More festivals, less typing!

March 22, 2014

Hello, all!

I’ve been rethinking the whole Acoustic Pie thing the last few months.  Specifically… how to make this hobby of mine ~ the radio station, website, blog, mailing list, playlist reporting, etc. ~ more fun and less work. So far I’m thinking… more festivals and less typing!

So I’ve been to three festivals in five months and I think I’m on to something!  The Sisters Folk Festival in Sisters, Oregon in September was just as exciting and relaxing as always. Greg Trooper is an artist that everyone should see live. I went to two of his showcases; I wish I’d gone to all three. His recorded work is often sort of country-rock arrangements with drums and bass but listening to him live on stage with just his guitar and harmonica is transfixing ~ a performance full of energy and insight and humor. Try out some YouTube videos for a taste.

I next went to the FAR-West Folk Alliance Regional Conference in Irvine, California in October. My favorite find there was the Canadian acoustic trio Red Moon Road. Great fun on stage, stylish and professional, and their album captures much of what I loved about them. You can screen and download their album on iTunes or Amazon.

And finally, my first national Folk Alliance conference in Kansas City, Missouri in February.  Fun, fun, fun.  They must have had a dozen stages running 30 minute showcases from 6-10pm every night and in every room you’d find a professional show with great sound covering genres from singer/songwriter to traditional folk to country folk to blues to bluegrass.  I’ll be back next year.

Hey, on a side note, I didn’t realize Tylan of Girlyman had released a solo album. It’s absolutely wonderful. You should buy or download it at CD Baby.

Thanks for reading and for listening to the Pie!

~Kelley


Top 20 Songs on Acoustic Pie, June 2013

June 30, 2013

Happy summer, everyone!

Here is this month’s Acoustic Pie Top 20 based on votes by online listeners.  So many of these artists were introduced to me by listeners, friends and family.  Thanks for sharing your favorites with me ;)

A previous Acoustic Pie featured artist has a new album out this month and I’ve added a bunch of tunes from it.  Check out Putnam Smith’s latest release Kitchen, Love when you get the chance.  If you’re the curious type, previous featured artists can be found in the Acoustic Pie Archives.

Thanks!

~Kelley
AcousticPie.com

Acoustic Pie Top 20 Songs
June 2013
Artist ~ Song ~ Album

1. Vienna Teng ~ Now Three ~ Dreaming Through the Noise
2. The Civil Wars ~ 20 Years ~ Barton Hollow
3. Lily Henley ~ Hummingbird ~ Words Like Yours
4. Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova ~ If You Want Me ~ Once (Collector’s Edition)
5. Edward Hartline ~ Enough ~ Candy for Bread Map
6. Suzanne Vega ~ Small Blue Thing ~ Close-Up Vol 1, Love Songs
7. Matt Nathanson ~ Bottom of the Sea ~ Modern Love
8. Matt Nathanson ~ Bent ~ At the Point
9. The Weepies ~ Gotta Have You ~ Say I Am You
10. Tom Kimmel ~ Never Saw Blue Like That ~ Never Saw Blue
11. Reina del Cid & the Cidizens ~ Wonder ~ Blueprints, Plans
12. Matt Costa ~ Sunshine ~ Songs We Sing
13. Donal Hineley ~ Flesh & Bone ~ The Famous Rocket Cage
14. Steve Poltz ~ 10 Chances ~ Chinese Vacation
15. Rachel Garlin ~ Make It Last ~ Bound to Be Mountains
16. Peter Mulvey ~ Mailman ~ Letters from a Flying Machine
17. Peter Mayer ~ My Soul ~ Midwinter
18. Kennedy Rose ~ Sweet in My Heart ~ Volume 3
19. Ed Sheeran ~ The A Team ~ +
20. Damien Rice ~ 9 Crimes ~ 9


Top 20 Songs on Acoustic Pie Radio, May 2013

May 31, 2013

Hi there!

The votes are in and below you’ll find the Top 20 songs for May on Acoustic Pie Radio.

San Diego songwriters are ably represented by Josh Damigo at no. 5 and Gregory Page at no. 10.

