I keep finding myself in conversations where people are lamenting the shortage of good music in the world and asking for recommendations. Honestly, there is SO much good music being made. You just have to know where to find it.
At our house, we listen to just about everything in terms of genre, and we find our music by word-of-mouth, Noisetrade, Spotify/Pandora/iTunes Radio, mainstream radio, and great online curators like Under the Radar Radio. We love it all, and our playlists tend to lead or follow our moods and activities.
Okay, and we also disagree. Often. In fact, my personal favorites happen to be on Toby's "most loathed" list. That's okay. It is what it is. I can play OTR as loudly as I want when he's not home to avoid the groans, grimaces and "this is the WORST" comments.
So, I'm not going to give you everything, but rather focus a few of my favorites who are a little (or a lot) lesser-known. Because nobody needs me to tell them about "this band called Mumford & Sons."
(Several of the artists I have included need no introduction, either, but just in case they're new to you. Also, I'm leaving off music that I can't in good conscience recommend to your kids.)
Treat yourself & your people to new music during these long winter months & find joy in supporting some under-discovered artists!
p.s. Some of these albums will be included in a giveaway happening here next week! Drawing 3 names from orders placed in November & shipping music, books & a signed Christmas greeting.
So, here we go. Artists - and one of their well-loved songs - as a jumping off place for you.
My Most Played Over Past 12 Months:
Sleeping At Last - "In the Embers"
Over the Rhine - "All My Favorite People"
Andrew Belle - "Pieces"
Extremely Gifted Singer/Songwriter Friends:
Jessica Campbell - "Time"
Nick Flora - "Lost At Sea"
Sara Groves - "It's Going to be Alright"
Andy Gullahorn - "I Will"
Ellie Holcomb - "Magnolia"
Jenny & Tyler - "Song for You"
Shelly Moore - "Tie That Binds"
Cindy Morgan & Andy Greer - Hymns for Hunger
Eric Peters - "Where Would I Go"
Jill Phillips - "It Will Pass"
Rachel Stevener - "Holding"
Carolina Story - "In the End"
Nicole Witt - New Album Coming!
Quiet Music to Play Loudly
Sanders Bohlke - "I'm Gonna Make It"
Future of Forestry - "Pie Jesu"
Kye Kye - "Peace Song"
Milk Carton Kids - "Michigan"
Salt of the Sound - "Where Do I Begin"
Waterdeep - "Not Looking Good"
Good Guys w/Big Talent
Colony House - "Glorious"
Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors - "Live Forever"
Josh Ritter -"Bright Smile"
Judah & the Lion - "Rich Kids"
The Josh Garrels Category
Josh Garrels - "Farther Along"
Jason Barrows - "Voyagers"
Kaleb Jones - "Hold On Tight" - p.s. I met Kaleb in a coffee shop on Thursday, fell in love with his music & voice, and 4 days later he was singing on my upcoming Covers album.
Young Artists I'm Excited to Work With/Watch for These:
Emily Sage Dempsey - "Grow"
Jansen Hogan - Album Coming!
Elle Michelle – "Sleepy Heart"
Jana Gilmore – "Stay With Me Til Morning"
Taylor Leonhardt - "Sunday in the Park"
Jess Ray - "Better"
Happy Thanksgiving to you & your loved ones. These colder months can be hard, which for me means I have to work harder at the practice of gratitude. May your list of gifts be ever-growing. I'm thankful for YOU.