Monday, December 30, 2019

E2TG 2019 Recap - Part 13 - Kidney Stone Mix (Supermarket Remix)

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Well, we have reached he final post for 2019!  And Part 13 of our 2019 Recap.  Still more recaps to come. Stay tuned.

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 27, 2019

E2TG 2019 Recap - Part 12 - Turned 21 Mix (Bruce Songs Remix)

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Back from the holiday for another edition of our 2019 Recap.  Hope everyone is well.  Right now, it looks like we will wrap up our 2019 Recap next week (I'm off Tuesday and Wednesday).  Then, the following week, I will be off Monday and Tuesday.  I am thinking I will reveal the 2019 Artist/Band of the Year on those days and maybe some special programming.  Look for the new E2TG v3.0 to slowly be revealed starting the following week.

Monday, December 23, 2019

E2TG 2019 Recap - Part 11 - Insane Mix (Sex Riot Remix)

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2019 was a big year for E2TG.  We kept things pretty simple.  We did a few song and/or video premieres and hosted a five week 8th Anniversary Residency, but mostly, we featured a ton of music via the tried and true E2TG Morning Shuffles.

I have big things in store for 2020.  Things might not kick off right with the changing of the year, but they will come soon.

Joe on the Radio:

Christmas Day, I have volunteered to sub for some of the great shows on WXNA.  Here is when you can catch me:  101.5FM in Nashville or everywhere

12/25/2019  (All Times Central)

9-10AM - I will be subbing for What Moves Me and playing some of my all-time favorite Christmas songs (old and more recent).

5-7PM - I will subbing for the fabulous Eargasm, and playing a selection of favorites from 2019.  This time span will feature both music featured on E2TG plus some other songs I dug this year.

10-11PM and 11PM-1AM  - I will be subbing for I'll Sleep When I'm Dead and Dustbin Days and playing two hours of local (Nashville) favorites from 2019 and one hour of non-local favorites.  These will mostly be music featured on E2TG.

Double Shot has one more show in 2019 - Saturday 12/28 from 9-11AM - Sue and I will playing songs that reflect things that are "new" to us.

Let's continue on  now with our recap of 2019!

Friday, December 20, 2019

E2TG 2019 Recap - Part 10 - Big Ol' Party Mix (Apathetic Moon Remix)

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Wow!  This year is winding down quick.  Let's jump into Part 10 of our End of 2019 Recap.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

E2TG 2019 Recap - Part 9 - Shine On Mix (Toxic Remix)

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Time is short!  Here is the Shuffle for today!

"Do the Damn Thing" by Tino Drima (from Suitin' Up)

"Can't Get Enough of You" by Reckless Johnny Wales and His Trans Genre Orchestra (from End It With a Love Song)

A year with new Reckless Johnny is a good year.  This time, he is in a bit of a romantic mood. 

"Ghost" by Rod Picott (from Tell the Truth Shame the Devil)

So pleased to get to cover Rod Picott's excellent album this year.  One of Nashville's absolute finest. 

"Josh Gibson" by Coyote Motel (Ted Drozdowski) (from Coyote Motel)

Ted Drozdowski takes things in a new direction with the first of two albums released by his new Coyote Motel project. 

"360 No Scope" by Ghost Town Remedy (from 360 No Scope - single)

We got the chance to premier this fun video from a great Nashville rock band. 

"Nothing To Do With You" by Charlie Hager (from Truth and Love)

Charlie Hager may have moved to Vegas, but make no mistake - this is a REAL Nashville album.  He remains an important part of the community here. 

"Ginger Ale and Lorna Doones" by Amy Speace (from Me and the Ghost of Charlemagne)

Sometimes I get lucky and get invited to CD release parties and sometimes I get really lucky and that party is for the new album by the one and only Amy Speace. 

"State of Mind" by Eye Said So; Taeryn Rayne (from Eye Said So)

"Who Cares" by David G. Smith (from Who Cares)

"Shine On" by Steve Poltz (from Shine On)


Wednesday, December 18, 2019

E2TG 2019 Recap - Part 8 - Butterfly Mix (Moonlighting Remix)

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Took on the last $2 Tuesday last night with E2TG fave Jason Erie, Rhyan Sinclair, host Derek Hoke, and Ward Hayden and the Outliers (whose Don't Judge a Book album we covered here this year).  In the late night hour, an uplifting full-band set from Jon Latham - featuring some Christmas tunes and special guests.  It was exactly the sort of night I needed.

