Acoustic Pie Newsletter, March 2009

March 9, 2009


Here’s what’s new and different at Acoustic Pie right now…

1.  New Featured Artist: Nathan Welden

2.  For San Diegans Only:  New Highly Recommended Shows Calendar


1. New Featured Artist:  Nathan Welden

Pop over to the Acoustic Pie home page to see the new featured artist Nathan Welden.  Nathan is a San Diego singer/songwriter whom Indie Edge describes as “a fresh fusion of James Taylor and Jim Croce”.  All I can say is, ohmygosh, what a beautiful voice.  There are bunches of songs to listen to on his webpage and his MySpace page.  And his new album Live Your Song is a lovely concoction of acoustic simplicity.  Listen to samples from it and buy it at my favorite online CD store CD Baby.

2. For San Diegans Only:  New Highly Recommended Shows Calendar

Although I’m not maintaining the full singer/songwriter show calendar any more (big whew on that one), I am going to do a mini-calendar of highly recommended shows and continue to do “Pick of the Month” shows when there’s something really special going on.  Right now there are three special upcoming shows on the Highly Recommended Shows calendar so check it out!

In particular, my friend Carole will be hosting a house concert for the Arkansas contemporary folkgrass duo Still on the Hill on this Thursday, March 12!  Also very dear friends of mine, Kelly & Donna just had a #1 album Ozark on the Folk DJs listserv and Carole’s house concert will be the kick-off for their California tour.  It will be a very exciting show!  I’ll be making peanut butter cookies!  More information and RSVP details are on the web flyer here.

And… this month’s Featured Artist Nathan Welden will be releasing his new album Live Your Song on March 21.  I will definitely be there!  Hope to see you, too!

Thanks for reading, everybody!


Top 20 Songs on Acoustic Pie Radio, February 2009

March 1, 2009

Deb Talan of The Weepies is at #1, 2 and 9 this month!  Deb doesn’t just have a gorgeously miraculous and unmistakable voice. She is also among my very favorite lyricists.  Her lyrics have a natural, conversational feel yet are still perfectly married to the song’s melody and rhythm with wonderful rhymes and interesting metaphors.  In “Unraveling” (no. 2), the narrator is a “river of tangled string” which is “unraveling” while “the truth is under your sole, like a pebble, it makes you limp and sway, but it will out someday”.   Go to the “Discography” section of The Weepies’ website to see where you can buy all of their albums.

San Diego artists are very well represented this month!  Nathan Welden (soon to be the Featured Artist at Acoustic Pie ~ stay tuned and please check out his new album at CD Baby) at no. 13, Berkley Hart at no. 17 and Calman Hart (um, yes, of the duo Berkley Hart) at no. 20.

Thanks for voting, thanks for listening!


Artist ~ Song ~ Album

1. Deb Talan ~ Rocks and Water ~ A Bird Flies Out
2. Deb Talan ~ Unraveling ~ A Bird Flies Out
3. Robert Earl Keen ~ Not A Drop Of Rain ~ Gravitational Forces
4. Lori McKenna ~ How To Survive ~ Unglamorous
5. Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer ~ Ordinary Town ~ Drum Hat Buddha
6. Richard Thompson ~ Persuasion ~ Live from Austin TX
7. Reg Meuross ~ Jealous ~ Short Stories
8. Eliza Gilkyson ~ Easy rider ~ Your Town Tonight
9. Deb Talan ~ Forgiven ~ Something Burning
10. Ben Bedford ~ Lincoln’s Man ~ Lincoln’s Man
11. Tracy Grammer ~ Dave Carter’s ‘Mother, I Climbed’ ~ Flower of Avalon
12. Peter Mayer ~ Like a Mountain ~ Million Year Mind
13. Nathan Welden ~ Good Times ~ One Step Closer to You
14. Mary Chapin Carpenter ~ Stones In The Road ~ Stones In The Road
15. Johnsmith ~ Down A Gravel Road ~ To The Four Directions
16. Charlotte Kendrick ~ Caroline ~ North of New York
17. Berkley Hart ~ Runnin For the Texas Line ~ Wreck’N Sow
18. Tom Dews ~ No More to Roam ~ Driving Dreams
19. Claire Hamill ~ Crying Under the Bedclothes ~ The Minor Fall, The Major Lift
20. Calman Hart ~ Barrel Of Rain ~ The John Boy Drum