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Words No Music A Reading coming Thursday, November 15, 2018 6:30pm Radio Cafe Nashville. No Cover, tips accepted and books will be for sale. We have an incredible line-up featuring David Olney, Rod Picott, Luke Powers, Rebecca Weiner Tompkins, and yours truly. All but me are incredible musicians and songwriters, but for this show - they will let their words speak for them without music. I will be reading from The Drift plus some selections from a forthcoming book. FACEBOOK EVENT HERE!
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)
I am continuing to work on my Spotify playlists for E2TG. So far, I have completed nine - January - September 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.
JUST ADDED! August and September 2018 Playlists!
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E2TG August 2018 (NEW!)
E2TG September 2018 (NEW!)
E2TG October 2018 (coming soon!)
I'm back. I was off work yesterday for Veteran's Day. So, we are back with a Trending Tuesday shuffle of our "New Music" playlist. Today's shuffle is heavily weighted with singer-songwriters - with some "not singer-songwriters" rounding out the shuffle. To me that is what is fun about the random shuffle - the same mix of songs/artists/albums can produce such wildly different shuffles. Another day, we might have virtually no singer-songwriter type songs - and instead the shuffle may be more electronic/experimental/punk oriented. Well... let's see about today's shuffle!
"La Dona Maria" by Tim Henderson
Okay, I swear this song has come up before, but well, here we are again. The late great, Tim Henderson with a track from the career-spanning Legacy collection - Vol. 1: Gone to Texas with a story-song about a powerful Spanish woman in the Mexican territory of old.
"Everything Ain't Been Said" by Eric Andersen
This has been a great year for me to explore some of America's greatest songwriters. Around the same time, I got hold of Tim Henderson's Legacy Collection, I also got Eric Andersen's career-spanning compilation - The Essential Eric Andersen. This is a track from Andersen's 1965 debut album, Today is the Highway. Over the last several month's I have become (belatedly) aware that Andersen is one of our greatest living songwriters.
"Sick of this City" by Danny Sandock
Next up, we have another track from Throwin' Me for a Loop by California songwriter Danny Sandock. The album is his fifth. Sandock, whose journeys have brought him all over the the country - including a stint here in Nashville - is an original and talented songwriter - with a unique sound and voice. I first "met" him (although we are yet to meet in person) late last year. We featured some tracks from this album before it was released. The album has been out since June - and it is worthy of your attention.
"Midnight Blue" by Ben Holland
Next up, we have a newcomer to E2TG - and a first listen to the a single (release back in October) by London-based singer-songwriter Ben Holland. It is a remarkable song. Ben Holland was a discovery of Joan Armatrading, and he has accompanied her on tour and appeared on a double album she curated.
"Brave New World" by Mark Bryson
Next, we have a second listen to Riot on Sunset by Mark Bryson. The album is considered the first release of the musical sub-genre of New Age Space Cowboy Surf. It is highly original and sounds great to me. The song shares a title with the 1931 dystopian novel by Aldous Huxley.
"Deadly Nightshade" by The Venus Fly Trap
The Venus Fly Trap return to the shuffle with another track from their Icon release. The Northampton darkwave/goth/post-punk band has a great sound. I consider them a favorite "discovery" for 2018. The band has been making challenging, original music for over 30 years.
"To the Bone" by Polly Panic
And we close with a powerhouse track from Losing Form - the new album by Polly Panic of the long-running New York based Rasputina. This is cello-driven heavy art rock. I am a big fan of the use of cello is rock music, and this is a great example of that.