Let us jump back into our recap of 2019.  Some cool music today.  Dig it!

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

E2TG 2019 Recap - Part 7 - Potholes Mix (Murder of Crows Remix)

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Back at it today.  I am sad to report that my father passed away over the weekend, and that has kept me away for a few days.

As always, music is a great solace. We likely won't get through the whole #2019Faves playlist before the end of the year, but you know what - there is no rule that says a end of the year recap needs to be complete before the end of the year.  So, we will just move forward and see where things take us.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

E2TG 2019 Recap - Part 6 - Storms Mix (Stars Remix)

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More details later, but I will be playing three hours of my favorites from 2019 (so three hours out of the ten + that I had on this playlist) on Christmas night on WXNA - into the wee small hours of the morning.

107 songs left in the playlist - short list today due to a few very long songs.  It will be very close if we get all of the playlist featured.  We shall see...

Another shuffle that really shows off the diversity of the music we feature here at E2TG.  Grateful for the chance to hear and write about the exciting things that are happening all over the planet with music.  I think of E2TG as a rebuttal to people who say there isn't any good music these days.  I also want it to be a resource for people who get tired of hearing and reading about the same five to ten artists that seem to get 90% of the coverage.  In many cases, those are wonderful artists who are making important music, but I like to remind people that those few are - just the surface of what is out there. In fact, the music I feature is just scratching a surface.  In spite of the financial challenges of making music in the second decade of the 21st Century, the call to create remains strong. 

Off we go!

Monday, December 9, 2019

E2TG 2019 Recap - Part 5 - Porchlight Mix (Arcadia Remix)

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I am back after an unexpectedly long weekend.  I was under the weather Friday and so I stayed home. 

I did make it out to the 14th Annual Get Behind the Mule: Tom Waits Tribute and Benefit at The 5 Spot on Saturday.  As always, it was an incredible event that raised money to support an organization that has been working to combat the issues of hunger in the Middle  Tennessee for as long as I can remember.  I actually have a 1985 vinyl compilation of local musicians that was done as a benefit for 2nd Harvest. 

This year's tribute featured several of my favorite local artists (like Sally Jaye - backed by Brian Wright and Jon Latham - all two E2TG Artists of the Year, and one member of an E2TG Band of the Year), Laura Rabell, Raygun, Tom Mason, Afton Wolfe, Annie McCue, Ned Hill, Anana Kaye, Kevin Gordon and more!  What a great night!

Back to the recap of 2019.  We still have 114 songs left (after today).  You can get a preview of what is still to come on these recaps by visiting the Spotify Playlist I created.

The list today is a good representation of the diversity of music we have been fortunate enough to feature over the course of 2019.  Some only made one appearance, and some are from albums that we returned to time and again. 

Let' go!

Thursday, December 5, 2019

E2TG 2019 Recap - Part 4 - No Roses Mix (Theresa Remix)

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Our recap of 2019 rolls on.  E2TG has always been primarily about presenting artists that you might miss out on if you only read or follow some of the more mainstream music blogs and sites. My decision to make this a focus of E2TG came from a point in my life when I felt like I had gotten out of touch with new music.  I wasn't really interested in a lot of the music that certain outlets (which I had previously followed) were writing about. A few things happened that made me realize that there was a ton of great music that seemed just out of reach. 

Over the years, as E2TG has grown and become a little more known (at least in certain circles), I have been fortunate to connect with some great publicists who send me a wide variety of great music. Some of which ends up being by some well-known artists, but I still try to dig through my direct artist  submissions to find a hidden gem or two or three. 

What I am trying to say is that I am quite proud of the quantity and quality of the music I have been able to present this year.  I think the Spotify playlist I created reflects this.  As I mentioned, I have been removing songs as I include them in these recaps - just so that each shuffle is unique and so that we can get to as many of the 160 or so artists we featured this year.  I hope you enjoy this recap.

On we go!

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

E2TG 2019 Recap - Part 3 - Daylight Mix (Island Remix)

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Beach Notes (explained - sort of)

One thing I want to do with the revamp of E2TG is to write about my experiences in the (East) Nashville music community, and I want to do so while finding a specific "voice" in telling these stories.   Over the last couple of months, I have been teasing the concept of "Beach Notes" on my Facebook page. Basically short - stream of consciousness, observations. Why "Beach Notes"?  Well, I have my reasons.  Basically, it goes back to Darrin Bradbury's song "Exile on Myrtle Beach" which may not entirely be about the South Carolina community.  That's all I will say for now.

