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Blah... it's been a hard week, but it is finally Friday.
Next Wednesday should be interesting downtown... I think some presidential candidate is coming to Nashville. Funny, I thought we just had an election...
Well - last night was good for my soul. First at The 5 Spot - The Mark Robinson Band were as entertaining as ever and they really seemed to push themselves to some pretty exciting new directions. And then, I finally got to see Smoky White Devils. I think supergroup fits. They rocked the house with some groove heavy sounds. The bands members' credits include: The Mavericks, Raging Fire, The Movement, Dolly Parton, Lynyrd Skynrd, George Clinton, and Richie Owens and the Farm Bureau to name just some.
I left The 5 Spot and headed to The Family Wash to catch Nashville newcomer Rosa Pullman, Sally Jaye, and Megan Palmer. Collaborations of all three women occurred through the night. Sally Jaye was incredible. Her band included her husband E2TG Artist of the Year Brian Wright - who I always enjoy seeing play. Megan Palmer played some of my favorite songs of hers, and knocked it out of the park with her emotional song about her cancer diagnosis and recovery.
Much to recommend tonight - BARK are going to be a Dee's Country Cocktail Lounge. Plus there is another show which is come up in the shuffle. I will hanging with my daughter, and we will see what we are able to do.
"Be Here Now" by Carol and Dale
We begin with the title track from the new album by Frankin, Tennessee duo Carol and Dale. Really wonderful lyrics and music. A nice way to start the morning - and our first listen to this recently released album.
"Life is Change" by Robyn Hitchcock and Emma Swift
East Nashville's own super-duo with the first of two songs in the shuffle today. Both are singles released late last year. Really wonderful sounding modern alt-pop music (my description). Emma Swift divides her time between Nashville and her native Australia. Robyn Hitchcock is originally from the UK and I have been a fan of his music for a few decades. Hitchcock is playing as part of Richard Barone's Sorrows and Promises showcase at South By Southwest.
"Snake in My Grass" by Robert Finley
Next - we have another one from Roots Soul musician Robert Finley. This time - the shoe is on the other foot - and there is a snake in the grass. From his album Age Don't Mean a Thing.
"A Thousand Miles" by The Rosellys
UK- Americana band which I was introduced to by Don Gallardo. Their album is called the Granary Sessions.
"Something New" by Nina Massara
Nina Massara is 21 years old and from Denmark, she just released her debut album called Watch Me - which is blues based and rootsy. I'm digging this music a bunch. Check her out.
"Pirate Polka" by Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers
What happens when a group of pirates board a ship filled with happy-go-lucky Germans and lager? Another one from Pirate Party by my favorite pirate band.
"Love is a Drag" by Robyn Hitchcock and Emma Swift
Robyn and Emma released two singles at the same time late last year. We featured one - early in the shuffle and here is the other one. Love may be a drag, but this music is not.
"Fields of Love" by Paul Zografi
Next - we have Paul Zografi with another tune from his most recent album - Rack.
"How You Doin Today" by Jon Worthy
And we close things out with Nashville singer-songwriter with a track from his latest album May You Live Happily Ever After. Worthy will be appearing at Little Harpeth Brewing (down by the Cumberland River just across the river from Germantown). Also appearig will be Stelle Amor and Fox Harbor.
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