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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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Ivette says …

I have to say Jewel, her lyrics are about anything and everything and so heartfelt and her voice is both soothing and bewitching. I've loved her for years. Franco de Vita is also awesome, best love songs ever.

Nan says …

I love Natalie Zoe! She's fabulous! And Malford Milligan rocks the house too! So many choices in Austin, the live music capital of the world!

Karen Cecchetti says …

The Sweet Remains really do have sweet harmonies!

Molly Fessler says …

Love my Michael Franti.

Susie H says …

U2 stands the test of time for me! And I have to add: my kids and I love the Putumayo CD's, our current favorites are the French Playground and Bassa Nova!

Emee says …

I love Marilyn Scotts music. I never get tired of her music.

linda c. says …

My favorite is Bonnie Raitt.

Shelly says …

I'll always love Greg Brown.

Sunny says …

Beres Hammond with his sweet reggae vibes.

Meredith says …

I would say my favorite Singer/Songwriter is Sandra McCracken. She is amazing!

Amie Rooks says …

Hard to choose just one! Love Kevin Griffin from Better than Ezra!

Holly says …

Fave singer/songwriter...VAN MORRISON

Jane G says …

Have a few Putamayo cd's and love the musical samplings of styles from around the globe. So many great singers & songwriters impossible to pick just one favorite, but for some reason Macy Grey jumped to mind. Miss her sound.

Ivan Everitt says …

Three-way tie between some lovely ladies: Shawn Colvin/Jonatha Brooke/Patty Griffin

Samantha says …

Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Neil young, John Lennon, Carol King, Sarah NcLachlan, and the list goes on. It's impossible for me to choose.

Shellie Kirby says …

Love Bonnie Raitt. Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Van Morrison...etc

Jill Short says …

I don't have a favorite. I like the broad range of artists that Putumayo brings to us. I feel privileged to be exposed to so many creative artists.

karen spector says …

I love Farrah & Strunz they are really mellow and their music transcends the earthly stress. When I play their music I lose myself in the incredible beauty of the sounds.

Debra says …

L-O-V-E love Habib Koite!

Nance says …

I love, love, love ALL of the Putumayo cd's I've collected ... they are truly inspirational! Each CD has a totally unique flavor -- great for theme dinner parties!! I've downloaded several songs (126+bpm) to my iShuffle so that I get a great workout to wonderfully 'happy' songs, as I trot my 2-4miles each morning. The music from Putumayo really does help to hoist me out of bed in the morning, and inspire me to put on my runners and get going!! Thank you Putomayo!

Hillary Nitschke says …

I love Gregory Alan Isakov, Lucy Kaplansky and more! Do I really have to have only one favorite???

Ann O'Hara says …

love this music!

Nancy says …

Steve Goodman, John Prine and George Harrison!

Barbara Lee says …

Jackson Browne (true original!!) and anything The Eagles :)

Deborah says …

I'll probably date myself.....James Taylor....

Belinda Gross says …

I love all types of music from the 60's to now. I have a lot of artists to choose from. A favorite of mine is Michael Buble.

Serena Weits says …

I really like the band Testa Rosa from Milwaukee, WI. featuring singer/songwriter Betty Blexrud-Strigens. Other favorites: Chris Pureka, Islands, Regina Spector, Patti Griffin, Daniel Lanois, The Be Good Tanyas, Aine Minogu, Beth Orton...the list goes on

Michelle says …

Carrie Rodriguez

Jessica C says …

Dave Matthews, of course! He has brought such wonderful light, joy and absolutely beautiful people in to my life. The eternal Love & gratitude I have for him is immeasurable. ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫

Sophia Sutton says …

I really enjoy the music of Skye and so many others....Thanks for the opportunity to win Putumayo's Cafe and Acoustic series.

Criss Harris says …

These look great!

Meghan says …

There are a lot to choose from, but I'm really liking John Mayer at the moment.

corina kelley says …

I've been a Madonna "wanna-be" since I was a child.. LOVE HER!

Paulatics says …

I would have to go back to Chicago folksinger Steve Goodman. He died of leukemia way too young.

Lynn says …

Eric Clapton!

kasey says …

Really love Ziggy Marley's cd family times!

Sue S says …

Love, love, love the Waifs!

Lana C. says …

Iron and Wine -- Sam Beam is my favorite contemporary folk singer-songwriter...the man's words are pure poetry.

Cora says …

Love The Waifs, good collection, hard to choose!

Howell says …

Kasey Chambers from down under!

reeva m. says …

yay i love putomayo!!

Eugenie says …

I like Mary Chapin Carpenter!

Lorie says …

I am not familiar with the artists on this album, but I love Putumayo's collections!

Susanne says …

I loved Amy Winehouse - may she rest in peace.

SANDRA MARTINEZ says …

anything Beatles!

Silvia Mendez says …

I teach therefore I am busy all day long and music is my one outlet, my stress releaser. This music lets me take a deep breath and continue on with all the extra work once my students leave.

Becky says …

Sade has always been my go-to music when I want a calming atmosphere.

Megan Little says …

Nora Jones

Anne Tedder says …

I love Eva Cassidy's music who sadly passed away.

Stacey says …

Michael Franti, definitely.

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