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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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Valerie Wedding says …

My husband is a huge fan of all music especially local artist. Would love to win him a special treat.

Caitlin L. says …

My most favorite singer songwriter has to be Loretta Lynn!

Margaret Lethbridge-Cejku says …

Years ago, Amoya had one song on Putumayo. Such a voice! Never found more of her music. also big fan of the Dalem Kids. We love all of Putumayo!

Jen says …

I love the Indigo Girls - such fabulous song writing! Although depending on mood, I might have answered Van Morrison or even Jack Johnson.

Erin says …

Taylor Swift is so talented, but my all time favorite has to be Carol King.

Lisa says …

I enjoy Lori McKenna, a singer songwriter from the Boston area. She has also written several hits for Faith Hill.

Kristi says …

Oh, and there are too many incredibly gifted people to narrow it down. But I do enjoy Steven Curtis Chapman, Mark Harris, Michelle Tumes, etc. I doubt that I'm very well rounded. Hehe. I guess that's partially by choice.

Margaret Lethbridge-Cejku says …

Well, Bob Dylan is a natural.

christy says …

i love putumayo!

stuart says …

Putumayo lets me sit back and really relax.

Michelle says …

I love soulful music. Joss Stone and Amy Winehouse are two of my favorites. I also like

Catherine says …

I am currently obsessed with Brandi Carlisle. She's amazing!

Justin Marino says …

Danielle St. Pierre is my favorite singer.

sharon Rolf says …

I had a,for not a better term, "New Age" program on the local radio when I lived in Telluride so,boy, to choose, where do ya start? Played all sorts of great artists and labels--I guess some of my favorites would be Craig Chaquico, Jesse Cook, Peter Kater/Carlos Nakai, Liquid Mind, Patrick Leonard,Richard Souther. Don't get me started on Gospel!!!!

Michelle says …

I also like Dionne Boomsfield.

Nancy Keith says …

I love Justin Towne Earle. It is also greet to be introduced to international artists.

angel says …

nick drake is timeless & beautiful...

Andrea Wolf says …

Have always admired Joan Baez.

jj says …

My favorite is the leader of The Decembrists.

Kirsten says …

Just one favorite? Too tough! A few of my faves include David Lamotte, the guys from the Guggenheim Grotto, and Amanda Palmer.

jolene says …

I love music in general but the swell season is wonderful. Their music is beautiful and inspiring.

Zeus says …

Ella Fitzgerald has a great voice!

MARUSIA says …

Jacques Brel - an original

AnGela says …

Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes - reminiscent of Bob Dylan.

AnGela says …

Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes - reminiscent of Bob Dylan.

Charlie says …

Dan Fogelberg

David Craft says …

Sam Phillips! Not the historic record producer. But, a wonderful female singer-songwriter who, in the 80s was a Christian singer (believe it or not -- and a huge fan of amongst fundamentalist Christians) who went by the name Leslie Phillips. Leslie Phillips eventually had an epiphany regarding the strict standards and requirements place upon Christian musical artists which she found to suffocate her artistic integrity. She left the Christian music scene once she fulfilled her record contract by recording "The Turning", an incredible album under a Christian record label that was surprisingly produced by the famous T-Bone Burnett (no doubt the reason why it was "incredible") who she also later married and later divorced. Oh, and she was in the third "Die Hard" movie as the mute girlfriend of villian Jeremy Irons. But that doesn't matter, I suppose, for this contest. Sam Phillips (not Leslie) has recorded about six non-Christian albums. (Is this comment too long???)

Chris says …

Lately, Anne and Pete Sibley. They won the Great American Duet Sing Off on PHC a couple of years ago.

John says …

Martyn Joseph

Pam Sheen says …

Maybe Elizabeth Mitchell, a thrush for all ages!

Shari Withrow says …

Joni Mitchell but I'm always on the lookout for new singer/songwriters as I LOVE all kinds of music!

Stacey says …

Love Sarah Jarosz, also really enjoy KT Tunstall, Ray La Montagne, and Leslie Feist.

Linda says …

wonderful music for a day at home..........

Herminia Maldonado says …

Elliot Smith is one of my favorites.

Jennifer says …

Van Morrison is absolutely incredible!!! Have loved his music for many years. 'Into the Mystic' is a favorite song.

Terry Snyder says …

I love Patty Griffin, especially her early work. I love her voice and lyrics.

cindy says …

I don't have a favorite.

Julia says …

Jose Gonzalez

Laura says …

I recently heard Gaby Moreno. She's fantastic.

Jean says …

My favorite singer songwriter is Steve Earle, with Gretchen Peters a close second. If you've never heard Peters, check her out online, especially her song "Circus Girl".

DC Watson says …

My favorite singer/songwriter is Annie LaRue...local gal with an abundance of talent!

John Betley says …

I can honestly say that nobody writes better than Randy Newman. Genious!

Mariana says …

Lila Downs and Lhasa; they're both amazing singers and songwriters.

Marianne Brent says …

Bruce Cockburn is the most amazing (and wonderfully prolific!) singer song writer! He makes music that can enhance life's memorable moments!

T. Crow says …

Leonard Cohen is my man.

Diane Zimmer Fascione says …

My current fav is Tommy Malone of the Subdudes. LUV their music!

jean smith says …

Pat green is the best!!

Elaine T. says …

I have two Putumayo cds: Italian Musical Odyssey & Afro-Portuguese Odyssey. Nora Jones is one of my favorites.

lara taylor says …

my favorite singer/songwriter is lady gaga. she's very talented!

Libby Zellmer says …

My favorite singer-songwriter is Milwaukeean Heidi Spencer, frontwoman of Heidi Spencer and the Rare Birds. Excellent songwriter, exquisite voice...she's the total package.

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