Acoustic Pie Newsletter, June 2009

June 9, 2009

Hello and happy summer!

I love the summer.  I love outdoor concerts.  I’ll tell you about a wonderful new outdoor music festival if you keep reading.  Here’s the agenda…

1.  Even When I’m Very Lazy

2.  LA Acoustic Music Festival

3.  For San Diegans Only


1.  Even When I’m Very Lazy

… and I don’t write newsletters for a bit, I still post the Top 20 songs from Acoustic Pie Radio on the first of every month.   You’ll find them in the Acoustic Pie Blog.  I even made a new category for them, “Top 20”, to make them easier to find.  Here they are:  Top 20 Songs on Acoustic Pie

And I update the Featured Artist on the website periodically as well!  This month, David Wilcox will jump out at you from the Acoustic Pie home page.

2.  The LA Acoustic Music Festival

What a glorious place to listen to music.   A brand new outdoor festival took place on June 6-7 on the Santa Monica Pier with fresh air, sunshine and amazing views in every direction.  Perfect weather graced the first ever LA Acoustic Music Festival.  I went all day Sunday and I thought it was fabulous.  It was lightly attended but the organization, the sound, the atmosphere and the performances were top rate!  I surprised myself by how much I enjoyed the traveling Woody Guthrie Tribute show “The Ribbon of Highway” with Jimmy LaFave, Joel Raphael, Sarah Lee Guthrie, Eliza Gilkyson and Slaid Cleaves among others.  It’s a beautifully organized tribute combining Guthrie songs with readings from his other writings.  I think I may just have to buy the album.

I took WAY too many pictures which is my excuse for why they are not yet posted on the website.  It’s going to take me a while to weed through them all!  But I hope to have a new album up by next week.  Hopefully.

3.  For San Diegans Only

I’ve added a few shows to the Acoustic Pie Picks Calendar and I wanted to especially recommend Girlyman at LeStat’s on Saturday, June 20.  I just love that trio.  It will be a huge treat to hear them on one of my favorite coffeehouse stages.

Ok, thanks for reading, everybody!


Top 20 Songs on Acoustic Pie Radio, May 2009

June 1, 2009

I have a confession.  I just spent $44.09 on eBay for a used copy of Deb Talan’s out-of-print and extremely hard to find album Sincerely. Now, I am not a collector, unless you count those Jack-in-the-Box antenna balls that I collect to put on my car antenna so I can find it in a parking lot, but I’ve always wanted that album and somebody thwarted my bidding attempt (was it one of you, hm?) last year at $36.01. But still ~ I’d been feeling a bit self-conscious about the expense and I feel so much better now that I see, once again, that Acoustic Pie listeners have voted two of Deb’s songs into the top of the Top 20 at no. 2 & 4.  So please listen for new (and rare!) Deb Talan tracks next month!

David Wilcox’s new album “Open Hand” (no. 7) is lovely.  Maybe you’ve noticed that he’s the Featured Artist over on the website this month?

I love the acoustic trio Girlyman (no.6 & 20).  In fact, I see they have a new “live” album out! I’ll order a copy today and try to get some new tracks up next week.  And they’re coming to LeStat’s in San Diego on June 20 ~ San Diego listeners, we are in for a treat!

A slew of San Diego artists made the Top 20:  Steve Poltz (no. 5), Michael Tiernan (no. 12), John McGaraghan (no. 14) and Jason Mraz (no. 19).

Thanks for voting and thanks for listening, everyone!


Top 20 Songs on Acoustic Pie, May 2009

Artist ~ Song ~ Album

1. Lucy Kaplansky ~ Song For Molly ~ Lucy Kaplansky ~ Parkinsong Volume One : 38 Songs of Hope
2. Deb Talan ~ Forgiven ~ Something Burning
3. Greg Greenway ~ Rosa Parks ~ Weightless
4. Deb Talan ~ River ~ Rarities
5. Steve Poltz ~ Leavin’ Again ~ One Left Shoe
6. Girlyman ~ St. Peter’s Bones ~ Joyful Sign
7. David Wilcox ~ Dream Again ~ Open Hand
8. Arlo Guthrie ~ In Times Like These ~ In Times Like These
9. Jonathan Byrd ~ Radio ~ The Waitress
10. Tom Dews ~ No More to Roam ~ Driving Dreams
11. Patty Griffin ~ Be Careful ~ 1,000 Kisses
12. Michael Tiernan ~ You Hide ~ Spaces
13. Lori McKenna ~ Fireflies ~ Pieces of Me
14. John McGaraghan and Lee Simpson ~ Big Sky ~ Summertime in California
15. Dale Marsh ~ Johnny Appleseed’s Lament ~ No Turning Back
16. Bob Dylan ~ Lay Lady Lay ~ Biograph
17. Natalia Zukerman ~ Better Me ~ Brand New Frame
18. Krista Detor ~ More Than I Dare Say ~ Wilderness Plots
19. Jason Mraz ~ Plain Jane ~ Hear Music XM Radio Sessions Vol 1
20. Girlyman ~ Commander ~ Hail to the Thieves, Volume III