Friday, February 23, 2018

Featured Friday Morning Shuffle - Tougher than Tough Mix

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FRIDAY!  First off, I have some big news!  Last year, E2TG hosted a month-long residency at The 5 Spot in East Nashville to celebrate our sixth anniversary. Well, we are doing it again this year for seven!  Mark your calendars for Thursday evenings in JUNE!  If you attended any of last year's shows, you know you will not want to miss this!  Details are still being worked out, but we have some awesome music in store for you.

Stay tuned for more details.

Now, it is Friday and every Friday, we focus in on the music we are currently featuring on E2TG. (Okay to be honest, the playlist is the same for Trending Tuesday and Thursday and for Featured Friday, but humor me).  We have an incredibly wide selection of songs in that playlist (almost 500 tracks), and it is always interesting to see what comes up.

Let's shuffle!

"High Flying Bird" by Tim O'Brien

Easily one of my favorite albums of last year, and one of the ones I was most proud to get to feature was Tim O'Brien's Where the River Meets the Road.  We covered most of the album in 2017, but I left this final track in the New Music list just to be complete. The album, you may recall, is a tribute to O'Brien's home state of West Virginia. This song is a cover of a song written by Billy Edd Wheeler who is from West Virginia. The song was once covered by Jefferson Airplane. Tim O'Brien is currently based in Nashville. 

"Interlude.FlatLand" by Ugggy (feat. knxwhere!)

Ugggy is up again in the shuffle... this time with a track from his October 2017 release The Odditorium.  I keep hyping Ugggy because I think he is an incredible artist, but today, I'm just going to let his track speak for itself.

"Return of Judge Roughneck" by Neville Staple

Next, we have a wonderful track that has been lingering in the playlist for a while now. This is a track from the 2017 album The Return of Judge Roughneck and the Dub Specials.  Neville Staple is a Jamaican born, English singer best known for his time in the legendary two-tone ska band, The Specials. He also sang with Ranking Roger in the supergroup Special Beat. 

"Things Might Turn Out Right" by Jon Dee Graham

Next up, we have another track from Knoxville Skyline by Austin singer-songwriter/musician Jon Dee Graham.  I was so glad to see and meet him last week when he passed through town. As I previously mentioned, this album was recorded in Knoxville and features E2TG faves Tim Lee 3.

"The Gloaming Swell" by Phantoms vs Fire

Next, we have a first listen to the album Swim by Phantoms vs Fire. This is a recording project of Brazilian born, Italy-based multi disciplinary artist, Thiago C. Desant. This is wordless electronic music, and I really like it. 

"To Have You By My Side" by Maynard and the Musties

Can you believe we've made it all the way through Maynard and the Musties latest album Nashville Magic. The band relocated to Nashville - the home area of Joe Maynard. I have loved this album so much.  The good news is that Joe gifted me his entire discography for my birthday, so expect to hear much more from the back catalog of this great band.
"Brainless" by Moonshine Booze

Next up, we have another first listen - this time it's Desert Road - the debut album by Italian bluesy outlaw country band Moonshine Booze. This is some great stuff. I have another track from them later in the shuffle. 

"Christmas Card" by Jon Latham

Is it too late for a Christmas song? Not when it is 2015 E2TG Artist of the Year Jon Latham. This is from the Cafe Rooster Sessions Vol. 2 compilation. It is a really lovely and heartfelt song that mentions 2014 E2TG Artist of the Year Darrin Bradbury, the amazing Aaron Lee Tasjan, Joni Mitchell's song "River" from Blue, and Leonard Cohen. Plus Jon's awesomely cool parents.  

"Death Melody" by Moonshine Booze

And we close out the shuffle and the week with a second track from Desert Road. By the way, Italy is not what comes to mind when you hear this music. 

Before I close, four of the tracks in this week's shuffle (Neville Stapel, Phantoms vs Fire,  and Moonshine Booze) came to me via Shauna McLarnon of Shameless PR.  She has been the source of some of the best and most diverse musical artists on E2TG from all over the world.

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