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Week 2: The End Men, Ted Drozdowski's Psychedelic Circus, Ben de la Cour
Today, We dive back into our New Music playlist. We have a couple of first listens. It is a pretty eclectic set of songs, so sit back and enjoy the ride!
"Take My Heart and Run" by Joyann Parker
Joyann Parker is a Minneapolis based sout/blues artist. This is a track from her latest album Hard to Love. She is on tour right now in support of the album, and she that tour will bring her through Nashville this coming Sunday night at The Cobra.
"Sheila" by Eric Andersen
To be perfectly honest, I was embarrassingly ill informed about Eric Andersen. He is truly one of our nations finest songwriters. Emerging from the vibrant and fertile Greenwich Village songwriting scene in the mid to late sixties. I am grateful for being given the opportunity to catch up on his body of work via the recently released career-spanning compilation The Essential Eric Andersen. This let another track from his phenomenal 1972 album Blue River. The album was recorded in Nashville and features some of those legendary Nashville Cats. The album also features a contribution by Joni Mitchell.
"Power" by AJ Ghent
For the second day in a row, we have a track from The Neo Blues Project by Atlanta artist AJ Ghent. This one rocks and brings the funk hard.
"The Speaking Stones" by The Telescopes
Next, we have the first of two tracks from Stone Tape - the late 2017 EP by the long-running UK band led by Stephen Lawrie. The music is noisy and awesome with elements of shoegaze, psych, dream pop, and space rock. I don' know. I just dig it.
"The Outsider" by Ben Bostick
Next up, we have a first listen to Hellfire - the forthcoming album by L.A. by way of South Carolina singer-songwriter Ben Bostick. Bostick financed his debut EP, My Country by busking on the Santa Monica Pier. He released his self-titled full-length debut last year, and his follow-up is due out June 29. Described by No Depression as an unholy alliance of George Jones and Merle Haggard. This was my first listen, and I look forward to many more.
"Vanishing Point" by Middlemist Red
Middlemist Road are back with another track from their album Ripple Soul. The album was released some time back but just recently reached my ears in advance of the Budapest, Hungary psych rock band's first ever tour of the UK which they recently wrapped up. I have really been loving their music - and when I found that Middlemist Red is the name of the rarest flower in the world, my love of this band just increased.
"Shaky Town" by Speedbuggy USA
We have our second first listen of the shuffle - and like the first, it comes to us from Los Angeles. Cowpunk band Speedbuggy USA's new album Kick Out the Twang is due out July 6 in the U.S. The band's country music roots run deep. The album is a follow-up to South of Bakersfield which came out a year ago. That album was their first in seven years. Survival and persistence is the name of the game for this band who have come through brain aneurysms and first. Check out the first single from the album Honky Tonk Singer in the video playlist below, and stayed tuned for more here at E2TG.
"Everything Must Be" by The Telescopes
Nothing like 8 minutes of glorious noise to bring me out of my commute/shuffle and into my work day. Our second track today, and the penultimate track from Stone Tape.