Friday, April 6, 2018

Featured Friday Morning Shuffle - Heart Grow Fonder Mix

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I had a good time last night representing WXNA at the BriteHeart Birthday Bash last night.  

BriteHeart’s mission is to engage, connect and empower citizens for positive change through voting and civic participation. BriteHeart connects individuals with organizations and organizations with resources.
They had some great musical guests including Bill Eberle - whose new album is in our rotation.
The event was held in the East Nashville space of Helping Our Music Evolve - H.O.M.E..
This is a great new organization:
"HOME is a nonprofit community of music creators and music lovers. We’re here to help you with all things music-related. Whether you are a musician, producer, or music-biz professional, we have the space, resources, and networking opportunities you need to build your team and grow your career."
I also want to give a shout out to another organization that was represented at the event last night. Girls Write Nashville empowers youth in Nashville through mentorship, songwriting, production, and artistic community.  The organization was founded by Georgia English and Jen Starsinic.  I got to listen to some of the music - the music was impressive - made more so by reading that the youth making the music are in sixth and seventh grade.

Well - this difficult week is finally winding down... we have time for one final shuffle of the week.  This one features some of the fine, fine music that has come our way in recent weeks and months.


"Crying Time" by Buck N Stuff

"Crying Time" was written by Buck Owens and released in 1966.  It was famously covered by Ray Charles that same year. It has been covered by several different artists, but it has never sounded anything like Buck N Stuff. This is from their album Saviors of Country Music: Live at the American Legion Post 82 which is due out next week. 

"Alabama Boys" by Rayvon Pettis

Next up, we have the first of two songs in today's shuffle from Dying Light - the relatively new album from Rayvon Pettis.  Both songs featured today, reference Pettis' home state of Alabama. Rayvon was a E2TG Artist of the Year for 2017 and I just may have a big announcement coming soon that will have something to do with Mr. Pettis and his outstanding backing band. 

"VHS Hypnosis" by Phantoms vs Fire

Next up, we have another track from the mind-expanding Swim album Brazilian artist  Thiago C. Desant who goes by Phantoms Vs Fire. Phantoms vs. Fire is based in Italy. This is lovely ambient, electronic music with classical influences. 

"Those Glorious Days" (Radio Edit) by Eraldo Bernocchi and Chihei Hatakeyama

Speaking of lovely ambient music - we have another radio edit (the radio edit reduces the nine + minute song down to five.  Eraldo Bernocchi is an Italian composer and musician currently living in London.  Chihei Hatakeyama is a Japanese musician.  I found an internet show which leads with this song. You can listen to the full-length track - below!

"Desert Road" by Moonshine Booze

Coincidentally, the third track in this shuffle with connections to Italy.  Moonshine Booze are an Italian band that play raucous and gritty rock with blues influences. This is the title track from their recent album. They just released a video for another track on the album, "Happy" - you can look that up or just wait as we will be featuring that song soon - I imagine. 

"Been a Long Time" by Christine Rosander

Another title track - this one from California singer-songwriter and pianist Christine Rosander. This song is a celebration of her grandfather. 

"Blown Away" by Lesley Kernochan

Another California singers-songwriter is up next. From her debut album A Calm Sun.  The album features the talents of some talented musicians - including Dean Parks and Aaron Sterling - whose credits include work with Steely Dan, Michael Jackson, The Civil Wars, and Kris Kristofferson.  

"TVA" by Rayvon Pettis

We close things out with our second track by Rayvon Pettis's Dying Light album. This one deals with life in the south - Alabama in particular and references the impact of the Tennessee Valley Authority. 

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