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It's been a rough day. I have a very late and very short shuffle.
First of all, I had the very wonderful opportunity last night to attend an early round at the legendary Bluebird Cafe which featured David G. Smith (who I have featured here on E2TG), a couple of wonderful singer-songwriters named Anne E. DeChant and Nathan Bell, and a very rare and delightful appearance by my friend Karen Leipzinger (backed by Andy Ellis on guitar).
Now to the short shuffle,,,,
"At Least I Loved" by The Silent War
The duo of Garrison Starr and AG (Adrianne Gonzalez) make some wonderful music. This track is from a sampler they put out of Noisetrade some time back.
"A Thousand Miles of Bad Road" by Aaron Lee Tasjan
Perhaps a rare ALT song. This one comes from a benefit album called We Make Peace. The song references Billy Joe Shaver and the debut album by Drivin' n Cryin'. Plus, it gave me the opportunity feature Aaron Lee's new video for his song Don't Walk Away in the video playlist. And that video is bad ass.
"Find the Beauty" by James Tomberlin
I am absolutely wild about this song. It is so filled with joy and wonderful word play. From the record called, Still Life with Orange, which was produced by Josh Morris.
"Blackstar" by David Bowie
What can I possibly say about this song. Bowie was so far ahead of the rest of the world even in his final days on this planet. Blackstar is weird and complex and challenging and wonderful.
"Independence Day" (live) by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Springsteen's song about fathers and sons from his album The River - takes from the January 19, 2016 show in Chicago. A poignantly fitting closing song for today's shuffle.