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Time to reveal our guests for Week 2 of the E2TG 7th Anniversary Residency at The 5 Spot. This one will be held Thursday June 14, 2018. That's Flag Day, so if you bring a gently used flag, you can get in for just $5.00. Otherwise, the admission is $5.00.
Ted Drozdowski has been a favorite of mine, since the first time I saw him leave the stage, use a wine glass as a slide, and generally take Hill Country blues into the stratosphere. I once saw him walk off the stage at the old Family Wash, do the aforementioned wine glass trick, walk out the front door, come back in the side door and get back on stage will playing the whole time. He has a new configuration called Ted Drozdowski's Psychedelic Circus, and I am thrilled to have them for my show!
The End Men. If you have been following E2TG for awhile, you will recognize the name The End Men. Led by Matthew Hendershot and Livia Ranalli, Brooklyn, New York band The End Men have their own unique and rocking take on blues music. In late 2011, early 2012 - when Ear to the Ground was just an infant music blog, I was introduced to their music. Getting to know them and their music was a key factor in my continuing to press on through those early days. They were the E2TG Band of the Year in 2013 (the first Band of the Year that I selected myself). The End Men last played Nashville (I believe) was in September 2014 (at The Basement for the all-day post-Americana show that The Basement put on. It is high time they came back! You do not want to miss this!
Opening the show is TBA! I've seen TBA several times, and every time it is a completely different experience. Kind of like Sour Du Jour. Seriously, I can't tell you yet who the opener is going to be, but I guarantee it will be good! Plan to get there early!
On to the Wild Wednesday Shuffle! Remember, on Wednesday, our shuffle comes from all the songs I have stored on my phone. So, it can be new music, classics, from the E2TG archives etc.
"True Love" by Willie Nelson
From his 2017 66th Studio album, this song is NOT (as I first suspected) a Darrin Bradbury cover. The song was written by Nelson and producer Buddy Cannon - who exchanged lyrics over text message.
"Pat's Blues" by Red's Blues
Sacramento blues band Red's Blues are back in the shuffle with another great song from their album You Knock Me Out. Although, I never considered myself a blues "fan", I have been a fan of blues music for a long time, and it has played an important part in the history of Ear to the Ground. Red's Blues strive for authenticity and achieve excellence.
"The Devils Inside of You" by Ricca Vita
It's awesome to have Nashville's own Ricca Vita back in the shuffle with a track from their self titled EP which we covered heavily when it came out in early 2016. Led by Timothy Joe Ryssemus, the band delves into electronic music with a stronger emphasis on song than some bands in that arena. The video for this song is on VIMEO so I couldn't include in our You Tube Video Playlist (embedded below- the embed works again!). So, here is the video.
"Fear" by Leapfrogtown
Leapfrogtown was another artist we covered in 2016 - that was when this UK band released their album Dreaming in Public. This is a cool track from that album.
"We Are Fucked" (Inertia Remix) by Flesh Eating Foundation
From the "New Music" playlist - we have one of several remixes of Flesh Eating Foundations track "We Are Fucked". Today, we have the "Inertia Remix". Definitely a song for our times.
"Running Like Hell" by You and Me
You and Me were the 5th ever Band of the Week back in the 2011 when E2TG first started in 2011. This Canadian duo featured smooth blues influenced originals and covers. I have enjoyed to continue to follow them on Instagram and their beautiful children - living what seems to be a near idyllic life. You and Me were also featured in our so far only compilation album which came out on Record Store Day 2012.
"Soy Un Hombre" by Dan Stuart; Twin Tones
I've been a fan of Dan Stuart since Green on Red - over 30 years now. This is from his album Marlowe's Revenge which he made with Mexican band Twin Tones.
"Runaround Sue" by John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band
Because it is "Wild Wednesday" so why not, we have a song from the Eddie and the Cruisers soundtrack - by John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band. They were originally known as Beaver Brown, and they formed in Rhode Island in the 1970s. This is their cover of the Dion song.
"Slappy Swims in the Pool Nightly Pt. 2" by Batkhi Dahn
Coincidentally, today is the 3rd anniversary of my Facebook friendship with Hayden Nork (Foresters, Discount Ravioli, 100% Beefcake) - although I've been a fan for way longer. His main side project from The Foresters is Batkhi Dahn. This was originally on the album Oil Change, but I see it is not included anymore. The players on this album are the same folks you hear on Discount Ravioli. In fact, this sounds like it could be a Discount Ravioli song. Nevertheless, for the video , I picked another track from Oil Change- called "Henry". Henry is a real person, by the way, and he is awesome.
"And the Rain" by Shriekback
Shriekback formed in 1981 - led by Barry Andrews formerly of XTC. They are best known for their 1985 hit song "Nemesis". They are going to release a new album on the 25th of this month called - Why Anything? Why This? This song is the first peek. Check out the video in the playlist below. I will be writing much more about this album soon.
"Meet Me in the City" (LIVE) by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
We close with The Boss - and a song from The Ties That Bind: The River Collection - recorded live in Chicago on The River anniversary tour.