Friday, May 31, 2019

Featured Friday Morning Shuffle - Cool Hair Mix

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If you follow me on Social Media, you will have noticed a lot of memory and anniversary type posts. There have been several anniversaries recently - 5 years since I first met Darrin Bradbury in person, 3 years since I met The Foresters and Jack Nork, 6 years since I met David Hogan, just about 3 years since Double Shot with Joe and Sue began... and I am keenly aware that none of those things would have happened if I had not started E2TG 8 years ago this month.

That so much of my life today would be different - I would say lesser - if I had not (practically on a whim) started writing a music blog in May 2011 - is not lost on me. I am not sure if the world needed another music blog in 2011, and at that time I could not have said with any confidence that even I needed to write a music blog in 2011. Time has proved that I needed to start E2TG.  As for what the world needed, I will leave that to the world.

If you are reading this, thank you! 

Something I don't say often enough. If you love music, find you best way to support the people who make that music. Buying albums, going to shows, buying merch, telling people about artists or albums they should know about, supporting crowd-funding/pre-orders, and I'm sure there are other ways not in my mind right now.  The financial situation in music is dire. People are making money off of music, but by large measure it is not the writers, players, and singers. Rather, it is often people in offices and suits. Streaming is a great technological innovation that allows us (the listened) instant access to more music than we could possibly  be able to hear in one lifetime. The ability to create custom playlists and share those - it is awesome. unfortunately, creators see a fraction of the profits derived from the streams.

So support your local and touring independent musicians - in what ever way works for you! 

On to the shuffle!

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Trending Thursday Morning Shuffle - Misery is a Strange Perfume Mix

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I'm back!   And of course, my time is short - so let's get right to it!

Friday, May 24, 2019

Featured Friday Morning Shuffle - The Game Mix

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Well, we've reached the end of another week of shuffles - here at E2TG.

Reminder: Monday is a holiday here in the States, and I am taking Tuesday and Wednesday off from work - so no new shuffles until Thursday - May 30! Enjoy yourselves everyone!

Let's go!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Trending Thursday Morning Shuffle - Angels and Devils Mix

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It is Thursday.  Two more days this week, and then I am taking a few days off to recharge my batteries.

We have a ton of great new music ready to go and ready to be queued up - so let's try to make some room!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Wild Wednesday Morning Shuffle - Going to a Show Mix

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Moving right along! 

Another fun $2 Tuesday hosted by Derek Hoke at The 5 Spot in East Nashville.  There are always a variety of wonderful musical choices in Nashville any given night, but if you ever find yourself in Nashville on a Tuesday, I can heartily recommend $2 Tuesday.  $2 cover, $2 draft beer from local brewery Yazoo. Always a great line-up of music (including host Derek Hoke - who is always fantastic), DJ Tim Hibbs spinning tunes between sets.  Last night, I caught the $2 Tuesday debut of local songwriter Bobby Corbin and his band The Corduroy Boys (at least for last night). I met Corbin several months back - I think at a $2 Tuesday maybe????, and I have seen him play solo before. I was really impressed.

Asheville band Dyado were next, and I dug their sound.

Derek Hoke was next with his regular band of Steve Latanation and Mark Robertson.

In the late spot, it was The Caprice Classics - who I think qualify as an East Nashville supergroup.  Led by Joe V. McMahan, whose name we have been mentioning quite a bit lately - most recently in association with Josh Hyde's new album, with Paul Niehaus, Jon Radford, and Adam Bednarik (The last two were part of the band Luella and the Sun with McMahan and singer Luella).  The band tore through a fiery set of obscure blues tunes and originals.

Now - on to the Wild Wednesday Shuffle!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Trending Tuesday Morning Shuffle - Carsick Mix

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Blah, blah, blah!  I am running short on time - so let's get right to this really cool shuffle!

Monday, May 20, 2019

Music City Monday Morning Shuffle - Counting Roaches Mix

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It is time for another Music City Monday!  What I love about this particular weekly shuffle is that it serves as a reminder of just how much awesome music has and does emanate from Nashville. It is always a cool combination of friends and legends (and legends who have become friends and friends who are becoming legends).

Another reminder of how cool Nashville is:  The WXNA Spring Pledge Drive just finished up, and we thanks to the generous support of the community, we will continue to bring great radio to Nashville.

Another reminder: I took my daughter to Dee's yesterday, we caught the end of Jon Worthy and the Bends playing a very early show (Adelai loves loud rock and roll!)  and then we stuck around for a good portion of the Sunday Brunch hosted by Megan Palmer - with Bob Lewis, Jason Quicksall, Annie McCue, Jon Latham, and more.

