Friday, June 23, 2017

Featured Friday Morning Shuffle- Burn it Down Mix

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Okay - I need to get some things out:

Take care of those less fortunate, protecting and empowering the oppressed, having compassion for others, honesty and transparency from our elected representatives, and respecting our planet. These should not be controversial of divisive issues. But, it seems they are... and to be honest, I don't get it. When I read the comment sections on posts (which I really need to stop doing), I realize that I do not ever share the same realm of reality as some of the people making comments.  How do we resolve this?  Listen, in matters of public policy and politics (if you will) there is plenty of room for debate - even among people who fundamentally agree with one another.  But, facts should not be up for debate. But they are... we find ourselves in the era of alternative facts. How do we get out of this place?  Where is the common ground?

Another quick thought before I move on... can I treat everyone by the same standards. Especially our elected officials.  I guess bias is fairly natural.. but when I am reacting to something an elected official has done, I need to ask myself - how would I react if that official was from a different political party or philosophy?  Would I be just has pleased or just as outraged? If my answer is yes, then I need to work toward living up to that standard......

Last night I made it out for the early show at The 5 Spot.  The Easy Leaves (a California band with Nashville's Adam Kurtz on pedal steel) were great.  Rich Mahan and The Tripmonks were wonderful. When Allen Thompson joined them for a rare cover of the Velvet Underground classic "The Gift"... I was blown away. (I captured this on video which is on my personal Facebook page).

ICYMI:  Another song premiered this morning on E2TG.  Please check out "Isle of Hope" by Jefferson Ross from his album (out today) called Live at Hillbilly Haiku.

Tomorrow - a live Double Shot is coming up on WXNA.  Later tomorrow, I will representing WXNA at Nashville Pride Festival downtown.  Stop by the WXNA tent to hear cool tunes and meet the DJs.

Well, week one of our two week mid-year  "New Music" clearance.  The playlist down below 300 songs - but I have more to add over the weekend.  Let's see what today's shuffle has in store...

E2TG Song Premiere - Jefferson Ross - "Isle of Hope"

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For the second day in a row, we have a song to premiere.  This one comes from singer-songwriter Jefferson Ross, who is based in Savannah, Georgia - but Nashville is all over this track.  The song is a live recording from the brand new album Live at Hillbilly Haiku. The album is produce and features the work of noted Nashville musician Thomm Jutz. Hillbilly Haiku is a House Concert series run by Rick and Denise Williams in nearby Lebanon, Tennessee.  The awesome Fats Kaplin and Kristie Rose are next up at Hillbilly Haiku - on Saturday June 24!)

Jefferson Ross is a former Nashville resident. He was a staff songwriter and a noted session player and road musician.  He is also a painter. He brings a life of experiences to his music which is distinctly Southern,

After the jump, you can hear more about Jefferson Ross and "Isle of Hope" and you can give the song a listen.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Trending Thursday Morning Shuffle - Helps the Flowers Grow Mix

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ICYMI: E2TG premiered a brand new song from Flying Buffaloes earlier this morning.  You can check that out HERE.

Keep your ear to the ground for more premiere's as I begin to dig myself out from my backlog which developed during my Residency last month.

In other news, a release date has been set for Lifers - Jon Latham's follow up to Real Bad News. The album will drop on September 1 on Cafe Rooster Records. I plan to take the day off from work and listen to the album in the parking lot of a local Taco Bell.  You should make similar arrangements.

Speaking of Cafe Rooster Records, the line-up that graced us with their appearance in week 4 of the E2TG Residency will be down in Georgia on July 1 at Eddie Owen Presents in Duluth. If you are within driving range and able to make it there, it is highly recommended.

All week (and next), we have been playing songs which populate our "New Music" playlist.  These are primarily albums/songs that were submitted to E2TG for play plus some old friends and favorites that we added even if not specifically submitted.

Anyway, let's shuffle....

E2TG Song Premiere: Flying Buffaloes - "Hey ;) is for Horses"

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Man, it seems like forever since I've posted anything but a shuffle, but how about a brand new song premiering today.  Flying Buffaloes are a Nashville band, and their forthcoming album is called Taking Off.  The single we are premiering today is cleverly titled, "Hey ;) is for Horses" (the emoji is intention and apparently essential.  Clever right? But clever isn't going to get you onto E2TG... well, it might depending on my mood, but it's not going to get you a song premiere.  What I am trying to say is that the clever titled helped convince me to give it a listen, but it was the song itself that won me over.  I think it's a great song, and a wonderful addition to the current awesome Nashville vibe.  You can judge for yourself at the end of this post.  After the picture and the jump, I will share a bit more about the band and the song.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wild Wednesday Morning Shuffle - Dog on my Lap Mix

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The world and this country and many of my fellow humans having getting me down of late. I am trying to remember to find the beauty, to dance in the rain, to fight for the oppressed, to worry less about my own needs and wants, to be kind to strangers and friends alike, to bring light in whatever ways I am able, to find gratitude because I am a really lucky guy, to stop comparing myself to others, to stop worrying about what "they" have, to push myself to make the most of my good fortunes (and their are many), to be a better friend, a better family member, a better citizen, to remember that the best advice I've ever gotten sometimes took me years to fully absorb, to accept my own faults and limitations so that I better accept those in others.  

Okay - we continue shuffling from the New Music playlist... it's still wild enough for me!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Trending Tuesday Morning Shuffle - Hide Your Daughters, Hide Your Sons Mix

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Well, it is officially the longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice, or the beginning of the long march to Winter gloom - if you will.  As I mentioned yesterday, we are also approaching the half way mark of 2017.  In an effort to present as much "new" music as possible, I am going to be spinning tunes from my "new music" playlist every day for the next two week. It's Tuesday today, and I would be doing that anyway, but still....

Well - let's get to the music shall we?

Monday, June 19, 2017

Manic Monday Music Shuffle - Punchline Mix

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Hello Reader!

Well - I had the realization that we have just two weeks of shuffles left and then the first half of 2017 will be over.  It's been a busy year so far. I know New Years is the traditional time to make life changes (or at least to talk about it), but I like to think of June 30 as kind of halftime for the year.  In my limited knowledge of football, it seems like teams that are good at making halftime adjustments tend to do better (overall).  Okay sports analogy over.  Anyway, as I sit here on the verge of the 2nd half of 2017, I noticed I have over 300 songs in my "New Music" playlist. All (with one or two exceptions) represent music that was submitted to me in one form or another in relatively recent months.  I also noticed that some recent additions have been underplayed - the nature of the random shuffle, and there are also some stragglers (one or two songs from albums nearly or over one year old). It seems like a good time to tidy up the playlist, but before I do, I thought I would dedicate the next two weeks to just playing songs from the "New Music" playlist to clean it out a little naturally.

