Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Trending Tuesday Morning Shuffle - Hair with a Spoon Mix



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(From The Drift - A Novel by Joe Wolfe-Mazeres) Available at Amazon.com (Kindle edition also available)






I am continuing to work on my Spotify playlists for E2TG.  So far, I have completed three - January - March 2018.  These are meant to be a cross-section of music I featured during those months - not necessarily music released in those months.   If you are interested, you can check out the playlists (links below)  and follow my personal profile to find out when new playlists are created.

E2TG January 2018
E2TG February 2018
E2TG March 2018


I don't always go to Madison Guild Monday at Dee's, but when I do, I always have great hangs with friends, meet new people, and hear great songwriters (both familiar and unfamiliar).  Last night was no exception, and in fact it was exceptionally fun. Got to hear Shawn Conerton, Frankie Zwick, Weston Harris Hill, Sean Quinn, and another wonderful songwriter that I am not allowed to mention. 

I got three new CDs in the mail yesterday, and that pushed me to finally add some new music to the "New Music Playlist".  Of course, none of those new songs came up in today's shuffle, but soon!

In any event, we have some cool music to feature today - so let's go!

Monday, July 30, 2018

Music City Monday Morning Shuffle - Caves of Ice Mix



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(From The Drift - A Novel by Joe Wolfe-Mazeres) Available at Amazon.com (Kindle edition also available)






I am continuing to work on my Spotify playlists for E2TG.  So far, I have completed three - January - March 2018.  These are meant to be a cross-section of music I featured during those months - not necessarily music released in those months.   If you are interested, you can check out the playlists (links below)  and follow my personal profile to find out when new playlists are created.

E2TG January 2018
E2TG February 2018
E2TG March 2018


Well, it's time for another Music City Monday playlist.  We have another good one today, so let's get to it!

Friday, July 27, 2018

Featured Friday Morning Shuffle - Biloxi, Straitsville, Tuscany, and Vegas Mix



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Among the albums being released today:  E2TG favorites Kevin Gordon and The Foresters each have excellent new album which are now out in the universe.  Kevin Gordon just released Tilt and Shine and The Foresters just released "The Barometric Pressure is On Our Side.  The artists and the music could not be more different - well, I guess they could technically be more different but you know what I mean - but to me they both represent artists who are at the top of their game and still climbing.

On a related note, I know this may sound judgmental, but I find it hard to take anyone seriously who says something to the effect that they don't make good music any more. I am hearing so much great music every day. It may not be on Top 40 radio but it is out there and it is not that hard to find.


Whew!  It's been a week!  Let's just do this shuffle thing so I can finish out my work week while I'm still alive.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Trending Thursday Morning Shuffle - Little Things People Do Mix



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"If I can just get though this work week, without getting killed or caught..."  (with apologies to Guy Clark.)

Last night, a great night of music at The 5 Spot.  I saw Mike Cullison and his relatively new band The Lucky Dogs. Mike is a great songwriter - we have featured his music here at E2TG. The Lucky Dogs are a great band featuring Michael Ross, Bobby Kent, and more. Great selection of covers and original tunes - including a few written with Mark Robinson. 

After that, I hung around for part of the 2nd ever Pizza Collective showcase. The Pizza Collective is a group of songwriters who meet once a week, eat pizza, and bring in a new song to play for the group. I loved what I heard, and wish I could have stuck around for the rest, but I was way too tired.  Did get to see J.R. Wyatt, Becca Richardson, a great cello player named Zan Berry.  I look forward to catching more of their shows.

I need to tell you about an event coming up Saturday - also at The 5 Spot.  After The Fats Kaplin Gang, stick around for Spoons of Diamond.  It is a tribute to Neil Diamond - feat. the one and only Black Diamond (Nashville's own Neil Diamond impersonator). More importantly, this is a fundraiser - organized by Jason - an employee of The 5 Spot.  I'll let him tell you about it:

"Neil Diamond was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease this year.
Liftware.com is a company that has developed “smart spoons”
that allow people with Parkinson's Disease, Cerebral Palsy and, many other disabilities, the independence of feeding themselves with more confidence.
These spoons, with accessories, cost around $300-$350, depending on the particular disability and, spoon handle needed. They're not covered by Medicare, Medicaid or, majority of private insurance. 
The funds raised will be used to purchase more of these “smart spoons.”
If this device will improve your quality of life, you should have one, no matter your ability to afford one. As someone with Cerebral Palsy, I know firsthand that life with a disability comes with added struggles and, expenses. Also, as a guy who is so completely comfortable with having CP that I go by the nickname of “Shakes,” I can say that the first time to use this spoon was a life changing moment. I can't imagine how it would affect someone who isn't as comfortable with their own disability! Therefore, I find people who would benefit from this technology and,
simply give them one, with accessories.
After all, there's already enough “red tape” and “hoops to jump through” in today's world...and, who doesn't enjoy a nice bowl of soup?
Your friend,
Shakes
gofundme.com/shakes37206"

Shakes gave my daughter, whose diagnoses includes CP, one of the "smart spoons".   This should be a great night for a great cause.

