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WXNA went on the air just under two years ago. It is a low-power, all-volunteer community, non-profit radio station, and it has taken this city by storm. I am so proud to be a part of it. It is time for the Spring Pledge Drive. WXNA is People Powered Radio and relies on the generous support of the community to keep things going. You investment (small or large) pays off everyday - by helping the station to keep on providing a home for independently programmed shows covering a variety of musical genres and topics of interest and benefit to the community. The drive runs through Saturday at midnight. You can donate at wxnafm.org or by calling 615-933-WXNA (9962).
Well it is Wednesday - time for some Wildness E2TG Style. Wednesday is the day we shuffle up all the songs which are current saved into my phone's memory. As usual it is a mix bagged of past and current music spanning the globe and the decades.
"Jar of Clay" by Pinmonkey
Pinmonkey was a Nashville-based country music band that formed in 1998 and was active in the early 2000s. The band featured Michael Reynolds (who wrote this song), Michael and Chad Jeffers and former Pure Prairie League drummer Rick Schell. This track is from the band's self-titled album which was released on BNA Records in 2002 and produced two singles that charted on the Billboard Country singles charts.
"Kartehuus" by Ajay Mathur
Next up, we have another track from Ajay Mathur's album Little Boat. Mathur was born in India and based in Switzerland. His music incorporates sounds from his native land as well as influences from all over the world. This is one of the more rocking tracks on the album - and I liked it very much even if I'm not sure what it is about.
"Moonchild River Song" by Eric Andersen
Next up, we have another great song from The Essential Eric Andersen. This song was originally the lead track from Andersen's 1975 album Be True to You. I'm a sucker for songs about rivers and this is a wonderful example.
"Memphis" by Amy Speace
Next up, we have Nashville's own Amy Speace with a track from her 2014 EP Same Old Storm. A gifted songwriter with a golden voice, Speace is one of my favorite local artists. She is part of Applewood Road which we featured last year - along with Emily Barker and Amber Rubarth (who I just watched in American Folk over the weekend).
"I'm Trouble (Hillbilly Bongo Blues)" by Red's Blues
Next, we have a delightful track from You Knock Me Out by Sacramento band Red's Blues. The band's sound generally travels the bluesier side of Americana music - but this one maintains the blues while venturing (as the subtitle implies) in some other directions. A really fun song.
"Half the Truth" by Royal Court of China
This is a track from the second album by Nashville rock legends Royal Court of China. Following the band's self-titled debut album - Robert Logue and Oscar Rice departed to concentrate on their band The Shakers. Remaining members Joe Blanton and Chris Mekow recruited new members and made a more straight-ahead hard rock album. Check out the video in the video playlist below. It was directed by Sam Raimi and features Bruce Campbell (both of The Evil Dead franchise).
"99 Red Balloons" by 7 Seconds
And we close with a cover of the 1983/1984 hit by Nena - performed by Las Vegas punk band 7 Seconds from their 1986 third album Walk Together, Rock Together. 7 Seconds are believed to be the first band to refer to their music as primarily "hardcore" - following their first show in 1980 - they referred to their sound as "hardcore new wave".