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Welcome to Monday, the beginning of the last week of the month of June - which means it is the beginning of the last week of the first half of the year.
Program alert: I will be traveling a bit this week - so there is a good chance that there will be no posts on a couple of days this week - which makes our quest to feature as many of our "new music" playlist songs as we can while we can.
Let's get to it!
"Last Night" by Swain
We begiu with our penultimate track from the self-titled album by Swain. It looks like since I posted about this band, there social media presence and bandcamp sites are both no longer active. I did find a track from this album - but not this song on You Tube."Windy Mountain" by Tim O'Brien
Next up, we have the first of two tracks from Where the River Meets the Road by Grammy winner Tim O'Brien. The album is a tribute to his home state of West Virginia. The album includes covers and original songs from or about that state. This one is a cover of a Curly Ray Cline song. Curly Ray Cline was a bluegrass fiddler who was known for his work with the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers and Ralph Stanley.
"Pretty Little Mind" by Kristen Ford
Next up, we have a track from Rend and Render by Nashville-based one person band - Kristin Ford. Really digging this album and looking forward to digging into her more recent release.
"When the Mist Clears Away" by Tim O'Brien
Our second track from Where the River Meets the Road. Another cover - this one by Larry Groce. Who besides being a West Virginia based singer-songwriter is also the host and artistic director of Mountain Stage which is produced by West Virginia public television.
"Mercury" by The Transcendents
Next we have the first of two songs from the latest album by New Zealand based E2TG favorites - The Transcendents. The album is called Dirt Songs and this one is about the messenger to the gods and the closest planet to the sun.
"Jackie" by The Suitcase Junket
Our second track by a one person band - this is The Suitcase Junket from his latest album called Pile Driver. Some great energy in this song.
"Keys in the Boot" by Leland Sundries
Music for Outcasts is the most recent album by Brooklyn band Leland Sundries. I got to attend their Nashville CD release show last year. Band leader Nick Loss-Eaton is a part of the board of Music Maker Relief Foundation. He is also manager and publicist for other musicians - who has brought some awesome music to E2TG - including The Scissormen, Kevin Gordon, and The Suitcase Junket. And more to come!
"Tumbleweed" by Lesley Kernochan
Next - we have a track from A Calm Sun by California singer-songwriter Leslie Kernochan. Really digging this album - which features contributions by noted session musicians whose credits read like a who's who of pop music over the last five decades.
"Data Entry Dadaism" by The Transcendents
And we close out the shuffle with our second track of the day from Dirt Songs by The Transcendents. This one has a proper music video - so check that out. Been a fan of these guys from a few years now.