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A couple of East Nashville's finest songwriters crossed the river last night for a casual show in the front room at the recently reopened 12th and Porter. Joseph Robert Krauss writes really good songs, has a great voice, and his mildly self-deprecating humor hit the right notes, too.
The thing that struck me about Darrin Bradbury last night is that he is a true performer (dare I say entertainer?) My appreciation for his songwriting is well documented, but last night, his talent as a performer really hit me. Having seen him in a variety of settings (from band shows at his well-attended January residency to Saturday's impromptu performance for a handful of people under a canopy in the rain to last night's loose/casual solo performance in front of relatively small crowd), what I noticed and realized last night is that regardless of the circumstance or setting, Darrin performs and performs well. For me it was great to hear some older songs which he does not play very often.
Also, Brock Zeman and Blair Hogan are returning to Nashville with shows tonight for $2 Tuesday at The 5 Spot and tomorrow night at Bobby's Idle Hour.
Time for a shuffled peak into what is currently trending at E2TG:
"Waiting On The Man With The Sun" by The Jackals
We begin with another really catchy song from People by this Scottish band.
"Stars" by Some Kind of Illness
Keeping it in the UK, we move on to some catchy indie/guitar music from the self-titled album by this Manchester band.
"Egophoria" by Mind the Journey
Another track from Color in the Gray Machine. Mind the Journey is the psychedelic rock project of Spencer Sabo who is based out of Boston.
"Voice Perfume" by Jonas H. Sjøvaag's Navyelectre
Jonas H. Sjøvaag is a drummer, singer, composer, designer, and photographer from Oslo, Norway. We have been featuring tracks from Large Ensemble by his Navyelectre project for some time, and I am really digging this music. Great songs, a unique voice, and a really innovative style.
"As Above As So Below" by Andrew Adkins
Another from Glass Castles! If you happen to be down at SXSW, try to catch Andrew Adkins who is among the many E2TG favorites gigging around Austin this week.
"Talk About Glory" by Simon Scardanelli
Next up, we have the recent single by Simon Scardanelli who was formerly in the band, Big Bam Boo who scored a Top 40 hit in the late 1980s. He has released several solo albums and form the side project Dr. Scardo in 2011. His latest solo album, Make Us Happy was released just a couple of weeks ago. Think very British, very aggressive punk/folk/pop music.
"Scrappy Dobbins" by The Grisly Hand
Our first listen to Flesh and Gold by this really excellent Kansas City band. This is a really exciting brand of roots and rock and roll. My first real listen, but it won't' be my last.
"The Mask" (Chris Peck Remix) by The Heavy Howl
The Heavy Howl are a rock band from New York. Their latest EP (New Mistake) was produced and engineered by Chris Peck - who E2TG listeners may Peck from his days with one-time featured band The Disappointment or more recently from his solo project Peck. He has been doing a lot of studio work including mixing and engineering Christopher Paul Stelling's Labor Against Waste which was well received last year. The Heavy Howl asked Peck to remix their song from the album, and this is the result.
"Crossroads" by Julie Rhodes
Julie Rhodes is a powerhouse singer from Somerville, MA. Julie has a new record called Bound to Meet the Devil, and a sampler you can check out right now at Noisetrade. One of this bonus tracks on that sampler his this cover of the Robert Johnson classic. In another of those weird moments of connection, I found a video of Julie Rhodes with Christopher Paul Stelling (mentioned above) which I included in the Video Playlist. Nashville will have several opportunities to see Julie Rhodes this week (on her way to SXSW) and next (on her way back from SXSW) including stops next week at Music City Roots and a $2 Tuesday at The 5 Spot (next week).