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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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Aine says …

My favorite singer-songwriter right now is Adele. I also have to give props to my friend Melissa Simonson, a local artist who is releasing her first CD. :)

Mary says …

My go to woman right now is Deva Premal. Love, love, love her for a home yoga practice.

Neva Leigh says …

Antonio Carlos Jobim

stacy abernathy says …

What a great opportunity to listen to the rest of the world. And the artwork is just as wonderful.

Natalie Mosco says …

I love Putumayo's albums -- cool and current.

Holly A says …

For me, Paul McCartney is the most amazing, beautiful, prolific singer and song writer. Just recently, he composed classical ballet music, and old standards from his Beatles days like Yesterday, Eleanor Rigby, and Blackbird continue to resonate in my heart and soul.

Sarah Gross says …

Justin Earle is amazing, and an incredible live performer. I also recently discovered Ari Hest. Amos Lee is extraordinary, maybe my current favorite. Unbelievable live!

Michael S says …

The lead singer for Five for Fighting, John Ondrasik

verny samayoa says …

Love this collection

Marissa Davidson says …

Iron and Wine is my hands down favorite!

Nancy Perron says …

Interesting.

Chris Hardin says …

It's because of Putamayo that I first learned about Angelique Kidjo, an incredibly talented lyricist and vocalist from Benin. I heard her initially on an sampler CD highlighting musicians from Africa as I volunteered at a local Fair Trade store. It was that one song which launched a collection of her CD's and a bucket dream came to fruition: to see her in concert. She preceeded Santana about 6 years ago at an outdoor concert. The music venue is now defunct, however memories of that evening still live on in my heart. Thank you Putamayo!

melissa murray says …

i love putumayo, singer songwriter.....maybe bob dylan, i dont like to pick one. :)

Jen says …

Bonnie Raitt!

Eileen says …

For Blues/Rock, I LOVE anything by Joe Bonamassa, an incredibly talented guitarist/writer. For pure vocal beauty, I love Alison Krauss.

Karen says …

I love,love, LOVE French Cafe!

Dawn Norris says …

Peter Gabriel

Laurel says …

I'm old school -- I like Bob Dylan's stuff from the early sixties! If you haven't listened to it recently, it's amazingly fresh and relevant!

Sydelle says …

Tuck and Patty, John Denver, Tracy Chapman, Paul Simon, Norah Jones, and Erykah Badu -- How's that for an eclectic mix?! -- Such different styles and yet each one can take me to another place!

Christine says …

Joni Mitchell still rules.

Mich says …

Leslie Fish, Ann Mortifee, Hayes Carll, and many others.

Matt Cantillon says …

My current favorite singer songwriter is Rose Cousins. She is Canadian, having grown up on Prince Edward Island, in the Maritimes. Her first album, "If You Were For Me" is as close to a perfect collection of songs, perfectly produced and performed, as one could possibly hope for. Well worth a listen.

Bridget says …

I love listening to this music while I am baking- and just about any other time as well!

Laurey says …

Good old Joni Mitchell and Neil Young for stryers! Also Antonio Carlos Jobim. Jesse Colin Young. Good enough for now!

Joanne says …

Billy Joel is my all time favorite!

Melanie Gomez says …

If I was going to talk about anybody I wou;d say Enya!! I can always listen to her music and relax.

Breanna Nater says …

I am a big Putumayo fan, so many great artists from all over the world that I wouldn't have had chance to hear otherwise! To choose one of my fav. artists is hard but i have to say Souad Massi is a big favorite with me.

Amy Guskin says …

It's gotta be the original: Mr. Bob Dylan himself!

Meighan D says …

Fiona Apple

Jocelyn Jacobson says …

Gary Louris and Mark Olson make me feel like I'm a kid at a park.

colleen whalen says …

My favorite singer/songwriter is hearthrob Benois. He has programs aired on PBS and is a world class artist in the domain of World Music. Benois is a "movement person" and does a great deal for social justice and global peacemaking. Plus he is Lord Sexitude, His Holy Hotness - easy on the eyes and lovely, celestial World Music.

Nancy Bernet says …

Love Sarah Jarosz

Sharon Santos says …

I have loved Puntumayo music for years. Looking forward to some new stuff! My favorite singer/songwriter is Michael Ripoll. His guitar playing is incredible. He has Cuban and Italian roots which comes out in his style.

Danielle says …

I've been really enjoying Tracy Chapman's music lately!

Nan says …

I like Afro-Latin Party by Putumayo Presents.

Scott Bernstein says …

Personally, I'm partial to Dan Bern when it comes to Singer/Songwriters. He can swing from biting to hilarously funny to dead serious from one song to the next.

Scott P says …

By far Joni Mitchell. Amazing lyrics. Has played/written pop, jazz, etc. "And I could drink a case of you.....and still be on my feet"

Scott P says …

If I'm only supposed to list a Putumayo artist, then Angelique Kidjo.

a8ala says …

I have a favorite for each mood. For whimsy check out Zoe Lewis

Brenda says …

Wow,there are so many fantastic artists! When I'm in nature, or driving through the magnificent Siskyous, I love to listen to something like Cusco. Their Inca Dance is great.

Marcia says …

Tommy Emmanuel is an Australian singer/songwriter who is an absolute genius with the acoustic guitar. When you listen to him play his guitar, it sounds like you're listening to someone who has four hands and he projects very inspiring energy. Listening to him will fill your heart and make you smile.

Mary Carson says …

Love music - all kinds, espcially 60's rock, soul & folk.

Chris Gibson says …

Acoustic music is the only way to go. I love the way the voice fits with the different instruments. For the last couple of years, I have enjoyed Hawaiian acoustic singers including Keali'i Reichel, Waipuna, and Hapa. Check them out! Most are in Hawaiian, but the voice becomes another instrument.

emma says …

my kids have really enjoyed borrowing a few of these cd's from the local library. We have listening stations set up in their rooms for audio cd's & books on cd & they would both love sharing these cds in their collection. What a great giveaway!

Beth says …

Anything that takes me to the islands of Hawai'i. So I enjoy Jack Johnson for obvious reasons. I also love the Downbeat Project and the Honeydew Drops.

Fran says …

It has to be Lou Reed for me. Anyone who bought or listened to his music wanted to be a singer/songwriter themselves.

Michele says …

I absolutely love Michelle Shocked and Beth Neilsen Chapman.

Suzanne Heneghan says …

So many to choose from! My taste is very eclectic, so it covers many genres. Putumayo is super, but I guess my all time favorite since my youth, would have to be James Taylor. :)

ginny murray says …

olivia newton john. She made me smile and dance to her amazing music. 70's had songs we sang to and brought up memories to enjoy for a lifetime. thanks so much.

Richard Brandt says …

Joni Mitchell!

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