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The early evening is almost as perfect as the day was. It’s a good walk to
Antonio’s. We’re walking in a loose pack. Zü is not with any one of us, but she
is not exactly avoiding us either. It’s hard to explain, but it is impossible to
misinterpret. Richard is telling me about a football game, and as usual, I’m
struggling to connect myself to the conversation. Apparently, he got into a game
on the main quad. Richard is saying something about catching a pass or
something, and I try to react with the proper amount of enthusiasm. A car is
driving slowly down the road and weaving slightly. A dog is howling on an
adjacent street, and someone somewhere is blowing their car horn. All of a
sudden, somebody grabs my arm.
“We’re here.”From The Drift. Available now! Via Amazon
I'm glad that I decided to make Monday's at E2TG Music City Monday. It, at least, gives me one thing to look forward to about the start of another week. Our Music City Monday Playlist on Spotify contains over 1,000 songs from Nashville and former Nashville based artists from the past and the present. It is an eclectic mix that I think provides a good cross-section of some of the awesome music that was and is being made in Nashville - Music City USA.
Let's shuffle - shall we!?
"Rotterdam" by Lilly Hiatt
Lilly Hiatt is one of the best songwriters and performers working in Nashville today. Her latest album, Trinity Lane, stands among the best this city has produced. That she is John Hiatt's daughter is merely an interesting sidebar. She had carved her own path.
"Christianne" by Amelia White
Going way back, we have the album that gave Amelia White's ever-changing (but always awesome) backing band it's name. White is currently touring across the pond. If you are in the UK and see her coming to your town, get out and see her. You will not regret it."The Life of the Party" by Jason Ringenberg
Jason and the Scorchers front man, Jason Ringenberg released his first solo album in 1992 called One Foot in the Honkytonk. This was at a time when the Scorchers were on an indefinite hiatus. The eventually reunited and led by Ringenberg and Warner Hodges they are still going. Jason's solo album was a bid at mainstream country success that didn't pan out, but the album features songs by some of the best country writers working. The opening track was this song written by Kim Williams and Richard Fagan. This is an alternative recording taken from the Jason Ringenberg compilation Best Tracks and Side Tracks 1979-2007.
"You Can Leave Me Now" by Tomi Lunsford
Tomi Lunsford is another of those true Nashville originals. With a musical background that goes back generations, she has carved her own path in Music City - working with some of the biggest and best names in music. Among the E2TG adjacent artists she has worked with are Tom House, Amelia White, David Olney, Mac Gayden, Jon Langford and more. Her voice was called "stunning" by Greil Marcus. This is a track from her latest album Come on Blue.
"That's How Strong My Love Is" by Steve Young
Nashville has long been a magnet for both new and experienced songwriters and musicians. Steve Young - best known for his song, "Seven Bridges Road" lived many of his final years in Nashville. This is a track from his debut solo album Rock Salt and Nails which was released in 1969. The album featured and was supported by several notable members of the Southern California music community including Gram Parsons and Gene Clark.
"Shop it Around" by Jason and the Scorchers
Next up, we have the aforementioned Jason and the Scorchers with a track from their full-length debut Lost and Found. This recording comes from a compilation called Wildfires and Misfires Two Decades of Outtakes and Rarities.
"Battery" (Live) by Cloverbottom
Next up, we have a track from one of the earliest bands to emerge on the rock and roll scene in the late 70s and early 80s. Cloverbottom were named for an infamous mental hospital. Fueled by the still fresh punk energy, the band played fast and loud. This live recording comes from a late 2000s reunion gig to celebrate the release of the Return to Elliston Place compilation on which the band appears. From this recording, it sounds like the band was still going fast and loud nearly 30 years after their formation.
"The Bridesmaid's Song" by Bill Lloyd (with Raelyn Nelson)
Next up, we have the b-side to Bill Lloyd's latest single, "Pedal Tavern Girl". Both songs are fun-filled takes on "New Nashvile" from one of the longest running performers going. This song features a hilarious guest appearance by the one and only Raelyn Nelson.
"I Can't Complain" by Caroline Spence
We close with a track from the latest album, Spades and Roses, by Caroline Spence - who is originally from Charlottesville, Virginia. She is one of the best songwriters going. A great song to end this first shuffle of the week.