Thursday, June 30, 2016

Throwback Thursday Morning Shuffle - No Profanity and No Dogs Mix

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There are times when the world gets me down... I try to generally stay positive about things, and I know that overall, I am definitely one of the fortunate ones. Sometimes, though, it all gets overwhelming - even the stuff I love, and I have an urge just to run away from everything - at least for a day or a week...  And then, something happens to flip everything around in my mind and my psyche. Over the last couple of days, I have become acutely aware of something: relative to nothing but my own experience and life, I have gotten to know a whole bunch of people. When I go out to hear music (which you may have gathered is something I do every now and again), I usually go by myself, but I rarely stay that way. And it is not just a bunch of people I know, but it is a bunch of people that I genuinely care about. Not only that, but I have been fortunate enough to get to know some amazingly talented people, and sometimes, I get to see a bunch of those amazingly talented people make music together (or at least on the same night).

Megan Palmer celebrated the release of her new album What She's Got to Give at The Basement East.   Darrin Bradbury opened the night with an inspired solo set that included the rarely performed classic, "Denim-Clad Acid-Wash Man"  ("His only regret, his Steve Miller tat") and the resurrected lost gem, "Van Rock" ("'Cause gas and rent are the same in a van").

Megan followed with a full-band set (she played the new album top to bottom) plus added the favorite "Richland Woman". The band was filled with East Nashville favorites including a pretty amazing group of background vocalists -  (Tim Easton, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Ariel Bui, Emma Berkey, Nellie Clay and more) - but the star of the show was Megan Palmer which was appropriate since many people know her from backing up all sorts of folks. The songs were amazing, and Megan played fiddle, guitar, and keyboards and sang beautifully.  Her cover of John Hartford's "In Tall Buildings" (which is on the new album) was so incredibly moving that several people remarked that it brought tears to their eyes.

The Allen Thompson Band closed the night.  I always love to see Allen Thompson sing, and the band sounded tight and loose at the same time. It was a great set to end a really incredible night that made me happy to be at the place in my life to be able to experience it.

By the way, Megan Palmer's new album is absolutely fantastic, and you really need to buy it.

So it is Throwback Thursday at E2TG... The #tbt playlist is actually the smallest of the five I have, and I guess that speaks to the amount of new music I regularly post. Still, it is fun to take a day to just take a spin through some amazing songs of years gone by.  There are some classic songs from some classic albums represented in this list.. so sit back and enjoy....

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Wild Wednesday Morning Shuffle - Left Hand Mix

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Had a blast last night at The Family Wash for Cole Slivka's Short Sets.  Tim McNary was awesome with Sean Quinn backing him.  Really dug, Cole Slivka who had the ever talented Dave Coleman on guitar (bonus - news of a new album from The Coalmen), and Brooklyn band Leland Sundries did not disappoint.

It is just a fact that on any given night - pretty much every given night, there is a ton of great live music going on all over Nashville.  It is a great problem to have, but it can be problematic. The Nashville Dilemma - I call it. For listeners/fans/supporters, it means making difficult decisions about which worthwhile/awesome shows to miss  (both because a conflicting show or because sometimes you just need to stay in).  For artists, it means that you are indirectly  competing for an audience with your friends - even if you don't see music as a competition.

All that to say, there is a shit-ton of awesome music going on in Nashville tonight. Get out and see something!  (by the way, shit-ton is a technical music-blogger term).

Speaking of a shit-ton... we have 12 (tracks) in the shuffle today (and I do not use the term song for good reason)...  It is Wild Wednesday - let's get WILD!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Trending Tuesday Morning Shuffle - Water into Moonshine Mix

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And I am back...  I think I caught a bit of summer cold that kind of knocked me out yesterday, but I am feeling mostly better today.

Let's see:  Friday night, I took in another fun Tim Carroll Rock 'n' Roll Happy Hour at The 5 Spot.

