Top 20 Songs on Acoustic Pie Radio, April 2013

May 1, 2013

The votes are in and listeners’ favorite songs for April are listed below!

Being based in San Diego and rather proud of our songwriting talent, it’s always fun for me to note the local artists who make the Top 20 each month.  For April, the smooth-crooning word-master Jason Mraz was voted in at no. 10 and local wunderkind Sara Watkins, all grown up into a  remarkable and beautiful songwriter, charted at no. 20.

Thanks for listening and for voting!


Top 20 Songs on Acoustic Pie Radio
April 2013
Artist ~ Song ~ Title

1. Girlyman ~ Easy Pearls ~ Joyful
2. Nicole Vaughn ~ Gutter Leaf ~ Say it
3. Chasing June ~ Beautiful Mess ~ Under the Slate Grey Sky
4. Danny Schmidt ~ Little White Angels ~ Man of Many Moons
5. Dan Gonzalez ~ Two More Things ~ Public Square
6. Alexi Murdoch ~ Crinan Wood ~ Towards the Sun
7. Steve Allain ~ If Only (I Had Known) ~ thirteen
8. Richard Shindell ~ Fishing ~ 13 Songs You May or May Not Have Heard Before
9. Paul Simon ~ April Come She Will ~ The Paul Simon Songbook
10. Jason Mraz ~ Plain Jane ~ Hear Music XM Radio Sessions Vol 1
11. Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer ~ Merlin’s Lament ~ Joy My Love
12. Christopher Dallman ~ Hard to Breathe ~ Light the Love
13. Chris Kokesh ~ Real as a Dream ~ I Never Knew
14. Caroline Herring ~ Maiden Voyage ~ Camilla
15. Antje Duvekot ~ Lighthouse ~ The Near Demise of the High Wire Dancer
16. Amelia Curran ~ Tired Circle ~ Lullabies for Barflies
17. Meg Hutchinson ~ Gatekeeper ~ The Living Side
18. Barnaby Bright ~ Made Up Of ~ Made Up Of
19. The Weepies ~ Painting By Chagall ~ Say I Am You
20. Sara Watkins ~ Where Will You Be ~ Sara Watkins


Top 20 Songs on Acoustic Pie, November 2012

December 3, 2012

San Diego songwriters are ably represented in the Acoustic Pie Top 20 this month by Sara Watkins at no. 3 and Nate Donnis of the Donnis Trio at no. 11. For any listeners in the San Diego area, there will be a treat this month: Sara Watkins, San Diego native and founding member of Nickel Creek, is doing a fun show at LeStat’s on Monday, December 17. Sara will be being filmed for a television show called “The Song that Changed My Life” and you have a chance to be part of the live audience. And the tix are only $5, too. That’s a steal. There’s more info under Latest News on Sara’s website.

Paul Simon’s song “April Come She Will” (no. 19) makes me go “Mmmmmmmm”. Such a sweet and tidy song. I love that album, The Paul Simon Songbook. It’s his first solo album, in sparce acoustic arrangements, released in 1965 only in the U.K. while his duo work with Art Garfunkel was starting to take off in the U.S. I got it around 2005 when it was finally released in the U.S. You can read more about it in Wikipedia. The whole album is yummy.

Thanks, as always, for listening and voting for your favorites on the Pie!


Top 20 Songs on Acoustic Pie Radio
November 2012
Artist ~ Song ~ Album

1. Jackson Browne ~ These Days ~ Solo Acoustic Vol.1
2. Hayward Williams ~ The Ballad of Benson Creek ~ Another Sailor’s Dream
3. Sara Watkins ~ Where Will You Be ~ Sara Watkins
4. Shawn Taylor ~ Waiting ~ Home
5. David Llewellyn ~ Maybe Tomorrow ~ David Llewellyn
6. Steff Kayser ~ Chinatown ~ The Roads that Cross the Great Divide
7. Lucy Kaplansky ~ I’ll See You Again ~ Reunion
8. Benjamin Gibbard ~ I’m Building a Fire ~ Former Lives
9. Joe Jencks ~ Lonely Common Ground ~ The Candle and the Flame
10. James Hill ~ You Should See Me Now ~ Man with a Love Song
11. The Donnis Trio ~ Tip of the Tongue ~ All Directions
12. Andy Whittle ~ Ten Thousand Miles ~ Songmaker’s Tale
13. Alicia McGovern ~ Fare Thee Well ~ We Just Fly
14. Kerry Patrick Clark ~ Lullaby ~ On the Road to Human Being
15. Jonathan Byrd ~ Wild Ponies ~ Cackalack
16. Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds ~ Where Are You Going? (Live In Barcelona) ~ Songs for Tibet ~ The Art of Peace
17. Damien Rice ~ Cannonball ~ Live at Fingerprints: Warts and All
18. Tom Kimmel ~ Never Saw Blue Like That ~ Never Saw Blue
19. Paul Simon ~ April Come She Will ~ The Paul Simon Songbook
20. Lynn Miles ~ Flames of Love ~ Black Flowers

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