This would normally be Music City Monday - but as I suspected over half of the songs in this shuffle would have fit that playlist, too.

Let's shuffle!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Featured Friday Morning Shuffle - Florescent Thoughts Mix

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Well - here we are at Friday...

I am a bit short on time as I got out and enjoyed the weather at bit before the heat and humidity kicked in... I was 80% through my walk when it hit...

Let's jump to it!  These are songs from the "New Music" playlist (i.e. songs we are specially featuring here. i.e. submissions, old friends, etc.)

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Topical Thursday Morning Shuffle - Cellphone Out the Window Mix

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Remember when we had a President who was not under investigation for obstructing justice?  Good times!

Had a blast last night at Music City Roots!  Note to myself: it's not really that bad driving down there.

Peter Cooper hosted and opened show with a song. It's always good to hear Peter Cooper - even if it is just one song.

E2TG favorites Adrian + Meredith were the first guest act.  Every time I see them, I am more and more impressed, and they sure won over the crowd at the Factory in Franklin.

Sean McConnell was next.  I was not that familiar with his music - though he has a quite a following.  Great voice, great playing, catchy songs.

Mark Robinson Band - another E2TG favorite was smoking as always - doing some of my favorite songs of theirs.  Somehow, no matter the line-up, Mark Robinson always has a killer band and he is - a consummate entertainer in the truest sense of the word.

New Orleans legend Walter Wolfman Washington closed the show.  Smooth rhythm and blues music that was dripping in New Orleans charm and history.  Backed by a great band - Washington has roots back to many of the New Orleans legends - like Ernie K. Doe for example, and it is great to hear him still making great music in 2017.

The closing "jam" was a treat. I have to say, I had never seen someone clogging to a blues song, but I have now thanks to Meredith (of Adrian + Meredith).  All that and I was home not long after ten.

As you may know by now, we are still "celebrating" the sixth anniversary of this blog via a special playlist I created.  Basically, I went through my entire collection of music and selected one song from each artist that I determined was an E2TG alumnus. It gets complicated - I admit.  Back in the early days of the blog, I had "Bands of the Week" "Bands of the Month" "Featured Artists" and the like. I considered any band/artist that fit one of those categories to be part of the E2TG "Family" (whether they liked it or even knew about it).  Later, I decided just to keep writing about bands but not worry about designations.  Nowadays, I get music submitted to me from a variety of sources. I still think about the bands I write about as "family" - albeit a very extended family.  Of course, in some cases I never really connected with the band/artist - or I have lost touch in the intervening years, or whatever... but in any event, I went through all of the artists I had songs for - and the ones that I deemed E2TG artists were added to this playlist.  450 in all originally.  Every Thursday, we shuffle that list - we'll do it until I get tired or it or we run out of songs - which ever comes first.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Wild Wednesday Morning Shuffle - Joan Jett is a Goddess Mix

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I'm back - I was a bit under the weather yesterday... "under the weather" -what does that even mean? I was sick.

Today - I am overwhelmed by all of the hate and negativity in the world and in this country.  I am vowing not to read any more comment threads about anything remotely political for at least the rest of the day... why do I do this to myself?

My solution for today is to share music I love and to send out (to the best of my ability) love and light to all.

Yesterday was the one year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting and this is Pride Month.  So I send out special love and light to everyone who needs it... in the words of Wild Ponies - "Love is not a sin."

A reminder:  Music City Roots tonight features not one but two veterans of E2TG Anniversary shows... look for Adrian + Meredith and The Mark Robinson Band joining a great lineup.  You can listen on-line if you can't make it to Franklin.

Now for a Wild Wednesday Shuffle!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Music City Monday Morning Shuffle - Whiskey and Cocaine Mix

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Enjoyable weekend - got to see some cool music. Friday - the always fantastic Rock and Roll Happy Hour at The 5 Spot with Tim Carroll.  After that I headed out west to catch some of Joe Maynard (Maynard and the Musties) with Mark Robinson sitting in on guitar.

Saturday - first it was the one year anniversary show of Double Shot with Joe and Sue.  Then I got to fill in on Nashville U with Gina and her guest Rayvon Pettis.  I got to spin some Nashville music.

Saturday night was the CD Release Show (Nashville edition) for Dan Montgomery's new album GONE.  Dan's band was incredible.  Julie Christensen, Sergio Webb, and Chris Tench opened the night (and played some new songs), and BARK were awesome as always.

Happy to see some video  of and to read some reactions to  Aaron Lee Tasjan at Bonnaroo.

Monday we always play songs with some connection to Music City, and we call it Music City Monday - go figure.  Here's today's shuffle...

Friday, June 9, 2017

Featured Friday Morning Shuffle - T-Rex Mix

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It seems like there was a time when we could disagree about many things, but there were certain basic truths that we could agree upon.  Like "The sky is blue and therefore we need to do ____. "  "No, the sky IS blue, but we should do ____."  Now, it seems like it is more... "The sky is blue and therefore we need to do ______."  "No!  It is the fake media that has you convinced that the sky is blue.  The sky is red and therefore we MUST do ______."

I am short of solutions right now.  It seems like all of us are so far apart.  Common ground seems to be a lost concept. I guess I am thinking about the Congressional testimony yesterday, and how differently people can view it. I always want to try to understand on some level how those who think differently than me see the world, and on some levels I can, but regardless of the circumstances and experiences that lead a person to hold a particular set of beliefs.  There SHOULD be some points on which almost all people can agree.  Shouldn't there?

We have reached the end of a another week... time is a raging river... The Foresters new album is out today,  Listen for me twice on the radio tomorrow - Double Shot's 1 year anniversary show and then right after that I will be filling in out Nashville U.  Gina will be interviewing Rayvon Pettis who will be playing a few songs, and I will be spinning some Nashville tunes from the past and the present.

It is Friday, and on Friday, we bring you a shuffle from our "New Music Playlist".  We call it Featured Friday - as these "new music" tracks are artists, albums, or songs that we are featuring.


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Topical Thursday Morning Shuffle - Old Bones Mix

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Well, we sure do live in interesting times.  Interesting is an interesting word.  It can be positive, negative, or neutral... or even ironically.  Time will tell, how "interesting" these times are, but from this up-close perspective, it sure is interesting.  #Comey #DumpTrump #Resist #Persist

So, last month, as you may know, E2TG turned six years old.  It has been quite a ride to be sure.  To celebrate, I created a 450 song "retrospective" playlist of music that have been featured in some way on this blog.  That is basically 450 different artist - with allowances that some may be crossovers (solo acts vs. bands they were in/ people in two or more bands etc.)  It has been fun revisiting all of the great music. I have lost touch with some of these fine folks and in some cases, I cannot find updated information, but they were all a part of getting me to this point, and while I am not entirely sure that I know where "this point" is, I do know that a whole bunch of good stuff is happening and has happened because I started writing this blog. My point being that every step along the way was important, and I am grateful of ALL of the awesome music I have encountered.  Today's shuffle spans the six years pretty effectively - picks up on some rare cuts from the past, and well - rocks.  In many cases, I could not find a video of the particular song today, but I think I got at least something to represent each artist.