Now, we jump back into the "New Music" playlist.  I am now way, way behind in adding new music to the list, but there is still a ton of music already added. Let's shuffle!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Wild Wednesday Morning Shuffle - Seeing Eye Chocolate Mix



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Okay.... it's been one of those weeks... brutal is not a strong enough word for it. But it is mid-week and all will be well soon enough - I suppose. 

Time for "Wild Wednesday" on E2TG. We a good cross-section of music - including some from the "New Music" playlist and some classic tunes... let's jump!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Trending Tuesday Morning Shuffle - In the Cold Cold Ground Mix



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Hey! Someone encouraged me to create an E2TG Playlist on Spotify.  I was going to do one for the first six months of 2018 but that was going to be too long a playlist - so I created one for artists/albums featured in January 2018.  These are not all January releases  (some were released earlier and some later) but all were featured on E2TG during that month. I am planning to create playlists for every month - once I catch up, I will create the playlist right after a month ends.

Anyway, if this is something you'd like to check-out, you can do it HERE. I may just expand this playlist or eventually, I may have a current E2TG playlist and periodically update it. We'll see. Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, it's time to jump back into the "New Music" playlist on my phone - and today's "Trending Tuesday" shuffle.

Let's go!

Monday, July 23, 2018

Music City Monday Morning Shuffle - Don't Tell Mix



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(From The Drift - A Novel by Joe Wolfe-Mazeres) Available at Amazon.com (Kindle edition also available)



In Nashville (and I can only speak for Nashville), whether or not to go out to hear live music and if going out to hear live music, what to see if always a difficult choice. There are almost no nights that nothing is going on, and usually there are multiple things going on all at the same time.

Saturday, I made the choice to jump between venues, and I am really glad I did because even though I inevitably missed some things, what I did see was wonderful.

Starting with Mark Robinson celebrating his birthday with his band at The 5 Spot. I still hold to my previous statements that Mark Robinson puts on the best shows in Nashville. A great guitar player and bandleader, he is also a consummate entertainer and showman.

I left The 5 Spot a few minutes before the end of Mark Robinson's set and made my way to The Radio Cafe.  I caught the end of Megan Palmer's set with George Trouble (aka George Terry McDonald) sitting in, and then caught George Trouble's set with Palmer sitting in on a few songs. We are currently featuring two of George's recent albums. PLOW - released under George Trouble and Jawbone - released by his band The Zealots. It was great hearing some of these songs and some older ones (and some newer ones) live. It's always a pleasure to see Megan Palmer play.

From there, I headed to The Basement East. The event was a Drive By Truckers tribute which served as a benefit for Nuci's Space. I missed the first part of the show, but arrived in time to catch The Big Dumb playing some of the Truckers' greatest hits with some fabulous singers including Lilly Hiatt, Allen Thompson, DBT producer David Barbe, Chris Watts and more.  By now, you may realize that I am a huge fan of The Big Dumb, and they did not disappoint.  Javi Jones was solid on steel guitar and electric guitar.  The Singing Butcher, Tim George, was playing guitar and sang one song. Steven Nicholas Roberts, on bass, took things to the next level, and Paul Robert Sukowski killed it on drums and was obviously having the time of his life.  For me, the star of this part of the show was Griffin Winton.  His star has been on the rise with me since I heard his new album, but Saturday night - he just flat out became a rock star!

Sunday - after sleeping in AND taking a nap, I headed out to Dee's for a great night of music.

Connor Rand and Matthew Moon opened the show.  I had seen Connor before but I really dug what he was doing with Moon - with Rand on banjo and Moon on guitar and providing the percussion. Great songs and a great set.

Tom Schreck was next. It is always great to see Tom Schreck play.  He writes great songs and his knowledge of music is extensive. He did a couple of choice Bob Dylan covers including his last song which marked his public debut on the accordion.

Joe Nolan followed. It had been a little while since I saw Joe play live, so it was great to hear some of his new songs and some of his older songs, too.  I love his spoken word, "Serenade" that opened the set.

Last but least, Joe Goodkin - who we have featured on E2TG was in from Chicago. It was his visit that prompted the show.  It was great to meet him and his songs were powerful and moving.

All in all, a great weekend of music.


Onward to our Music City Monday shuffle!  Let's go!

