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Putumayo’s Acoustic Café

Read on for a chance to win an 8-CD set from Putumayo’s Acoustic and Café series. Dan Storper is the CEO and Founder of Putumayo World Music. I am really excited to release our first contemporary singer-songwriter collection since 1994. It includes some of my favorite recording artists from the US, Canada, South Africa and Australia and combines the best elements of Putumayo’s successful Acoustic and Café series, which has been sold in most Whole Foods Market stores. On Acoustic Café, Putumayo features rising young stars and new discoveries. In keeping with our global approach, the artists hail from around the globe. American singers such as Trevor Hall, Justin Townes Earle, Sarah Jarosz, are represented, while Harry Manx (Canada), Gregory Alan Isakov (South Africa) and The Waifs (Australia) are featured as well. These innovative artists offer a variety of vocal highlights, from the bluesy folk stylings of Brown Bird (“Danger and Dread” — check out this video) to Trevor Hall’s contemporary “The World Keeps Turnin’.” Harry Manx’s cover of Van Morrison’s Crazy Love” and Sarah Jarosz’s rendition of Bob Dylan’s “Ring Them Bells” demonstrate the power of contemporary artists to re-interpret beloved classics in their own styles. Justin Townes Earle showcases his distinctive dark and raspy vocals with an Americana edge on “One More Night in Brooklyn,” while The Sweet Remains offer beautiful harmonies on “Dance With Me.” Gregory Alan Isakov brings a modern folk sound to “The Stable Song” while Lucy Kaplansky hews to a more traditional folk sensibility on “Manhattan Moon. “ Fences tells a tale of lost love on “From Russia With….” and Jon and Roy offer the uplifting “Any Day Now.” The Waifs from Australia round out the collection with their upbeat energy on “Love Serenade.” Acoustic Café is available at most Whole Foods Market stores. Do you have a favorite singer-songwriter? Let us know who they are in the comments below for a chance to win an 8-CD set from Putumayo’s Café and Acoustic series. Comment by October 18th for a chance to win. We’ll choose one comment at random to receive the CDs.

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Anna says …

lately, every time I ask "What is that music?" I have heard, "Putymayo." It is all fantastic. Even the music that has vocals in a foreign language is haunting and it touches my heart.

Ellen D says …

I have just learned about Dougie McLean, a Scottish acoustic guitarist and singer.

Rebecca Lemon says …

My family & I love a band from St. Louis called the Bottoms Up Blues Gang. They perform every couple of months here in New Orleans at Frenchman Street venues. About 3/4 of what they play is original music. Their music is energetic, upbeat, and the lyrics are frequently humorous. When my toddler is fussing in the car I pop in one of their CDs & she is instantly soothed (the only other CD that has that effect is the Putomayo African kids' CD). Their music is terrific to play for parties or when it's time to clean house on a Sunday morning before heading out of the house, or anytime we need a "lift".

MJ says …

Because I have 2 toddler, most of my music choices revolve around them at the moment, and we all really enjoy the Laurie Berkner Band.

Eddy says …

Harry Connick Jr

Michelle says …

I'm a huge fan of Duncan Sheik.

r alley says …

I really like john prine. Alot of people don't know him but he has been around for years hand has a song about burritos that's hilarious. and I am blanking on the last name but Micheal is the first name has an independent released album called" songs for ice cream trucks" I play it on my truck. Keeps you from going insane from the standard music box music on an ice cream truck.

Bill Morris says …

My favorite singer-songwriter would be John Lennon.

I. Gabriela Sanchez says …

I love Gregory Alan Isakov. Good stuff.

Apricot says …

I've loved singer-songwriter stuff since the 70s, but my most recent favorite is Ben Howard.

Stephanie says …

For me it's a toss up between Iron and Wine and Jay Brannan. They both have a spot in my heart.

Jennifer J says …

I would have to say Tori Amos.

Jessie says …

Joni Mitchell, of course. :)

Nick Ware says …

I love the Putamayo collections! My favorite is Nuevo Latino.

Katie says …

Harry Manx’s cover of Van Morrison’s Crazy Love!

Jason Cook says …

I gotta support my fellow Canuck Harry Manx.

Gregor Trieste says …

Not enought good contemporary singer/song writers these days, but Martin Sexton is definately one of my favorite! Thanks! I look forward to listening...

Jessica P says …

My favorite artist has always been Kurt Cobain

Eddie says …

I would say Leonard Skinner.

Kimberlee says …

I enjoy John Paul White of The Civil Wars.

Kristin says …

I like Ben Gibbard.

Kathleen says …

I love Chuck Ragan! He's my favorite!

risa w says …

city and colour helped me get through a bad break-up. thievery corporation helps me get through life.

Andrew says …

Crystal Kay

Donna says …

Putumayo has been putting out THE BEST music collections for many, many years. I would love to have these to play in my new car!

Ann says …

My favorite singer-songwriter is Bob Dylan.

Grace says …

Emmylou Harris, Beth Orton, Brandi Carlile, Chris Whitley (may he rest in peace), Trixie Whitley (his uber talented daughter), Zoe Muth (an up and coming classic country star)...just for starters. (-:

Julie Nunes says …

Joie Calio from the band Dada, X Levitation Cult, and now Seven Horse is my choice for favorite singer/songwriter. His lyrics blend beautifully with his music...leaving you with a meaningful message.

Mary P says …

Sade wins, hands down. She's a real "Smooth Operator". Her music is timeless.

Marina says …

Feist, Adele, Norah Jones... I am inspired by these strong talented beautiful women who are not afraid to be who they are.

John Younney says …

Leo Kotke has it all

Paul D says …

This summer it was Ben Harper.

Diane Burt says …

love Zac Brown music....

Dawn says …

I have no particular favorite. I try to be a music enthusiast and enjoy each style for what it is.

Debra says …

Neil Young!

Ian says …

Ozzy Osbourne. Rock and Roll at its best!

Bobbie Z says …

The band Mumford and Sons! Incredible lyrics and gotta love the banjo. :)

Larry says …

Emerald Caro...her songs have a story and are so lively! I learned about her traveling in Sumatra last year.

robert says …

My favorite singer/songwriter is Tom Delonge of the band Angels and Airwaves.

Donna says …

My favorite singer/songwriter continues to be Dan Fogelberg. He is sorely missed!

Kerri says …

Leonard Cohen - delicious!

holly says …

john lennon

Clara says …

I like Cheb Mami's songs, and also Alexi Murdoch is great. I have a lot of favorites, too many to list here. I think this collection sounds great, and I would love to hear it!

Rebecca Rosenthal says …

I love world music and I love compilations... These open me up to alot of artists I wouldn't know about normally. My nephew Keith Calkins is an aspiring musician. I love his lyrics!

Laura Johnson says …

Have you ever listened to Thinking Plyers? This lead singer is the son of a local resident of our town and so we get to hear Collin Allured when he comes home for a visit!!

GB says …

Oooh, they're just too many to choose from! I love your choices for the Acoustic Café CD, especially The Waifs and Sarah Jarosz. One of my all time favs for a singer-songwriter choice, however, would have to be Leonard Cohen! I love all the Putumayo CDs, so the prize would be a gift indeed.

Angie says …

An old-time favorite - Ellis Paul.

Holly Connor says …

Stevie Nicks & Lyndsay Buckingham -- simply the greatest singer/songwriter team ever!

Dean Ribaudo says …

Can't say that I know these artist, but would like to try them out...

Te says …

Music for the people...LISTEN !

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