Saturday:  The day began with a live broadcast of Double Shot with Joe and Sue (and our topic was "Our Favorite Years" - namely 1968 for Sue and 1985 for Joe), then I headed to Two Old Hippies where I saw Adeem the Artist perform a really entertaining set of mostly original music (plus a nice mash-up of Margaritaville and Feliz Navidad.  Later, I finally got to the brand new Radio Cafe which has not yet officially opened.  The weather was hot Saturday but Mark Robinson and his band were even hotter.  A really cool singer-songwriter named Greg Rich (who learned guitar from Mark Robinson back in Indiana) opened the night. As someone remarked, you could have put together a hell of a band just from the people in attendance.  I ended my Saturday at an awesome after-NAMM party hosted by Richie Owens and his family.

This week is filled with "Nashville Dilemma" moments which makes this summer cold particularly annoying.  Tonight at the Family Wash, it is Pint and Pie night and Short Sets with Tim McNary and Brooklyn band Leland Sundries on the bill.

Here is a trending Tuesday shuffle...

Friday, June 24, 2016

Featured Friday Morning Shuffle - Burdens Mix

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Here we go...

There are obviously many great music venues in Nashville, but consistently, my absolute favorite hang in The 5 Spot.  Last night is a pretty good example of why I feel that way.

It was Week #4 of the June Don Gallardo residency at The 5 Spot.  Jon Byrd played with his full band and it was amazing as expected.  Don Gallardo brought his full-band and I swear he seems to get better every time I see him (degrees of awesome - I would say).

The late show at The 5 Spot kicked off with new Nashville resident Sammy Brue (if you have not heard his songs - do so right away), followed by Joshua Black Wilkins - consistently one of my favorite singer-songwriters, Ron Gallo (who I will come back to), and the last act I saw before exhaustion got the better of me, John and Rob from Deer Tick (and Diamond Rugs). A pretty extraordinary night.

So, I had not heard of Ron Gallo which is  band and the bandleader. They are recent (I think) transplants from Philadelphia.  I (along with the rest of crowd at The 5 Spot) was blown away. The band is a trio (amazing how many of my favorite bands throughout the years are trios).  If you are among the people who think that Rock 'n' Roll is dead, I urge you to check out this band and have your faith restored.  I do not count myself among that particular crowd, but the energetic, loud raucous performance sure did affirm my faith.

Quick note:  There is a ton of things going on this weekend.  I feel like if I begin to name some, I will leave out something unintentionally, however, there are a few things I want to highlight.  Of course, Tim Carroll returns to his weekly home at the aforementioned 5 Spot for his Rock 'n' Roll Happy Hour,  Charleyville is a non-profit agency that provides free or discounted music lessons, instruments etc. There is a three day benefit at the American Legion Post 82 in East Nashville that began last night and continues through Saturday.  Details/Event Page HERE.  Adeem the Artist is playing tomorrow afternoon at Two Old Hippies in the Gulch (right after Double Shot with Joe and Sue).  A couple of years ago, I saw a singer-songwriter named Kyle Adem at a New Faces night at The Basement.  I enjoyed his set.  Adeem the Artist's lastest album is called Kyle Adem is Dead - which reflects the fact that sometimes there is much behind a change of name.  I mentioned Daphne Willis at Nashville Pride. If you are making it out to the festival - make sure you check out her set and all of the great music.  I previously mentioned Mark Robinson at the brand new Radio Cafe.  And a ton more Saturday night. Get out and see some music.

Friday - it is time for Featured Friday....

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Throwback Thursday Morning Shuffle - You Fixin' a Ford Mix

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Sue Havlish and I recorded a Double Shot with Joe and Sue show which will be broadcast on July 16.  Meanwhile, we will be back in the studio on Saturday for a live show with the theme of "Our Favorite Years."  Sue and I will each select songs which were released during what we have identified as our favorite year.

I messed around with posting an MP3 to YouTube and posted this video for one of my poems... I posted this to Facebook, but in case you missed it....

Tonight is one of those Nashville nights where there is a ton of things going on... I want to recommend that whatever you do, your night start with Don Gallardo's residency at The 5 Spot. This is the 4th of 5 weeks.  I have made it to the last three and they have been absolutely amazing. The one and only Jon Byrd is the special guest this week.

This weekend is Nashville Pride, and it seems more important than ever to support the LGBTQ community.  Daphne Willis (who we have featured on E2TG a few times) will be performing on the main stage at 1:15 on Saturday.  She is a phenomenal Nashville pop artist. Her latest single is called, "The Struggle is Real" (and it is)....

Meanwhile, it is actually Thursday and that means, it is time for us to throw it back.... Today's list (I can say with some confidence) is one that you will only see and hear on E2TG!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wild Wednesday Morning Shuffle - Down in the Mine Mix

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For a lot of reasons, I do love the city that I have called home for the last quarter of a century. We have our problems to be sure - rapid growth without the appropriate infrastructure improvements for one and the schlock that passes for country music being churned out like fake margarine from glitzy offices on music row for another and disregarding the culture of the city in pursuit of supporting the "it" city status for yet another.  But I digress...

I do love Nashville because in spite of all of that, there are people who care about music and art and words.

Last night, my evening began at a coffee shop on Fatherland Street in East Nashville called The Post East for the 85th edition of East Side Storytellin' - a series which matches a poet or prose writer with a songwriter.  The poet last night was named Joshua Moore, and I absolutely loved his work and his delivery. Powerful words.  Words have power.  The songwriter was a guy that readers of E2TG should know. Jon Latham's profile is on the rise, and he demonstrated the reasons for that well in his short set of songs.

After that, I headed to The Basement East for a night of music with Jon Latham hot on my heels. In no time, he was doing a quick sound check - he backed up Voice alumnus Peyton Parker on her opening set of songs. A great opening for was would turn out to be an extraordinary night.   Carl Anderson followed with (truly) witty stage banter and wonderful songs.

Next, Darrin Bradbury hit the stage backed by Tim Carroll on guitar, Cameron Carrus on bass, and Matty Alger on drums.  What followed was nothing short of transcendent. There were people dancing!  No... I mean really, there were people dancing at a Darrin Bradbury show!  The band rocked - I mean really rocked. Darrin's (and Tim's) punk roots were in full view and they even did a cover of The Misfits' "Where Eagles Dare" at the end of Darrin's song, "Joey" which references the song.   I have no idea how many times I have seen Darrin perform - in various combinations - but last night was one for the ages.

Adrian + Meredith (who you may recall closed the E2TG Anniversary show) had the unenviable task of closing the show and following Darrin and his band, and they rose to the occasion with a rollicking fun set.

A truly awesome night of music in Music City (East Nashville to be more specific).

Now - it is Wednesday and we call it Wild Wednesday because we shuffle up a playlist that features songs from all of the other playlists plus a few that do not really fit the other playlists at all.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Trending Tuesday Morning Shuffle - Things Come to Me At Night Mix

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Greetings and salutations...   It is Tuesday!

Tonight a couple of events worth noting (among many cool things happening I am sure).

1.  East Side Storytellin' is a great series that pairs a songwriter with a poet/writer. It is held at the Post East and starts at 7:00. Tonight is their 85th edition and features writer Joshua Moore and reigning E2TG Artist of the Year Jon Latham.

2. A stellar local lineup at The Basement East beginning at 9:00.  Carl Anderson, Peyton Parker, Adrian+Meredith, and 2014 E2TG Artist of the Year Darrin Bradbury fresh off his star turn on Music City Roots.   That's right, two E2TG Artists of the Year in one night.

On Tuesday, we post songs from our Trending Tuesday playlist which includes new music, songs we have decided to feature, and assorted other goodies.  Dig in!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Music City Monday Morning Shuffle - Neil Help Me Mix

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And we are back...  It is officially the longest day of the year, and the beginning of summer.  And unbelievably, the year is just about half way over.

Anyway, a fairly busy week ahead with some great shows, a pre-recording of Double Shot with Joe and Sue, and on Saturday, a live broadcast!

