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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.
"Sanctified" by The Veldt
First up, we have this soul-infused band with roots in North Carolina. This is song from their album The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation Mixtape EP is due out very soon. I think we featured this track last year.
"Sinners, You Better Get Ready" by Black Jake and The Carnies
Long-time E2TG faves Black Jake and The Carnies are up next with a track from their album Watching, Waiting. I got to see them live at Music City Roots a few years ago when it was still at the Loveless Barn.
"Zombie Girl" by Shake Jack
Shake Jack were a band from Argentina that we featured several years ago. The band leader moved on to create a new band called Fuzzer who recut several Shake Jack songs including this one. The video in the playlist below is for the Fuzzer version.
"Do What Your Heart Says To" by Scott Ramminger
Next, the title track from the recent album by singer, songwriter, and sax-man Scott Ramminger. The album was recorded in New Orleans.
"Indian Ate a Woodchuck" by April Verch
We featured April Verch very early on at E2TG. This track is from her 2011 album That's How We Run. Great traditional sounding music.
"These Days" by Charlie Hager
Going back to his American Saga album - we have this still timely song from Charlie Hager. E2TG Trivia - our video premier of this track is, to this day, the most viewed post in E2TG history.
"Got a Need" by Luxury Mane
We have recently been featuring songs from this Florida band and their album Lux Running Out.
"Drive" by Ships Have Sailed
Ships Have Sailed are from Los Angeles. This is the lead track from their album Moodswings which came out in 2015.
"My Friend Superman" by Deena
Deena was a member of the New Jersey band The Cucumbers along with he husband Jon. The two of them recently played a show with one of my favorites - Richard Barone. This is one of my favorite tracks from Rock River which was released in 2014. I reviewed the album for E2TG and for No Depression.
"I Do Abide" by Jon Worthy
And, we close out this shuffle with a favorite track from May You Live Happily Ever After the latest album by this Nashville singer-songwriter.