Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Wild Wednesday Morning Shuffle -We Shall Be Free Mix

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Can you believe May is almost over?  I say almost because we have two bits of unfinished business to get to before we can put it in the books...

Last before first, we have the grand finale of the E2TG Residency at The 5 Spot in East Nashville.  This month has been amazing, and I hope you will come out to help us close this thing out in style.  FuzzQueen are opening the night.  I am so psyched to see them...  Later, it is Amelia White and her Blue Souvenirs featuring Sergio Webb, Parker Hawkins, Megan Carchman, and Dave Coleman!  I will be reading some more of my fiction/poetry, and I have some beer koozies that need a good home.  Come hang with us!

First, though, we have one final shuffle for the month of May.  It is Wednesday so we shuffle up all the songs on my phone.  We have a good mix of old and new music. Let's get to it!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Trending Tuesday Morning Shuffle - Spaghetti Mix

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Okey dokey, I'm back after a long holiday weekend.  Had a good time at Field Day 2017 - with WXNA competing against teams from The Nashville Scene, Fort Houston, Duke's, Third Man Records, and the Belcourt. It was a a true Nashville experience - with Pete Finney playing the National Anthem on pedal steel and Jack White showing up to support the Third Man team and everyone pretending to be blase about it. ;-)

Tomorrow night is the grand finale of the E2TG Residency!!  FuzzQueen opens, to be followed by Amelia White and The Blue Souvenirs!  Looking forward to this show! Doors at 5:30, $5 cover, 21+ only!

It is Tuesday - which means we have our "Trending" shuffle today.  Several Nashville artists to make up for not having a Music City Monday post!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Featured Friday Morning Shuffle - Peep Peep Mix

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Okay, okay! I'm back after a couple days off due to work related stuff....

First of all, I have to give a huge THANK YOU! to Cafe Rooster Records and everyone who came out Wednesday night.  I could not have asked for the night to be any better.  Sure was a humbling experience to know I had anything to do with what went down.  What went down was: Darrin Bradbury with Megan Palmer.  Sally Jaye - backed by Brian Wright, Jon Latham and more.  Jon Latham with Sean Quinn, Rorey Carroll, and Brian Wright - back by Jon Latham and Aaron Lee Tasjan!  Everyone was amazing and Brian Wright was other-worldly good.

We do have one more week to go of the E2TG Residency!  May 31 - it is going to Amelia White and the Blue Souvenirs (Sergio Webb, Dave Coleman, Parker Hawkins, Megan Carchman) with special guests Fuzzqueen from Washington D.C. - Fuzzqueen features former members of Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray who we have featured before.

I have your Featured Friday shuffle - as we go into a long holiday weekend.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Trending Tuesday Morning Shuffle - On Dry Land Mix

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Hey ho!  It's Tuesday and I am about to head out to a work-related thing. Most likely no shuffle tomorrow. But, PLEASE come to The 5 Spot tomorrow night for Cafe Rooster Night! It's gonna be rad!

Some "Trending" tunes with minimal commentary...  A bunch of Nashville area music today to help celebrate the Predators going to the Stanley Cup Finals!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Music City Monday Morning Shuffle - Don't Try to Fight It Mix

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It is really hard to sort it all out sometimes... I mean, there are policy decisions that I philosophically and morally object to.  There are ethical breaches that are beyond the pale. There are individuals with reprehensible believes (racist, ablest, homophobic, etc.). There is potentially criminal behavior.  And then there are the instances of what appear to the treasonous activities.  Where and how do you focus on one without losing sight of the others.... These are strange and troubling times...

And off we march into the week ahead!  I have a work thing that will take me away from my office a few days this week, so there may be some interruption in the regularly scheduled shuffles... stay tuned.

This week, I am looking forward to Wednesday at The 5 Spot - when the E2TG Residency welcomes Cafe Rooster Records!  You do not want to miss this one!

