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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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Mimi says …

I like singer/songwriter Kany Garcia!

SarahM says …

I love the putumayo collection's. The music is so relaxing and can certainly put a great spin on any evening,social gathering or even in my case, motherhood.. I have been raising my young ones on the kids collection and they love it..It helps to keep them interested in the rhythm of life and music..It's special in our household..

Jana says …

I like to chill listening to Jann Arden or Everything But The Girl. The kids and I love listening to a few of our Putumayo discs on low while we read...

Ryan says …

Vienna Teng

kate says …

I like Carrie Newcomer and Dar Williams.

Ken B. says …

John Prine and Jimmie Dale Gilmore are 2 of my long time favorites.

Stephanie V. says …

so many faves - james taylor, carole king, crosby stills & nash

Bob Finch says …

OK, call me old & corny (careful with the spelling!), but I still groove to James Taylor whenever I hear him--some of his work kind of reminds me of 'Music from the Chocolate Lands'; sweet and meaningful.

Jennifer Clark says …

I absolutely love acoustic music! I would love this!

Idilia venti says …

Love love these wonderful artists and so does my 5 year old :)

Barbara Damon says …

Love the stylings of Brown Bird!

Doug says …

Jimmy Buffett

Heidi Parsons says …

_A_ favorite singer-songwriter? I can't name just one; almost all my favorite musicians are classified as singer-songwriters, from Joni Mitchell and James Taylor (60s-70s) to Suzanne Vega and Marc Cohn (80s-90s) to Norah Jones and Mike Doughty (90s-today). Singer-songwriters tend to write personal stories, intimate portraits, songs that touch the heart and expand the mind.

Karen says …

Eric Clapton/Neil Young/Sting are 3 greats.Then there's Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull /John Anderson from Yes & many more.Therefore it is hard to choose. : )

Albert Fang says …

My favorite singer-songwriter is Black-Eyed Peas.

shea says …

I am loving Paul Hardcastle.

Terre Johnson says …

Ben Sollee! He is amazing, really rocks the cello and very talented!

polly says …

Favorite song writer...Jack Johnson

Anna says …

My favorite contemporary singer-song writer is Neco Case. But maybe if I hear this new Putumayo release, I'll have a new favorite... :)

Kirsten says …

I love Putumayo!

Helen S. says …

It'd have to be Ray LaMontagne. He has a way of writing and singing from the soul that in turn, moves my soul. I get lost in the simplicity yet depth of the lyrics and music of his songs and the velvety texture and ease of his voice. Talking about it makes me want to listen right now. Scrolling down my music list to Ray LaMontage right now ...

Susie Keat says …

As a manager/publicist/booking agent to several Midwest performers, I have to admit that many of those on my roster are also at the top of my singer/songwriter list! Locally, John Natiw of The Potter's Field comes to mind. On a national level, Paul Thorn, Todd Snider and John Prine are definite favorites -- brilliant lyrics, great music, dynamite performers!

Trisha S. says …

My fiance and I love Jason Mraz. I think it's his music that made us stick together.

Emily Whitehouse says …

I have to say I'm loving Eddie Vedder's ukulele album. Also love Jewel! I love Putamayo!!! The kids CD's were constantly playing at the pediatric therapy clinic I worked for in Anchorage, Alaska.

Heidi says …

I have been really enjoying Nora Jones lately. Can never get enough of Putumayo though! My preschool kids at work love it too!

Raoul says …

Back when I was young and thought I was cool enough to go to the Club 47 in Cambridge Mass we would hear great acoustic music like this. Sarah Jarosz and Greg Iakov bring back that young smile to my heart.

Lynn says …

Sir Paul McCartney. He's my hero and inspiration in so many ways.

Todd McPherson says …

My Favorite Singer Song Writer is Taj Mahal - His world beat and eclectic body of music is inspirational

Nogger says …

love Laura Love.

Dave says …

I've been hip to Putumayo for a while now; looking forward to this great set!

Lily Lewis says …

Favorite singer song writer? Ani Difranco of course! She is so eloquent and powerful!

victor says …

robert mirabal

Laurie says …

Van Morrison

julie sommer says …

Duncan Sheik is my fave!

Theresa says …

I adore Vienna Teng's music and have been able to catch her performing live a few times over the years. Beautiful voice and original perspective!

Dana says …

I love the contemporary Christian group Casting Crowns. Or Steven Curtis Chapman. They are my favorites, but I listen to a variety of music depending on the day, mood, hour, and the tasks being worked on at that moment.

Monica says …

Definitely, Audra McDonald is my favorite singer.

karen fragoso says …

I love most music, but I have a autistic child who loves acoustic music.

Debbie says …

One of my favorite Putamayo CDs is European Lounge. Also, there are many wonderful CDs for belly dancing such as Sahara Lounge and Arabic Groove.

Theresa says …

Oh, and Brett Dennen is music to reset your conscience to!

Ben says …

I am a fan of Neil Young's work. I am always looking for new music but, his songs are classics and always great to listen to.

Mina says …

My kids love this music. I put it on when they go to bed sometimes and it is very relaxing. Would love to win to have for my collection!

Chris M says …

Waylon Jennings was a great singer songwriter, as was Johnny Cash - original and memorable songs in a distinctive style.

Mina says …

My kids love this music. I put it on when they go to bed sometimes and it is very relaxing. Would love to have for my collection!

Julie Drizin says …

I love so many singer songwriters, it's hard to choose. But I guess I'd have to say Paul Simon is the most inspiring one I can think of. His music is as fresh and relevant as every, his lyrics are deep and his voice is beautiful. He's ageless and timeless, yet wise and joyful.

Ann Owen says …

Peter Mayer from Stillwater MN is one of my favorites!

Vilmap says …

Putumayo's acoustic music is my favorite.

Risa Jacobson says …

I don't currently have a favorite, but if I win the CDs I'm sure I will after listening to them!

Lise says …

Tough to pick just one favorite. I can narrow it down to 3. Gillian welch, Hayes Carll and Amos Lee.

Kristi says …

Love Putumayo CDs! May I win, please? :)

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