Let's shuffle!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Wild Wednesday Morning Shuffle - Sentimental Elemental Sushi Mix

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Catching up on some announcements: E2TG Favorites, The Foresters are releasing their eagerly anticipated new album House Stories on Friday!  Here is the link!

As always, there is a ton of great live music in Music City.  Of note: Saturday night, at The 5 Spot, I am excited about the Dan Montgomery CD Release Show with special guests BARK and Julie Christensen.  Montgomery's new album GONE sounds amazing, it is always great to see Tim and Susan of BARK, and Julie Christensen is one of my favorite artists and people. This is a no-brainer, do-not-miss kind of show!

Also, earlier in the day on Saturday, Sue and I will be celebrating our 1 year anniversary of Double Shot with Joe and Sue.  Our theme will be leftovers: we will be revisiting past themes and playing songs that we didn't get or think to play the first time around.  Right after Double Shot, I will be filling in for Leslie on Nashville U and spinning some local tunes (past and present) and Gina will be on hand with special in-studio guest Rayvon Pettis!

Double Shot begins at 11a.m. Central Time on 101.5 FM in Nashville and or via the TuneIn App everywhere.

Really cool coincidence, yesterday, I posted Jon Magnusson's tribute to a local hockey team in Sweden and joked about co-opting the song for the Nashville Predators, and Magnusson commented that one of the Predators players (Filip Forsberg) previously played for the team his song is about.

Time for some wildness on our Wild Wednesday shuffle - this is the day we shuffle from ALL of the songs on my phone.  A wild mix today,,,,

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Trending Tuesday Morning Shuffle - Pencil to a Fish Mix

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Without a doubt, there is a lot of ugliness in the world, which is why it is so important to seek out and notice and acknowledge beauty as much as possible.  Last night's Jon Latham benefit at The Basement East was teeming with beautiful moments. Featuring terrific solo sets from Sally Jaye, Rayvon Pettis, Brian Wright, Becca Mancari, and Peyton Parker to a scintillating full band set from Sadler Vaden. Jon's awesome band (Andrew Leahey, Sean Quinn, Raun Schultz, and Cory Nichols) played his debut album, Real Bad News in it's entirety with guests ranging from Darrin Bradbury's deliciously over-the-top reading of "Major Key" to Brian Wright and Sally Jaye's moving rendition of "Conversation at a Funeral".  Top to bottom, great performances by some of Jon's friends who happen to be the cream of the crop of Nashville artists.  The show ended with the band doing "Last in Line" from Jon's forthcoming album Lifers.  Then, everyone who played and more took the stage for the title track of Lifers with Jon himself leading the way.  Jon and his band closed the night with their version of Springsteen's "Darkness of the Edge of Town".   The love and respect and beauty was impossible to miss.

Well, it is Tuesday, and that is when we shuffle up our "New Music" playlist.  The fun thing about using the random shuffle function is you never know what it will bring up...

Monday, June 5, 2017

Music City Monday Morning Shuffle - Old Friends Mix

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It seems like a good time to check-in... yep, it is June 5, 2017, and there are still white supremacists in positions of power in the White House.

Had a good time celebrating the 1st Anniversary of WXNA yesterday.  As someone who come of age musically speaking with college radio (WRVU in particular), I have to say, WXNA has filled huge gap in the Nashville radio landscape. There is great original programming every single day, all day long, and I am so happy to be a part of it.

TONIGHT!  Yes, the Predator's are in the Stanley Cup Finals, and Nashville is abuzz.  Game 4 is tonight, but I am going to recommend you get yourself to The Basement East for the Jon Latham Benefit tonight.  Not only is it a great cause for a great guy, the music is going to be incredible. Jon's ace band will be the house band with an incredible lineup of guest singers.  You can check in on the game on your phone as you need to...

Okay, I was off last Monday, so this is our first Music City Monday in a couple of weeks... so let's do this thing!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Featured Friday Morning Shuffle - Sleepless in Nashville Mix

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Honestly, I try to keep my commentaries at least semi-cordial - not that the current administration does that not even necessarily deserves it, but there have been so many straws.  Seriously, how more reprehensible can this administration be?  I can't believe this will go on for four more years.  I just can't.  About "covfefe" - you know if you are someone who cares about other human beings - then this year has been horrendously painful. You got to get your laughs when you can. Every once in a while, I will visit the Facebook page of one of the handful of "T-Rump" supporters I am friends with  (I generally do well with muting these posts from my newsfeed). Anyway, I wanted to check in to see what they were saying about "covfefe" - and there is actually a  (now debunked) piece that claims the "word" is a translation of an Arabic term meaning We Will Stand or some such.  By debunked, I mean the original article has some convoluted Google Translation that seems to indicate the meaning. It is based upon a false use and reading of Google Translate. Which means, even if the president intended to use it in this way, he was basing the usage on a erroneous source (not the first time there).  But, it got me thinking about a bigger issue... let's say the translation had been correct and that had been the intent of the "Tweet"... imagine if it had been President Obama who had tweeted an Arabic term - can you even imagine the outrage from the right?  Ugh!  Look, I don't care about weird tweets, I worry about the damage being done to this nation's reputation and standing in the world.  Honestly, I would be among the first to tell you that the Democratic party is less than ideal, and I hope they will improve and make some adjustments in policy and strategy, BUT,  the situation now is so dire that I feel even some options I previously viewed as odious are looking better,,,,,

Anyway, it's Friday and we have some Featured tunes for the day!  I love that even my "New Music" playlist is so diverse. It's easy to get pigeonholed and I have worked hard to keep E2TG as wildly inclusive as possible, and the variety of submissions I get reflects that I am succeeding on that count - at least.


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Topical Thursday Morning Shuffle - Cape on the Floor Mix

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It's been a few days since I added any commentary to the current state of things in this country and in the world. Honestly, I am overwhelmed and exhausted by it all - but I am fighting to stay alert. In some ways, I see hope in the mounting investigation over Russia, but beyond and president or administration, I am deeply concerned about the ever-widening divide in this country.  I am also concerned about the potentially lasting damage being done to the environment, to basic human rights, to our country's reputation, and on and on. #Resist #Persist

Well, it's a wrap!  Thanks again to everyone who came out last night for the finale of the E2TG Residency at The 5 Spot.  FuzzQueen rocked as expected and won over some new fans in Nashville and Amelia White was awesome with kick ass band - The Blue Souvenirs.