Okay - it is Monday - and on Monday we turn our attention to Nashville, Tennessee and music somehow connected to the Music City....  Let's shuffle!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Featured Friday Morning Shuffle - Heaven Somewhere Mix

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Running a bit short on time today - so let's dive right in.

Got to get out and see Ben de la Cour and Wild Ponies at The 5 Spot. We are seriously spoiled with all the great music here in town.

I worked a shift for the WXNA Pledge Drive.  Go ahead and give if you haven't this is community radio at its best.  And with the internet, the community is where ever you are.

I might as well take every opportunity afforded to me to remind you of our next E2TG Residency show.  Cafe Rooster Records are an important part of this community.  So, not only will you hear great music from Sally Jaye, Brian Wright, Darrin Bradbury, Jon Latham, and special guest Rorey Carroll - they will be collecting donations of bug  spray and jugs of water for Southern Alliance for People and Animal Welfare to be taken to the homeless camps.

It is Friday, and on Friday we shuffle songs from our New Music Playlist and call it Featured Friday!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Topical Thursday Morning Shuffle - Battle To Be Won Mix

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You know, the world is a great big wonderful, awful, beautiful, ugly, complicated, simple, tranquil, frenetic place. Most days, I am glad to be alive and experiencing it - as a person who matches many of the qualities I just ascribed to the world.  That's all.

I am still getting goosebumps thinking about last night's Week 3 of the E2TG Residency. Thanks to everyone who made it out - we had a great crowd.  Sergio Webb was wonderful, David Olney was the towering and entertaining performer as always.  When Sergio joined David Olney on stage for the first time in almost a year and a half, the results were magical!  What a way to celebrate six years of Ear to the Ground!

Oh! And a big thanks to Adeem the Artist for some shout-outs that helped the E2TG Facebook Page reach 1,000 "Likes"!

Next week, the residency continues...  And we have a good one for you!  The fine human beings from Cafe Rooster Records will joining us!  That is Sally Jaye, Brian Wright, Darrin Bradbury, and the rapidly healing Jon Latham!  Plus special guest Rorey Carroll!  May 24, The 5 Spot, $5, 6pm!

Thursdays we pick a topic and shuffle up songs that fit that topic.  For our 6th Anniversary, I created a large playlist of artists who have been featured on E2TG over the years. Here is today's shuffle....

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wild Wednesday Morning Shuffle - Enough About Me Mix

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Is this the beginning of the end? Watching history unfold... waiting. Stay alert. President Pence will not be a good thing either... Resistance is NOT futile.

TONIGHT! E2TG Sixth Anniversary Residency at The 5 Spot: Week 3- David Olney (Band) + Sergio Webb (Band) 6pm $5.00  Be there!

Also, a reminder, Pledge Week for WXNA continues.  Today, there are several opportunities to have your pledge matched.  All donations receive a #TeamWXNA Sticker (limited edition - only for Spring Pledge Drive donations).  A $60 donation will get you a WXNA bandanna! (That is just $5.00 per month if you make a recurring pledge).

It is Wednesday, and on Wednesday things get "Wild' here at E2TG....

Here is this morning's shuffle of the all of the songs stored in my phone's memory.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Trending Tuesday Morning Shuffle - Flipping That Pillow Mix

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Okay - I am back... well at least the current administration hasn't been doing any insane things lately... wait, what? oh, never mind... seriously, what exactly does this President have to do before the Republicans take action?

So, as we embark on the seventh year of E2TG - there is a lot going on...

Nashville's Listener Supported, Community Radio Station, WXNA 101.5 is in the midst of their Spring Pledge Drive, and they need YOUR support.  I am proud to be a part of this great organization, but even beyond that, I am so glad this station was formed to fill a gap in the Nashville radio landscape.  To be honest, I had pretty much stopped listening to the radio for the last several years. Last year, when I got a new car, I got a free trial subscription to satellite radio and was considering extending the subscription until WXNA came along. Now, I listen to WXNA on a regular basis, and it is truly one of the best stations I have ever heard. The variety of the programming, the fact that real people select what to play, and the fact that it is a voice of the community and for the community are all important to me.  Please consider giving or upping your recurring gift during this Pledge Drive. or 615-933-WXNA (9962).

