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We are reaching the end of the 2015. After today's post, we only have three more "Earies" to award before the crowning of the 2015 E2TG Artist of the Year. The anticipation is palpable.
One of the many perks of writing Ear to the Ground, is that I get the opportunity to hear and write about awesome music which otherwise may have slipped past me. So, today's "Earie" Award is going to go out to the some of the best of that category from 2015.
1. The Poorhouse Says are an Americana/Indie-Folk/Folk-Rock band from St. Louis. They released As Patterns Go, and I was fortunate enough to get to hear it and tell you folks about it.
2. Broken Guru are a Alt-Rock band from New York City. They released Bent Up Halo earlier this year. The album injected a refreshing burst of hard alternative rock into our shuffle.
3. The Hidden Agendas are a Pennsylvania rock and roll band who came to my attention is 2015. Although, I have only been able to feature one or two of their songs, they made a big impression, and I look forward to more music ahead.
4. The Naddiks - This band from Canberra, Australia could have easily been included in the International "Earie" category, but then I could have had to do some heavy-duty geographic research to figure out if Canberra or Christchurch, New Zealand was further away. And nobody wants that. The Naddiks combine blistering, upbeat rock and roll with positive lyrics which are much appreciated in this day and age which can be a rather negative place. They released 21CB (21st Century Boy) this year, and more recently, they just released an anti-bullying single called, "Stop, Listen, and Love"
Moving on - we jump back into our holiday music shuffle with a very special edition....
A dialogue Intro from Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas
A nifty Intro to Intro the shuffle...
Black Tuesday Christmas Special by Jeff Black
Jeff Black recently made available the 2008 edition of Black Tuesday Christmas Special featuring Black and his kids. The award winning Nashville songwriter performs such holiday favorites as "Away in the Manger", "Rudolph the Red Nosed Raindeer", "Winter Wonderland" and more. A great addition to the shuffle.
"Riverbottom Nightmare Band" + "Closer-Brothers Medley" from Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas
Two more classic tunes from the Jim Henson production. Some hard rocking critters called the Riverbottom Nightmare Band deliver their theme song. And although it is referred to as a medley, the other track is by all estimations a mash-up.
"Silent Night" by Future of Forestry
And we close out the shuffle with a lovely, atmospheric rendering of the German Christmas carol, "Silent Night".