting to me.
"Harder to Lie" (Live at Eastside Manor) by David Ramirez
Sticking with recordings made on the east side of Nashville... This recording by Austin-based singer-songwriter David Ramirez sounds gorgeous and it's a great song, too.
"Electromagnetism" by Human Radio
As I mentioned, I got to take in the Human Radio show this past Saturday night. They did a good job mixing their classic tracks with some material from their forthcoming new album. The new songs sounded great. The thing I have always loved about this band is their ability to combine instruments in a unique way and their ability to hit a groove like very few bands can do. Fun show! Great music. Get ready for the new album, and in the mean time, seek out their classic self-titled album which includes this song and tons of other great ones.
"Fly Me Courageous" by Drivin' n Cryin' with Audley Freed
Someone here in town, dubbed this past summer as the Summer of Kevn Kinney. Kinney made several notable appearances around town including a month-long residency at The 5 Spot. Audley Freed (Black Crowes, Sheryl Crow) joined for at least one of those shows. Kinney will be back in Nashville December 5 with his band Drivin' n Cryin'. Warner Hodges will filling the guitar slot and Jason Isbell guitarist Sadler Vaden is the special guest. I don't know if Audley Freed will be in town, but if he is, I would not be surprised if he jumped on stage... maybe for this song which was one of the legendary Georgia band's best known songs and the title track to their 1991 album.
"Minutes Into Hours" by Katie Mac
Katie Mac is a 20 year old singer-songwriter from Liverpool. I really dig this track which I could not find anywhere on-line, but here is a link to her Facebook page if you want to check her out.
"Airstream Transmission" (Live) by Leland Sundries
We close things out with another track from Brooklyn band, Leland Sundries. The song is on a live album called Live at the Creamery. Check them out!