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Any show that starts with a former E2TG Artist of the Year followed by the reigning E2TG Band of the Year - sure has something going for it. I ended up at The 5 Spot (I know! It's shocking!) for the late show last night. Darrin Bradbury kicked things off. It was one of his best solo sets (that I have seen). Many of his newest songs are emotionally powerful - continuing to walk that line of humor and brutal honestly (brutal but delivered with heart and charm). The Big Dumb were up next, and I continue to be blown away by this band. In my view they somehow manage to be a tight unit while still be incredibly loose. They are all multi-talented artists, and something magical happens when they come together. Chicago band Half Gringa were next. This was my first time seeing them, and I was very impressed. I really dug their set. Ryan Sobb closed the night with a full-band set. It was my first time seeing Sobb with a band, and it was great hearing his wonderful songs - fleshed out. It was a high energy rocking set of music.
Whew! We have to get going! It's Thursday - time to head back to the Trending playlist. Interestingly, this same playlist on Tuesday brought up a mix that was heavily weighted toward experimental and/or noisy music. Today, we get more roots, singer-songwriter type songs. It's all good. Let's go!
"Another Way" by Dean James and the Black Dogs
We start things off with a wonderful song from the album TRUTH by UK band Dean James and the Black Dogs.
"Wedding Vows" by Jane Kramer
Next up, we have a lovely number from Valley of the Bones by Asheville North Carolina singer-songwriter Jane Kramer.
"Don't Make More Trouble" by Tim Gartland
Blues harmonica master, Tim Gartland is up next from his album Satisfied. Tim Gartland will be playing at the Frist museum tomorrow.
"Life's Been Raining All Day" by BlackieBlueBird
I have really been enjoying Ghost River from Danish duo BlackieBlueBird. Great, beautiful, almost haunting tunes.
"Many Happy Hangovers to You" by Jason Ringenberg
So heartened to see the positive attention that Jason Ringenberg has been getting for his Stand Tall album. The album was mostly conceived and composed during Ringenberg's residency at Sequoya National Park. The album was recorded back in Ringenberg's home state of Illinois.
"Como" by Mississippi Fred McDowell
Next up, a rollicking blues instrumental from the one and only Mississippi Fred McDowell. From the recently issued Best of compilation.
"Fairfield, Ca" by American High
Next up, we have another track from U.N. Article 14 by California rock band, American High.
"Hollows" by Polly Panic
Polly Panic plays rock cello. She is also a member of the heavy cello rock band Rasputina. Losing Form is the album from Polly Panic that we are currently featuring.
"Elizabeth and Spring" by Bruce Smith
We close things out with Austin based singer-songwriter Bruce Smith with a wonderful song from Till The Wheels Fall Off. This was a great way to wrap up the shuffle!