Gift Ideas: Choose Music not Malls.
December 5, 2003
If you like what you're hearing on Folk Alley, likely so will your friends. Here are several CDs that won't disappoint. *NOTE: THESE ARE NOT IN ORDER; YOU SHOULD BUY THEM ALL:
1) Tim O'Brien's Traveler (Sugar Hill) -- A true concept album, all the songs relate, but each is stylistically diferent - very philosphical. Each song is a wake up call.
Posted by Jim Blum at December 5, 2003 10:26 AM
2) Beautiful: A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot (Borealis) -- Fifteen different Canadian artists honor their comrade. It's respectful, but each song sounds new as well.
3) Natalie MacMaster - Blueprint (Rounder) -- Cape Breton fiddling with a twist - provided by Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, & Sam Bush.
4) Spain in My Heart: Songs of the Spanish Civil War (Appleseed) -- Pete Seeger, Laurie Lewis, and many world artists remember history through song.
5) Kris Delmhorst's Songs for a Hurricane (Signature Sounds) -- She'll grow on you or whoever you give this to. Lots of variety and style.
6) Ian Anderson's Rupi's Dance (Fuel) -- Yes, he's the voice of Jethro Tull, but this doesn't rock - it sings. It's all acoustic, wry, and lively.
7) Dave Mallet's Artist in Me (North Road) -- If you want to share peace and comfort don't hesitate to share Dave Mallet. It's his best in years.
8) Robinella & the CC Stringband - Buy any CD you can find - They have 2 on their own label (Big Gulley) and one on the bigs (Columbia). It's country roots and arranged jazz; Robinella is like Blossom Dearie and Iris Dement combined.
9) Solas - Another Day (Shanachie) -- Contemporary Celtic music. If you know someone that thinks they don't like Irish music - insist that they listen to this. No cliches here, and this CD is far more inviting than the last one.
10) SEEDS - The Songs of Pete Seeger Vol. 3 (Appleseed) -- Pete sings on CD 1; CD 2 features Janis Ian, John McCutcheon, Natalie Merchant, and others.
11) Guy Davis - Chocolate to the Bone (Red House) -- Acoustic blues with power and with messages - no trite complaining about heartaches here.
12) John Gorka's Old Futures Gone (Red House) -- Give this man time to think and you'll completely re-think your own life after hearing this.
13) Rodney Crowell's Fate's Right Hand (DMZ/Epic) -- From a remarkable experience gained trying to feed the homeless to a message about suicide, this album is serious, but far from glum. In fact, it's joyful in its contemplation.
14) Greg Brown, Garnet Rogers, Karen Savoca - Live at the Black Sheep (Alcove) -- One night at a pub in a small town in Quebec. Three different lead singers who enjoy each other and it shows.