Top 20 Songs on Acoustic Pie, December 2012

December 31, 2012

On this, the last day of 2012, I make note of the variety, in particular the mix of the old and new, that are voted into the Top 20 almost every month. Krista Detor, a perennial favorite of yours and mine, appears at no. 4 *and* no. 8 this month. When I look at the new artists on the Top 20 list, Adrienne Frailey stands out as one that you might be particularly interested in. And that song, “My Gloomy Poem” at no. 3, is a particularly sweet, piano-accompanied, sad and wistful love-lost ballad. You can check out the CD or MP3 versions of that album Definitely at CD Baby

San Diego songwriters are also represented with a mix of old and new this month: Jeffrey Joe Morin, a newcomer to the Pie, debuts at no. 9 while Berkley Hart, San Diego’s favorite acoustic duo and among the first artists ever to appear on the Acoustic Pie stream, were voted in at no. 11 with a song from their newest album Crow.

Happy New Year, everyone! And thank you for listening to Acoustic Pie and for letting me know what you think.


Top 20 Songs on Acoustic Pie
December 2012

Artist ~ Song ~ Album

1. Wailin’ Jennys ~ Asleep at Last ~ Bright Morning Stars
2. Brindl ~ Pink ~ Shine
3. Adrienne Frailey ~ My Gloomy Poem ~ Definitely
4. Krista Detor ~ The World Is Water ~ Cover Their Eyes
5. Kai Welch ~ Send It Down ~ Send It Down
6. Steve Tannen ~ If You Don’t Feel That Way ~ Stopped at a Green Light
7. Lynn Miles ~ Flames of Love ~ Black Flowers
8. Krista Detor ~ More than I Dare Say ~ The Silver Wood Wintersongs
9. Jeffrey Joe Morin ~ Losing Time ~ Big Ol’ Heart
10. Lisa Hannigan ~ Little Bird ~ Passenger
11. Berkley Hart ~ No Place Like Home ~ Crow
12. Abbie Gardner and Anthony da Costa ~ Someday ~ Bad Nights / Better Days
13. Sufjan Stevens ~ John Wayne Gacy, Jr. ~ Illinois
14. Antje Duvekot ~ The Life of a Princess ~ New Siberia
15. Sun Kil Moon ~ Salvador Sanchez (Acoustic) ~ Ghosts Of The Great Highway Bonus Tracks
16. Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova ~ If You Want Me ~ Once (Collector’s Edition)
17. Tracy Chapman ~ Telling Stories ~ Telling Stories
18. Peter Mulvey ~ Coda: Ballymore ~ The Knuckleball Suite
19. Michael Penn ~ Bunker Hill ~ Palms & Runes, Tarot & Tea: A Michael Penn Collection
20. Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton ~ Reading in Bed ~ Knives Don’t Have Your Back


Top 20 Songs on Acoustic Pie, October 2010

October 31, 2010

Anyone who has ever read the Top 20 lists knows that Krista Detor is a favorite songwriter of mine and of Acoustic Pie listeners.   This month my favorite early Krista song “More than I Dare Say” was voted in at no. 2 while my newest favorite “Recklessness and Rust” came in at no. 20.  That new album Chocolate Paper Suites not only has the coolest title I’ve heard in years, it is also absolutely fantastically beautiful.  I’d recommend that you buy your copy at CD Baby (download or get the very pretty hard copy there).

Will Edwards, local San Diego songwriter extraordinaire, was the no. 1 pick of Acoustic Pie listeners this month.  I wish San Diegan Lindsey Troy (no. 13) would do some more recording.  I do so love her work.

Thanks for listening, thanks for voting!


Top 20 Songs on Acoustic Pie
October 2010
Artist ~ Song ~ Album

1. Will Edwards  ~ Pretty  ~ Contradiction
2. Krista Detor  ~ More than I Dare Say  ~ The Silver Wood Wintersongs
3. Amber Rubarth  ~ Washing Day  ~ New Green Lines
4. Sons of the Never Wrong  ~ Say Goodbye  ~ On A Good Day…I Am
5. Jann Arden  ~ Unloved  ~ Living Under June
6. Craig Lyons  ~ Dead Man’s Song  ~ On Reflection
7. Putnam Smith  ~ Goldrush  ~ Goldrush
8. Nathan Welden  ~ Living on Love  ~ One Step Closer to You
9. John Spillane  ~ When You and I Were True  ~ My Dark Rosaleen and the Island of Dreams
10. Erik Balkey  ~ Can I Make a Home  ~ While the Paint Dries
11. Storyhill  ~ Better Angels  ~ Shade of the Trees
12. Sarah Jarosz  ~ I Can’t Love You Now  ~ Song Up In Her Head
13. Lindsey Troy  ~ War  ~ Bruises
14. Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova  ~ Falling Slowly  ~ Once (Collector’s Edition)
15. Jim Croce  ~ Time In A Bottle  ~ The 50th Anniversary Collection
16. Emily Kurn  ~ Symphony  ~ I’m Just Like You
17. The Chapin Sisters  ~ Can’t We Please  ~ Lake Bottom LP
18. Ingrid Michaelson  ~ The Way I Am  ~ Be OK
19. Ben Bullington  ~ White Sulphur Springs  ~ King Easy Radio Sampler, Volume 6
20. Krista Detor  ~ Recklessness & Rust  ~ Chocolate Paper Suites

Top 20 Songs on Acoustic Pie, November 2009

December 2, 2009

Oh, yes, I love Krista Detor, too.  Three places in the Top 20 this month ~ no. 3, 6 and 11 ~ that could be a record!  The no. 3 song “More than I Dare Say” might just be my favorite all-time Krista song ~ although it’s SO hard to choose.  That album The Silver Wood Wintersongs is a beautiful  wintery Christmasy  work which I highly recommend.  I believe I gave away three copies as gifts last year!

Don’t tell anybody but I’m maybe not the world’s biggest Woody Guthrie fan.  But I loved Jimmy LaFave’s (no. 13) traveling Guthrie tribute The Ribbon of Highway when I saw it in Santa Monica this summer.  A rotating roster of wonderful musicians.  Catch it if you can!

Nathan Welden is a strong enough artist to represent San Diego all by his lonesome and he does it ably this month with his no. 16 ranked “Over My Shoulder”.  If you haven’t heard Nathan yet, please hop over to his website now and take a listen.  I’m always moved by his warm and natural voice and touching acoustic arrangements.  His most recent album is available at my favorite CD store CD Baby.

Thanks for voting everyone!  And thanks for listening to The Pie!


Top 20 Songs on Acoustic Pie Radio
November 2009
Artist ~ Song ~ Album

1. Danny Schmidt ~ Make Right the Time ~ part ii ~ Make Right the Time
2. Xavier Rudd ~ Shelter ~ Solace
3. Krista Detor ~ More than I Dare Say ~ The Silver Wood Wintersongs
4. Jakob Dylan ~ This End of the Telescope ~ Seeing Things
5. Tim O’Brien ~ Circles Around You ~ Odd Man In
6. Krista Detor ~ Icarus ~ Cover Their Eyes
7. The Weepies ~ Somebody Loved ~ Happiness
8. Deb Talan ~ A Kinder Columbus ~ Sincerely
9. Corinne West ~ Whiskey Poet ~ The Promise
10. Tracy Chapman ~ Telling Stories ~ Telling Stories
11. Krista Detor ~ Cover Their Eyes ~ Cover Their Eyes
12. Brooker and Bullen ~ Dark Place ~ Reciprocity
13. Jimmy LaFave ~ These Blues ~ Cimarron Manifesto
14. Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova ~ If You Want Me ~ Once (Collector’s Edition)
15. Sarah Sample ~ Moonlight Band ~ Never Close Enough
16. Nathan Welden ~ Over My Shoulder ~ Live Your Song
17. Emily Kurn ~ I’m Just Like You ~ I’m Just Like You
18. Ellis Paul ~ Jester Fool ~ Urban Folk Songs
19. Don McLean ~ Winterwood ~ Legendary Songs of Don McLean
20. Tracy Chapman ~ Unsung Psalm ~ Telling Stories

Top 20 Songs on Acoustic Pie, November 2008

December 6, 2008

Again!  Krista Detor was voted into the Top 20 with two songs this month (another no. 1 listing and at no. 10).  I haven’t done the math but I’m sure she must be the most voted artist in the rotation on Acoustic Pie Radio. I’ve known Kelly Mulhollan of Still on the Hill since we were teenagers back in Oklahoma.  So I’m especially thrilled to see one of my favorite Mulhollan songs at no. 7 this month as well as my favorite song from the new Still on the Hill CD at no. 9.

Andy Whittle (no. 2) is wonderful.  He is a young UK songwriter with a fresh, acoustic, lilting sound ~ somewhat Beatle-esque but lighter and more wistful.  This song is from an earlier album but I also love his new album A Songmaker’s Tale.

The only San Diego artist to make the list was the fabulous Miss Randi Driscoll at no. 4.

Links to these and all of the artists on Acoustic Pie can be found on the Artists page at

Thanks so much for voting everyone!  And thanks for listening to The Pie!

Acoustic Pie

Top 20 Songs on Acoustic Pie Radio
November 2008
Artist ~ Song ~ Album

1. Krista Detor ~ The World Is Water ~ Cover Their Eyes
2. Andy Whittle ~ Apple Tree ~ Old Fashioned Dream
3. Shawn Hlookoff ~ Soldier ~ Both Sides
4. Randi Driscoll ~ Home to Stay ~ Lucky
5. Christopher Dallman ~ This Is Calm ~ Race the Light
6. Tom Kimmel ~ Trip On Love ~ Light Of Day
7. Kelly Mulhollan ~ Desert Dream ~ Never Ending Conversation
8. Victoria Williams ~ Rainmaker ~ Musings of a Creek Dipper
9. Still on the Hill ~ Take Me to the Other Side ~ Ozark: A Celebration in Song
10. Krista Detor ~ Aurora Means Dawn ~ Wilderness Plots
11. John Denver ~ Annie’s Song ~ The Wildlife Concert
12. Emily Kurn ~ Angeline ~ Things Change
13. David Wilcox ~ Eye of the Hurricane ~ Live Songs and Stories 9
14. Anais Mitchell ~ Before the Eyes of Storytelling Girls ~ Hymns for the Exiled
15. Tracy Grammer ~ The Verdant Mile ~ The Verdant
16. Teitur ~ Josephine ~ Poetry & Aeroplanes
17. Robby Hecht ~ Something, Somehow ~ Late Last Night
18. Natalia Zukerman ~ Favorite Shirt ~ Brand New Frame
19. Jonathan Byrd ~ Tape Full of Love Songs ~ The Waitress
20. Jonathan Byrd ~ Radio ~ The Waitress

Top 20 Songs on Acoustic Pie Radio, Oct. 2008

November 3, 2008

I have so~o~o~o many favorite Gregory Page songs that it’s just plain silly to single out one. But, if I did decide to attempt such a silly thing, I might just pick “Bumblebees and Me” (see no. 9). And, I notice that Gregory is the only San Diego artist in the Top 20 this month. Speaking of favorite songs… I believe “Empty Chairs” at no. 11 is probably my favorite Don McLean song of all time. So simple and so beautiful. You can listen to it at his MySpace fan page at

I suppose we should just get used to seeing Krista Detor on the Top 20 list (no. 7). You all seem to vote her back on most months! Excellent taste! Have you noticed Storyhill in the rotation (no. 19)? They’re an acoustic duo out of Minnesota. I love their work ~ tons of energy and harmonies.

Thanks for voting everybody! Thanks for listening!

Acoustic Pie

Top 20 Songs on Acoustic Pie Radio
October 2008
Artist ~ Song ~ Album

1. Tracy Chapman ~ Unsung Psalm ~ Telling Stories
2. Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris ~ All the Roadrunning ~ All the Roadrunning
3. Eliza Gilkyson ~ Tennessee Road ~ Your Town Tonight
4. David Wilcox ~ Falling For It ~ Airstream
5. Still on the Hill ~ Take Me to the Other Side ~ Ozark: A Celebration in Song
6. Nancy K. Dillon ~ O Susanna ~ Just Let Me Dream
7. Krista Detor ~ Aurora Means Dawn ~ Wilderness Plots
8. Janis Ian ~ The Great Divide ~ Folk is the New Black
9. Gregory Page ~ Bumble Bees & Me ~ All Make Believe
10. The Garden Verge ~ Shadow of a Habit ~ Shadow of a Habit
11. Don McLean ~ Empty Chairs ~ Solo
12. Catherine MacLellan ~ Snow Day ~ Church Bell Blues
13. Stacey Earle ~ If It Weren’t For You ~ Simple Gearle
14. Patty Griffin ~ Mary ~ Flaming Red
15. Kris Delmhorst ~ Galuppi Baldessare ~ Strange Conversation
16. Girlyman ~ Easy Pearls ~ Joyful Sign
17. Catie Curtis ~ Sing ~ Sweet Life
18. The Weepies ~ Little Bird ~ Hideaway
19. Storyhill ~ Highlight ~ Storyhill
20. Stephen Fearing ~ Johnny’s Lament ~ Yellowjacket

Top 20 Songs on Acoustic Pie Radio, Sept. 2008

October 1, 2008

With over 600 songs in the daily rotation on Acoustic Pie Radio, it’s somewhat unusual for the same song to be voted into the Top 20 two months in a row. This month, however, Krista Detor (no. 1 last month) returns with the same song at no. 9. And I’m glad I added a favorite old Still on the Hill song “Words on Birds” a few months back because it has also made two appearances on the Top 20 since being added (no. 4 in July and no. 17 this month).

CD compilations designed for radio promotion can be a mixed bag. But I always seem to find something I love on the Acoustic Rainbow Roots collections. This month, two such songs were also found liking by Acoustic Pie listeners: Cris Williamson’s at no. 8 and Sara Hickman’s at no. 12. You can also find these songs on the artists’ own albums by checking out their websites.

Jason Mraz admirably represents San Diego with a no. 3 showing this month as does John McGaraghan (no. 19) who used to live in San Diego and still drops in now and again!

Thanks for voting and thanks for listening to the Pie!

Acoustic Pie

Artist ~ Song ~ Album

1. Steve Earle ~ Goodbye ~ Train a Comin’
2. Sons of the Never Wrong ~ Variations ~ Four Ever On
3. Jason Mraz ~ You & I Both ~ Live
4. Chris Pureka ~ Silo Song ~ Driving North
5. Andrew McKnight ~ Times We’re Living In ~ Something Worth Standing For
6. Tom Dews ~ No More to Roam ~ Driving Dreams
7. Slaid Cleaves ~ Don’t Tell Me ~ No Angel Knows
8. Cris Williamson ~ Alazan ~ Acoustic Rainbow Roots Volume 32
9. Krista Detor ~ Aurora Means Dawn ~ Wilderness Plots
10. Cheryl Wheeler ~ The Rivers ~ Mrs. Pinocci’s Guitar
11. Steve Chizmadia ~ It’s Always Texas ~ It Is What It Is
12. Sara Hickman ~ Comfort’s Sigh ~ Acoustic Rainbow Volume 26
13. David Wilcox ~ Last One Gone ~ Into the Mystery
14. Dar Williams ~ The Hudson ~ My Better Self
15. Mark Erelli ~ Once ~ Barn Raising
16. Erik Balkey ~ Have Mercy on the Fallen Soul ~ Deadpan Alley
17. Still on the Hill ~ Words On Birds ~ Chaos & Calm
18. John McGaraghan ~ Big Sky ~ Back in the Saddle
19. John Gorka ~ Wisheries ~ The Company You Keep
20. Ellis ~ The Great Unknown ~ Undefended Heart

Top 20 Songs on Acoustic Pie Radio, August 2008

August 30, 2008

I just love this part of what I do! Getting to see what your favorite songs were each month is always a happy thing. Krista again (at no. 1)! Well, I agree! That album Wilderness Plots is a compilation of Indiana songwriters and it’s a gem. I’ll put in a word here for Michael White who is also featured on the album. You all haven’t taken to his work as much as I have ~ I’ll admit his sound is a little unconventional ~ but give him another listen, ok?

It’s no surprise to see some of the big hitters in the singer/songwriter genre in the Top 20 again: Bill Morrissey at no. 4, Jack Williams at no. 8, Dougie MacLean at no. 12 and David Wilcox at no. 14 & 19. (Um-hm, I linked to David Wilcox’s MySpace page in order to wow you with my appearance in his Top 8. I have absolutely no idea how such a freak occurrence happened but there you go! J ) Folk/pop icon Bob Dylan squeezed onto the list at no. 20 with a classic tune and Dale Marsh, a favorite Second Life artist of mine (aka TallGuy Kidd) was voted in at no. 10 with a beautiful song about planting trees instead of housing developments.

Two of my very favorite San Diego artists are on the list, too! Gregory Page at no. 6 and Carlos Olmeda at no. 15 as well as the adorable and talented San Diego duo The Flimz at no. 11.

Thanks for voting! Thanks for listening!

Acoustic Pie

Artist ~ Song ~ Album

1. Krista Detor ~ Aurora Means Dawn – Wilderness Plots
2. John Batdorf ~ Ain’t It Like Home ~ Home Again
3. Erik Balkey ~ Angel Says to Me ~ Deadpan Alley
4. Bill Morrissey ~ By the Grave of Baudelaire ~ Come Running
5. John Eddie ~ If You’re Here When I Get Back ~ KPRI Live Tracks Volume 2
6. Gregory Page ~ Foolish Words ~ Knife In My Chest
7. Brooker and Bullen ~ Here, Now ~ Reciprocity
8. Jack Williams ~ Hushabye ~ Laughing in the Face of the Blues
9. Syd ~ Back Home ~ Fault Lines
10. Dale Marsh ~ Johnny Appleseed’s Lament ~ No Turning Back
11. The Flimz ~ Final Note ~ The Flimz
12. Dougie MacLean ~ Mary Queen of Scots ~ Who am I
13. Marybeth D’Amico ~ Oblivion ~ Heaven, Hell, Sin & Redemption
14. David Wilcox ~ Good Man ~ Vista
15. Carlos Olmeda ~ A Devil Like Me ~ Sensitive Groove
16. Arlon Bennett ~ Be the Change ~ Summer’s Voice
17. Antje Duvekot ~ South ~ Big Dream Boulevard
18. Sara Softich ~ Pipe Dream ~ Pipe Dream
19. David Wilcox ~ Falling For It ~ Airstream
20. Bob Dylan ~ Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right ~ Lovesick