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All of this happened a long time ago when the world was a very different place. Of course, none of us knew that at the time.
(From The Drift - A Novel by Joe Wolfe-Mazeres) Available at Amazon.com (Kindle edition also available)
This is the first "Wild Wednesday" shuffle since May 30! So, a reminder - "Wild Wednesday" simply means we shuffle up all the songs on my phone. In addition to the "New Music" playlist, my phone also contains a variety of other songs - songs that were once in a "New Music" playlist, songs from the E2TG archives (i.e. songs by long-time E2TG faves) and other random songs from other sources... (classic, rare, and sometimes weird tracks). If you think of a Venn diagram. Songs on my phone memory is a big circle and the "New Music" playlist is a smaller circle completely contained in the bigger circle.
Now that I have over-explained - lets' get right to the shuffle. Time is short - so I will keep my comments to a minimum. Let's go!
"Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats
We start things off with "Rocket 88" credited to Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats - who were actually Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm. It was recorded in 1951 at Memphis Recording Service and produced by Sam Phillips. The single was released on Chess Records about a month after recording. Some put forth "Rocket 88" as the first Rock n Roll record but others take issue with that claim."Miss America" by John Dennis
Next up, we have a track from Second Wind by Nashville singer-songwriter John Dennis. Dennis is one of my favorite local songwriter discoveries of the last year or so. Second Wind is a great record and worth a listen.
"Wide Open Spaces" by The Zealots
Next up, we have the first of two songs in today's shuffle from Asheville, NC band The Zealots from their brand new album Jawbone. The Zealots are led by E2TG favorite George Terry McDonald (who played the first ever official E2TG Presents show). The album features a contribution by Dex Romweber of the seminal Athens, GA band Flat Duo Jets - who were a major influence on The White Stripes among others. Jawbone is up among my favorites of 2018 so far after only a few weeks of listening.
"Stranger in the Night" by J. Marco
Next, we go back to the debut album by Nashville rock singer-songwriter J. Marco. The album, Myth, was released in 2016. He released the album Days of Surrender in 2017, and he just last month released a new single called Truth.
"The Cruel Truth" by The Zealots
Song #2 from The Zealots. George Terry McDonald also has a new solo album called PLOW which he released under the moniker George Trouble. He has been in Nashville recently - doing some recording at Cafe Rooster and he has a Nashville show coming up.
"Brick Wall" by Doziac
The next song came to my phone memory off of the sixth Mama Coco's Funky Kitchen compilation. Mama Coco's was a Brooklyn based collective and recording space that has closed down in the last year or so - and reemerged in a slightly different form and different location as Holy Fang. Doziac are a New York band - I love the punk sound of this track. I could not find a video version of this song, so I posted their most recent video from their YouTube channel in the Video playlist below. I don't know a whole lot about this band but I dig what I have heard.
"Evil Hearted" by Joyann Parker
We close out this "Wild" shuffle with two tracks from the "New Music" playlist, and two of my favorite "recent" releases. First up, is bluesy/soulful Minneapolis singer/songwriter Joyann Parker from her Hard to Love album.
"There We Are (Do It Right or Not At All)" by Ajay Mathur
We close out this mid-week shuffle with another track from Little Boat by Ajay Mathur. The shuffle has been hitting this album pretty hard recently, and I have been very happy about this. Mathur is originally from India and currently based in Switzerland.