Friday, July 20, 2018

Featured Friday Morning Shuffle - Violent Fog Mix



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Tomorrow night is one of those crazy Nashville night's for music. Crazy good that is... Starting with the Mark Robinson Band at The 5 Spot at 6pm.  It's Mark's birthday so you know it's going to be fun one.  Later, George Terry McDonald (aka George Trouble) and Megan Palmer will be playing at Radio Cafe.  This is one you do not want to miss. The action shifts to The Basement East for a cool tribute show to Drive-by Truckers which benefits Nuçi’s Space.  Jon Latham and his band will be the house band covering Decoration Day while The Big Dumb will be the house band for the "greatest hits" part of the show.  The special guests are really pretty special.  Whew! I'm tired already.


Whew!  This week has been rather brutal for me. But it is Friday.  On Friday, we have the Featured Friday shuffle which is a shuffle of our "New Music" playlist which consists mainly of music submitted to E2TG is various ways relatively recently.


Let's just right to it...

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Trending Thursday Morning Shuffle - Wriggle and Bounce Mix



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(From The Drift - A Novel by Joe Wolfe-Mazeres) Available at Amazon.com (Kindle edition also available)




The world is sometimes (and lately more often than not) a maddening, depressing, frustrating, painful, troublesome, messed-up ball of confusion. But, today is my daughters' birthdays and they are a light in this sometimes dark world.  And music makes me happy or makes me think or makes me cry or makes me move or sometimes all of those at once. 

Let's get right into our shuffle. It is Thursday, so we are going to find out what the shuffle function says is "trending" around here:

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Wild Wednesday Morning Shuffle - Mean All the World Mix



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I wanted to bring to your attention an upcoming show that might otherwise slip under your radar.  If you are in Nashville and free this coming Sunday (July 22), I recommend you head to Dee's Country Cocktail Lounge in Madison around 7pm.  Joe Goodkin (a Chicago songwriter who we have featured on E2TG) will be making a rare Nashville appearance, and some of my favorite Nashville songwriters are joining him (Joe Nolan, Tom Schreck, and Connor Rand).  I want to make sure I take maximum credit for my small role (with minimal effort) in getting these folks together for this show.  I think it will be a good one.

On to our "Wild Wednesday" shuffle:

The music in my phone's memory is a hodge podge of all sorts of things:  current and past E2TG featured artists/bands, older (and more recent) albums from my personal collection, music I have downloaded for various sources - just for fun, music given to me by various people that was not specifically intended to be featured on E2TG, and maybe some other things.   On Wednesdays, I hit shuffle on all those songs and see what comes up.  It's really interesting (to me at least) in that each shuffle has it's own "personality" or flavor. And, I never know what is going to come up.  I call Wednesday's "Wild" not because the list of songs is necessarily wildly eclectic (just sometimes) but because each shuffle is like a wildcard - you never know what it will be. 

Let's go!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Trending Tuesday Morning Shuffle - Always Resist Mix



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Last night, I made it out to Madison Guild Monday for the first time in a while.  Such a fun event - always hosted by a songwriter - last night it was Nick Nace.  I was late and missed Sean Quinn and some others, but I did get to see Chris Moyse, J.R. Wyatt, Nick Nace, and Jon Latham. Plus, I got a chance to hang with some wonderful people.  It was Kristen Englenz's birthday, and I figured out it was my half birthday.  

Well, yesterday was Music City Monday, but as we head into Trending Tuesday, we have a very heavily Music City-centric shuffle.   Let's just get to it!

Monday, July 16, 2018

Music City Monday Morning Shuffle - Close to the Edge Mix



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We are back after the weekend.  Busy week ahead. 

Let's just right into this Music City Monday shuffle. This shuffle comes from a constantly changes and growing Spotify playlist which features a broad cross-section of Nashville-related artists/bands from the past and present. Well-known and should-be well-known.  

Let's go!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Featured Friday Morning Shuffle - 1000 Words Mix



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It is always fun when talented friends share a bill. Last night, it was Chris Moyse (with Sean Quinn and Erin Nelson in his band), Andrew Adkins, and Smoking Flowers. A fun night of music.

Also, may I just say, I could live with seeing various incarnations of the Collins family every week or so. Last week, it was Justin and the Cosmics, a couple of weeks before that it was Smoking Flowers, and them Smoking Flowers again. Looking forward to the next one.


A friend of mine once described E2TG as wildly inclusive. I like that description. If I hear music that moves me in some way, I want to write about it without concern for what "kind" of music it is. I have nothing but respect for more sharply focused music sites - whether that focus be genre-specific or geographic or whatever.  It's just not what I want to do. The plain fact is that there is way more awesome music than I could ever cover. I know that because I often "discover" a band/artist that I think is awesome - and then discover that they have been awesome for years.

From day one of E2TG, I knew I could not be a comprehensive source of everything worthwhile that is new. The fact is - even with the wildly diverse song selections I present - it is amazing how connections keep happening all the time.

