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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Experimenting in the Stereolab

by David Stereolab formed in the early ’90s, and even though they’ve since been hugely influential, not many people know their music. And it doesn’t help that describing their music is difficult: they’ve absorbed elements of noise rock, Brazilian bossa nova, Burt Bacharach, the Beach Boys, Kraftwerk, and French pop of the ’60s. Oh, and […]

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by Brian H Album or Playlist?  That is the question when deciding what music to listen to. I tend to explore artists that are new to me by listening to their full albums. I give all the tracks a fighting chance. But inevitably certain tracks win out over others. These favorite tracks work their way into […]

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Prince: One Year Later

by KP “I guess he’s better off than he was before, a whole lot better off than the fools he left here.” — Prince, “Sometimes It Snows In April” Today marks the one-year anniversary of Prince’s death. Equally mysterious, an enigma, and a prodigy, Prince changed the face of music. He continues to influence musicians, […]

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