Today is Monday which is when we shuffle up songs from the Music City Monday playlist (songs by people who do or have lived in Nashville or who at least have some connection to the Music City.).

After the jump!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Featured Friday Morning Shuffle - Waiting For the Fall Mix

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Well, we've made it to the end of another work week.  Sending good Father's Day wishes to all of the fathers and father figures. With special thoughts to those experiencing loss and/or pain when it comes to their fathers.

Week 3 of the Don Gallardo Residency at The 5 Spot.  Seriously folks, he has two more weeks. You do not want to miss seeing him.  The Cordovas opened the night, and they absolutely destroyed! They traded instruments, they harmonized... the music recalled a bunch of different bands (The Dead, The Band, The Everly Brothers and more) but it was all their own, too.

Don Gallardo and How Far West sounded amazing.  His forthcoming album, Hickory, will be a must hear. Pre-Sale begins July 8. The album drops July 22.

After that, I ended up at The Station Inn to witness the album release for Irene Kelley's latest bluegrass album, These Hills.  Heard some amazing music and met some really cool folks.  In a bit of a Nashville moment, Kelley's producer/guitar player was playing the guitar that was raffled off during Music City Roots on Wednesday night.  Glad to see and hear that the winner was someone who knew what to do with it.

ICYMI - I posted my review of Taylor Alexander's new EP, Real Good At Saying Goodbye.  You can read it HERE.

Also, just a reminder, the next Double Shot with Joe and Sue show will be broadcast tomorrow morning beginning at 11a.m. (Central Time) (for 2hrs).  The theme is "We've Got You Covered" (cover songs). This show was prerecorded.  We will be back live next Saturday June 25 when the theme will be "Our Favorite Years".  We can be heard at 101.5 FM (in Nashville) and streaming at WXNAfm.ORG .

On to the shuffle.... Featured Friday edition

E2TG Album Review: The Goodbye Guy - Real Good At Saying Goodbye by Taylor Alexander

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Real Good At Saying Goodby - Taylor Alexander (June 17)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Throwback Thursday Morning Shuffle - Where're the Twinkies Mix

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"The headboard knock through florescent thoughts and the sink drips off beat. Someone bangs on the door, Jimmy's feet hit the floor and the motel angels sing."  "Junkie Love" by Darrin Bradbury.

I am insanely proud of Darrin (who played Music City Roots last night) and happy that so many
people got (or will get) to hear his incredible songs for the first time.

In case you missed it, I posted my review of Eli Rhode's album Ghost Therapy this morning.  You can check it out HERE.

We made it to Thursday when we throwback things...  let's go...

E2TG Album Review: Breaking the Cycle - Ghost Therapy by Eli Rhodes

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Let me preface this by saying that this a review that I should have written and published this review long before now.  I have a ton of excuses, but it really doesn't matter.  I didn't write it until last week, and I'm not posting until now.  I loved this album from my first listen, but for reasons I will not even try to understand it took me a long while to know what to write about it besides, "It is awesome, go buy it!"Although, I do want to say that.  I tend to think maybe this album hit a little close to home for me, and that it why it took me so long to get to where I could say what I needed to say.  Anyway, I am glad I did.  Read and then guy listen to and get this album...

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Wild Wednesday Morning Shuffle - Abandoned Studio Mix

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The evidence is mounting...  Derek Hoke's $2 Tuesdays at The 5 Spot are a guaranteed good time. The price, the music, the $2 Yazoos, the company... it never fails to brighten my week.

Last night, DJ Tim Hibbs was spinning songs meant to counteract the hate and fear that has been so prevalent this week. The line-up including two acts that have been featured in shuffles so far this week: Darrin Bradbury and Jesse and Noah. Plus Derek and his incredible trio, and the night ended with an incendiary performance by Porter and the Bluebonnet Rattlesnakes (from Austin).
(Porter being the amazing Chris Porter). Shonna Tucker joined them for several songs. And I did not catch the bass players name, but he left nothing on the stage ending on the ground while never missing a note.