Onward!  We have another diverse selection of music from all over the world today.  Let' shuffle!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Trending Thursday Morning Shuffle - Hills of Tennessee Mix



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Well, here we are. It's Thursday.  Time keeps ticking. The world is a mess, and it's not in my kiss. 

I'm a bit short of time - so let's jump right in to our Trending Thursday Shuffle!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Wild Wednesday Morning Shuffle - Cure for Myopia Mix



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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!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Trending Tuesday Morning Shuffle - You Got This Mix




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I've been a bit slow about adding new music to my playlist.  Still toying with the idea of creating a couple of different "new music" playlists with a slightly different bent - one for Trending Tuesday and Thursday and a different one for Featured Friday.  We'll see...

Meanwhile, we are into the second half of 2018 and I have a ton of music already loaded into my "New Music" playlist - so let's shuffle!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Music City Monday Morning Shuffle - Can't Complain Mix



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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!?

Friday, July 6, 2018

Featured Friday Morning Shuffle - Rodeo Performer Mix



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“Do you want to do something?” Richard asks me as we walk out of the
cafeteria into the declining day.
“What do you have in mind?”
“Nothing, really. I just don’t want this moment to end.”
“Me either. But, moments always end. The important thing is to find
more moments. That’s one of the most important things I’ve learned.”







To be honest, I don't know a whole lot about what live music is like in other cities... just what I have heard. I know that Nashville is a great city for lovers of live music - of all variety.  I know that musicians don't generally make as much (or often very much) money here as they do in other cities. The number of live music events going on every single night is staggering, and there are always difficult/impossible choices to be made. As a music fan, you sometimes have to make really difficult decisions about what shows to see or if you need to make a much needed night off from going out.

All of that to say, I made my way to The 5 Spot last night for the release show of Justin and the Cosmics PERF record. The album was recorded at Ardent Studio in Memphis.  It was a wonderful night of weirdness and music and mayhem. So many memorable moments. From the emcee Square Bill "singing" Prince covers to Scott Collins guitars. Guests like Chris Crofton - in from Los Angeles and riffing on "New Nashville", Thayer Sarrano was captivating, Kim Collins did a intense a cappella song that ended with her being carried from the stage, The Smoking Flowers did an old song by Justin Collins, Robyn Hitchcock with a band that included Pat Sansone (Wilco, Autumn Leaves) (who produced PERF - by the way) did a short set that included some Velvet Underground, John Lennon, and a Soft Boys song written by Hitchcock, Ben Burr read some awesome poetry.  But the clear stars of the show were Justin Collins and his band The Cosmics who played a long set of songs from the album, classics from their back catalog, and some choice (and rare for them) covers - including "Police on my Back".  It was the most fun I've had since the last time I saw Justin and the Cosmics play.

Tonight, I am looking forward to Chuck Prophet at The Basement East.


Meanwhile, the humidity is now falling from the sky in copious amounts, and we have our "Featured Friday" shuffle. Let's go.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Trending Thursday Morning Shuffle - A Multitude of Nostrils Mix




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Well, we are back after a mid-week Fourth of July holiday. It has been insanely hot around here (and other places I know). If you have to be out: stay hydrated, find shade, and be careful.

With the holiday, we are back with another "Trending" shuffle - this for a Thursday.  We have a couple of first listens and some other goodies... let's shuffle!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Trending Tuesday Morning Shuffle - American Tail Mix



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Well, tomorrow is Independence Day in the U.S. tomorrow. So, no shuffle. Honestly, I'm not feeling very patriotic - not that I am ever really the patriotic type. Still, I supposed that we, as a nation, once fought a tyrant and won...

Anyway, it is Tuesday and time to dig back into our "New Music" playlist for the first time July.

Let's shuffle!

Monday, July 2, 2018

Music City Monday Morning Shuffle - Dressed up Like Marilyn Manson Mix



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Just a reminder, that you can still get your very own copy of my debut novel, The Drift.  It is available via Amazon for just $9.99 (and it is PRIME eligible). It is also available in a Kindle edition.  If you buy the paperback, you can get buy the Kindle Edition for just $0.99. 

If you are in the Nashville area, I, right now, have eight unsold copies in my car.  If you see me out and about (once I get over this cold I have) and you want a copy, let me know. I accept cash, Paypal, and Venmo.

If you are outside of Nashville and want to buy from me (and/or get  an autographed copy), just shoot me a message. I will need to charge shipping.



Well, it's the beginning of another month of shuffle here at E2TG, and it is Monday.  We have been doing Music City Monday for a while, but it has been within the last couple of months that I created the "Music City Monday" playlist on Spotify - just to feature a wider variety of great Nashville music of today and yesterday.   Here's today's shuffle: