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I am desperately in need of a second, third, or fourth wind as my Birthday week rolls on. Last night was so much fun. The newly opened The Pub at The Basement East has it's Grand Opening last night, and as always Grimey and company know how to throw a party better than just about anyone I know. A ton of cool people doing covers... CCR style. I missed a ton of great music socializing and eating and stuff, but what I saw and heard was amazing. Grimey and Friends opened with a set of CCR songs and others followed with covers of bands whose names start with either C or R. Grimey's guests included Bill Eberle and Alanna from Alanna Royale.
The night ended with an out of this world set of Clash and Replacement songs by an ad-hoc band fronted by the legendary Joe Blanton and with the equally legendary Jonathan Bright on guitar. It was a great way to end my birthday rocking out to some of the songs that helped shape my musical tastes.
Tonight: I will somehow suck it up and make two more stops on my birthday week tour. First of all I will be at the Happiest Place on Earth... no not Disney - Tim Carroll's Rock and Roll Happy Hour at The 5 Spot. Next, I will head over to The Basement East for Coverfest. More cool covers from some of Nashville's best.
ICYMI: I posted my review of Zachariah Red's new album, Backbone which was released today.
"Penelope's Song" by James Tomberlin
Often times, when I am some cool musical event with Jon Latham (name dropping), there will be a moment where we will say, "Man, I wish, James Tomberlin were here." and then Jon will launch into his spot-on Tomberlin impression and imagine what James would say.... The consolation, when James left Nashville to move onto big things, is that before he left, he recorded an album which was produced by Josh Morris who also produced Latham's red hot Real Bad News album. This is a song from James' album, Still Life With Orange. All I have to say is, "it's your loss, Penelope!"
"You're Coming With Me" by The Deadline Shakes
We move on with another fine song from Zealots by Glascow band, The Deadline Shakes.
"One Hundred Miles" by Tim Easton
Tim Easton's contribution to Cold and Bitter Tears: The Songs of Ted Hawkins is up next. Tim Easton performed this song live at a launch party for this album at Americana this past September.
"Nightlife in the Stix" by David G. Smith
The first of three songs in today's shuffle from First Love - the new album from celebrated singer-songwriter David G. Smith. The album features a stellar cast of players than includes Keb Mo. The songs are rich and smooth and smart.
"St. Valentine's Day Blues" by D.L. Duncan
The day itself is less than a month away. For all of us who will be singing this one...
"In the Silence" by David G. Smith
Another from First Love.
"Lil Sis" by Campbell L. Sangster
Campbell L. Sangster is a indiefolk singer-songwriter from London by way of Liverpool. He has a new single called "Odds are Stacked" which will be released next week. This is the b-side of that single. I'm digging it.
"Little One" by Paul Zografi
We have been spinning Paul Zografi's 2014 album Bright which I learned of - better late than never... to correct that delay, here is a track from Brevity Lane - his new EP which is available digitally. Zografi is also a talented videographer who has been making some videos for Tim Carroll and Luella of late.
"Phantom Billions" by Adam Stafford
It seems like we have been having a ton of Scottish music in the shuffles recently. Adam Stafford is from Falkirk in Central Scotland. He has a new album called Taser Revelations which is a follow up to his critically acclaimed 2014 album, Imaginary Walls Collapse. The new album is due out in March, but we have a little preview.
"First Love" by David G. Smith
And we close the shuffle with our third song and the title track from the new album.