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Last night was one of those nights that reminds me why I love Nashville so much. Bill Lloyd did an early show at The 5 Spot with a great band doing classic and new songs - both those he wrote and choice covers. He will be back next week and then again for the final Tuesday in November.
Then, I hung around for Derek Hoke's $2 Tuesday. One of the absolute best things this town has to offer. $2 cover, $2 Yazoo beer, consistently great music, and an awesome hang with the coolest of people.
Seeing Rayvon Pettis and Megan Palmer together was a highlight. And Derek Hoke and his band were as always fantastic.
The audience was filled with a who's who of great artists. If I believed in namedropping, I would tell you that Aaron Lee Tasjan, Bobby Bare Jr., Zach Schmidt, Jon Byrd, Jon Latham, Joe Fletcher and more were there. But, like Wynonna told me when I met her a couple of years ago, namedropping is unseemly.
Seriously, I had some inspiring and motivating conversations, and so what if I am really tired today....
Add on the encouraging election results from different places, and I am actually feeling pretty good today.
It is Wednesday and we get "Wild" on Wednesday. Let's shuffle:
"Something I Don't Know" by Simon Fagan
Simon Fagan is an Irish singer-songwriter. He was an E2TG Band/Artist of the Week for the 13th week of this blogs existence back in 2011. I added this song back into the phone memory back in May or so when I created an E2TG-centric playlist to celebrate six years of E2TG. This song was included on his album Outside Looking In.
"Carbon Copy" by Flavored Cardboard
Next up, we have a track from this duo from New Haven, Connecticut. Featuring April and Luke. Luke being Luke from The Foresters and Discount Ravioli (I think - I honestly am not sure if he's in Discount Ravioli but maybe he is sometimes). Anyway, this is a track from the 2016 album Fingers Crossed. It was also released as a single in 2015. It's about duplicating yourself or something. Flavored Cardboard have some definite TMBG (They Might Be Giants) influences - including a cover of a song from Apollo 18 (see video playlist). I like their quirky sound very much.
"Rustbelt" by Voice of Addiction
Next up, some politically charged punk rock music from this band out of Chicago. This is another cool track from The Lost Art of Empathy. I think I'm someone who needs regular injections of punk or punk-like music to keep me going. This did the trick for today.
"In Our Tent" by Discount Ravioli
Speaking of Discount Ravioli - we have another track from Baby Arm Sessions which was recorded in a tent during the late hours of July 3, 2016 into the early hours of July 4, 2016 in tent. This track which sounds like it would be the opening track is actually the 13th (of 53). It's all about how the album was recorded in a tent in the late hours of July 3 into the early hours of July 4, 2016.
"Our Lady of the Highway" by Tim Lee 3
Tim and Susan Lee (of Tim Lee 3 and their current project BARK) just celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary. This is a track from when the couple celebrated their 33 1/3 anniversary (the vinyl anniversary). This song is a favorite of mind by both TL3 and Bark.
"Voices Carry" by 'Til Tuesday
Next up, the title track from the 1985 debut album. The song reached number 8 on the Billboard charts and the band's first and only top ten hit.
"Border Radio" by Dave Alvin
Next up, one of my favorite Dave Alvin songs. Alvin included this song on his debut solo album Romeo's Escape which came out in 1987. It was originally recorded and released by The Blasters (when Dave Alvin was still a member) on their self-titled 1981 album.
"Plastic Ocean" by Sugarmen
Sugarmen are a band from Liverpool. They just recently released their debut album Local Freaks. This is a 2015 single that has been hanging around my phones memory for a while. Pretty cool stuff.
"Only in the Blues" by Matthew Skoller
Next, we have a track from Blues Immigrant from Chicago blues artist Matthew Skoller. The album came out about a year ago, and it has been a favorite of mine.
"Happy Chemicals" by Batkhi Dahn
And we close things out with a track from the now classic Plays 15 album by Batkhi Dahn. This band, which features the musical genius of Hayden Nork (The Foresters and Discount Ravioli (and more), is the seventh most tagged band/artist in E2TG history. I have an autographed copy of this CD.