Let's get right into the shuffle!

Friday, May 17, 2019

Featured Friday Morning Shuffle - Let It Sing Mix

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Whew!  I made it to the end of an extremely busy week! 

I added a bunch of new music to the playlist last night.

We have several first listens today.  Let's send off this week on a happy note!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Trending Thursday Morning Shuffle - Blackpool Pier Mix

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Last night's CD Release show for Meghan Hayes - Seen Enough Leavers was a real celebration.  Things started out with short sets from some amazing local writers:  Megan Palmer, Fawn Larson, Kira Small, Meg Braun, and Kristen Englenz.  Followed by Meghan Hayes - who was backed by an incredible band - featuring Megan Palmer, Annie McCue, Justin Amaral, and Cameron Carrus.  She was joined on a song each by Mando Saenz and Tim Carroll.

The music was wonderful, and the joyful spirit - celebrating an album that is one of my favorite of the year so far.

By the way, I realized after posting, that yesterday marked the 8th anniversary of the start of E2TG. I remain humbled and overwhelmed by the incredible friends I have made along this journey and the wonderful music that I probably would never have heard if I had not started this blog. 

Now, it's time to move back into the our new music playlist and today's "Trending Thursday" shuffle!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Wild Wednesday Morning Shuffle - Robes of the Queen Mix

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Okay - I'm even more rushed than usual.  So let me get right it.

Welcome to our new Facebook followers!

It is Day 3 of the WXNA Spring Pledge Drive - so if you want to give - the easiest way is to go to  Or you can call 615-933-9962.  You can make a one-time pledge or set up an automatic monthly deduction.  Either way - there is great swag and you will be helping to support an incredible community resource.

Tonight is the CD release show for Meghan Hayes excellent album - Seen Enough Leavers - at the 5 Spot at 6pm.  She has a great band backing her and some cool songwriters opening the show.  Seen Enough Leavers is a remarkable album.

Now Wednesday - the day we get wild and wacky!  Well, I guess we do that every day... but we call it Wild Wednesday for good reason - as you will soon see.

"My Only True Friend" by Gregg Allman

We start things off with the lead single and only original song from the posthumously released final album by the great Gregg Allman.  The album was produced by Don Was and recorded at FAME studios in Muscle Shoals. 

"The River (Instrumental)" by Martha Reich

Next up, we have an instrumental track from Brave Bird by New Mexico based singer-songwriter Martha Reich.  The album was one we featured a lot last year. 

"The Four Corners" by Danny Sandock

Next up, we have our old friend California (by way of Indiana - with a stop in Tennessee) singer-songwriter Danny Sandock with a track from his 2014 album Breakin' New Ground.  The song is about that point where four states meet. 

"Must Be Nice" by Rat Fancy

Next up, we have California twee pop punk rockers Rat Fancy with a track from their upcoming debut album Stay Cool.  
"Resistance" by Lions'Den

Next up, we have a track from Songbird by Lions'Den - a project of guitarist  Rhy Dongju - it is guitar driven electronic music. Cool stuff.

"I Wouldn't Buy a Used Car from Him" by Norma Jean

Next up, we have a 1965 single from country music artist Norma Jean - taken from her album Pretty Miss Norma Jean - released while she was appearing on the Porter Wagoner Show. 

"Kitty Wells Dresses" by Laura Cantrell

Next up - a lovely song about another country legend - this by Nashville native Laura Cantrell. J Mar played a Laura Cantrell song Monday night while I was working the WXNA Pledge Drive, so it is really cool this came up today.

"Losing Heart" by The Secret Sisters

How about The Secret Sisters covering a modern country legend - Brandi Carlile. This is from the anniversary tribute to her album The Story - called Cover Stories which was released 2017 - 10 years after the release of the original album.

"Help Me Remember" by Suzette Lawrence and The Neon Angels

Nashville (by way of L.A.)' honky tonk angel - Suzette Lawrence is up next with a track from her album Tear Up the Honky Tonk. 

"Black Flag Blues" by Adam Carroll (feat. Scott Nolan)

More Adam Carroll - this time it's one of my favorite songs of his - from his 2008 album Old Town Rock N Roll. Featuring Canadian singer-songwriter Scott Nolan. A wonderful track.

"Lightning" by Grumsling

Next up - our old friends from California - Grumsling with a track from their album A Church, On a Boat, In the Sea.  It's been a little while since we've heard from them. I loved their cinematic take on rock and roll. 

"Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)" by Arcade Fire

And we close with Arcade Fire with a track from their 2007 album Funeral.  A great track to close out the day. 


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Trending Tuesday Morning Shuffle - Murder of Crows Mix

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All right, as I mentioned yesterday - time going to be short this week - so no chit-chat - let's get to the music!

Monday, May 13, 2019

Music City Monday Morning Shuffle - She's Not There Mix

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Hey!  Right off, I just to warn you that this is going to be a crazy week.  So, apologies in advance if some of my content is lighter than usual. 

One thing  going on is the Spring 2019 Pledge Drive for WXNA!  We are in the process of moving into a new space and along with the general costs of operating the station, we rely on our community for support. The Pledge Drive is a great time to give - you can make one-time donations or set up a recurring donation. They have some great thank you premiums.  I know that some of the past gifts have been highly coveted, but they are almost always only available during the Pledge Drive. Many shows are having people provide matching donations, so be on the look at for that information to make your donation go further. 

I will be on the air with Sounds of the Bayou with DJ Cajun Mitch from 6-7pm tonight and working the phones from 7-8pm.   During the show, Fats Kaplin and Kristie Rose will be matching donations.

Saturday, I hung out at The 5 Spot all night.  First up, was Brett Ryan Stewart - who delivered a great set - backed by band that included his wife Rosemary, plus Anana Kaye and Irakli Gabriel. Up next, was Amelia White (who it was great seeing upon her return from a UK tour) backed by her Blue Souvenirs (Parker Hawkins, Paul Neihaus, Justin Amaral, Johnny Duke, plus Julie Christensen on bgv for a few songs). 

The late show was the Harvest Spoon benefit and Neil Young tribute. I don't have enough time to tell you all about this, but it was as good as I expected.  Bob Lewis, Meghan Hayes, Paul Neihaus (again), Rorey Carroll, and Bones (The 5 Spot co-owner) performed some classics from Neil Young's extensive catalog.  Then, host Jason "Shakes"delivered a very funny stand-up routine, followed by a ace band - led by Jay Rutherford and Aaron Mortsenson of Los Colognes performed Neil Young's album Harvest Moon from front to back - aided by great musicians and an all-star cast of singers.

The show ended with all performs from the show plus Lilly Hiatt and Allen Thompson - doing "Rockin' in the Free World"

Now - let's get to the Music City Monday shufffle - as I am almost out of time.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Featured Friday Morning Shuffle - Seen Enough Mix

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ICYMI - This morning, we premiered the new video from Nashville's Pansexual East Side Queen - Elisabeth Beckwitt.  Check out "Free Fall" HERE

We have reached the end of another work week and another week of shuffles.

We have a pretty awesome Featured Friday Shuffle for you today.

A couple of show alerts that I wanted to mention.  (And as always in Nashville there is a ton of cool stuff).  Tomorrow night seems like a good night to "camp out" at The 5 Spot*.  Early show features E2TG favorites Amelia White and Brett Ryan Stewart and Rosemary Stewart.   As always, Amelia will be backed by an amazing group of Blue Souvenirs.  After that early show, stick around for Harvest Spoon - a Neil Young tribute and benefit to support 5 Spot door man (and Not-So-Steadycam Productions) Jason "Shakes" Hostetler in his mission to deliver Liftware Utensil kits (spoons) to people whose lives are improved by this technology. 

An all-star cast of Nashville's best will be on hand. 

*actual camping is neither allowed or encouraged at The 5 Spot - I know, I've tried.

E2TG Video Premiere; Elisabeth Beckwitt "Free Fall"

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Super excited to premiere a video this morning from Nashville's Pansexual East Side Queen, Elisabeth Beckwitt.

The song is called "Free Fall", and the video is spectacular.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Trending Thursday Morning Shuffle - Earworm Mix

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Last night, I attended the CD release show for Josh Gray's Songs of the Highway album - which we have been covering. Jason Erie and his band opened.  The show was held in the backyard of The Groove record store in East Nashville, and it ended up being a picture perfect evening for an outdoor show.  Josh and Jason are two of my favorite local songwriters, they both were backed by killer bands, and they both have released excellent albums in recent months/weeks.

We jump back into the Trending playlist and we have a pretty cool mix of songs today...