And thanks to everyone who came out, played, and/or played a part in making this month really special and something I will never forget.

Onward and Upward...  a couple of notes:  Sunday June 4 marks the One Year Anniversary of the beginning of broadcasting at WXNA.  They are celebrating at Dee's Country Cocktail Lounge from 3-8.  Everyone is invited - and you should come - this is YOUR community radio station.

Monday June 5 is the Jon Latham benefit at The Basement East - a pretty killed lineup will help raise some more money for Jon Latham who - as you may know - had some major health issues earlier in the month.

On Thursday's we shuffle songs around a topic.  Earlier this year, the topic was centered around the times in which we live.  For the 6th Anniversary, I began a new theme around a playlist of artists we have played/written about over the entire six years.  We will continue that for a while... Today's shuffle includes songs that span the years and diverse music styles we have featured.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Wild Wednesday Morning Shuffle -We Shall Be Free Mix

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Can you believe May is almost over?  I say almost because we have two bits of unfinished business to get to before we can put it in the books...

Last before first, we have the grand finale of the E2TG Residency at The 5 Spot in East Nashville.  This month has been amazing, and I hope you will come out to help us close this thing out in style.  FuzzQueen are opening the night.  I am so psyched to see them...  Later, it is Amelia White and her Blue Souvenirs featuring Sergio Webb, Parker Hawkins, Megan Carchman, and Dave Coleman!  I will be reading some more of my fiction/poetry, and I have some beer koozies that need a good home.  Come hang with us!

First, though, we have one final shuffle for the month of May.  It is Wednesday so we shuffle up all the songs on my phone.  We have a good mix of old and new music. Let's get to it!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Trending Tuesday Morning Shuffle - Spaghetti Mix

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Okey dokey, I'm back after a long holiday weekend.  Had a good time at Field Day 2017 - with WXNA competing against teams from The Nashville Scene, Fort Houston, Duke's, Third Man Records, and the Belcourt. It was a a true Nashville experience - with Pete Finney playing the National Anthem on pedal steel and Jack White showing up to support the Third Man team and everyone pretending to be blase about it. ;-)

Tomorrow night is the grand finale of the E2TG Residency!!  FuzzQueen opens, to be followed by Amelia White and The Blue Souvenirs!  Looking forward to this show! Doors at 5:30, $5 cover, 21+ only!

It is Tuesday - which means we have our "Trending" shuffle today.  Several Nashville artists to make up for not having a Music City Monday post!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Featured Friday Morning Shuffle - Peep Peep Mix

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Okay, okay! I'm back after a couple days off due to work related stuff....

First of all, I have to give a huge THANK YOU! to Cafe Rooster Records and everyone who came out Wednesday night.  I could not have asked for the night to be any better.  Sure was a humbling experience to know I had anything to do with what went down.  What went down was: Darrin Bradbury with Megan Palmer.  Sally Jaye - backed by Brian Wright, Jon Latham and more.  Jon Latham with Sean Quinn, Rorey Carroll, and Brian Wright - back by Jon Latham and Aaron Lee Tasjan!  Everyone was amazing and Brian Wright was other-worldly good.

We do have one more week to go of the E2TG Residency!  May 31 - it is going to Amelia White and the Blue Souvenirs (Sergio Webb, Dave Coleman, Parker Hawkins, Megan Carchman) with special guests Fuzzqueen from Washington D.C. - Fuzzqueen features former members of Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray who we have featured before.

I have your Featured Friday shuffle - as we go into a long holiday weekend.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Trending Tuesday Morning Shuffle - On Dry Land Mix

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Hey ho!  It's Tuesday and I am about to head out to a work-related thing. Most likely no shuffle tomorrow. But, PLEASE come to The 5 Spot tomorrow night for Cafe Rooster Night! It's gonna be rad!

Some "Trending" tunes with minimal commentary...  A bunch of Nashville area music today to help celebrate the Predators going to the Stanley Cup Finals!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Music City Monday Morning Shuffle - Don't Try to Fight It Mix

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It is really hard to sort it all out sometimes... I mean, there are policy decisions that I philosophically and morally object to.  There are ethical breaches that are beyond the pale. There are individuals with reprehensible believes (racist, ablest, homophobic, etc.). There is potentially criminal behavior.  And then there are the instances of what appear to the treasonous activities.  Where and how do you focus on one without losing sight of the others.... These are strange and troubling times...

And off we march into the week ahead!  I have a work thing that will take me away from my office a few days this week, so there may be some interruption in the regularly scheduled shuffles... stay tuned.

This week, I am looking forward to Wednesday at The 5 Spot - when the E2TG Residency welcomes Cafe Rooster Records!  You do not want to miss this one!

Okay - it is Monday - and on Monday we turn our attention to Nashville, Tennessee and music somehow connected to the Music City....  Let's shuffle!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Featured Friday Morning Shuffle - Heaven Somewhere Mix

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Running a bit short on time today - so let's dive right in.

Got to get out and see Ben de la Cour and Wild Ponies at The 5 Spot. We are seriously spoiled with all the great music here in town.

I worked a shift for the WXNA Pledge Drive.  Go ahead and give if you haven't this is community radio at its best.  And with the internet, the community is where ever you are.

I might as well take every opportunity afforded to me to remind you of our next E2TG Residency show.  Cafe Rooster Records are an important part of this community.  So, not only will you hear great music from Sally Jaye, Brian Wright, Darrin Bradbury, Jon Latham, and special guest Rorey Carroll - they will be collecting donations of bug  spray and jugs of water for Southern Alliance for People and Animal Welfare to be taken to the homeless camps.

It is Friday, and on Friday we shuffle songs from our New Music Playlist and call it Featured Friday!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Topical Thursday Morning Shuffle - Battle To Be Won Mix

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You know, the world is a great big wonderful, awful, beautiful, ugly, complicated, simple, tranquil, frenetic place. Most days, I am glad to be alive and experiencing it - as a person who matches many of the qualities I just ascribed to the world.  That's all.

I am still getting goosebumps thinking about last night's Week 3 of the E2TG Residency. Thanks to everyone who made it out - we had a great crowd.  Sergio Webb was wonderful, David Olney was the towering and entertaining performer as always.  When Sergio joined David Olney on stage for the first time in almost a year and a half, the results were magical!  What a way to celebrate six years of Ear to the Ground!

Oh! And a big thanks to Adeem the Artist for some shout-outs that helped the E2TG Facebook Page reach 1,000 "Likes"!

