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Good morning. It was a cold one here in Nashville.
I am back after a day off and still recovering from my 8 Day Birthday Week. I had a total blast, and I am so grateful for everyone who helped me ring in the next 50 years of my life. In all the tally was: 8 Nights, 7 different venues, between 25-30 acts (depends on how you count them), tons of friends seen, and a bunch of fun had.
Since I last reported: Friday night, I visited one of my regular haunts and one of the best weekly events in Nashville - Tim Carroll's Rock and Roll Happy Hour at The 5 Spot. Great time. I was beat after that and I had to call it a night early.
Saturday: The Country on the west side. For the Zachariah Red CD Release show with Jon Latham opening with Neo Tundra Cowboy and Patrick Kinsley and a Fistful of Dollars also on the bill. Great performances all around and a wonderful time to be had.
Sunday: Acme Feed and Seed to see Richie Owens and the Farm Bureau. The band have never sounded better and the atmosphere was pure party - a great way to wrap up the week!
Whew! With the birthday week over, I enjoyed a day off work, did a pilot/audition tape with Sue Havlish for WXNA (Nashville new community radio station). Then, I made my way to The Basement East to catch Megan Palmer, Michaela Anne, and Darrin Bradbury for Week 3 of Darrin's residency! I stuck around to hear Darrin and band kick off the David Bowie tribute in fine fashion. The Basement East was jam packed and the music was kicking, but my 9 nights out caught up with me and I had to bail fairly early.
On to the chilly morning shuffle filled with some classic and newer tunes.
"Desperados Waiting for a Train" by Guy Clark
Of course the mention of desperados brought to mind Glenn Frey who passed away yesterday. Guy Clark wrote this song which was first recorded by Jerry Jeff Walker back in 1973. Clark included the song on his debut album Old No. 1 which came out in 1975. The Highwaymen made the song a hit 10 years after Clark's version was released.
"Lost in You" by David G. Smith
Another tune from David G. Smith's new album First Love. This is an awesome sounding song that did not seem out of place at all coming into the shuffle out of the Guy Clark song. A great songwriter.
"I Belong to Me" by Richard Barone
This is the song that contributed the title to Barone's still stunning and groundbreaking 1987 album Cool Blue Halo. In case you didn't know, Barone was a member of The Bongos. He posts stunning pictures of New York City on Instagram, and he has a new album coming out in 2016 that is a tribute to Greenwich Village in the 1960. You can pre-order HERE. And you should.
"Red Right Hand" by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
A song that appeared on Let Love In which was the 8th Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds album - released in 1994.
"Arigato Terauchi" by Crazy Aces
Nashville-based instrumental rock band - Crazy Aces are up next with a song from their album Greatest Hits Vol. 2. I guess I have always enjoyed surf/instrumental rock music, but I became a fan in 2015 after seeing a show featuring Crazy Aces and an Atlanta band called The Mystery Men? with Jon Latham.
"Hey Darling" by Sleater-Kinney
This is the ninth song from the latest album by Washington state based Sleater-Kinney. No Cities to Love was released almost exactly one year ago today. The album was the eighth from the band who formed in 1994 and released their self-titled debut a year later.
"Devil's Daughter" by Bob Margolin
We close out the shuffle with some BLUES from "Steady Rollin'" Bob Margolin from his album My Road.