Archive for August, 2011


My Morning Jacket at the Mann

I realize this was last week but check it out.

This show rocked. They definitely lived up to the hype. With there endless hooks and ambient jams, MMJ is gonna be around for a while. Jim James is a rockstar. He headbangs throughout the show. At one point he was playfully swinging his guitar around, creating some sweet effects. Check a live show if you can. They are for sure one of the top 5 live acts in the nation right now.

My Morning Jacket
The Mann Center
Aug 23, 2011

Victory Dance
You Wanna Freak Out
Off The Record
The Way That He Sings
I’m Amazed
Lay Low
Slow Slow Tune
Smokin’ From Shootin’ >
Run Through (end)
First Light
Touch Me Im Gonna Scream pt 2
Movin Away
Phone Went West

Wordless Chorus
The Day Is Coming
Highly Suspicious
Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around (Tom Petty Cover w Neko Case)
Holdin Onto Black Metal
One Big Holiday


Philly Folk Fest 2k11: 50 Years

The time has come again. The Philly folk fest is about to embark yet another year. A monumental year at that. On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the largest and oldest continuously running folk fest in the USA today, I am reminded of where it began. When it began. Throughout the last 50 years we have seen a number of amazing musicians come through the Folk Fest. Just for giggles, I decided to go ALL the way back to the year 1962, the First Philadelphia Folk Fest. Legendary names such as Pete Seeger, Ramblin Jack Elliot, Reverend Gary Davis were among the artist who performed that year. These are our folk heroes! 50 years later we have seen Bob Dylan (in 1963), Jim Croce, Jackson Brown, Judy Collins, Doc Watson, Allison Kraus, Steve Earle, Jeff Tweedy and Many more. Take in the history. Love it. Embrace the new…

This year the Folk Fest welcomes newcomers Jessica Lea Mayfield, The Levon Helm Band, The Wood Brothers, Arlo Guthrie, Justin Townes Earle, David Wax Museum, Trombone Shorty, Jorma Kaukonen, Joel Plaskett, etc.

Needless to say, I am fired up!

In addition we get to see perennial campground favorites, The Philadelphia Jug Band, on stage this year. Give me a big HI-OH for that! Also Philly locals Hoots and Hellmouth who are always sure to bring the house down. Get ready for some awesome. Camp if you can, it is totally worth it!

Find out more info at

Check out this youtube video about the 1st folk fest:

Stay tuned to Shady Groove for more on the Philly Folk Fest as it unfolds. See you there!


Shady Groove Podcast #30: Slightly Funky


Well, Well. 30 podcasts down. Many more to come…

My objective when I started this blog and podcast was to educate, and entertain.  I want to bring you some great music that maybe you don’t hear everyday.  Introduce you to some rare gems that may or may not be in your iPods or cd players or on your turntables.  I’m interested in the b-sides.  The rarities.  The songs on the album that are not the radio hits.  That is where the real magic occurs.  When a band makes an album they put a great deal of effort into deciding where a given song may go on the album, so that the album “flows”, or tells a story. I hope that you all make an effort to listen to the “whole” album. It really makes a difference in the overall feel.  So listen to the SG podcasts, be entertained, and buy the album if you like the song.

Anyway, enough rambling by me.  Check out podcast #30.  Just another bomb set of music from your favorite blogger.

SG Podcast #30 includes these musical musings:

10cc – Dreadlock Holiday ++ Junior Murvin – Police and Thieves ++ Talking Heads – (Nothing But) Flowers ++ Booker T. & The MG’s – Hang Em High ++ Booker T. Jones (feat. Matt Berninger & Sharon Jones) – Representing Memphis ++ Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings – I’m Not Gonna Cry ++ Uncle Tupelo – New Madrid ++ Bow Thayer – Wingless Angels ++ Eddie Spaghetti – Some People Say ++ Cake – You Part The Waters ++ Paul McCartney and Wings – Let Me Roll It ++ The Strokes – Undercover of Darkness ++ Taj Mahal – Fishin’ Blues ++ The Gourds – High Highs and Low Lows

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SG’s Very Own: This Day in Music

On this day in 1966 (actually yesterday Aug 8):
In response to John Lennon’s remark about The Beatles being bigger than Jesus, The South African Broadcasting Corporation banned all Beatles records.
The Beatles also released their album, Revolver, in the US on this day. It spent 77 weeks on the Billboard chart, peaking at #1.

Also on this day  (Aug 8) in 1969:
The photo session for the cover of The Beatles ‘Abbey Road’ album took place on the crossing outside Abbey Road studios. Photographer Iain McMillan, balanced on a step-ladder in the middle of the road took six shots of John, Ringo, Paul, and George walking across the zebra crossing while a policeman held up the traffic. The band then returned to the studio and recorded overdubs on ‘The End’, ‘I Want You (She’s So Heavy)’ and ‘Oh! Darling’.

On another note:

Check out Atmosphere’s song Guns and Cigarettes. Laden with references to the occasion, they say there gonna be “bigger than jesus and bigger than wrestling, bigger than The Beatles and bigger than breast implants”.


Drop The Needle On Shady Groove Podcast #29

As you may have noticed, SG has been out of the podcast game for the last month.  I know, I know, you all would like to know where I have been.  Has there been a problem?  Is Shady Groove going to continue?

Well, to answer your questions, SG is doing just fine.  Let’s just say there were some technical difficulties with my hosting site and the problem has been remedied.  We have taken that time off to update our website and our podcast playback abilities.

So Welcome to the NEW Shady Groove!!!

It felt great dropping this weeks podcast.  Tracks included these gems:

Podcast #29:

The Wood Brothers – One More Day ++ Joe Pug – Messenger ++ Kings Of Leon – Back Down South ++ Taj Mahal – Queen Bee ++ Toots and the Maytals – Pomps and Pride ++ Ramsay Midwood – Spinnin On This Rock ++ Band Of Horses – Laredo ++ Wilco – Jesus, Etc. ++ Gomez – Options ++ Hayes Carll – Heaven Above ++ Bob Marley and the Wailers – Time Will Tell ++ Jessica Lea Mayfield – Our Hearts Are Wrong ++ Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings – This Land Is Your Land ++ The Gourds – Pill Bug Blues

relax. enjoy.

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