Next week, the residency continues...  And we have a good one for you!  The fine human beings from Cafe Rooster Records will joining us!  That is Sally Jaye, Brian Wright, Darrin Bradbury, and the rapidly healing Jon Latham!  Plus special guest Rorey Carroll!  May 24, The 5 Spot, $5, 6pm!

Thursdays we pick a topic and shuffle up songs that fit that topic.  For our 6th Anniversary, I created a large playlist of artists who have been featured on E2TG over the years. Here is today's shuffle....

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wild Wednesday Morning Shuffle - Enough About Me Mix

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Is this the beginning of the end? Watching history unfold... waiting. Stay alert. President Pence will not be a good thing either... Resistance is NOT futile.

TONIGHT! E2TG Sixth Anniversary Residency at The 5 Spot: Week 3- David Olney (Band) + Sergio Webb (Band) 6pm $5.00  Be there!

Also, a reminder, Pledge Week for WXNA continues.  Today, there are several opportunities to have your pledge matched.  All donations receive a #TeamWXNA Sticker (limited edition - only for Spring Pledge Drive donations).  A $60 donation will get you a WXNA bandanna! (That is just $5.00 per month if you make a recurring pledge).

It is Wednesday, and on Wednesday things get "Wild' here at E2TG....

Here is this morning's shuffle of the all of the songs stored in my phone's memory.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Trending Tuesday Morning Shuffle - Flipping That Pillow Mix

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Okay - I am back... well at least the current administration hasn't been doing any insane things lately... wait, what? oh, never mind... seriously, what exactly does this President have to do before the Republicans take action?

So, as we embark on the seventh year of E2TG - there is a lot going on...

Nashville's Listener Supported, Community Radio Station, WXNA 101.5 is in the midst of their Spring Pledge Drive, and they need YOUR support.  I am proud to be a part of this great organization, but even beyond that, I am so glad this station was formed to fill a gap in the Nashville radio landscape.  To be honest, I had pretty much stopped listening to the radio for the last several years. Last year, when I got a new car, I got a free trial subscription to satellite radio and was considering extending the subscription until WXNA came along. Now, I listen to WXNA on a regular basis, and it is truly one of the best stations I have ever heard. The variety of the programming, the fact that real people select what to play, and the fact that it is a voice of the community and for the community are all important to me.  Please consider giving or upping your recurring gift during this Pledge Drive. or 615-933-WXNA (9962).

Tomorrow night!!!! is Week 3 of the E2TG Residency at The 5 Spot, and we have a good one.  David Olney (Band) + Sergio Webb (Band).  It all goes down at 6:00pm (Door at 5:30) $5.00 cover.  More E2TG Beer Koozies will be available, and I will be reading a short selection from one of my novels-in-progress.

Okay - it is Tuesday and we have a shuffle of some tracks that are "Trending" around here.

Monday, May 15, 2017

E2TG at Six Years

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Hey - I am home a little under the weather, so no shuffle to today, but I couldn't let this day go by without acknowledging that on May 15, 2011, I started writing Ear to the Ground.  I honestly had no idea what my goals were or what I hoped might come about in doing this, but I can safely say - six years down the road - that I can not imagine my life today had I not started this blog.

For me, it has always been about the music. Music has always been important to me, and for several years, I felt deeply connected to, at least, a sub-set of all of the great music being made.  For me, it was never enough to settle on one artist or even a small group of artists, My appetite for something new, something different, and also for understanding what came before - was insatiable. I read everything I could put my hands on about the artists I liked. This was long before the internet put all sorts of music at our fingertips. I read interviews, and I took note of who the artists I liked were listening to, who their friends were, and who their heroes were. I followed rabbit holes and wound through twisted vines of inspirations and influences.

At one point, life happened, and I found myself feeling out of touch... the "new" music I was hearing was not inspiring me - partially I see now because I had lost the context.  I thought this was just something that happened with time. Around that time, I finally got a phone that had a music player, and I loaded it with some of my favorite music - a the little bits of new stuff I was able to fine. Then, as now, I had a ten to fifteen minute walk to my office every morning, and I began to hit the shuffle button and to post, on Facebook and Twitter, the music I heard. Just a silly little thing, really. But, through those posts, I began connecting and reconnecting with people through music,

This lead to friends telling about music I needed to hear, and I slowly began to reconnect to music again.  People told me that they looked forward to my morning posts, and they encouraged me to do something else with this....

Eventually, that was what lead me to begin Ear to the Ground. As I said, I never really had a plan, but it soon became obvious that even my relatively large music collection was limited, and that I could not hope to compete with the big Brand X music blogs in breaking the latest "hot band", nor did I really want to be an echo chamber for those, albeit, fine outlets. Then, I started noticing that as I edited my profile on Twitter - artists and bands began to follow me, and I started checking out their music, and I liked what I heard. So, I started writing about the bands I was "discovering" in this way, and I started to connect with those bands.

I was thinking, as this anniversary approached, it never really crossed my mind that I would be helping this artists and bands. I just wanted to tell other music fans about them - however few might be reading my little blog.

I decided early on, that E2TG was not going to be about what is wrong with music. I didn't have the time or energy to waste on "bad" music. My approach - for better or worse - was going to be to seek out and write about the value in the music I choose to write about. Don't get me wrong, there is an important function for the critic, to push a band or artist to improve and grow - to guide music fans to deeper appreciation for the strengths and weaknesses of the music they might be hearing. That just was not going to be my role.

E2TG has taken me places I never thought I would go... it has introduced me to people I would have never met, and it has brought me opportunities I never could have imagined.

So, here at Six Years - I am grateful.

As you know, I am in the midst of a month-long celebration - not of myself or even E2TG, but of the music and people in my life because of the blog. Mark Robinson and his band kicked off this month in fine fashion, and I look at the opportunities that have come about simply because his lovely wife/publicist contacted me,,,,

Here I am thinking about Double Shot with Joe and Sue - on the mighty WXNA-LP Nashville. I get to be on the radio every week!  How cool is that?!  Which makes it a good time to tell you that WXNA is in the midst of their Spring Pledge Drive.  Visit now to donate!

Last Wednesday, I had the opportunity to host an incredible night of music - in what turned out to be an impromptu benefit for another of those wonderful people brought into my life because I started writing this blog six years ago - Jon Latham.

Two days from now, I will get to stand on the stage of The 5 Spot and introduce Sergio Webb and David Olney - and their bands. Something that still seems pretty far-fetched to me.

A week later, I get to introduce the fine folks from Cafe Rooster Records.  And a week after that I get to welcome Amelia White and the Blue Souvenirs plus FuzzQueen (from Washington DC),

All I can say right now, is that I do not take any of this or any of you for granted.  You are all the reason, I do this and keep doing this.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Featured Friday Morning Shuffle - Strange Cars Mix

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I don't know anymore... I mean, I feel like the people who understand that what is going on with this administration is not okay, not normal, and horrible for this country - already know. Those who are know and who are in positions to do something about it and are not - they are complicit. Those who don't know - are willfully ignoring facts that are clear as a bell... Sometimes continuing to speak out seems fruitless, but I am not going to stop.

