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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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Jeff Kamin says …

My favorite is Harry Connick Jr, especially after attending his concert at Chastain.

Renea says …

I like hip-hop artist David Kelly!

Laura says …

Ricardo Arjona for me!

Shell says …

I have been to a few Justin Townes Earle shows and guess I love the whole family - he reminds me a little of Buddy Holly and really like his original music. Also, don't yet have any Harry Manx in my collection but would like to. This sounds like a great compilation of singer-songwriters.

Jeanne says …

Sounds like fun musical enjoyment. One of my current favorites is Miscah Muse doing Navajo Prayer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRrWsyGXqWk Thanks, Jeannie

Sera says …

I play your CD's in my kindergarten classroom. The kids love it!

Romain says …

I really like Lyle Lovett.

Patricia says …

Juanes is one of my absolute favorite singer-songwriter.

Scott says …

Kristian Matsson, "The Tallest Man on Earth" of Sweden is one of my all time favorites.

Leslie says …

I have several Putumayo cds and love the way they put you in a good place and space. I look forward to listening to this entire new work.

Greg says …

Hands down - Sia.

YVONNE VASQUEZ says …

John Denver, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Neil Young, Jewel, Sting, Madonna...all very different styles, but great songwriters, nonetheless!

Nat says …

Tori Amos, Suzanne Vega

Michael Coates says …

Putumayo rocks; they've added a diversity and breadth to my music collection that I couldn't live without.

alexis rinker says …

Cat Stevens is, by far, the most inspirational singer-songwriter in my book!

Anne says …

My favorite singer-songwriter is South Carolina artist Danielle Howle. She is an intelligent, soulful, down to earth, genuinely funny, thoughtful and insightful songstress and storyteller. Beautiful lyrics, heart-breaking and vulnerable and witty. http://www.daniellehowle.com/

Linda says …

For me, it's dead even between Bob Dylan and Silvio Rodriguez.

S Dorr says …

Vega Choir the Creep song as on the Social Network Trailer.

SHIRLEY GARCIA-REYES says …

I love anything Brazilian jazz and light simple jazz.

Phyllis Heffner says …

I love many singer-songwriters who write in the Celtic genre. One of my favorites is Loreena McKennett, although I also like MaryJane Lamond and Mary Black.

tony says …

My favorite singer / songwriters at the moment at Ben Howard "keep your head up" and Ed Sheeran.

Melissa Black says …

Before there was anything called red-dirt music, roots music, or alt-country, there was Townes Van Zandt, the greatest singer-songwriter of the 20th century. That's why Steve Earle, another great singer-songwriter, named his son Justin Townes Earle, in Townes' honor. That's why some of the greatest living singer-songwriters site him as a major influence, including Bob Dylan, Lyle Lovett, Norah Jones and Hayes Carll. His untimely death was so tragic and heart-breaking it was as if it had been penned like one of his great songs, and he passed away 44 years to the day after one of his own greatest influences, Hank Williams.

Andria says …

Darren Hayes is able to soothe me like no other when I'm feeling a little bit anxious. His voice is just beautiful and so many of his lyrics touch my heart :)

Joanna says …

My newest and favorite singer-songwriter is Jenn Adams--she plays amazing guitar, and has a voice that sounds like a combination of Eva Cassidy and Bonnie Rait.

Genia says …

Jesse Winchester is a wonderful singer-songwriter. His song,"Sham-a-Ling-Dong-Ding" is really special.

Joanna says …

Oops, forgot to include a link to her website. This is for Jenn Adams: http://jennadams.com/home.html

Tina Watson says …

I love the Waifs from Australia. These two sisters from who started this band are uber cool and every time I hear their music it just transports me to an amazing place. Good Vibes from the Waifs.

Michael Patton says …

Jeanie Devoe Indianapolis. She has this awesome Janis Joplin Quailty. I try to cath every show she dose. I recently saw her at Pride Fest.

Diane says …

The indigo girls!

Elizabeth says …

I usually prefer my musicians amplified, but Joel Plaskett sounds good in any guise.

Maria says …

Tracy Chapman is my all-time favorite!

Ken says …

thanks for having cool music.

Jeff S. says …

While Ray Charles' life was up & down, no one can deny how very talented he was!

Gary Glanzman says …

Taj Mahal...been a favorite for years. I could hear is harmonica right now mellowing me out with a song he did years ago called Bacon Fat.

MARISA says …

John Lennon, is my favorite as its timeless music for all ages.

windy creath says …

Hee! I smiled while reading this, because the French Cafe music is played in my kindergarten classroom almost daily during writing workshop! The tunes calm me, and at the same time they transport the 22 five year olds to a moment in time that was so important and clear that they chose to write about it. Sigh! This is my favorite cd of all time!

kris anderson says …

I am a big fan of classic jazz. Sinatra. Ella. Dean Martin.

Daphne Baker says …

I'd love to win this! It sounds wonderful.

Carol Skolnick says …

There is no mp3 library that compares to a real-live CD that you can hold in your hands. Call me a Luddite, I love my CDs complete with liner notes and beautiful cover art. And I love Putumayo's eclectic collections!

Carol Skolnick says …

Georges Moustaki!!!!!!!!!

Malia Yoshioka says …

Lately i've been absolutely obsessed with Adele. Love Putamayo, pls pick me!

trudie w says …

oh wow what a list of singers! my favorite is most definitely Trevor Hall :) (i might go with Harry Manx as well once i listen to him... since he's canadian :))

Lena says …

I love the Putumayo's Cafe series. My favorite, so far, has been the Tango around the World. My favorite songwriter is Osvaldo Pugliese.

Shirley Woo-Hwang says …

I love the singers/songs on Putumayo.

Sharon says …

I'm impressed with the variety and scope of the Putumayo collections!

Rosalie says …

One of my new favorites is Michaela Harrison in New Orleans, LA. I've seen her perform at the JuJu Bag Cafe and now she has a new CD entitled "Love's Divine". Outstanding!

Sam A. Rafii says …

The Putumayo Collection is the best library of world flavored music. I am partial to the Afro-Brazilian, Arabic instruments and the Latin Beat; can't get enough of it. My all time favorite CDs; 'NEW WORLD PARTY' from the earlier times that included the late Miriam Makeba, Gal Costa, Chico César & Wyclrf Jean; the other is 'BRASILIERO',shich included some of the best Brazilian artist, like Chico Baurque,Joao Bosco,Clara Nunes and many more. Look out for a great young artist Luca Mundaca. Putumayo works like a parachute for your mind and heart; once it's open, it will never be the same or go back in form.

Angela says …

We have one Putumayo CD - Songs from Latin America ...and am enjoying it with our son who has Latin American roots...am looking for more music from around the world to share with him... A favorite singer/songwriter -Joni Mitchell

Kari Rasmason says …

John Hiatt is my favorite living singer songwriter. Townes Van Zandt who Justin was named after, was one great songwriter who left us too early, along with John Stewart.

Joy Seacat, PhD says …

Dance with Me - wonderful!

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