Acoustic Pie Newsletter, August 2008

Hi, Everybody!

I have such a good reason for having put off the newsletter these last few weeks! You see, I was planning to write this brilliant blog about music lessons. It would have been really enlightening as well as entertaining. And I decided to wait to send out this newsletter so that I could be sure and mention the blog to you. Yes, ok, so I never got around to writing the blog. Maybe next month?

Here’s what’s on my mind today:

1. New Featured Artist: Jonathan Byrd
2. Acoustic Pie Radio Turns 6 Years Old
3. Top 30 Songs for July
4. For Locals Only ~ Some San Diego Stuff

1. New Featured Artist: Jonathan Byrd

There’s a new featured artist on Acoustic Pie this month. On my first day at the Sisters Folk Festival last year, I kept noticing this handsome, lanky man in a cowboy hat wandering the streets of Sisters, OR. It turned out that Jonathan Byrd and I were on the same mission that afternoon ~ trying to find Sisters’ only coffee house (it’s a good one). And his first show at the Bronco Billy’s stage was a pure delight. I’m very happy that he’ll be performing at the festival again in a few weeks and I’m so looking forward to hearing him. This festival is logistically magical (if there is such a concept). It’s beautifully run and beautifully situated.

If you want more samples, there’s another Jonathan Byrd song and video posted on my MySpace page this month.

2. Acoustic Pie Radio Turns 6 Years Old

Yes, Acoustic Pie Radio celebrated its sixth birthday last month. The stream went live on July 17th, 2002. I started the radio stream because my two favorite Internet stations had gone off the air, the broadcasters were worried about increased fees from the new digital copyright laws. I started the station so that I could listen to my favorite singer/songwriters at work but what a treat it was to see that other people were soon beginning to listen as well. One of my very first fan letters came from Japan. I dug it up to share with you:

Hellow I love this station. I like this kind of
music. but also country & these days bluegrass
too. Send us more good music. Take care.
by Gonzo.

Well, it was pretty exciting at the time :) And I still love to hear from listeners and am always discovering new artists thanks to your recommendations.

3. Top 30 Songs for July

And speaking of your recommendations! Thanks to everybody who kept insisting I should watch the movie “Once”. You were right! I loved it and I loved the songs. I bought the Collector’s Edition of the album and added four songs to Acoustic Pie. And, as you can see, “If You Want Me” made it into the Top 20 for the month of July.

4. For Locals Only ~ Some San Diego Stuff

And speaking of the movie “Once”! The songwriting duo is coming to San Diego as The Swell Season on Friday, Oct. 3. Anybody wanna come with? I’m expecting it to be a wonderful show and am planning on making it the Pick of the Month.

Also, you may have noticed that I won’t be maintaining the local show calendar any more? There are now so many good resources for finding shows that I’m hoping you’ll hardly miss it.

If you’re still with me, thanks for reading! Let me know how you’re doing! You may write to me directly via email or post a public comment on the blog.



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