Thanks for listening, voting and reading :)

~Kelley
Acoustic Pie

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Top 20 Songs on Acoustic Pie
May 2013

Artist ~ Song ~ Album

1. Ed Sheeran ~ The A Team ~ +
2. Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers ~ Song for Lovers ~ Gifthorse
3. Krista Detor ~ Icarus ~ Cover Their Eyes
4. Laura Cortese ~ Wade On In ~ Acoustic Project
5. Josh Damigo ~ Portland ~ Hope
6. Devon Sproule ~ Come Comet or Dove (Live) ~ Live in London
7. Rachael Yamagata ~ Duet ~ Elephants…Teeth Sinking Into Heart
8. Nina Nastasia ~ Why Don’t You Stay Home ~ On Leaving
9. Kelly Flint ~ Deep Freeze ~ Tribes Hill: We’re All Here
10. Gregory Page ~ Sleeping Dogs ~ Sleeping Dogs
11. Christopher Dallman ~ Light the Love ~ Light the Love
12. Cheryl Wheeler ~ Addicted ~ Cheryl Wheeler
13. Benjamin Gibbard ~ Lady Adelaide ~ Former Lives
14. Kai Welch ~ Send It Down ~ Send It Down
15. Christopher Dallman ~ Hollow High ~ Race the Light
16. Kat Goldman ~ World Away ~ Gypsy Girl
17. The Weepies ~ All That I Want ~ Happiness
18. Vienna Teng ~ Nothing Without You ~ Dreaming Through the Noise
19. The Swell Season ~ All the Way Down ~ Strict Joy [Deluxe Edition]
20. Suzanne Vega ~ Bound ~ Close-Up Vol 1, Love Songs


Top 20 Songs on Acoustic Pie Radio, April 2013

May 1, 2013

The votes are in and listeners’ favorite songs for April are listed below!

Being based in San Diego and rather proud of our songwriting talent, it’s always fun for me to note the local artists who make the Top 20 each month.  For April, the smooth-crooning word-master Jason Mraz was voted in at no. 10 and local wunderkind Sara Watkins, all grown up into a  remarkable and beautiful songwriter, charted at no. 20.

Thanks for listening and for voting!

~Kelley
AcousticPie

Top 20 Songs on Acoustic Pie Radio
April 2013
Artist ~ Song ~ Title

1. Girlyman ~ Easy Pearls ~ Joyful
2. Nicole Vaughn ~ Gutter Leaf ~ Say it
3. Chasing June ~ Beautiful Mess ~ Under the Slate Grey Sky
4. Danny Schmidt ~ Little White Angels ~ Man of Many Moons
5. Dan Gonzalez ~ Two More Things ~ Public Square
6. Alexi Murdoch ~ Crinan Wood ~ Towards the Sun
7. Steve Allain ~ If Only (I Had Known) ~ thirteen
8. Richard Shindell ~ Fishing ~ 13 Songs You May or May Not Have Heard Before
9. Paul Simon ~ April Come She Will ~ The Paul Simon Songbook
10. Jason Mraz ~ Plain Jane ~ Hear Music XM Radio Sessions Vol 1
11. Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer ~ Merlin’s Lament ~ Joy My Love
12. Christopher Dallman ~ Hard to Breathe ~ Light the Love
13. Chris Kokesh ~ Real as a Dream ~ I Never Knew
14. Caroline Herring ~ Maiden Voyage ~ Camilla
15. Antje Duvekot ~ Lighthouse ~ The Near Demise of the High Wire Dancer
16. Amelia Curran ~ Tired Circle ~ Lullabies for Barflies
17. Meg Hutchinson ~ Gatekeeper ~ The Living Side
18. Barnaby Bright ~ Made Up Of ~ Made Up Of
19. The Weepies ~ Painting By Chagall ~ Say I Am You
20. Sara Watkins ~ Where Will You Be ~ Sara Watkins


Top 20 Songs on Acoustic Pie Radio, March 2013

April 2, 2013

Some of my favorite San Diego songwriters were voted into the Top 20 this month: Jason Mraz (at no. 3), Gregory Page (no. 4), and Amber Rubarth (no. 6). Gregory Page is a local San Diego treasure. In fact, I’m writing this newsletter today from Lestat’s coffee house where resides the “Gregory Page Stage”. He’s also a super prolific recording artist (I think I own 19 of his albums and I’m probably missing a few!) but that album All Make Believe might just be my favorite ~ sooooo many beautiful songs. You can sample or download it here at Bandcamp.com.

