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Welcome back to E2TG! So, last night Amelia White wrapped up her month-long residency at The 5 Spot. As special guest Reckless Johnny Wales said, this means she is now a doctor! Reckless Johnny sounded fantastic - as usual - backed by Chris Tench on guitar.
Amelia had an incredible band backing her including Robert Mache from Memphis, Parker Hawkins, and Fran Breen. Plus Chris Tench sat in for most of the set. Special guest Julie Christensen added her legendary vocals to some of Amelia's songs plus did a few of her own songs. Surprise guest Tomi Lynn Lunsford joined Christensen to sing background on "Dogs Bark" and then stayed to back up the last song of the night. A wonderful ending to a fantastic residency.
Tonight: The 5 Spot is once again the place to be. Mark Robinson wraps up his Residency (I guess he will be a doctor now, too) in style. With an expanded showband with Mark Jordan and Ben Graves joining Daniel Seymour and Rick Schell. Plus the special guests are two of the finest vocalist Nashville has to offer... Jonell Mosser and Vickie Carrico. Noted music blog, Ear to the Ground called the Mark Robinson Band one of the best live bands around, and they have certainly lived up to that this month. Tonight will be one to remember. 6:00pm.
It is Thursday when we throw things back:
"Kick Your Door Down" by The Replacements
To begin, we throw it back to 1981 and the first studio album by The Replacements, Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash. Ragged, rough, and rocking the way punk rock should be.
"3 O'Clock Blues" by B.B. King
Originally recorded by Lowell Fulson in 1948. B.B. King recorded the song in 1951 in an improvised studio at the Memphis YMCA. The song effectively launched King's long and distinguished career.
"Some of These Days" by Cab Calloway
This song was published in 1910, and first recorded by Sophie Tucker in 1911 and most famously by Tucker again in 1926. The Cab Calloway version was used by Oingo Boingo in the 1980 film Forbidden Zone.
"Breathin' Easy" by The Reivers
Next up, we jump ahead to 1991 for the opening track to Pop Beloved by Austin band, The Reivers.
"So Far Today" by Shadow 15
Shadow 15 were one of the great bands of the 1980s Nashville underground rock scene. If I am not mistaken, I saw them some time in the mid/late 80s at a benefit for Elliston Square which was held at the Cannery. Maybe someone can set me straight if they did not play that show. In any event, I used to hear them all the time on WRVU. This song is on a great compilation called Return to Elliston Square - 1979-1989 which does a pretty good job of documenting that era.
"Good Times" by Hoodoo Gurus
Hoodoo Gurus always deliver a good time. From Blow Your Cool! 1987 was the year. This was one of the singles from the album and features background vocals by The Bangles.
"(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care" by Elvis Presley
1957. A song written by Leiber and Stoller for Presley and the movie Jailhouse Rock.
"Working on a Building" by Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys (feat. Ricky Skaggs and Keith Whitley)
"Working on a Building" is a standard in both the African-American Spirtual and Southern Gospel traditions. This version features the late Ralph Stanley (who passed away back in June) and his band the Clinch Mountain Boys and features Keith Whitley and Ricky Skaggs - who were discovered by Stanley when they were 15 and 16 years old.
"Gravity" by Minutemen
Next, we return to the year that we began this shuffle with the Minutemen from 1981 - their third record and first 12 inch. It was also the fourth album ever released by SST Records. Clocking in at 55 seconds.
"Waiting for the Worms" by Pink Floyd
And we close things out with a track from Pink Floyd's 1979 The Wall.