Tonight, Darrin Bradbury will be on Music City Roots live from the Factory in Franklin.  If you cannot make it down, it streams at Music City Roots dot com.  Darrin will be doing a full-band set joined by Matty Alger, Megan Palmer, Derek Hoke, and Cameron Carrus.  Don't miss it!

On to our Wild Wednesday shuffle...

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Trending Tuesday Morning Shuffle - Dream Mix

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To be honest, my heart is still hurting from the senselessness of the shooting in Orlando. As the story continues to unfold, the bottom line is that 49 innocent people lost their lives and that hate and fear seem to have been the motivating factor(s) behind the attack. This world makes it hard to be an optimist, but I still believe that the only answer to hate and fear is love (not more hate and fear). Which does not mean that I am or should be (as a human being) free from either of those emotions.  What I hope is that love (and not hate or fear) will the be the thing that guides my actions.

We have music...  It is Tuesday which means we shuffle songs from the Trending Tuesday playlist...

Monday, June 13, 2016

Music City Monday Morning Shuffle - No Mercy Mix

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More senselessness.  More tragedy. More violence. More loss. Followed by more rhetoric. More words. More opportunities to answer darkness with light. More opportunities to unify.

These are my words which seem inadequate:  It needs to be about love.  Not worrying about who someone loves, but just about love.  There are many seemingly controversial issues wrapped up in everyone of these mass shootings, and these latest one more so than others.

My love to the LBGTQ community. My love to the millions of peaceful Muslim-Americans. Love to those filled with such hate. Love to those who live in fear. Love to those who are in pain.  Gun control, radicalized religions, terror, hate, intolerance...

My heart is hurting, but I cannot allow myself to give in to despair. There is beauty all around us. We move forward in love.  And as I have had to say far too many times since I began writing E2TG - MUSIC HEALS.    Love to all of you. Let's take care of one another today.

Moving on... A big thanks to everyone who tuned in Saturday for the official debut of Double Shot with Joe and Sue.  If you missed it (or even if you caught it), we will be on every Saturday from 11-1pm Central Time on WXNA-LP Nashville (101.5 FM,, or via the TuneIn app).  Our next show's theme will be "We've Got You Covered" - where we will be spinning cover tunes (or in some cases the original tune that was later covered).

Onward to Music City Monday!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Featured Friday Morning Shuffle - Honk if You Feel Fine Mix

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TGIF!  As the temperature cranks up, so does the musical fun.  First of all, it was great to see Darrin Bradbury playing with Megan Palmer as part of the Don Gallardo residency at The 5 Spot yesterday. Second of all, Don Gallardo!!!!  Man oh man!  He is so good.  He still has a few more weeks left in residency, and I high recommend you get yourself down there.  I understand that next week he has the red hot band The Cordovas lead by Joe Firstman.  The Cordovas were recently added to the lineup for the Americana Music Association Festival in September, but you can see them next Thursday without a wristband.

I had a great time hanging out with friends last night and a few of us migrated over to Drifters to see Tim Carroll and Luella along backed by Cameron Carrus and Toby Caldwell.

My point is that this was first class, grade A musical talent all within a couple of blocks in East Nashville on a pleasant Thursday evening.  Sometimes, I think we, here, take what we have for granted, and I was grateful for the opportunity last night to really appreciate what we have.

A final notice (from this forum), that Double Shot with Joe and Sue on WXNA-LP Nashville debuts tomorrow morning at 11am Central. This is my new radio show with the amazing Sue Havlish.  Speaking for myself, I am beyond humbled to get this opportunity to join this incredible radio station that has already reshaped the Nashville airwaves.  You can tune in at 101.5FM if you are in the immediate Nashville area.  Everyone else, can listen via or via the TuneIn App.

On Friday, we play some featured music...

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Throwback Thursday Morning Shuffle - The Fruit of Another MixA

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Hello Thursday!

