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Robert Ellis "What's In It For Me?"

Best laid plans…I was heading back to the Northeast for some fun stuff.  But my flight was cancelled, and they put me on the first plane out in the morning.  Now I have to wake up at 4:30 am, an hour I'm most comfortable facing as the end of my day, rather than the start.  While we were all in line getting our reassignments, I was reminded by a fellow traveler that I should give ‘em hell at the desk, the better to extract compensation for my ‘trouble.’  Like for instance that all my luggage is overnighting in Houston, without me?  Or that I wouldn’t ask anyone to take me to the airport at such an ungodly hour.  What’s in it for me?

That is actually the name of the song we bring you today, from the forthcoming album, Photographs, from 22 year old Houston native Robert Ellis.  This song sounds like stuff I played on the radio back in the 70’s at WHN, but with a candor that was not regarded as appropriate back then, when we still clothed things in as euphemistically as possible.  Though we taped him solo, Robert Ellis & The Boys are playing to accolades, so catch them when you can. Photographs, hits the street on July 5th.  We can’t wait to see what happens next.  Here is “What’s In It For Me?” from the Music Fog Marathon at Threadgill’s in March.

-- Jessie Scott


Over the Rhine "Oh Yeah By the Way"

This week, Music Fog will hit 4 million views on YouTube. We thank you for coming back to our site, and for sharing us with your friends and family. Running down some quick stats, the most recent million took less than three months. By comparison, the first million views were 18 months in the making. What does this all mean? I have no idea, but we know the seismic shift is underway, from old media to new, and we ride that wave wherever it is taking us.

When Music Fog started, it was to bring you Americana music, to forge out a spot for music discovery, to shine a light on worthy musicians, as well as to cast an eye on the superb technical skills and bedside manner of the Foggers. We are more accomplished now than when we started, and we stand at the ready to create documentaries, shows, DVDs, Pay Per View concerts, and live webcasts. This is the brave new world we are talking about, the new world order, and the past is crumbling. But the really good news about all this is that music is not dead, in fact it is just the opposite, there is so much great stuff out there that it is hard to keep up!

Today's video is an homage to love not working out. To write from the heart, to explore the nooks and crannies of emotion, and to lay bare the sorrow,the regret, the vulnerability.  We have moved on, but if only we could have done it differently, if, if, if...  All delivered with a delicious melancholy. Here is Over the Rhine from their most recent album, The Long Surrender, which was recorded with GRAMMY® winning producer, Joe Henry. This song, "Oh Yeah By The Way," was written by Linford Detweiler. Here is the Music Fog recording from Americana Fest in Nashville last September.

-- Jessie Scott

Oh Yeah By the Way - The Long Surrender (Exclusive Version)