Tomorrow night!!!! is Week 3 of the E2TG Residency at The 5 Spot, and we have a good one.  David Olney (Band) + Sergio Webb (Band).  It all goes down at 6:00pm (Door at 5:30) $5.00 cover.  More E2TG Beer Koozies will be available, and I will be reading a short selection from one of my novels-in-progress.

Okay - it is Tuesday and we have a shuffle of some tracks that are "Trending" around here.

Monday, May 15, 2017

E2TG at Six Years

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Hey - I am home a little under the weather, so no shuffle to today, but I couldn't let this day go by without acknowledging that on May 15, 2011, I started writing Ear to the Ground.  I honestly had no idea what my goals were or what I hoped might come about in doing this, but I can safely say - six years down the road - that I can not imagine my life today had I not started this blog.

For me, it has always been about the music. Music has always been important to me, and for several years, I felt deeply connected to, at least, a sub-set of all of the great music being made.  For me, it was never enough to settle on one artist or even a small group of artists, My appetite for something new, something different, and also for understanding what came before - was insatiable. I read everything I could put my hands on about the artists I liked. This was long before the internet put all sorts of music at our fingertips. I read interviews, and I took note of who the artists I liked were listening to, who their friends were, and who their heroes were. I followed rabbit holes and wound through twisted vines of inspirations and influences.

At one point, life happened, and I found myself feeling out of touch... the "new" music I was hearing was not inspiring me - partially I see now because I had lost the context.  I thought this was just something that happened with time. Around that time, I finally got a phone that had a music player, and I loaded it with some of my favorite music - a the little bits of new stuff I was able to fine. Then, as now, I had a ten to fifteen minute walk to my office every morning, and I began to hit the shuffle button and to post, on Facebook and Twitter, the music I heard. Just a silly little thing, really. But, through those posts, I began connecting and reconnecting with people through music,

This lead to friends telling about music I needed to hear, and I slowly began to reconnect to music again.  People told me that they looked forward to my morning posts, and they encouraged me to do something else with this....

Eventually, that was what lead me to begin Ear to the Ground. As I said, I never really had a plan, but it soon became obvious that even my relatively large music collection was limited, and that I could not hope to compete with the big Brand X music blogs in breaking the latest "hot band", nor did I really want to be an echo chamber for those, albeit, fine outlets. Then, I started noticing that as I edited my profile on Twitter - artists and bands began to follow me, and I started checking out their music, and I liked what I heard. So, I started writing about the bands I was "discovering" in this way, and I started to connect with those bands.

I was thinking, as this anniversary approached, it never really crossed my mind that I would be helping this artists and bands. I just wanted to tell other music fans about them - however few might be reading my little blog.

I decided early on, that E2TG was not going to be about what is wrong with music. I didn't have the time or energy to waste on "bad" music. My approach - for better or worse - was going to be to seek out and write about the value in the music I choose to write about. Don't get me wrong, there is an important function for the critic, to push a band or artist to improve and grow - to guide music fans to deeper appreciation for the strengths and weaknesses of the music they might be hearing. That just was not going to be my role.

E2TG has taken me places I never thought I would go... it has introduced me to people I would have never met, and it has brought me opportunities I never could have imagined.

So, here at Six Years - I am grateful.

As you know, I am in the midst of a month-long celebration - not of myself or even E2TG, but of the music and people in my life because of the blog. Mark Robinson and his band kicked off this month in fine fashion, and I look at the opportunities that have come about simply because his lovely wife/publicist contacted me,,,,

Here I am thinking about Double Shot with Joe and Sue - on the mighty WXNA-LP Nashville. I get to be on the radio every week!  How cool is that?!  Which makes it a good time to tell you that WXNA is in the midst of their Spring Pledge Drive.  Visit now to donate!