May 17! I sure hope, if you are in Nashville, you will come out for a one of a kind experience. I am still pinching myself that David Olney and Sergio Webb are each playing full band sets as part of the Sixth Anniversary of Ear to the Ground.  Still not convinced? There will be more beer koozies to give away and I will be reading another short section of one of two novels-in-progress.  Although, seriously if the first part of this announcement did not convince you, but the second part did - you need to go do some research about Sergio Webb and David Olney.

It is Friday!  We've (almost) survived another week. It's time to see what the shuffle would have us feature today...

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Topical Thursday Morning Shuffle - Take Me to Los Angeles Mix

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My heart is overflowing....  Last night's Friends of Jon Latham show at The 5 Spot was better than I ever could have imagined.  Overall, we raised over $600 to help with Jon's expenses. The spirit was lively and joyful and filled with love - just like Jon.  The music was top-notch.  Thanks to Kristen Englenz, Nick Nace, Darrin Bradbury, Matt Benjamin, and Sean Quinn and the Tremblers. Thanks to everyone who came out.  I still would have preferred to have Jon up their playing, but this was the next best thing.

If you could not make it out or didn't have cash to donate, there is a GoFundMe account set up.  Give and share freely...

Next, I gear up for next week's show featuring David Olney (Band) + Sergio Webb (Band). I am super excited for this show.

Being about to be a part of something like last night is just another reason that I so grateful that I started doing E2TG six years ago. It is Thursday, and this month, I am using Thursdays to highlight some of the music I have featured or presented in some way over the last six years.  Some of these bands are no longer active, some I have lost touch with, but they are all a part of the E2TG Story. Enjoy....

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wild Wednesday Morning Shuffle - Cold Steel Facts Mix

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Remember when he who shall not be names stated: "I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters,"?  And his supporters did not even realize they were being insulted?  Well, every time his administration or he makes another insane, blatantly corrupt, or bizarre move - it's like he is metaphorically trying to prove that.

Made it out for part of $2 Tuesday last night.  Finally got the chance to see E2TG favorite Gabrielle Louise live -and she was wonderful.  Dylan Lancaster was next, and I really dug his set, and as always Derek Hoke (backed by Mark Robertson and Steve Latanation) was awesome!  I had to bow out before The Prescriptions played the late set, but they are going to be holding down that spot for several weeks - so hopefully I can catch them soon.

TONIGHT!!!!!! The E2TG Sixth Anniversary celebration continues with Week 2 at The 5 Spot in East Nashville. As previously announced, Jon Latham is not going to be able to perform due to some serious health issues.  We have some friends of Jon and friends of friends... set to try to fill the gap he left.

Kristen Englenz and Nick Nace - who Jon picked to open for him - are going to get the night started.  Darrin Bradbury, Matt Benjamin, and Sean Quinn and the Tremblers are set to perform. I have beer koozies! Free to the first ten paying customers. I will be reading a short section from one of novels-in-progress.  The night is going to be dedicated to Jon, and the money we make will be going toward his medical expenses.  We will also be talking about a Benefit being planned for June 5 at The Basement East.

Today, we are intentionally "Wild" and coincidentally begin with a couple of tracks that are on our "New Music" playlist - to even things out from yesterday.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Trending Tuesday Morning Shuffle - Unintentionally Wild Mix

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When it comes to the current political climate, the one thing we can all agree on is ______.  Is there anything that goes in that blank? Anything at all?  that Trump goes to his Florida resort very often? No? We can't agree on that?  That he plays golf much more than Obama did?  No?  That the possibility of Russian involvement in our elections is troubling? No? Really?  I don't know... surely something goes in that blank?
Had a good time at Dee's last night.  A collective of artists known as the Backyard Bitches performed - all amazing songwriters and singers.  Sally Jaye, Amy Speace, Amelia White, Rose Pullman, Megan Palmer, Wild Ponies, and more.  As always, Dee's is a great hang.

One of my favorite albums of last year was Gabrielle Louise's If the Static Clears... Nashville - you have two opportunities tonight to see her perform.  She will be down at The Basement for New Faces Night, and then over at The 5 Spot for $2 Tuesday.  I highly recommend you check her out.

Plans are coming together for tomorrow night's Week 2 of the E2TG Residency.  As I posted yesterday, Jon Latham is going to be unable to perform due to some serious health issues. We will miss him and are sending all good thoughts his way.  We want to make sure this is a show that would meet with his approval.  I think we have that covered.  A fellow E2TG Artist of the Year - Darrin Bradbury will be filling in - and we have some more guests.  Kristen Englenz and Nick Nace - who Jon selected to open will play first, and then we will continue with more great music.

Okay - so it is Tuesday, and that means Trending Tuesday.  Well, about three songs into the shuffle - I realized that some of the songs were not actually from my "New Music" playlist (turns out I was shuffling from all Songs somehow).  I made the adjustment, but we have a couple of wildcard selections in the shuffle.  Not complaining.. just explaining....

Monday, May 8, 2017

Music City Monday Morning Shuffle - He Tried Mix

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Vive Le France!  That's my commentary for today.

This coming Wednesday, Jon Latham and his band were scheduled to play week 2 of the E2TG Residency, however, as some of you may know, Jon has had some pretty major health issues and will not be able to perform. The show will go on.  Jon's hand-picked openers - two of his favorite local songwriters, Nick Nace and Kristen Englenz will be opening as planned, and then some of Jon's friends will be stepping up to fill the bill.  The night will be about Jon, and we will have news about a benefit that is in the works for him.  We're gonna make it a night of music that Jon would approve.

Alright - it is Monday, and that means we are spinning tunes from the Music City Monday playlist... songs with some connection to the Nashville... Let's Go!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Featured Friday Morning Shuffle - Swimming to Normal Mix

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Look.  Illness doesn't have a political affiliation.  It doesn't care if you are a Democrat, Republican, Independent, Green, Libertarian, Communist, Democratic Socialist, Anarchist, Capitalist, or whatever.  We are living pretty deep into the 21st Century now. Medicine has advanced greatly.  Our healthcare system has been broken for a long time. There are legitimately many different approaches to tackling this important and complex issue. (And yes, I would hope the majority of Americans recognize that it is a complex and complicated issue).  By any standards, in my opinion, the bill passed by the House of Representatives should be taken as an affront to the American people. The people who voted for this legislation (some without having read it) and who celebrated its passage - need to be held accountable when they are up for reelection. I wish I had more faith in the electorate to do that.  This bill is bad for everyone except the most wealthy.  Everyone else, should be outraged. We can do better, we must do better.  #Resist #Persist.

