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Farce: a comic dramatic work using buffoonery and horseplay and typically including crude characterization and ludicrously improbable situations.
I will just leave the definition here... and only add that farce is far more fun to watch than it is to live.
It was really great to drag myself out of my air conditioning to check out Ben de la Cour and Tommy Womack at The 5 Spot last night. Ben de la Cour (who I first discovered through Couch by Couch West) is a relative newcomer to Nashville (well with the rapid influx of people, he maybe not be considered a newcomer) and Tommy Womack is a long-standing member of the Nashville music community. I love it when the best of "old" and "new" Nashville share a bill. As a bonus, I got to hang some with Too Much Country - a fellow music blogger/fan (who also writes about NASCAR and Schaefer Beer.
Tonight, a full-plate. Kristen Englenz and Sean Quinn are at The 5 Spot early along with Lady HD from Philly. I managed to snag a ticket to the Sold Out Oh Boy Records presents The Songs of John Prine at the Basement East. If you didn't get tickets to that event, worry not, Jon Latham and Andrew Leahey are wrapping up their residency at The Family Wash - beginning around 9.
Don't forget Mark Robinson is having his CD Release Party at The 5 Spot on Saturday.
Well... we've sweltered through this hot week and made it to Thursday. We call it Topical Thursday, and of late, that has meant that we delve into the music that has made E2TG what it is over the past six years. We have a great mixed bag today, so let us dig in...
"Poisoned the Well" by Vanessa Collier
We begin with the lead track from Meeting My Shadow by Philadelphia based blues singer/songwriter/sax player Vanessa Collier. The album came out earlier this year.
"Fear" by David G. Smith
First Love was one of my favorite albums of 2016. The album by Iowa (and previous Nashville) songwriter David G. Smith features guest appearances by (among others) Keb Mo and Mary Gauthier. If I am not mistaken Gauthier appears on this song - one of my favorites from the album.
"Davisville" by Jelena Ciric
I'm not even going to mention that I think played this song before. See what I did there. Sometimes I forget to take songs out after I write about them - then again I didn't go back and check, and maybe you missed that original post. In any event, I am not going to complain about having such a beautiful song by such a talented artist in my shuffle. Ciric is a Serbian born singer songwriter who comes to us from Canada, and I believe via our long-standing relationship with Valued Customer. Ciric and Pat Power have played together before - which is an awesome thing in my opinion.
"Insincerely Yours" by Shayfer James
I have been following Shayfer James since 2012. He is a New York based singer-songwriter (another than I owe to Popa Tunes). This is a favorite track of mine off of his 2010 release The Owl and The Elephant.
"Dead As It Gets" by Joe Mansman and The Midnight Revival Band
I was first introduce to Joe Mansman (from upstate New York) back in 2012 via (one of) his previous bands The Cosmonauts. I interviewed the band and premiered a video for that band back in the day. This is a great track from his current band. I played this one on Double Shot a few months back.
"Louisiana Love" by Brian Langlinais
Brian Langlinais comes from the same Cajun country region where my family originated, but he has been a part of the Nashville music community for many years. For his most recent album, Right Hand Road, he worked with another Louisiana native D.L. Duncan to inject some Louisiana spice into the gumbo of his music. This song was written by Langlinais and Duncan and is a great track to highlight the album (I think).
"My Band Just Got Signed to Def Jam" by 100% Beefcake
Dord Music Group was founded by The Foresters and has produced more spin-off groups, associated artists, whatever than I can even keep up with. 100% Beefcake have released two albums on Dord (both in the Spring of 2015). This is from the first album called Watermelon 4 Lyfe. I am not sure, but I think the band is made up of Hayden and Luke from the Foresters. This track tells about a band that gets signed to Def Jam Records.
"If the Static Clears" by Gabrielle Louise
We close things out with the title track from the 2016 album by Gabrielle Louise. This Colorado singer-songwriter has become an E2TG favorite over the last year of so that I have known of her music.