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It seems like just about everybody is at or on their way to South by Southwest, but believe it or not there is still plenty of live music here in Nashville.
Last night, I headed to Bobby's Idle Hour on Music Row - where every single Wednesday Sam Cooper hosts Sam's Jams which runs from noon until 8:00p.m. with constant songwriters all day. Last night, Brock Zeman and Blair Hogan from Ottawa played their second Nashville show - this time an acoustic show which sounded amazing.
Back across the river to The 5 Spot for the AGD Entertainment Spotlight. It was great to see Adrian + Meredith (who sounded great with an awesome full band - including Paul Niehaus on guitar and pedal steel) and Patrick Kinsley and a Fistful of Dollars (who are consistently one of my favorite live bands in town).
Tonight is the CD Release show for Charlie Hager (I have featured some songs from his brand new album American Saga). The music gets underway at 7:00 and The Crying Wolf - and there is a stacked lineup of music going all night.
Now, it is Thursday, so let us throw it back... I mean... let us throwback to some great tunes from some non-specific number of years ago.
First up is song from blues legend R.L. Burnside. This song comes from his 1994 album, Too Bad Jim which was produced by the late journalist and producer Robert Palmer (who was not the "Addicted to Love" guy in case you were wondering).
Another legend. In her short, troubled life, Janis Joplin left behind some incredible music. This is her take on a song from Porgy and Bess which was composed by George Gershwin with lyrics by Dubose Heyward who wrote the novel from which Porgy and Bess is based. Ira Gershwin is also credited as lyricist on this song.
A song from 1980s Boston band Scruffy the Cat. Blending power pop and punk with a mild country feel, they are among the many great bands who helped to create the alt-country/Americana music of today.
"Caroms" by fIREHOSE
Next up a track from the very first fIREHOSE album, Ragin', Full On which was released in 1986. The band featured Mike Watt and George Hurley from Minutemen along with vocalist/guitarist Ed "fROMOHIO" Crawford.
When Bruce Springsteen classic album, Born to Run turned 40 years old at the end of last summer, I added to my phone and have been featuring it ever since. The album holds up really well - it stands as one of the best albums of all time, and it was one of my earliest favorite albums when I was first really getting music.
A non-album single from the British band that included Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart before their left to form Eurhythmics. The single was included as a promo with the band's 1980 final studio album Luminous Basement. The song was written by Lennox and Stewart.
A rare new release in the throwback shuffle. The compilation, You and I was released last week and includes recordings done in 1993. The album contains mostly cover songs including this cover of the Sly and the Family Stone classic.
And we close out the throwback shuffle with another from the 1990 album, Songs from Beneath the Lake by Nashville band, The Shakers.