It is Friday, and it is time we dig into our "New Music" playlist and see what the shuffle brings up... it's a gray, rainy day here in Nashville. I hope the sun is shining wherever you are.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Topical Thursday Morning Shuffle - Hole in my Heart Mix

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First of all, I want to thank everyone who made it out last night for the first week of our month-long residency at The 5 Spot - celebrating six years of E2TG.  Those who were there were treated to powerhouse set from Mark Robinson Band.

If you didn't make (or even if you did), we will be back every Wednesday in May with a great line-up each week.  I'll take a one day break from promoting....

So, it is Thursday, and of late, that has meant Topical Thursday.   As I mentioned, for now at least, I am shifting gears for Topical Thursday.  Since it is our anniversary month, I dug back into my archives and created a playlist of artists we have featured or at least posted about on E2TG. For clarity, there are artists/bands that either were specially featured or at least artists that I likely only got to hear because of E2TG.  The playlist - as this month begins is about 450 songs strong (I picked one some each artist/band). To be honest, some of these artists may not even remember or know that they were part of the E2TG story, but they were nonetheless.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Wild Wednesday Morning Shuffle - You're a Vegetable Mix

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Seven years ago, May 2010, much of Nashville was under water. Heavy rains, some ill advised dam activity, and who knows what else had combined to create one of the worse floods in this cities history. The damage spread from the east side of town to the west and even affected downtown.

I had to work on the Monday following the end of rain, and at lunch time I took a walk - listening to music and took pictures. Cars and streets underwater. The tops of light poles barely sticking out of the water. I posted a note on Facebook about that walk and included the listing of songs I heard while I walked.

Nashville emerged from the flood stronger than ever, and many, many people have arrived here since that flood happened. Walking downtown, you'd never know it happened, but it did.

About one year later, I started writing Ear to the Ground. The two events are not really related, although both speak to my desire to share the music I hear and to relate that music to... whatever - the world, my life, my day...

Without any direct intent, this space has been a chronicle of my journey through this life - accompanied by the soundtrack.  It's a simple concept, and every time I try to complicate it - as I inevitably do, I end up mucking things up... but so far, I have always pressed on.

Tonight, I wanted to express my gratitude for the people and the music who have kept E2TG going. It's going to be a month-long party, and you are invited. It all begins tonight around 6:00pm at The 5 Spot in East Nashville with featured music from Mark Robinson Band.  Come on out!

I loaded a bunch of music into my phone last night - including about 450 songs for the new Topical Thursday Playlist which will premiere tomorrow. Today, the shuffle comes from all 2,000+ songs in my phone memory. It's what I like to call "Wild Wednesday"...

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Trending Tuesday Morning Shuffle - Smells Like Steel Reserve Mix

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Well... if you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a country with a delusional lunatic in charge, you don't have to wonder anymore... For those who cannot look past their biases and party loyalty to see the current situation for the insanity it is... you, too, will be remembered.

Well! The E2TG 6th Anniversary May Residency at The 5 Spot is just a day away!  If you are in Nashville, I hope you can make it out.

It Tuesday, and that means "Trending Tuesday" here at E2TG. We spin songs from our "New Music" playlist  Let's see what comes up today!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Music City Monday Morning Shuffle - Time Square Mix

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#tfw someone who has no knowledge or concern about history nonetheless makes ignorant and offensive comments about history...
Hey ho!  It is May - which means that E2TG turns six years old this month!  As I hope you already know, we will be throwing a month-long party to celebrate.  It all begins this coming Wednesday May 3 with Mark Robinson Band taking to The 5 Spot stage.  There are sure to be surprises.  I will be reading a short section from my forthcoming novel.  Beer koozies will be given away.  Drinks will flow, and the music will be smoking.  All for a $5.00 cover.  5:30pm doors 6:00 showtime.  Be there so you don't have to lie about it later!

Upcoming shows:

May 10 - Jon Latham (Full Band) and special guests

May 17 - David Olney (Band) and Sergio Webb (Band)

May 24 - Cafe Rooster Night with Sally Jaye, Brian Wright, Darrin Bradbury, and Jon Latham

May 31 - Amelia White and the Blue Souvenirs with special guest FuzzQueen (from Washington D.C).

Okay - it is Monday when we explore Nashville connected music from the past and present....

Friday, April 28, 2017

Featured Friday Morning Shuffle - Apathy and Sentiment Mix

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Whew! I am kind of exhausted, and I am behind on about everything, but I am mostly having the time of my life.  So, excited for the May Residency at The 5 Spot which kicks off Wednesday May 3 with The Mark Robinson Band!  This is going to be a great month of music, and I know I will have a blast, and I think you will too.  If you are reading this, and you are in or will be in Nashville on any given Wednesday in May, I hope you will come on out and say hey.

It's our final shuffle of April - where did the time go!

It's Feature Friday time....

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Topical Thursday Morning Shuffle - Pad Thai Mix

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Today is Topical Thursday (previously Theme Thursday or something like that - and changed for no good reason).  Ever since the beginning of this year, I have been running on one topic or theme which I have alluded to but never outright explained. Originally my idea was to change topics every month, but a combination of laziness and the continued relevance of the original topic kept me from doing it. Beginning next Thursday - if all goes according to plan), I have a new Topic for the month of May.  Don't get the me wrong, the original topic is still, unfortunately, very relevant, but I am starting to become aware that this is a marathon and not a sprint... Stay tuned.

One week from today, I will be writing to tell you about the previous night's opening ceremony of the E2TG Residency. Now, I am telling you that Mark Robinson Band is coming up in less than a week!  Time to get off the fence and solidify your plans.  Otherwise, you will be reading my recap and saying, I wish I had gone. You don't want that!

So, here we go with the topic.  As I have said every week since I started this process.. The connection between these songs and my chose topic are strictly made up in my head.  I don't pretend to know nor do I wish to imply that the creators of these songs had a particular intent for the song that coincides with my interpretation.  There.... A couple of longish songs - so we have a short but sweet list.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wild Wednesday Morning Shuffle - Corn and Juice Mix

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Okay, I'm going to speak directly to the "both sides are equally bad" crowd. Although, I do not necessarily agree with your assessment; in normal times, I can at least respect your viewpoint. And, I am not afraid to say that I am not always happy with the decisions, policies, and practices of "my side".  However, I think to continue that line of argument under the current situation is disingenuous. I need to say that if you are only making this argument on certain single-issues - then your argument may be accurate but flawed.  For people of color, for people with disabilities (and those who care about them), for the LGBTQQIP2SAA community, for people with preexisting health issues, for basically anyone who is not part of the 1% - I can unequivocally say both sides are not equally bad. I have always disliked the two party system.  I would love to see few strong third parties to emerge. Unfortunately, it will not be easy because in many ways the two party system seems to be codified both in actual code and in the wiring of most Americans. I'm not saying it can't or won't change, but it will not be easy.  In the meantime, I really would love to see people of good conscience of all political stripes to step forward against the dangerous direction the current administration is taking this country.