Had a good time last night out at the first ever Garden Party Concert in Hermitage. They got off to a great start by having the amazing Ashleigh Flynn play. The weather was idyllic, the food was excellent, and the music was outstanding.  Seriously, Ashleigh Flynn who is from Portland, Oregon -by way of Kentucky - is a great songwriter and storyteller. It was nice to hear her do Todd Snider's "Play a Train Song" without some guy jumping on stage and singing like happened the last time I saw her at The 5 Spot.

For those of you not in Nashville, you may not know it, but this is CMA Festival Week which means a few of things...

1.  It is also Bonnaroo week
2.  The temperatures about to get ungodly hot
3.  Traffic in downtown Nashville is about to hit critical mass

In light of #3, rather than trying to get out of downtown and go home after work, I will be heading across the river for some counter-programming.  The guy who Rolling Stone named one of the Ten New Country Artists You Need to Know in May 2016 and who loyal E2TG readers have known about since at least late 2013, Darrin Bradbury, will be joining Don Gallardo ("country-rock with brains, charm and experimental impulses that are perfectly integrated into a familiar context." Nashville Scene) for Week 2 of Gallardo's residency at The 5 Spot.

Well, it is Thursday when I (and the rest of the internet) throw things back to a far more earlier time. Today's shuffle is typically unpredictable and wildly diverse.  Maybe my unpredictability is getting predictable?   The shuffle just might include at least one song that you will hear in about 48 hours on the debut Double Shot with Joe and Sue on WXNA-LP Nashville. Check out the shuffle below and then tune in Saturday and see if you can figure out to which song I am referring....

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Wild Wednesday Morning Shuffle - Text You if It's Unclear Mix

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Sometimes, it is nice just to hang out with friends and just half listen to some really cool music while catching up with people (on the back porch not talking over the bands). $2 Tuesdays is my favorite time to do that. Heard Jennifer Nicely who was awesome, and a band from Dallas called Dead Flowers who covered The Replacements "Bastards of Young" and "Takin' a Ride" and whose original songs sounded as if they could fit on a Replacements record.  There was other cool music, but like I said, I was needing to catch up with people.

As I have previously announced, my radio show with Sue Havlish debuts on Saturday, and thanks to Sue, there is now a Facebook event for the debut.  We hope you will tune in.

We have reached the mid point of the work week... as we do every Wednesday, we shuffle songs from the Wild Wednesday playlist which basically includes things that do or do not fit the other playlists.  Wildness to follow!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Trending Tuesday Morning Shuffle - Just Glad to Be Working Mix

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The weather is heating up in Nashville - temperatures are predicted to be hovering near 100 this weekend. I have no point to this, I just realized I rarely give weather updates on E2TG.

It really bothers me when people say there is no good music these days, because I am struggling to keep up with all of the great music which shows up in my inbox on pretty much a daily basis. If you aren't hearing great new music, it is because you aren't trying hard enough.

Here is a sampling of some great (fairly) recent music which you should give a listen....  We call Tuesdays, Trending Tuesday because Trending starts with a 'T' and is a word that the internet seems to like...

Monday, June 6, 2016

Music City Monday Morning Shuffle - Every Elvis Book Mix

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Welcome to the working week.  This weekend, Nashville celebrated the birth of a brand new community radio station as WXNA-LP went on the air at 101.5FM with a live stream going out via the web at and via the Tunein App.  All weekend long, the station previewed many of the great original programming, and as of this morning, the shows have begun to air.  If you haven't done so, check out the station.  It is awesome!  A huge shout out to the amazing folks who built the station from scratch. Salute!

The show I am co-hosting with Sue Havlish (Double Shot with Joe and Sue) had our preview yesterday, and it was a blast.  We take to the airwaves for our first regular show on Saturday June 11 at 11a,m. in the Central Time Zone. Our first theme will be A Tale of Two Nashvilles (Altman and ABC).

Last night, I took in the Guy Clark tribute at The Basement (original version), and it was a blast.  Reckless Johnny Wales, Carl Anderson, Darrin Bradbury plus hosts Todd Henkin and Charlie Treat and so many more did a great job.

