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I am a little short on time so no rambling commentary. I know a lot of my friends in the East Nashville music community are mourning a loss. I am reminded yet again of the fragility of life and the importance of living in the present and fully experiencing each day.
After a couple of weeks off, we return to our Topical Thursday shuffle. The topic (since May) is E2TG and remembering where we have come from and where we are going. The playlist features artists that have been featured in some way on our little site since May 2011 to the present day....
"Built to Rock" by Red Hot Rebellion
From Dayton, Ohio - Red Hot Rebellion combine straight forward, powerhouse rock and roll with vivid comic book imagery. We've been following this band since 2013. This song is from their 2012 self-titled album.
"Ask Me Know Questions" by Bob Margolin
While, we sometimes have the great opportunity to introduce and discover great new artists, we also sometimes get the chance to present new music from established artists. Such is the case with "Steady Rollin'" Bob Margolin and his album "My Road" which we have been writing about since it came out early last year. Margolin's career includes a long stint playing with the legendary Muddy Waters.
"Fits and Starts" by Brian Keenan
Next up, we have the title track from the 2015 album by Brooklyn singer-songwriter Brian Keenan.
"Davisville" by Jelena Ciric
Jelena Ciric is a Serbian/Canadian singer-songwriter who writes and sings gorgeous songs that incorporates influences of her Serbian background with classic North American folk music. That she knows and has worked with my friends from Valued Customer is a bonus.
"Church is Burning Down" by Tomas Doncker
We connected with Tomas Doncker and True Groove Records a few years back, and they have led us to some incredible music. Tomas Doncker's own The Mess We've Made which was released in 2015 (a deluxe edition was released this year) dives headlong into some of the toughest issues of our modern times.
"Friends with Motorcycles" by Black Vincent
We were introduced to Black Vincent a few years ago when their album Teardrop Deluxe was released. The album was recorded in Nashville by the production team at Cosmic Thug - Justin Collins and Adam Landry. The album features several members of bandleader Coley Kennedy's other band The Buddies.
"InfraStatic (Thanks Uncle Sam)" by The Oxford Coma
The awesome band name of the day goes to The Oxford Coma. They are from Phoenix. This track is taken from their 2014 album Morphine. Their latest album was recorded by Steve Albini.
"Sharkjaw Beartrap (Megan)" by No Shoes
No Shoes was a Brooklyn band - they played their last show back in April. This song is from their 2011 album Cow Drawings which I was introduced to in 2013 via a Bandcamp recommendation by Black Doctor Jr. who went idle in 2015.
"American Man" by Brother Howe
And we close things out with a track that goes all the back to the early months of E2TG. Michigan band Brother Howe with the title track from their album which was released around 2011. I recently played this song on the July 4th show for Double Shot with Joe and Sue.