Last Wednesday, I had the opportunity to host an incredible night of music - in what turned out to be an impromptu benefit for another of those wonderful people brought into my life because I started writing this blog six years ago - Jon Latham.

Two days from now, I will get to stand on the stage of The 5 Spot and introduce Sergio Webb and David Olney - and their bands. Something that still seems pretty far-fetched to me.

A week later, I get to introduce the fine folks from Cafe Rooster Records.  And a week after that I get to welcome Amelia White and the Blue Souvenirs plus FuzzQueen (from Washington DC),

All I can say right now, is that I do not take any of this or any of you for granted.  You are all the reason, I do this and keep doing this.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Featured Friday Morning Shuffle - Strange Cars Mix

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I don't know anymore... I mean, I feel like the people who understand that what is going on with this administration is not okay, not normal, and horrible for this country - already know. Those who are know and who are in positions to do something about it and are not - they are complicit. Those who don't know - are willfully ignoring facts that are clear as a bell... Sometimes continuing to speak out seems fruitless, but I am not going to stop.

May 17! I sure hope, if you are in Nashville, you will come out for a one of a kind experience. I am still pinching myself that David Olney and Sergio Webb are each playing full band sets as part of the Sixth Anniversary of Ear to the Ground.  Still not convinced? There will be more beer koozies to give away and I will be reading another short section of one of two novels-in-progress.  Although, seriously if the first part of this announcement did not convince you, but the second part did - you need to go do some research about Sergio Webb and David Olney.

It is Friday!  We've (almost) survived another week. It's time to see what the shuffle would have us feature today...

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Topical Thursday Morning Shuffle - Take Me to Los Angeles Mix

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My heart is overflowing....  Last night's Friends of Jon Latham show at The 5 Spot was better than I ever could have imagined.  Overall, we raised over $600 to help with Jon's expenses. The spirit was lively and joyful and filled with love - just like Jon.  The music was top-notch.  Thanks to Kristen Englenz, Nick Nace, Darrin Bradbury, Matt Benjamin, and Sean Quinn and the Tremblers. Thanks to everyone who came out.  I still would have preferred to have Jon up their playing, but this was the next best thing.

If you could not make it out or didn't have cash to donate, there is a GoFundMe account set up.  Give and share freely...

Next, I gear up for next week's show featuring David Olney (Band) + Sergio Webb (Band). I am super excited for this show.

Being about to be a part of something like last night is just another reason that I so grateful that I started doing E2TG six years ago. It is Thursday, and this month, I am using Thursdays to highlight some of the music I have featured or presented in some way over the last six years.  Some of these bands are no longer active, some I have lost touch with, but they are all a part of the E2TG Story. Enjoy....

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wild Wednesday Morning Shuffle - Cold Steel Facts Mix

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Remember when he who shall not be names stated: "I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters,"?  And his supporters did not even realize they were being insulted?  Well, every time his administration or he makes another insane, blatantly corrupt, or bizarre move - it's like he is metaphorically trying to prove that.

Made it out for part of $2 Tuesday last night.  Finally got the chance to see E2TG favorite Gabrielle Louise live -and she was wonderful.  Dylan Lancaster was next, and I really dug his set, and as always Derek Hoke (backed by Mark Robertson and Steve Latanation) was awesome!  I had to bow out before The Prescriptions played the late set, but they are going to be holding down that spot for several weeks - so hopefully I can catch them soon.

TONIGHT!!!!!! The E2TG Sixth Anniversary celebration continues with Week 2 at The 5 Spot in East Nashville. As previously announced, Jon Latham is not going to be able to perform due to some serious health issues.  We have some friends of Jon and friends of friends... set to try to fill the gap he left.

Kristen Englenz and Nick Nace - who Jon picked to open for him - are going to get the night started.  Darrin Bradbury, Matt Benjamin, and Sean Quinn and the Tremblers are set to perform. I have beer koozies! Free to the first ten paying customers. I will be reading a short section from one of novels-in-progress.  The night is going to be dedicated to Jon, and the money we make will be going toward his medical expenses.  We will also be talking about a Benefit being planned for June 5 at The Basement East.

Today, we are intentionally "Wild" and coincidentally begin with a couple of tracks that are on our "New Music" playlist - to even things out from yesterday.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Trending Tuesday Morning Shuffle - Unintentionally Wild Mix

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When it comes to the current political climate, the one thing we can all agree on is ______.  Is there anything that goes in that blank? Anything at all?  that Trump goes to his Florida resort very often? No? We can't agree on that?  That he plays golf much more than Obama did?  No?  That the possibility of Russian involvement in our elections is troubling? No? Really?  I don't know... surely something goes in that blank?
Had a good time at Dee's last night.  A collective of artists known as the Backyard Bitches performed - all amazing songwriters and singers.  Sally Jaye, Amy Speace, Amelia White, Rose Pullman, Megan Palmer, Wild Ponies, and more.  As always, Dee's is a great hang.

One of my favorite albums of last year was Gabrielle Louise's If the Static Clears... Nashville - you have two opportunities tonight to see her perform.  She will be down at The Basement for New Faces Night, and then over at The 5 Spot for $2 Tuesday.  I highly recommend you check her out.

Plans are coming together for tomorrow night's Week 2 of the E2TG Residency.  As I posted yesterday, Jon Latham is going to be unable to perform due to some serious health issues. We will miss him and are sending all good thoughts his way.  We want to make sure this is a show that would meet with his approval.  I think we have that covered.  A fellow E2TG Artist of the Year - Darrin Bradbury will be filling in - and we have some more guests.  Kristen Englenz and Nick Nace - who Jon selected to open will play first, and then we will continue with more great music.

Okay - so it is Tuesday, and that means Trending Tuesday.  Well, about three songs into the shuffle - I realized that some of the songs were not actually from my "New Music" playlist (turns out I was shuffling from all Songs somehow).  I made the adjustment, but we have a couple of wildcard selections in the shuffle.  Not complaining.. just explaining....

Monday, May 8, 2017

Music City Monday Morning Shuffle - He Tried Mix

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Vive Le France!  That's my commentary for today.

This coming Wednesday, Jon Latham and his band were scheduled to play week 2 of the E2TG Residency, however, as some of you may know, Jon has had some pretty major health issues and will not be able to perform. The show will go on.  Jon's hand-picked openers - two of his favorite local songwriters, Nick Nace and Kristen Englenz will be opening as planned, and then some of Jon's friends will be stepping up to fill the bill.  The night will be about Jon, and we will have news about a benefit that is in the works for him.  We're gonna make it a night of music that Jon would approve.

Alright - it is Monday, and that means we are spinning tunes from the Music City Monday playlist... songs with some connection to the Nashville... Let's Go!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Featured Friday Morning Shuffle - Swimming to Normal Mix

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Look.  Illness doesn't have a political affiliation.  It doesn't care if you are a Democrat, Republican, Independent, Green, Libertarian, Communist, Democratic Socialist, Anarchist, Capitalist, or whatever.  We are living pretty deep into the 21st Century now. Medicine has advanced greatly.  Our healthcare system has been broken for a long time. There are legitimately many different approaches to tackling this important and complex issue. (And yes, I would hope the majority of Americans recognize that it is a complex and complicated issue).  By any standards, in my opinion, the bill passed by the House of Representatives should be taken as an affront to the American people. The people who voted for this legislation (some without having read it) and who celebrated its passage - need to be held accountable when they are up for reelection. I wish I had more faith in the electorate to do that.  This bill is bad for everyone except the most wealthy.  Everyone else, should be outraged. We can do better, we must do better.  #Resist #Persist.

It is Friday, and it is time we dig into our "New Music" playlist and see what the shuffle brings up... it's a gray, rainy day here in Nashville. I hope the sun is shining wherever you are.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Topical Thursday Morning Shuffle - Hole in my Heart Mix

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First of all, I want to thank everyone who made it out last night for the first week of our month-long residency at The 5 Spot - celebrating six years of E2TG.  Those who were there were treated to powerhouse set from Mark Robinson Band.

