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Let's see... I attended the final show of the Jason Ringenberg residency at The 5 Spot. Jason's guests were Kristi Rose and Fats Kaplin. Fats Kaplin is a wonder, Kristi Rose sings like an angel, and Jason is Jason! The night included: Fats, Kristi, and Jason covering a Gun Club song. And even though, I didn't win the Farmer Jason eggs, Jason did play my request, "Don't Go Back to Rockville" - which I first heard him sing in November 1985 when he joined R.E.M. on the stage of Vanderbilt Memorial Gym. Plus I got an XL Farmer Jason t-shirt! I did have a brain-fart moment and told Jason that The Sluggers played a Gun Club song when they opened for the Scorchers at Cat's Record. His reaction told me I was mistaken, and after giving some thought and digging into brain cells I thought had been lost years ago, I remember that it was Flipper that they covered. Don't ask me why I mistook Gun Club for Flipper except they were both bands that I loved and who had achieved legendary status just a relatively few short years after they formed.
After that, a bunch of folks migrated over to The Family Wash for a J.J. Cale tribute night put together by Pete Finney. An amazing band backed an all-star cast of guests including: Jon Byrd, Kevin Gordon, Mac Gayden, Jonell Mosser, Dave Coleman, Bill Lloyd, Nikki G, Jack Pearson, Pat Bergeson, and Rick Schell. Plus a couple of songs by the awesome East Nashvill band Los Colognes.
A big crowd full of really awesome people at both events on the eastside.
Meanwhile, Darrin Bradbury was representing East Nashville,well, in the deep, deep south of Nashville (Franklin), where he did the recurring Vietti Chili promo and totally owned the moment. You can see it HERE. Darrin comes in at the 37 minute mark. Great news is that Darrin will be doing a full set a MCR in June! I will be on the bus for that!
On to the shuffle which I think speaks for itself:
"The Ballad of Jimi Hendrix" by Stormtroopers of Death
From the 1985 debut, Speak English or Die... six seconds..
"Doppelganger" by The Transcendents
Possibly, my favorite song on the Common Ground EP from a band that have become a favorite of mine. From the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand.
"Rainy Days" by Ashleigh Flynn
Ashleigh Flynn is originally from Louisville, KY, and is now based in Portland, OR. I saw her at The 5 Spot during my Birthday Week, and I was blown away. This song is from her album A Million Stars.
"I Almost Died" by Tommy Womack
Tommy Womack played the third week of the Jason Ringenberg residency. Easily, he is one of the best songwriters around. This is a track from his forthcoming album, Namaste - which you can help Tommy release.
"Blue Blue Sea" by Man Named Pearl
Although, I always recommend listening to albums all the way through. The fun thing about doing the shuffle is uncovering the beauty of a record, a little at a time over a long period of time. Man Named Pearls is one of the...er.. pearls of the Mama Coco's Funky Kitchen Family. -Quietus Make- is the album, and yes, you should check it out.
"Heart of Fire" by The Naddiks
The b-side to the anti-bullying single, "Stop Listen Love". Empowering words and music from the capital city of Australia.
"Sound of Lies" (live) by The Jayhawks
From the live album, Live at The Belly Up. This is the title track from the band's 1997 album which coincidently was also called Sound of Lies. Go figure.
"Sleeping Sleeping" by Jeremy Gluck and Robert Coyne
We recently featured some new music from Jeremy Gluck, but amazingly there is still one more song (after this one) from the Memory Deluxe album. In a real Gun Club connection, Memory Deluxe is a follow-up to Gluck's I Knew Buffalo Bill album which featured the late Gun Club front-man Jeffrey Lee Pierce among others.