Live365.com, where Acoustic Pie Radio is hosted, gives me geographical stats of which cities and countries are tuning into Acoustic Pie. When I first started streaming Acoustic Pie Radio, the vast majority of listening hours took place in the San Diego area where I’m based. But nowadays the most Acoustic Pie listeners are, in order by listening hours, in: 1) San Francisco, 2) Los Angeles, 3) New York City, 4) Wheeling – Steubenville (Ohio) and 5) Boston. I really need to look up where Wheeling & Steubenville are… but thanks for listening!

56% of Acoustic Pie listeners are in the U.S. and 13% are tuning in from Canada. Next up, in much smaller doses are Spain, Germany, Brazil, the U.K., Israel and Australia. But people also drop in from over 60 other countries including the Czech Republic, United Arab Emirates, Luxembourg, China and Korea, just to name a few.

No matter where you’re listening, thanks for tuning in and for keeping in touch! I love to hear from you.

~Kelley
AcousticPie.com

Top 20 Songs on Acoustic Pie
March 2013

 Artist ~ Song ~ Album

 1. Cary Cooper ~ Drop in the Bucket ~ Pink Umbrella
2. Meg Hutchinson ~ Song to Ophelia ~ Any Given Day (Live Remastered)
3. Jason Mraz ~ Plain Jane ~ Hear Music XM Radio Sessions Vol 1
4. Gregory Page ~ Strange Birds ~ All Make Believe
5. Kai Welch ~ Broken Wavelength ~ Send It Down
6. Amber Rubarth ~ Washing Day ~ New Green Lines
7. Garth Wilwand ~ The Fields are Empty ~ Eyes of the Hurricane
8. Ray LaMontagne ~ Winter Birds ~ Gossip in the Grain
9. Nicole Simone ~ Melt ~ Nicole Simone
10. Lee Mottram ~ Human Dream ~ 40
11. Christopher Dallman ~ Light the Love ~ Light the Love
12. Arthur Lee Land ~ Serenity ~ Dragonfly
13. Teitur ~ I Was Just Thinking ~ Poetry & Aeroplanes
14. Sarah Jaffe ~ Swelling ~ Suburban Nature
15. Rita Hosking ~ Indian Giver ~ Burn
16. Marketa Irglova ~ The Hill ~ Once (Collector’s Edition)
17. James Hill ~ The Satisfactory Waltz ~ Man with a Love Song
18. David Llewellyn ~ Maybe Tomorrow ~ David Llewellyn
19. Dan Gonzalez ~ Two More Things ~ Public Square
20. Caroline Herring ~ Maiden Voyage ~ Camilla


Top 20 Songs on Acoustic Pie Radio, February 2013

March 1, 2013


The girls in California, they all look the same to me
The way they take for granted living by the sea
They can be your best friends if you don’t expect too much
The girls in California, well they all believe in love.

That’s the opening verse to this month’s no.1 song “Such a Way” by Stephen Kellogg.  The song builds to a beautifully romantic love song as he lyrically searches the country for the girl who moves him “in such a way”.  It’s fun to hear him sing that first verse when he’s singing to an audience of California girls.  He’s uncomfortably aware that he could be offending but the girls, invariably, are enthusiastically forgiving. Here’s a recent example captured on Youtube:

I’ll also mention two newcomers to the Pie on this month’s Top 20:  I met Dulcie Taylor at the FAR-West Folk Alliance get-together last fall.  She’s adorable and her song “Cigarette Smoke” at no. 10 is sweet, nostalgic and unassuming.  Jake Armerding‘s music (at no. 18 ~ I *always* have trouble spelling that name!) was introduced to me by an Acoustic Pie listener and I’m becoming more and more fond of him. Do you like Richard Shindell as much as I do?  There’s a strong similarity in both voice and songwriting.

Sorry, fellow San Diegans, there were no San Diego songwriters voted into the Top 20 this month!

Thanks for voting and for reading!