Despite still being tired from Monday night's late night, I headed out to $2 Tuesday at The 5 Spot. This weekly night - hosted by Derek Hoke with Tim Hibbs spinning tunes - is one of the best hangs in this town of great hangs.  $2 cover/$2 Yazoo pints and always great music.  Last night saw the $2 Tuesday debut of Jon Latham and his powerhouse band plus  Jacob Thomas Jr., host Derek Hoke, and The Royal Hounds.  All that and good hangs with good friends.  Can't be beat.

If you caught Jon Latham and company last night and were blown away, be sure to head back to The 5 Spot on May 10 when they will have a full set to spread out and rock your socks off. (Part of the E2TG Anniversary residency - all May long).

It's Wild Wednesday on the E2TG Shuffle.  All the songs... You know, sometimes Wild Wednesday produces an eclectic mix of music - covering widely diverse eras, genres, and geographic areas. Sometimes - not so much. I will let you decide for yourself which category today's shuffle fits.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Trending Tuesday Morning Shuffle- Sacred Cows Mix

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You know, I keep saying this is not political, but until some more G.O.P. people grow a spine and speak up against the insanity, it does feel political.... And by insanity, I specifically mean gross incompetence, flagrant and unabashed corruption, just to name a couple.

Yesterday was an eighteen plus hour day that left me more energized than tired (we shall see how I feel after lunch today) After work, I headed to Madison to record a future Double Shot show (to air May 6), then I went to Dee's where Tim Easton hosted Madison Guild Monday.  Emma Berkey, Matt Haeck, Rayvon Pettis, Ariel Bui, Megan Palmer, Jon Latham, and more. Tim Easton closed the night joined by Aaron Lee Tasjan - before ALT performed two songs to close the night. (I know I left somebody out, too.  Sorry.)  I really fun hang. For those deep into the E2TG mythology, the first time I saw Aaron Lee Tasjan (and Tim Easton - I think) was back in 2014 at a 5 Spot Residency that Tim Easton was hosting.  That was also the fateful day that I first met Darrin Bradbury in person.

It is Tuesday.... let's see what is Trending at E2TG according to the random shuffle function....

Monday, April 24, 2017

Music City Monday Morning Shuffle - Downward Spiral and a Uphill Climb Mix

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Okay... Look, as I have been saying and saying... I do not like talking "politics" on E2TG.  Although, my own leanings are decidedly to the left, and I consider myself a progressive, I do recognize that there is room on almost any issue for differing viewpoints, and I believe that (at least in theory) our strength as a nation comes from working together to find common ground - even if the outcome is not ideal for either "side".  I also believe that the false "duality"of our current two party system does not leave room for nuances of opinions.  (i.e. you are either for or against something. No middle ground allowed).  However, where I feel I must speak out is on matters that I believe transcend (or should transcend) "politics".  Right now, there is evil in the world.  The rise of fascist and neo-fascists around the globe, the current situation for minorities of all kinds around the world... threats of genocide.  If you don't know what I'm talking about, look around. The United States should be a global leader in opposing this things, but as things currently stand, we seem to be supporting the oppressors, and we are doing own forms of oppression. It is the rights of all people - especially those who are most at risk that makes me take up time and space out of my music blog to speak out.

Nevertheless, the fact that it is necessary in 2017 to have a march to support science. When did science become a political issue?  (I am aware of the evolution vs. creation debates). When did suppressing scientific research and gagging scientists become okay?

All right, well, ICYMI, last night, I revealed the details of the final week of the E2TG May Residency at The 5 Spot in East Nashville.  I am so excited to have Amelia White and the Blue Souvenirs helping close out our month.  And, joining them, all the way from Washington D.C. will be Fuzzqueen.  Fuzzqueen is the current incarnation of Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray (who have been featured here for a few years). This promises to be, most likely, our most diverse night of music for the whole month.  Fuzzqueen has suggested that ear plugs are in order.  It will be a great way to end the month!

Meanwhile, it is Monday and we have a wonderful selection of Music City related songs for you...

Friday, April 21, 2017

Featured Friday Morning Shuffle - Walt and Manute Mix

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Well, E2TG doesn't have Kid Rock, Ted Nugent, or Sarah Palin, but we do have a hell of an impressive line-up for our May Residency at The 5 Spot in East Nashville.  May will mark the 6 Year Anniversary of the beginning of Ear to the Ground. That fact blows my mind. The decision to start writing the blog was something that evolved over time - from posting my morning shuffle on social media and as a result beginning to connect with people through the power of music. The actual decision to start the blog was (as I recall) pretty spur the moment, and to be honest, the name just popped into my head.  There are, as I have alluded to, other music sites and blogs that use the Ear to the Ground name - it is a good name. I think I came first, but whatever.  Over the last couple of years, I have been really pushing the #E2TG brand.

Anyway, the first four events have been created on Facebook.  The event for the fifth and final show is coming soon. I excited to announce it.  If you've been to The 5 Spot since Wednesday or if you go this weekend, you can get a sneak peek at the Week 5 line-up.

All of the shows will be fantastic, plus as an added bonus (sarcasm only slightly intended), I am going to start each show by reading some short selections of my fiction - including my novel The Drift which will be self-published soon.

Here are the announced shows so far.  I hope you can make to some or all of these.

Week 1  May 3 - Mark Robinson Band
Week 2 May 10 - Jon Latham (Full Band) with special guests
Week 3 May 17 - David Olney (Band) plus special guest opener Sergio Webb (Band)
Week 4 May 24 - Cafe Rooster Records Night (Sally Jaye, Brian Wright, Darrin Bradbury, and Jon Latham)
Week 5 May 31 - TBA  (a long time East Nashville favorite plus a special out of town guest with long time ties to E2TG).

Well, I don't know about you, but for me this has been a long arduous week, and today is FRIDAY!  Tomorrow is Record Store Day.  I am going to be hanging with my daughter, so I'm not sure what, if anything, I will be able to participate in, but there is a ton going on around Nashville and everywhere else.  In Nashville, my favorite radio station will have a presence at several of the venues. I remember when RSD in Nashville was only Grimey's and even then was not that big a deal.  It seems to get bigger every year, and the number of record stores in Nashville seems to get growing every month.  If you go, remember to pace yourself and stay hydrated.

On to our Featured Friday Shuffle: