Top 20 Songs on Acoustic Pie, December 2011

December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

San Diego’s own Sara Watkins topped the Acoustic Pie Top 20 list this month with a lovely song from her debut self-titled solo album.  Sara is also the fiddler and lead vocalist for Nickel Creek.  When she and her bandmates (brother Sean Watkins and mando player Chris Thile) were grade schoolers, I used to see them perform at That Pizza Place here in San Diego.  They were the novelty act during the headliner’s breaks (John Moore, a fantastic multi-instrumentalist, flatpicker and songwriter).  I remember thinking that Nickel Creek wasn’t a very good name for a band, even a little kids’ band.  Shows how much I knew!

Thanks for voting and for listening everyone!


Top 20 Songs on Acoustic Pie
December 2011
Artist ~ Song ~ Album

1. Sara Watkins ~ My Friend ~ Sara Watkins
2. Deb Talan ~ Tell Your Story Walking ~ A Bird Flies Out
3. Antje Duvekot ~ Long Way ~ The Near Demise of the High Wire Dancer
4. Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova ~ Falling Slowly ~ Once (Collector’s Edition)
5. Sonya Kitchell ~ Train ~ Words Came Back to Me
6. Krista Detor ~ Something Missing ~ A Dream in a Cornfield
7. Kris Kristofferson ~ What About Me ~ Broken Freedom Song: Live from San Francisco
8. Jim Croce ~ Lover’s Cross ~ The 50th Anniversary Collection (2 of 2)
9. Heather Styka ~ Every Chord ~ Travel and Teacups
10. Ellis Paul ~ Hurricane Angel ~ A Summer Night in Georgia
11. Devon Sproule ~ Stop by Anytime (Live) ~ Live in London
12. Ryanhood ~ Born to Run to You ~ The World Awaits
13. Mare Wakefield ~ Dear J ~ Meant to Be
14. Krista Detor ~ Lorca in Barcelona ~ Chocolate Paper Suites
15. Damien Rice ~ Grey Room ~ Live at Fingerprints: Warts and All
16. Abbie Gardner and Anthony da Costa ~ Someday ~ Bad Nights / Better Days
17. Talia Segal ~ Raggedy Andy ~ The Thing Itself
18. Meg Hutchinson ~ Gatekeeper ~ The Living Side
19. John Spillane ~ Gortatogort (The Farm) ~ My Dark Rosaleen and the Island of Dreams
20. Joe Jencks ~ Flame in the Darkness ~ The Candle and the Flame

Top 20 Songs on Acoustic Pie, Nov. 2011

December 3, 2011

I thought, when I began typing this newsletter, that Lisa Hannigan (voted in at no. 1 this month) was a brand new discovery for me.  She’s an Irish singer/songwriter that I stumbled across while browsing eMusic last month.  She has an arresting voice and uses intriguing, sparse arrangements in her songs.  But I realized while reading her Wikipedia entry this very minute that she is the duet (and sometimes lead) vocalist for Damien Rice’s older works such as the haunting “9 Crimes”.  Well, how fun!  So she is definitely no newcomer to Acoustic Pie radio after all and, as attested by her spot in this month’s Top 20, her solo work is quite wonderful.  You’ll hear four of the songs from her new album Passenger in the rotation on the Pie now and I’ve already chosen a slew of songs from her older album Sea Sew for future play.

No. 6 and no. 18 are from Christopher Dallman’s thoroughly delicious new EP album Light the Love.  I love everything Chris does but this latest work is particularly enchanting.

San Diego artists are wonderfully represented on the list by two fine songwriters with gorgeous voices, Nathan Weldon (at no. 9) and Alex Woodard (no. 20).

Thanks for voting and thanks for listening!


Top 20 Songs on Acoustic Pie
November 2011
Artist ~ Song ~ Album

1. Lisa Hannigan ~ Knots ~ Passenger
2. John Zambricki ~ As Is ~ Zambricki
3. Krista Detor ~ Icarus ~ Cover Their Eyes
4. Sarah Jaffe ~ Swelling ~ Suburban Nature
5. Tracy Chapman ~ Remember the Tinman ~ New Beginning
6. Tom Prasado-Rao ~ Peace Be Still ~ Goodnight Regret
7. Christopher Dallman ~ Hard to Breathe ~ Light the Love
8. Tom Kimmel ~ Never Saw Blue Like That ~ Never Saw Blue
9. Nathan Welden ~ Good Times ~ One Step Closer to You
10. Hannah Fair ~ Fancy Things ~ Hannah Fair
11. Deb Talan ~ Tell Your Story Walking ~ A Bird Flies Out
12. Suzanne Vega ~ Bound ~ Close-Up Vol 1, Love Songs
13. Storyhill ~ Highlight ~ Storyhill
14. Sonya Kitchell ~ Train ~ Words Came Back to Me
15. Krista Detor ~ Something Missing ~ A Dream in a Cornfield
16. Jorge Drexler ~ Telon ~ Amar la Trama
17. Gordon Lightfoot ~ For Lovin’ Me ~ Early Morning Rain
18. Christopher Dallman ~ Light the Love ~ Light the Love
19. Barnaby Bright ~ Gravity ~ Gravity
20. Alex Woodard ~ Reno ~ Alex Woodard