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Welcome back... No shuffle yesterday because I was off work for Veteran's Day. Lot's to recap...
Tuesday night, I attended the weekly $2 Tuesday show at The 5 Spot. As it always is, it was a great time at a great price. Included: a second opportunity to see Brock Zeman and Blair Hogan - who killed it. Bob Lewis with great band that included my old friend Joe Bidewell plus Lemuel Hayes and Issac Anthony. Plus Derek Hoke's always awesome set, and the late night spot was rocked hard by new Nashvillian K. Phillips whose band included by friend Steven Cooper.
Since, I was off I got to hang out in the studio and observe the making of Darrin Bradbury's next album. A lot of people are going to be surprised by his turn toward gangsta rap, but I never question an artistic genius.
Last night, a great night of songwriters at Mad Donna's featuring the always awesome Kiely Schlesinger who was backed by Drew Kohl - who did a killer version of Springsteen's "Atlantic City", Violet Delancey who was backed by a great band that included Andrew Leahey on guitar, and Lindsay Ellyn who was awesome as always backed by Raun Schultz and Buddy Woodward and for the first time by fiddle player - Holly Parks.
In the midst of all that, I wrote a review of the (still fairly new) Sara Syms album, Way Back Home. The title track (coincidently) showed up in the shuffle today, so I will post the links when I get to that song...
On to the shuffle
"Frying Eggs (The Roadkill Song)" by Darrin Bradbury
Decades from now, musical historians will look back and note that this was the first sign of Darrin's eventual turn toward gangsta rap... what is more gangsta than singing about a dead raccoon? Seriously, this our last track to post from The Story of Bob - the record which made my face famous... By the way, I did not find a video of this song, but I did find a nine year old clip of Darrin.
"Saint Francis" by Gretchen Peters
Another from Hello Cruel World. Gretchen Peters is, hands down, one of the best songwriters working today.
"Side of the Mountain" by Carl Anderson
Another chance to talk about Carl Anderson's amazing album Risk of Loss. The year is almost over and this is still on my mind as one of the best of 2015.
"Goodbye Marie" by Gear Daddies
Billy's Live Bait - along with Let's Go Scare Al - were part of the soundtrack of particularly interesting portion of life. I think the songs (as all great songs do) have held up well in the decades since they were released.
"Florida Water" by Jesse and Noah
Another from Jesse and Noah - this one is from their Driven Back album of original songs. It is a tribute to their home state.
"Way Back Home" by Sara Syms
As I mentioned in the Intro - I have written a review of Sara Syms' awesome new album, Way Back Home. This is the opening and title track which sets the tone for the album. My review can be found on No Depression and right here on Ear to the Ground.
"Walking Down the Road" by Tymon Dogg
Tymon Dogg is a stalwart of the London underground music scene - whose credits include being a part of Joe Strummer's last band, Mescalero's. He also contributed to Sandinista! and Combat Rock by the Clash. Made of Light is the name of his new album which was released last week. Check it out!
"Tears Fall the Same" by Tiffany Huggins Grant
We return to local favorite, Tiffany Huggins Grant with another track from her album, Jonquil Child which also has to be on my list of favorites for the year.
"Motel Matches" by Elvis Costello and the Attractions
And, we close out the shuffle with some classic Elvis from Get Happy! Get Happy! was Elvis Costello's fourth album - his third with the Attraction, and it was released in early 1980 and remains one of my all time favorites.