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The 2015 "Earie" Awards roll onward.
TODAY'S AWARD: The "Middle-Aged America" Award The Premise: No premise - just an inside joke.
The Award goes to: Drew Kohl and Taylor Alexander
Young America was a band from Georgia that had a long run. They released an EP early in 2015 shortly before deciding that with two members in Georgia and two in Nashville, it was no longer viable to continue as a group. The award goes to the two members of Young America who are now living in Nashville. Time flies when you are having fun, thus my joke about Middle-Aged America...
Drew Kohl: Drew is a super talented singer, songwriter, and player. He released Sweetheart, an EP filled with songs that explore different aspects of the theme of Love, earlier in the year, and he has been touring and playing throughout the year, sharpening his sound. His trademark is his high-lonesome bluegrass inspired songs which often feature mind blowing sustained vocal notes.
Taylor Alexander: Taylor has been recording his solo album which is due in 2016. He is a regular performer on Lower Broadway, and he often backs up other musicians. He and fellow "Earie" award winner, Lindsay Ellyn frequently perform as a duo (which I have dubbed: #Tindsay - which Taylor hates so let's make that hashtag trend!). He has an impressive repertoire of classic country tunes and his own compositions have a classic country feel to them.
Congrats, Taylor and Drew! The "Earies" march on for the rest of December culminating in the naming of the 2015 #E2TG Artist of the Year.
By the way, before we jump into the shuffle, I had the great opportunity to head out to the Stone Fox in West Nashville last night to see Chris Scruggs and the Stone Fox 5 play some amazing classic country music. They will be there every Sunday throughout December and most of January. Highly recommended.
"Willie McBroom" by Tom House
A good old-fashioned Appalachian murder ballad from the album Winding Down the Road which was produced by Brock Zeman. Tom House will be performing his latest album, Songs Like Dreams...More Like Blood, tonight at The Basement (the original one).
"Someday" by All The King's Men
All the King's Men are an Indie Rock band from Manchester, UK. They combine a classic rock sound with the classic Manchester attitude. This song is from the band's new EP, Making My Escape. I dig it!
"Get Up, Stand Up" by Peter Tosh
From his 1977 second album, Equal Rights, we have Peter Tosh's version of a song he wrote with Bob Marley. The song was first recorded in 1973 by the Wailers.
"That's All" by The Train Set
We have another song from Never California, the recently released compilation album for this UK band.
"Mary Ann and One Eyed Dan" by Shovels and Rope
Shovels and Rope recently made their 2014 album, Swimmin' Time awailable on Noisetrade.
"It's Alright" by '77
'77 are a band from Barcelona who play aggressive, high energy rock music reminiscent of the year from which their name derives. Their latest album, Nothing's Gonna Stop Us was released back in October.
"Nettles" by Circus Propaganda
From the one and only Circus Propaganda album, Botany.
"Ed Ruscha" by The Transcendents
From Lay Where You Collapse EP by the Christchurch band, The Transcendents. The band have already released a new EP called Common Ground. This song is named for an American Pop-Art artist. It is a great example of the band's signature blend of experimentation with pop music sensibilities.