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Uggggg! Is the weekend over already? The only good thing is that it is Monday and time for another Music City Monday shuffle - we have a good one today, and I was able to find YouTube videos for all of the actual songs from the shuffle.
Last night, I had the good fortune of being able to help my friend Gina celebrate her birthday and at the same time take in the always amazingly awesome Chris Scruggs and the Stone Fox Five.
Anyway, here is that shuffle:
"All That I Can See" by The Grey A
We start things off with the b-side of the single for "Swimming New Orleans" by D.C. based band The Grey A. The Grey A qualify for Music City Monday because band leader Grey Jacks used to live in Nashville.
"Born in 55" by Darrell Scott
Next up, this is a song from the Darrell Scott album, Ten - the songs of Ben Bullington. Ben Bullington was a country doctor and a songwriter who in the last years of his life was able to fulfill some songwriting dreams. A really simple yet powerful song performed here by Nashville's Darrell Scott.
"Glass Castles" by Andrew Adkins
The title track from Glass Castles by Nashville songwriter Andrew Adkins. I really dig the sound of this song - as I do almost all of what Adkins does.
"That's How Every Empire Falls" by John Prine
John Prine here covering a song written by the Poet Laureate of Knoxville, Tennessee - R.B. Morris. If you have any doubts that RB is a genius poet - just give a close listen to the lyrics of this song. The song has also been covered by Marianne Faithfull. RB spent a good amount of time in Nashville in the 1990s.
"The Good Ones" by Joey Kneiser
Grey Jacks of The Grey A was a one time member of the band Glossary - a band lead by Joey Kneiser along with Kelly Smith (who sings on this track). From Kneiser's excellent 2016 album, The Wildness.
"I Was Right About You" by Clark Paterson
Next, we have another track from The Final Tradition. This track really shows off the amazing steel guitar work of Paul Neihaus (who has worked by Calexico, Justin Townes Earle and others). Still really digging into this album, but I like it a lot so far.
"Anthem" by Stone Cupid
And, we close out our Monday shuffle with a CD Bonus track from Stone Cupid - and their cover of the Leonard Cohen song. Stone Cupid premiered a new video (for the title track of their debut album, The Cardinal). You also may have heard that song on Double Shot with Joe and Sue on Saturday. Look for The Cardinal to be released on vinyl very soon and the vinyl will include a download card for the songs that had to be cut for the vinyl release. (possibly including this track???). Of course, Stone Cupid's Julie Christensen sang with Leonard Cohen for several years.