What, You’ve Never Heard of John Martyn?

by David M. I’m always surprised that more people don’t know about John Martyn’s music. Like Nick Drake, he’s one of those artists who never got the attention he deserved while he was alive. He toured a lot, but concerts were sometimes sketchy, and in biographies, phrases like “drunken craziness” and “boozed-up fistfights” come up […]

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National Hispanic Heritage Month

by Brian H. National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15- Oct. 15) is a perfect reason to highlight music of Spanish language origins.  Not that one needs a reason to highlight this music and these artists.  No doubt, this is music to listen to every month of the year. iLe First, an incredible singer and composer […]

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Sure Sign of Fall? Listening to Nick Drake

by David M. Autumns leaves and cooler temperatures arrive, I put away my dub albums for the year, and Nick Drake is on the playlist. During his short life (1948-1974), Nick never managed to connect with the listening public, and so he remained a cult figure — but his cult keeps growing as friends tell friends […]

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48th GMA Dove Awards

by Brian H. “Since 1970 the GMA Dove Awards has honored outstanding achievements and excellence in Christian Music. The show celebrates our rich musical diversity. Awards are presented to individuals representing modern Rock, Rap/Hip Hop, Pop/Contemporary, Inspirational, Southern Gospel, Urban, Bluegrass, Country, Worship and more!” Here are the 2017 nominees for Songwriter of the Year […]

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10 Great Beach Boys Songs You May Not Know

by David M The Beach Boys had a 50+ year career and a massive catalog, so it’s not a surprise that some of my favorite Beach Boy songs are relatively unknown — until now! In no particular order, let’s start with “Good Timin’“. It did okay as a single, but not enough for fans to notice. […]

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All Shook Up

by Kim P. “The image is one thing and the human being is another. It’s very hard to live up to an image, put it that way.”–Elvis 2017 marks the 40 year anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death. Widely regarded as the “King of Rock & Roll,” Elvis’ life has grown into a mix of myth […]

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A Pair of Prolific Pickers

by David Previously I blogged about guitarist John Fahey, one of my all-time favorite acoustic players. Rounding out my list of acoustic masters we have Norman Blake and Tony Rice. Norman Blake has had a stellar career, both as a studio musician (Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan) and on his own. He plays bluegrass/fiddle tunes/old-timey folk […]

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Freegal Artist Highlight

by Brian (snoislelib_brianh) A while back I featured music by the renown cellist Yo-Yo Ma in a Bibliofiles post about music you can find hidden in Sno-Isle Libraries Freegal music collection. I’d like to highlight another amazing artist tucked away in the Freegal collection, violinist Joshua Bell. It really pays to think about Freegal as a […]

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Searching for John Fahey

by David John Fahey is a mystery, a conundrum and possibly a genius — and one of my Top Three acoustic guitar players. (The other two are Tony Rice and Norman Blake — more on them in a later post.) John Fahey collected 78’s, and he drew a great deal of influence from the blues, rags and […]

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Soundtracks and AllMusic

By Brian (snoislelib_brianh) Sno-Isle Libraries is your source for soundtracks!  A great movie always includes a great soundtrack.  For all your favorite movies head to the library’s music collection and listen to the soundtracks on hoopla, stream them from Freegal or order the CDs from the library catalog. Learn more about soundtrack recordings Sno-Isle Libraries offers […]

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