If you didn't make (or even if you did), we will be back every Wednesday in May with a great line-up each week.  I'll take a one day break from promoting....

So, it is Thursday, and of late, that has meant Topical Thursday.   As I mentioned, for now at least, I am shifting gears for Topical Thursday.  Since it is our anniversary month, I dug back into my archives and created a playlist of artists we have featured or at least posted about on E2TG. For clarity, there are artists/bands that either were specially featured or at least artists that I likely only got to hear because of E2TG.  The playlist - as this month begins is about 450 songs strong (I picked one some each artist/band). To be honest, some of these artists may not even remember or know that they were part of the E2TG story, but they were nonetheless.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Wild Wednesday Morning Shuffle - You're a Vegetable Mix

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Seven years ago, May 2010, much of Nashville was under water. Heavy rains, some ill advised dam activity, and who knows what else had combined to create one of the worse floods in this cities history. The damage spread from the east side of town to the west and even affected downtown.

I had to work on the Monday following the end of rain, and at lunch time I took a walk - listening to music and took pictures. Cars and streets underwater. The tops of light poles barely sticking out of the water. I posted a note on Facebook about that walk and included the listing of songs I heard while I walked.

Nashville emerged from the flood stronger than ever, and many, many people have arrived here since that flood happened. Walking downtown, you'd never know it happened, but it did.

About one year later, I started writing Ear to the Ground. The two events are not really related, although both speak to my desire to share the music I hear and to relate that music to... whatever - the world, my life, my day...

Without any direct intent, this space has been a chronicle of my journey through this life - accompanied by the soundtrack.  It's a simple concept, and every time I try to complicate it - as I inevitably do, I end up mucking things up... but so far, I have always pressed on.

Tonight, I wanted to express my gratitude for the people and the music who have kept E2TG going. It's going to be a month-long party, and you are invited. It all begins tonight around 6:00pm at The 5 Spot in East Nashville with featured music from Mark Robinson Band.  Come on out!

I loaded a bunch of music into my phone last night - including about 450 songs for the new Topical Thursday Playlist which will premiere tomorrow. Today, the shuffle comes from all 2,000+ songs in my phone memory. It's what I like to call "Wild Wednesday"...

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Trending Tuesday Morning Shuffle - Smells Like Steel Reserve Mix

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Well... if you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a country with a delusional lunatic in charge, you don't have to wonder anymore... For those who cannot look past their biases and party loyalty to see the current situation for the insanity it is... you, too, will be remembered.

Well! The E2TG 6th Anniversary May Residency at The 5 Spot is just a day away!  If you are in Nashville, I hope you can make it out.

It Tuesday, and that means "Trending Tuesday" here at E2TG. We spin songs from our "New Music" playlist  Let's see what comes up today!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Music City Monday Morning Shuffle - Time Square Mix

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#tfw someone who has no knowledge or concern about history nonetheless makes ignorant and offensive comments about history...
Hey ho!  It is May - which means that E2TG turns six years old this month!  As I hope you already know, we will be throwing a month-long party to celebrate.  It all begins this coming Wednesday May 3 with Mark Robinson Band taking to The 5 Spot stage.  There are sure to be surprises.  I will be reading a short section from my forthcoming novel.  Beer koozies will be given away.  Drinks will flow, and the music will be smoking.  All for a $5.00 cover.  5:30pm doors 6:00 showtime.  Be there so you don't have to lie about it later!

Upcoming shows:

May 10 - Jon Latham (Full Band) and special guests

May 17 - David Olney (Band) and Sergio Webb (Band)

May 24 - Cafe Rooster Night with Sally Jaye, Brian Wright, Darrin Bradbury, and Jon Latham

May 31 - Amelia White and the Blue Souvenirs with special guest FuzzQueen (from Washington D.C).

Okay - it is Monday when we explore Nashville connected music from the past and present....