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Wild Wednesday Morning Shuffle - Ooom Ba Pa Room Mix

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Onward and upward.  It is Wednesday, and that is the day things tend to get "wild" at E2TG. I call it Wild Wednesday - just because the shuffle comes from all of songs saved to my phone.  That means you might hear recent music that we have been featuring, past featured music, songs from my personal collection, random music files I got through various sources, plus some songs from the earliest days of E2TG, and sometimes songs that I have no clue how they came to be in my possession.   Let's jump right in!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Trending Tuesday Morning Shuffle - Used High Heels Mix

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Nashville is changing rapidly.  It has been for several years now.  Cool old places are closing down and being replaced which much less cool places or being abandoned altogether.  It can be disheartening sometimes.

My roots here are deep, and I am not leaving anytime soon. So, what am I to do?

Fortunately, I am still reminded on a regular basis that Nashville is a great city for original, independent live music.  Take last night, I headed to Dee's in Madison - caught the tail-end of some fine world-class bluegrass (which happens every Monday), and then caught some awesome songwriters for this weeks edition of the Madison Guild Monday.

Hosted by Ryan Sobb, the night featured E2TG Artist of the Year (2017), Rayvon Pettis, the always amazing Jeremy Ivey, Bob Lewis and Megan Palmer - trading songs and backing each other, the wonderful Tommy Womack and Lisa Oliver Gray, Rayvon's talented sister Grace Pettis (filling in for the ailing Anna Joy Harris), and then Ryan Sobb.  Sobb's songs are witty and heartfelt - he is one of my favorite writers these days.  Then, Ryan did a  stunning cover of Tommy Womack's epic, classic "Alpha Male and the Canine Mystery Blood" - which knocked my socks off.

This was what Monday nights can look like in the Nashville area - if you know where to look.

On to the Trending Tuesday shuffle!

Monday, May 6, 2019

Music City Monday Morning Shuffle - Used to Fall Mix

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We are back and it is another Music City Monday - where we take a glance at some great Nashville-centered music from the past and the present.   As usual, we have a good mixed bag of goodies.  So, let's get right to it!

Friday, May 3, 2019

Featured Friday Morning Shuffle - Presto Mix

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It is Friday!  This week has about done me in, so I am ready for the weekend. 

Let's get right to our Featured Friday Shuffle!

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Trending Thursday Morning Shuffle - Pray Like Infidels Mix

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I didn't note it yesterday, but we are already rolling into May! 

I'm short on time - so let me jump right in!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Wild Wednesday Morning Shuffle - Trouble in Transit Mix

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Wow!  So much to talk about, and so little time.  The finale of the Brian Wright and the Sneakups residency was nothing short of spectacular.  A large crowd filled with so many amazing musicians and songwriters. All of the shows were amazing. Brian Wright is an incredible songwriter and performer. His album Lapse of Luxury is guaranteed to be in the top tier. When I named him E2TG Artist of the Year a couple of years back, he already had a long and successful career behind him.  In some ways, he didn't fit the mold of my usual artists of the year (if I even have a mold), but I did it because at that point, he was busy backing other people and working behind the scenes at Cafe Rooster Records, and yet every time he played his own music (either solo or with a band), I was completely blown away.  I am glad to see him working on his own music.  Special guests last night were Nikki Barber of The Minks who performed one of her own songs, and Aaron Lee Tasjan who covered a classic Brian Wright song.

After that, I had the unexpected but wonderful opportunity to go to the Bluebird Cafe for a round featuring Stacey Earle, Mark Stuart (who is her husband), and two people represented in yesterday's shuffle (Jason Ringenberg and Peter Cooper).  I feel compelled to point out that my shuffles are all random, so it was pure coincidence that they were in the shuffle and that I got to go to the show.  Turns out, it was Jason's first time playing the storied venue.  Kind of hard to believe that one of Nashville music's most iconic figures had never played one of Nashville's most iconic rooms.  It was also a super rare chance to see Jason play while sitting down (you could tell it took effort for him not to bounce around).  Peter Cooper demonstrated not only his incredible skills as a songwriter but also his deep understanding and appreciation for Nashville music.  Stacey Earle is a name I've been following for decades in the Nashville music world. She is an wonderful songwriter, has a lovely voice, and is - as Jason said - one of the best rhythm guitar players around.  I wasn't familiar with Mark Stuart's music before last night, but now I want to be.

One final note, I was a huge Atlanta Brave's fan back in the 1980s and early 90s.  I watched almost every game on TBS and knew all the players. Turns out that the daughter of the Braves' centerfield and base stealing phenom from those days - Brett Butler - was working the door at the Bluebird.  Peter Cooper announced that and then did a song he wrote that mentioned the double play combination of Ramirez to Hubbard to Chambliss.   He also performed possible my all time favorite baseball song - "Opening Day".

Onward into the shuffle!