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Well, here we are.... a bunch of things are happening... and stuff... whatever.. it is mid-week, and we get "wild" on Wednesday. But what does that mean... this week, at least, it means we have some wildly good music to share... sit back.
"Back to the Beginning Pt. 1" by Marla Mase
Things get off to a great start with our first listen to Marla Mase's new album, Miracles - Lost and Found which is due out October 28 on True Groove Global Soul. True Groove is the independent label led by Mase and Tomas Doncker, and they have been on a roll of late with album by Doncker, Mac Gollehon and The Hispanic Mechanics, and James Chance and the Contortions. From what I have heard of Mase's new album, that roll is showing no signs of slowing down.
"Women Across the River" by Fendrick and Peck
I was so happy to receive the new album by former Nashville residents Fendrick and Peck - The Sandhill Crane - their follow up to Lucky Penny which we have featured on E2TG in the past. I was especially excited to see this song - a cover of one of my favorite David Olney songs. The Fendrick and Peck version is spectacular. I highly recommend you look up and purchase the CD - the packaging is spectacular. Since I could not find a video of Fendrick and Peck doing this song, I included a video of them doing a different song AND a video of Olney doing this song.
"Photo Booth" by Tim Lee 3
In case you missed the news, #E2TG favorites Tim Lee 3 will be releasing their 5th album on October 28 - called Tin Man. A bunch of cool folks helping out on this one. In honor of that, we have a prime cut from their 2015 album 33 1/3. They are doing a cool Rock and Roll Happy Hour Residency at the Pilot Light in Knoxville this month which will culminate with a CD Release Show on 10/28/2016. If you find yourself in or near Knoxville on a Friday night - check them out.
"Talk Too Much" by COIN
Next up - Nashville Alt-Pop band COIN with their single which was released in May. Catchy stuff.
"A Living Past" by Guitar Gabriel
Some words spoken about the blues from the late Guitar Gabriel one of the inspirations for the founding of the Music Maker Relief Foundation. I have some pretty exciting new coming up about that incredible organization in the near future. Stay tuned.
"Hurt" by Samuel Claiborne and True Groove All-Stars
Speaking of the red hot True Groove Global Soul label. They put out a compilation of their artist doing cover songs a while back called Fully Re-Covered. It is a wonderful collection that shows off the range of talent on the label. This, of course, is a cover of the Nine Inch Nails song that many people know from the cover by Johnny Cash. Please check out Claiborne's version - I dig it. Claiborne is a poet, novelist, essayist, composer, and a veteran of the New York punk scene.
"He's Guilty (The Judge Song)" by Bruce Springsteen
Next up is a track from the new Bruce Springsteen compilation - Chapter and Verse which was released in conjunction with his autobiography - Born to Run. This is a song released in 1970 by Steel Mill - an early Springsteen led band. There is a Nashville connection in that Steel Mill played the 3rd Annual Nashville Music Festival.
"In the Drink" by Tom Mason and The Blue Buccaneers
There is an axiom that says, every great music city needs a top-notch pirate band - especially if the city is totally landlocked. Okay, I made that up, but it seems reasonable enough. As for THE Music City, we got that covered. Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers are proud to carry that (skull and crossbones) flag and they do with style and aplomb and humor, and excellent music that always lifts them comfortably above the novelty act that you may think about when you read, "pirate band". If you get the chance to see them live, do. They have a new album called Pirate Party. And this is our first listen, and it is fun!