Top 20 Songs on Acoustic Pie, December 2010

I’m always happy to see Jonathan Byrd on the Top 20 list, especially at no. 1 as he is this month.  He’s the sort of contradiction that makes music resonate for me ~ a literate, lyrical poet with a beautifully natural, rootsy sound.

The Tom Waits album I stumbled across last month, The Early Years, is similar in that way.  But as much as I loved The Early Years, I did hesitate to add so many songs to the Acoustic Pie stream.   I don’t think the songs were intended for public release and there are serious pitch problems, especially with the guitar!  But I took the leap and I was happy to see that none of you hit the “Don’t Like” button or changed the channel during the Waits’ songs.  I hope that you found, as I did, that the songs are astonishingly beautiful despite (or because of?) the raw performances.  “I Want You” (the song voted in at no. 6 this month) has to be one of the simplest yet prettiest love songs on the stream.

San Diegans always claim Tom Waits as one of our own.  The credentials are a little sketchy but I’ll accept the precedent and say that he’s joined this month in the Top 20 by San Diego’s highly credentialed and in-residence artists The Donnis Trio (no. 17).

Thanks for listening and thanks for all of the holiday greetings, too!  I love hearing from you!


Artist ~ Song ~ Album

1.  Jonathan Byrd ~ The Law & the Lonesome ~ The Law and the Lonesome
2.  Patty Griffin ~ Heavenly Day ~ Patty Griffin: Live from the Artists Den
3.  Mark Erelli ~ Hope Dies Last ~ Delivered
4.  Karla Anderson ~ Hold On ~ King Easy Radio Sampler, Volume 5
5.  Ellis Paul ~ Hurricane Angel ~ A Summer Night in Georgia
6.  Tom Waits ~ I Want You ~ The Early Years
7.  Deb Talan ~ Rocks and Water ~ A Bird Flies Out
8.  The Chapin Sisters ~ Drop Me ~ Lake Bottom LP
9.  Brian Vardigans ~ Springhill ~ Springhill
10.  Tom Kimmel ~ Pages ~ Light of Day
11.  Peter Mulvey ~ Road to Mallow ~ Kitchen Radio
12.  Patty Griffin ~ Tomorrow Night ~ 1000 Kisses
13.  Krista Detor ~ Recklessness & Rust ~ Chocolate Paper Suites
14.  John Spillane ~ Soon Child ~ Will We Be Brilliant or What?
15.  Jennifer Leonhardt ~ Dido ~ Minstrel’s Daughter
16.  Emily Kurn ~ If I Am an American ~ Things Change
17.  The Donnis Trio ~ Bound to Find My Way ~ All Directions
18.  Cheryl Wheeler ~ Since You’ve Been Gone ~ Defying Gravity
19.  B. W. Stevenson ~ On My Own ~ Lead Free/B.W. Stevenson
20.  Matt Nathanson ~ Angel ~ At the Point


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