~Kelley
AcousticPie.com

Top 20 Songs on Acoustic Pie
February 2013
Artist ~ Song ~ Album

1. Stephen Kellogg ~ Such a Way ~ Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers
2. Liz Longley ~ Goodbye Love ~ Hot Loose Wire
3. Ben Lee ~ Ripe ~ Ripe
4. Kat Goldman ~ Letter from Paris ~ Gypsy Girl
5. Sally Barris ~ Angel of the North ~ Wilder Girl
6. Nicole Vaughn ~ Say it ~ Say it
7. Lisa Hannigan ~ Teeth ~ Sea Sew
8. Kerry Patrick Clark ~ Lullaby ~ On the Road to Human Being
9. Justin Roth ~ She Dances ~ Shine
10. Dulcie Taylor ~ Cigarette Smoke ~ Free of this Sorrow
11. Craig Werth ~ My Way or the Highway ~ The Spokes Man
12. Caroline Herring ~ Maiden Voyage ~ Camilla
13. William Fitzsimmons ~ From the Water ~ Gold in the Shadow
14. Vienna Teng ~ Blue Caravan ~ Dreaming Through the Noise
15. Sarah Kenvyn ~ Why ~ This is the Sea
16. Laura Cortese ~ Women of the Ages ~ Acoustic Project
17. Kris Delmhorst ~ Strange Conversation ~ Strange Conversation
18. Jake Armerding ~ I Came Upon Some Love Today ~ Her
19. Ingrid Michaelson ~ Porcelain Fists ~ Slow the Rain
20. Erica Wheeler ~ Harold ~ Good Summer Rain


Top 20 Songs on Acoustic Pie Radio, January 2013

February 1, 2013

A few months ago I got a very nice letter from a long-time listener with a generous serving of recommendations of artists to include on the Pie.  And he wrote that if I only had time to research and play one artist from his list of recommendations that it should be Vienna Teng.  I added healthy doses of many of his suggestions but I’m happy to see that his favorite, Ms. Teng, was voted in at no. 1 this month. Vienna is a charming piano-based songwriter and that song “Blue Caravan” is from her 2010 album Dreaming Through the Noise.

Two San Diego songwriters were voted into the Top 20 this month:  Amber Rubarth at nos. 6 and 10 and Carlos Olmeda at no. 9.

Thanks to everyone who finds the time to send me suggestions and thanks, as always, for listening to Acoustic Pie!

~Kelley
AcousticPie.com
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Top 20 Songs on Acoustic Pie
January 2013
Artist ~ Song ~ Album

1. Vienna Teng ~ Blue Caravan ~ Dreaming Through the Noise
2. Benjamin Gibbard ~ Lady Adelaide ~ Former Lives
3. Antje Duvekot ~ Glamorous Girls ~ New Siberia
4. Liz Longley ~ Unraveling ~ Hot Loose Wire
5. Antje Duvekot ~ The Life of a Princess ~ New Siberia
6. Amber Rubarth ~ Letter from My Lonelier Self ~ A Common Case of Disappearing
7. Rachael Yamagata ~ Duet ~ Elephants…Teeth Sinking Into Heart
8.  James Taylor ~ Something in the Way She Moves ~ Greatest Hits
9.  Carlos Olmeda ~ A Devil Like Me ~ Sensitive Groove
10. Amber Rubarth ~ How Did This Happen ~ A Common Case of Disappearing
11. Sons of the Never Wrong ~ Say Goodbye ~ On A Good Day…I Am
12. Robyn Landis ~ You Don’t Know a Thing ~ Many Moons
13. Meg Hutchinson ~ Hard to Change ~ The Living Side
14. William Fitzsimmons ~ You Still Hurt Me ~ Derivatives
15. Sacha Sacket ~ How Low? ~ Lovers & Leaders
16. Rob Szabo ~ All the Sleepy Souls ~ Life & Limb
17. Nathaniel Talbot ~ Sundown ~ Less Wild
18. Kelly Flint ~ Deep Freeze ~ Tribes Hill: We’re All Here
19. B. W. Stevenson ~ Lonesome Song ~ Lead Free/B.W. Stevenson
20. Alphaeus Taylor ~ The Silent Dissenter ~ War and the Widow


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