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Robyn Hitchcock and Bobby Bare Jr. walk into a bar, and the best damned Booker T and the MGs cover band you ever heard is on stage... what? No, it's not the set up for a joke... it is just Tuesday night in East Nashville. Specifically $2 Tuesday at The 5 Spot. As per usual, it was a great night of music up and down the bill that included Henry Wagons, Allen Thompson (who filled in for Derek Hoke who is on tour), Francis and the Foundation, Amber Farris with the late night slot filled by the the aforementioned Booker T cover band - Time is Tight lead by drummer Jerry Pendecost. $2 admission, $2 Yazoo drafts all night!
Oh and a big shout out to Eric who hosts Gilded Splinters on WXNA. He plays really awesome New Orleans music every Tuesday from 7-9pm. Eric filled in for Sue and I this past Saturday and he kind of dedicated his show to us by making musical connections. I don't know if they were aided by cocktails, but if so, I am assuming it was Hurricanes. (but not on the air on in the studio...) :-)
It is mid-week... when things get wild here at E2TG. Let's see where the shuffle takes us...
"As Hard As It Is" by Fine Young Cannibals
We start thing off with a deep cut from the 1988 second and final studio album by this UK band that featured two former members of The English Beat and a "gifted vocalist" (Roland Gift)."Supersonic Transport" by Lowell Levinger - Banana From The Youngbloods
Next up, another song from the outstanding collection - Banana Recalls Youngbloods' Classics. This song was written by Levinger and is also known as "Faster All the Time".
"Storm Windows" by John Prine
And from their we go to another song from the 1986 live recording of John Prine and a version of title track from Prine's 1980 seventh album.
"Enjoy Yourself" by Todd Snider
And we move on to the song that Sue and I use as our Outro song each week on Double Shot. From the now classic album East Nashville Skyline, Snyder's take on a song most famously recorded by Guy Lombardo.
"Old Time Religion" by Mother Pauline and Elder James Goins
It seems like it has been a while since the shuffle has brought up a song from the Music Maker Relief Foundation, but there still some of those great songs hanging around. The late Elder James Goins and his wife Mother Pauline made music out of South Carolina around the Spiritual Holiness Church. The foundation helped them to record an album and took their simple but powerful music to a larger audience.
"Boulder to Birmingham" by Dolly Parton
An emotionally powerful version of a song written by Emmylou Harris and Bill Danoff and here performed beautifully by Dolly Parton from her 1976 album All I Can Do. You may recall hearing this on the Double Shot show - Oh, The Places We Will Go... Emmylou wrote the song about the loss of Gram Parsons.
"Snake Drive" by Tav Falco and Panther Burns
In the spirit of Wild Wednesday, we move from Dolly singing Emmylou to a rocking instrumental from Memphis. Tav Falco has since moved to Europe and still makes music with a new lineup of Panther Burns. From the debut album, Behind the Magnolia Curtain. The band employee an innovative blend of blues, country and other styles of American music and have taken it to punk and alternative audiences.
"No More Drama" by Mac Gollahon and The Hispanic Mechanics
And we close things out with one from the True Groove label. Trumpet player Mac Gollahon whose credits include work with David Bowie, Duran Duran, Billy Ocean etc. This is from his latest album with The Hispanic Mechanics. I am really digging the sounds on this record.