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I hope everyone in America had a happy fourth of July. I know that other countries don't celebrate the fourth of July - I'm not sure, but I think it just jumps from July 3 to July 5 in those other countries... ;-)
I had a wonderful day yesterday celebrating Nashville's independent spirit as embodied by the amazing folks of WXNA-LP. The Family Wash and Garage Coffee was a great host location. From all indications the event was a complete success. I was there for nearly twelve hours and got to meet so many wonderful folks. The night ended with a group of us lighting sparklers in the parking lot and watching the downtown fireworks from an East Nashville alley. WXNA DJs were spinning cool tunes all day, and it was wonderful to see so many friends and supporters come out. Hopefully a few Family Wash patrons learned about the station.
In the one month that WXNA has been on the air, it has been really exciting to see the energy level surrounding the station, and I am more than proud and pleased to play even a small part. A gap has been filled and Nashville has been improved. I've heard people talk about buying a radio or downloading the TuneIn App (including some who never download apps).
If you haven't had the chance, tune in to 101.5 FM (inside the Briley - as I have heard people say) or via wxnafm.org or via the TuneIn app. There are 52 original, local programs playing music selected by the individual DJs - not selected by a marketing firm or a corporate entity. The music runs an amazingly wide range of styles, genres, eras, etc.
Onward, it is Tuesday. We play songs that come from the Trending Tuesday playlist.
"Who Needs a Song" by American Aquarium
First up, we have a song from the most recent album by American Aqarium - called Wolves. American Aquarium lead singer B.J. Barham is releasing a solo record called Rockingham. You can pre-order via his website.
"We Learned to Cry" by Adeem the Artist
Next up, our first listen to Kyle Adem is Dead by Adeem the Artist - who I saw a couple of weeks ago here in Nashville. This track is a very powerful song. The album sounds wonderful - expect more soon (as in later in this post).
"As Patterns Go" by The Poorhouse Says
St. Louis band The Poorhouse Says returns to the shuffle with the title track from their album that caught my attention last year. Love this song!
"The Braver Man" by Jon Latham
Jon Latham is a Nashville songwriter who was born in Greenwood, South Carolina and moved to Nashville from Kennesaw, Georgia where he grew up. He was named the E2TG Artist of the Year at the end of 2015, and everything he has done since then has served to affirm that decision. He is currently working on a follow-up to Real Bad News - the album which includes this song. I have been fortunate to hear this song sung by Peyton Parker (who appeared on the most recent season of The Voice) which was how the song was originally written. The video included in the Video Playlist is from an Our Vinyl Session - a stunning recording of this song.
"Dog" by The Danbury Lie
The Danbury Lie are one of my favorite bands. Without Mirrors is the most recent release. Every dog has it's day...
"Seeds" by Adeem the Artist
As promised, another track off of Kyle Adem is dead. I could not find a video of this song, so I have included a Adeem doing a cover of Tom Waits' Downtown Train.
"Cold Hearted Killers" by Dirty Hollywood
Some heady, indie rock from the EP, Killed to Death by this band from Hollywood, California.
"All That I Need" by Counting Coins
Counting Coin are a gypsy/ska/punk/hiphop band from Hull, England. This is a single from their 2015 self-titled album. I really dig the sound of this song.