Music I'm Enjoying

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It's a great time for music. There's an abundance of creativity in the air, a boom in innovation and imagination, and great new ways to reach people globally that are a series of firsts in history for musicians and songwriters. You tube and the Internet have changed everything. The old gatekeepers no longer have a monopoly on who is allowed into the arena, old radio is dead or dying, old media the same, and the world wide web is wide open and ripe with possibilities. There's no more gate to keep! No one is in charge. It's a free for all. And really, that’s a good thing. Because so many artists could not shape themselves into the pretzel that old media demanded before allowing entrance, they were shut out Today, the game has changed. It's becoming easier for the cream to rise to the top. It's a vastly different world then it was when I entered the music business in 2000, and it's an exciting time. Sure, it's hard to get heard because there's so much happening now, (it's like trying to drink from an open fire hydrant there's so much out there now), but what a good problem to have! It's a great time to be alive, and to be an artist and a fan of original music.

Here's a few of the people I've been enjoying, a few artists I'd like to share with you l because I love them, enjoy their work, and believe they have something valuable to offer. Let me know what you think, it's would be great to hear from you.

CW Stoneking

We played a show with him on BBC Radio Scotland as part of the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow. He's amazing, check him out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Mclo3kYr9Y

Fred Eaglesmith

My friend, my hero, my mentor, my favorite songwriter. 'Nuff said.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWMu2BE_z6A

Gretchen Peters

An absolutely gifted and amazing artist, with a fantastic new CD out now.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUyOFlF9K1E

Lori McKenna

What a great song, what a great songwriter, what a great CD.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NM5BkV-qEJU

Ruthie Foster

New CD just out, Let It Burn. She's a true BAD ASS!!!  She's got it, and then some.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxP4o-fLkFY

Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings

Seven years in the making, and finally, here it is. The Harrow and The Harvest. A new record from one of the most amazing duo's that have ever walked the earth. They are truly timeless, operating outside of time as I know it. They are time travelers, and we are lucky to be able to see perform live in our time. If they are playing near you, you gotta go see them. It never ceases to amaze me how good they are live. Truly, truly great.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37u3_659fXk