It's Monday and that means we spin songs from the Music City Monday playlist... let's see what came up today.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Featured Friday Morning Shuffle - Java Time Mix

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Feeling very grateful and filled up with life right now.  The feeling probably won't last, but I'm digging it.

After work yesterday, I had the incredible opportunity to spend some time with Reckless Johnny Wales and get a early listen to his forthcoming album. First of all, the album is fantastic and I can't wait until the world gets to hear it.  Second of all, Reckless Johnny is a larger than life figure and also a very wonderful man.  He has some amazing stories and a very unique perspective on the "New Nashville".  I even got to give him a copy of The Foresters' CD.

Next, I headed to a run-through in preparation for my very first music video appearance which is scheduled to be shot on Sunday.  Details to come.

Next, I headed to The Family Wash to catch some of Bill Lloyd's CD Release show.  I was able to catch the end of the acoustic set and the beginning of the electric set.  It was as awesome as you would expect a Bill Lloyd show to be.  He is a power pop songwriter of the highest caliber.

Whew!  This weekend is the aforementioned video shoot, and Sue and I will have our 15 Minutes of Fame as we preview Double Shot with Joe and Sue at WXNA.  That will air at 2pm Sunday but really stay dialed in to WXNA all weekend (starting at 10:15a.m. Saturday) and then forever after that!

It is Friday, and we play "featured" music on Friday.  Enjoy!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Throwback Thursday Morning Shuffle - Early in the Morning Mix

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Last night, Sue and I recorded what will be our fourth Double Shot with Joe and Sue show with the capable help of Mr. Mark Robinson. I managed to the only commit one FCC violation (no I didn't fucking swear!) which can thankfully be edited out.   Remember we go LIVE on June 11 at 11a.m. (Central Time)... without a net! Tune in to 101.5 FM or via the web or via the Tunein app on your favorite phone or tablet device type thing.

Don't forget, the station goes live this weekend and they will be previewing all of the awesome shows. Our preview will be from 2 to 2:15 Sunday afternoon (all times Central).

Read about WXNA-LP in this weeks Nashville Scene.   This a very awesome day for Nashville, and I am beyond humbled and thrilled to be playing even a small part.

Can you believe it is Thursday?  This the day, we throw it back.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Wild Wednesday Morning Shuffle - On the Road to Alcohol Mix

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The Heartbreaker Tribute show at The Basement East last night was pretty darn amazing.  I had engaged in a philosophical discussion with Jon Latham about what I perceived to be a large number of tribute shows of late.  He made some really good points. Hell, maybe I was just jealous because I had missed some good ones.  In any case, just remember all those people on-stage killing it covering your favorite classic songs, are all making original music that you need to check out.

Anyway, speaking of Jon Latham - serving as the band leader/emcee/stage manager, he totally owned the moment, and boy he made me proud to have named him my Artist of the Year at the end of 2015. As I told a couple of people last night, and which I will put in writing here, Jon has been getting some amazing opportunities of late, and it seems as if he has been training his whole life to be ready for this moment, and he is making the most of it. Way to go, Jon!  Now that I have embarrassed him enough, I will say everyone was amazing.  (Joseph Robert Krauss, Emma Swift, Peyton Parker, Taylor Cole, Lauren Farrah, Joshua Wilkins Black, Hugh Masterson (who was backed by The Lone Bellow), Allen Thompson, Josh Farrow, Tim George, Larrisa Maestro, Andrew Leahey, Megan Palmer, and Joseph Robert Aaskov - plus whoever else I missed). Hats off to The Basement East and Terry Rickards for putting on a great show.

Tune in to WXNA-LP Nashville (101.5FM) or streaming at WXNAFM.Org this weekend to hear previews of all of the shows which will begin debuting on Monday June 6.  Sue and I will be in the studio at 2:00pm Sunday to preview Double Shot with Joe and Sue.

Now, believe it or not, it is Wednesday already, and that means we get a little wild...