Beach Notes 12-3-2019 $2 Tuesday
It promised to be a good one. I mean $2 Tuesday's are all good (or at least I can't remember one that wasn't), but this one - well, I knew (or at least knew of) everyone playing, and I would get to meet Mark Cline Bates whose album King of the Crows was among my favorites of 2019 and hear him perform.  
The night got off to an auspicious start - Jon and Adrienne were already there when I got there. I caught up with Jon and our talk turned to the intersection of punk rock and Americana music. As it does.  It was good to catch up. 
Serious conversations about the challenges of life and aging and ailing parents. A math professor originally from Holland told a joke in Saxon. (Yeah, it was that kind of night).  The 5 Spot is always a good place for people watching.  You see all kinds of people there. As an observer of human behavior, I like to see how people behave. Go figure. 
The music was top-notch - which almost goes without saying.  Mark Cline Bates, Stephie James, Clark Paterson, host Derek Hoke, and Jon Byrd and a particularly potent version of Byrd's Auto Parts (David Conrad, Justin Amaral, Leo Grassl, Diego on Trombone, and Nick Beaudoing (of Runner of the Woods) on accordion.)  With Tim Hibbs holding down the 1s and the 2s spinning $1 finds from a New York trip. We were all singing along at some points, and I had to tell a younger person what "Back on the Chain Gang" by The Pretenders was. 
$2 Tuesday is about the music and the community and the $2 Yazoos, and it is about expecting the unexpected.   Once again, I think how cool it is to live where I do and how cool it is that Derek Hoke started and has continued this weekly tradition for so long. 

Now - let's jump back into our recap of 2019!


Tuesday, December 3, 2019

E2TG 2019 Recap - Part 2 - Last Supper Mix (Drunk Firefly Remix)

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Looking into the 2020, I want E2TG to better reflect the things happening around music that I find notable and interesting, and I want to be more responsive to submissions that fall outside of the shuffle concept.  Although the shuffle has served me well, at times, I will get a single that I am really interested in writing about but it may take a long time for that one song to come up in a shuffle.

At the same time, it has become necessary to redistribute how I use my time and it is also time for me to look into forging some partnerships to provide more content (dare I use that word?) for the site. That is where I feel I being led as we begin the 10th year of E2TG. I am excited, and I hope you will join me on this new adventure.

First, though, we need to wrap up 2019 and we are doing so by revisiting some of the great music we featured during the year. Today's shuffle overall has a more experimental/alternative feel to it. Let's dig in!

Monday, December 2, 2019

E2TG 2019 Recap - Part 1 - The Auteur Mix (Zachary Remix)

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And we are back.  Hope everyone stateside had a great Thanksgiving, and that everyone else had a good end of last week and great weekend.  We have reached December.  And here at E2TG, it is time to start our review of 2019. As I reported last week, I have created a Spotify playlist - highlighting the music and artists we featured in 2019.  Even limiting the playlist to one song per artist (or album in some cases), we still ended up with over 10 hours of music. So, what with all the holidays and other days off, it is definitely time to start our review.  Over the month, I will start adding some new features to represent our change over to E2TG V3.0 in 2020. That will include highlighting some upcoming and recent music that didn't make its way to us in time to make the 2019 listings

Here is the Playlist - if you want to peruse.  I will be removing songs once we list them here in a shuffle. So, the songs below will not be on the playlist any more.

By the way, since I have been featuring these songs all year, I will not be writing about each song, you can search the site for more information, but I will be highlighting certain artists and albums throughout the month.

Just a quick word about what to expect from E2TG V3.0 which I have been teasing for a few weeks.  Well, it is still a work in progress, but what I have in mind is a more collaborative site - featuring content from others.  More feature oriented - with spotlights on whatever comes up and is interesting. The shuffle will always and forever be an important part of the E2TG experience, but it will no longer be the primary outlet for featuring new music.  Rather, it will go back to the roots be more like the Wild Wednesday shuffles (a mix of old and new music).   Expect, recurring features on upcoming releases, a E2TG Featured Spoitify playlist which will refresh weekly (or so), some writing about the Nashville community, and who knows.

If you are reading this and would like to be part of this journey by submitting content, please reach out. is a great way to reach me.

Here is our first recap shuffle for 2019. Enjoy!