The good folks at Magnolia Roads are putting on their 3rd Annual American Roots Hoedown this coming weekend in Nashville. The two nights of music are being held at two of my favorite venues and features some of my favorite artists, so it seemed a good fit for me to tell you a bit about this event and the people playing. All this week, I will be highlighting a different artist with some information and a short interview.
Next week, I expect to start promoting the E2TG 7th Anniversary Residency at The 5 Spot coming in June. For now, just go ahead and block off every Thursday in June from 6 to 8:30pm. We have a great line up every week. I'm still ironing out some final details... but it's time to get talking about this. I still can't believe it has been almost seven years (it will be seven years in mid-May) since I began this incredible journey. Thanks to everyone who has joined me at some point along the way.
Well, let's see... today is 4/20, it's Record Store Day eve, it is #NationalSchoolWalkoutDay - on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine massacre which did not teach us the lessons it should have.
It is also #FeaturedFriday here at E2TG - the "New Music" playlist topped 600 songs earlier this week - it's just below that number now, but I already have some new music to add to it. I may have to go in and cut some tracks from albums that have been around awhile and been featured pretty heavily. Or not... We shall see.
Well, I finally ventured out of the house last night - to Dee's in Madison. Caught most of the last hour of The One and Only Bill Davis doing his always fun weekly set.
Later, one of my favorite local songwriters Joanna Barbera took the stage playing with a new violin player. Then, she was joined by Dee's co-owner Daniel Walker for a wonderful version of Tom Petty's "Breakdown". Walker did a short set of his own songs. Daniel Walker was followed by E2TG's #1 Most Tagged Artist Ever - Darrin Bradbury. Bradbury's set included some songs from his forthcoming new album - including one that is being covered by Joe Pug!, a brand new song, and some older songs - like "Denim-clad Acid Wash Man" "Swordfish", and even a version of the Big Wilson River song "80 Dead Armadillos". Big Wilson River was Bradbury's band back in New Jersey - and also my (and E2TG's) first exposure to his music. In fact, our crack research department found that "80 Dead Armadillos" was the first Darrin Bradbury/Big Wilson River song featured here - back in July of 2012.
In addition to the great music, I had a cool front porch hang - met some new people, met an on-line friend for the first time, and talked music and life, and I got to hang with a cool, cute dog that belongs to Brad of This Frontier Needs Heroes.
Not bad for a Wednesday night in Madison.
I added a bunch of new music - including some really cool stuff by some legendary UK rockers - one of the new songs showed up today - more will follow soon!
Let's shuffle up our "New Music" playlist and see what is "Trending" on E2TG.
Somehow this topsy-turvy weather of late seems to be right in sync with the topsy-turvy state of this nation, and both of them are making me sick....
But, I press on...
It is Wednesday - mid-week, and this is the day, we at E2TG set aside to get "wild". Wild is in quotation marks because.. well, we basically do what we do every day just drawing on songs from a larger pool - namely every song saved to my phone's memory. The results are predictably unpredictable.
A little over a year ago, I first began posting an occasional "political" commentary on E2TG. As I stated then, it was not something I wanted to do and that I did not really consider most of what I wrote as "political" (although it can be a fine line sometimes). As I intimated then, and still feel strongly today, there should be room at the table for people who hold a wide variety of political and social positions. At it's ideal and best, the United States (and our leaders) should be a shining example of lively debate and measured compromise. Where we find ourselves now is embroiled and entrenched in hyper-partisanship and obstruction. Our elections are compromised in so many ways. The effects of Citizen's United (an Orwellian named law) are devastating to democracy and harmful to the republic. Voter suppression, gerrymandering, and unchecked foreign influences are the nails in the coffin.
I am cautiously hopeful about the mid-term elections, and I still cannot imagine that the current president will last his full term - but even if everything goes the way I want it to, we will still have miles to go...
I try not to let it get me down. I do what I can, but the results are mostly not within my control. Life can still be a beautiful thing. Friendships and family and the beauty of the world. The mysteries of science and time and space surround us.
For me, music remains a source of strength. Songs that comfort, songs that excite, songs that motivate action, songs that inspire....
E2TG has provided me with an incredible opportunity to hear a ton of music that I might otherwise never hear, and to meet talented people who are pushing against long odds and seeming disinterest at times - to do what they feel compelled to do....
So, I push on - as I approach seven years of E2TG - offering my small contribution by putting music out there hopefully in an interesting way.
Let's shuffle the "New Music" playlist on this Trending Tuesday.
The crazy weather continues (not just in Nashville, I know). We had temps in the 80's at the end of last week, rain all day Saturday, cooler weather Sunday, and cold weather with a few snow flurries this morning. Temps are supposed to be up into the 70's later in the week. I say this not to give a weather report, but to say, the change in weather has really had an effect on the state of how I feel - so I laid pretty low most of the weekend - except to help celebrate my radio DJ partner - Sue's birthday on Sunday. It was a wonderful time with wonderful people at a wonderful place (Dee's).
Now, it is time for Music City Monday shuffle. This is the only of my shuffles that comes from a Spotify playlist. It is a huge playlist (ever-expanding) of current and former Nashville area artists and bands. It is an eclectic mix of older music and newer music - crossing musical boundaries.
Well, country music was saved last night, thanks to Buck N Stuff. Their CD release show for their live album Saviors of Country Music: Live at The American Legion Post 82 was held at The American Legion Post 82. There was lots of Buck and a fair amount of Stuff to be had. The awesome Brandy Zdan opened the show. It had been a minute since I saw her perform, and it was a good reminder of how good she is. She was playing songs from her forthcoming album which judging by her performance is going to be amazing.
It's time for our Featured Friday shuffle... The thing I love about playing random shuffles for my daily posts, is the weird things that happen with randomness. If you look at yesterday's shuffle and today's, it might be hard to believe that they came from the same playlist of songs. Yesterday's shuffle was dominated by EDM, industrial, punk, and jazz music. Today's is almost exclusively singer-songwriters (albeit each very unique and different). I don't plan this - it just happens...