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As a music fan, I am aware of how amazingly fortunate I am to live here in Nashville. There is, of course, far too much live music going on every single night of the year for me to even see a small fraction of it all. On a given night, you may see up and coming (and established) singer-songwriters, world-class musicians, and incredibly talented bands.
Last night was such a night. It began with the second week of the Fats Kaplin Gang's two week run at The 5 Spot. Fats Kaplin was recently seen in the PBS show American Epic playing alongside Jack White and others for the American Epic Sessions. He has played on stage along side White and many others, but there is something special about seeing him do his own stuff on The 5 Spot stage. Joined by his wife - powerhouse singer Kristi Rose - along with the supremely talented Wes Langlois and Justin Amaral.
Next, I headed to The Family Wash to check out Stuffy Shmitt accompanied by Parker Hawkins. They sounded awesome. After that it was week one of the Jon Latham and Andrew Leahey residency. Their set started with a cover of Marshall Crenshaw's "Cynical Girl" (one of favorites) and continued with more great covers plus originals from both Latham and Leahey - all backed Jon's killer band Sean Quinn, Cory Nichols, and Raun Shultz.
This was an great night of music featuring supremely talented people, and it was in it's own amazing and unique and wonderful way just another night of music in East Nashville.
On with the shuffle. It is Featured Friday!
"How Does It Feel?" by Sean Quinn and the Tremblers
One might think that after seeing Sean Quinn last night that I thought, "Hey, I need to play him on my shuffle" but remember, the shuffle is a random selection of my phone's music player - from a specified playlist. Whatever, his album Never Meant to Last is one of my favorites. It hits the right power pop notes that make my heart swoon...
"See Me Coming" by Langen Neubacher
A menacingly brutal and honest song from the upcoming (July 21) solo album by Langen Neubacher of The Defeated County.
"Down My Street" by Neville Staple
Sometimes, I am lucky enough to get music to feature from legendary artists. Neville Staple is best known as a member of the two-tone ska band The Specials. He was also a member of Fun Boy Three, and he currently leads his own band. He recently release The Return of Judge Roughneck and Dub Specials. This is a track from that album.
"Little Mexico" by Alyssia Dominguez
Next up, we have another track from Dance with Me from Wisconsin based singer-songwriter Alyssia Dominguez. I really love her voice and music.
"Drivin' Nails in My Coffin" by Fangs and Twang
How about some traditional sounding country music with a Transylvanian twist via our friends from Ypsilanti, Michigan.
"Hard Face to Trace" by The Danbury Lie
I am already one album behind, but this is a song from the 2016 album Slow Cooker by E2TG Favorite The Danbury Lie who is based in Seattle via Connecticut.
"Little Choices" by Someday
Perhaps inexplicably for a Nashville-based music blog - or perhaps not when you consider it is E2TG - we close the shuffle for the day and the week with two songs from bands based in Italy. Someday are from Torino. Their album is called This Doesn't Exist.
"Gaze" by Weird.
Weird. are from Rome. Their album A Long Period of Blindness was actually released in 2015, but came to me more recently.