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Back at it on a Monday! Had a good time Friday at The Country (after checking in with Tim Carroll and company at The 5 Spot) - Richie Owens and the Farm Bureau + Saint Luke's Drifters. Richie and company have a new album out now. Saint Luke's Drifters are finishing up their new album. If you get the chance to see either one or both of these bands, I highly recommend it.
Tonight: My recommendation is Matt Phillips and the Philharmonic from 7-9p.m. at Charlie Bob's on the eastside. Here is the Facebook event, if you Facebook.
This is definitely prime season for new music - look for some awesome new albums coming up in the next few months - I think I got at least 5 albums to listen to and possibly review over the last four or five days.
"Down The River" by Ben Lowry
Another track from Somnium, the solo album by Ben Lowry of the band Bang OK Bang. For some reason (the banjo and vocals and lyrical content) this song reminded me of Hallowed Ground, the much maligned sophomore album by Violent Femmes. In the face of widespread criticism, I am a proponent of the Femmes album. No, I do not think it is better than their seminal debut, but it is bold and in its own way subversion. That being said, even if you aren't a fan of the Femmes album, you will probably dig Lowry's album.
"I'm Gonna Love You Forever" by Carolina Story
From the Chapter Two EP. Carolina Story are about as damn good as it gets.
"Theme from Crazy Aces" by Crazy Aces
Instrumental Rock from Nashville's Crazy Aces... it's their theme song!
"You Could Be My Baby (Samuel Stewart Remix)" by SHEL
The remix of the first single from SHEL's forthcoming album, Crazy Enough. We featured the unremixed song earlier.
"Jesse" by Tom House
From Winding Down the Road - an album that was produced by Brock Zeman. Tom House is a Nashville treasure. Check out his music.
"40 Miles" by Zachariah Red
E2TG debuted this song when it was released. It was the first single off of Zachariah Red's EP Backbone. A driving, roots rock song of the highest caliber.
"WHIP" by Ricca Vita
Okay - this right here is why I love Nashville (and love my random shuffle function). Ricca Vita's music could not be any different than Zachariah Red's music. So, that in and of itself, makes the transition here really cool - showcasing the diversity of music being made here in the home of the Grand Ole Opry... but wait, there is more. Timothy Ryssemus - the mastermind behind Ricca Vita - also happened to have co-produced Zachariah Red's record. Any way, I love the Ricca Vita album, and this track is just so damn good.
"Promise Me Beautiful" by Lori Kelley
Moving on, another awesome song from songwriter Lori Kelley's album, More. Gorgeous vocals and great songs - a great combination.
"Swimming New Orleans" by The Grey A
Okay smartypants! The Grey A are a Washington DC band. But Grey Jacks used to live down here, and this album was recorded in Middle Tennessee and features a lot of local folks including Kelly Smith, William Tyler, and the Nashville Horns. You may recall, I reviewed the My Country album when it was released in late 2014. "Swimming New Orleans" was released as a single (a wonderfully packaged vinyl 45) in 2015, and ahead of the forthcoming release of the next single (watch this space), I thought we would add this song to the playlist. So, yeah, I stand by it's inclusion in the Music City Monday playlist. E2TG trivia gurus already know that Howard Rabach (who was probably one of the first ever readers and supporters of this blog) plays bass with The Grey A, who have some great shows coming up in support of their new single - including a date with Austin Lucas + Joey Kneiser and Kelly Smith (who Grey Jacks played with in Glossary at one point).