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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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JackieP says …

I love light jazz, cafe music-- anything from Madeline Peryoux, Adele, Fiest but love international cafe music.

Aejin H says …

I'm loving Michael Buble.

Elena says …

My favorite is Regina Spektor! I love that she sometimes introduces Russian poetry to her songs, and the songs she composes herself are so impressive.

Ken says …

I think Larry Murante is awesome!!

Tina says …

There have been so many extraordinary singer/songwriters over the decades, so many of whom I adore. I have to say that "Angel" by Sarah McLachlan always makes me cry no matter the circumstance.

John Angelico says …

I have many singer song writers I like, but one of my very favorites was Amy Winehouse!!

Analee says …

What a great prize. Eric Clapton us one if my all-time faves.

Rosine says …

Justin Timberlake is the best, modern, hip, and just so classic. :)

Julia says …

Paul Simons is a unique songwriter and one of my favorites.

Thanh says …

Dave Matthews!

Lee says …

I've admired Richard Thompson for many years, a terrific songwriter who really has had three solid careers (Fairport Convention, with his wife Linda, and as a solo artist). Not only is Mr. Thompson an exemplary writer, but his guitar playing can reach heights of the truly astonishing. As we've watched the luminaries of the British folk-rock scene age -- and some have passed on (John Martyn, Lal Waterson, and recently, Bert Jansch) -- I'm thankful that Richard Thompson is still with us, and productive!

Laura says …

I just found Leslie Feist and am loving her work

Elizabeth says …

I love Carla Bruni.

Gaby says …

I recently fell in love with Maria Gadu from Brazil

Erin says …

I am really enjoying Mat Kearney tight now.

genebo says …

currently, i'm drawn to the lyrics from Priscilla Ahn.

Dan R says …

I like a lot of them but Sting is my favorite.

Greg Forbush says …

Cliff Eberhardt is not as well known as his talent warrents.

Donnamarie says …

A few old-timers- Gordon Lightfoot, Jonathan Edwards, and Kathy Mattea. Still love Van MOrrison as well....

Sue cornell says …

Richard Thompson! Also Jesse Winchester !

Amanda F says …

my sister turned me on to Nora jones, and i love her music

Anna says …

Favorite Singer-songwriter: 1. Michael Jackson 2. Beatles 3. Carol King and James Taylor 4. A.R. Rahman 5. Khaled

Becky Wilson says …

I have always been a huge Cowboy Junkies fan but also love the cover artist Holly Cole... both from Canada and neither of these artists get the airtime and attention they deserve.

staci wells mefford says …

I was born in the 70's and actually like all music ,but the sounds from the 60's and 70's are my favorite

Carolyn H. says …

I always go back to my teenage favorite: Billy Joel.

Kate says …

What a great sounding Compilation! Thanks Whole Foods for sending out the notice!

Kristi D. says …

I really adore M. Ward...he hides big things in his stripped down style.

David Haet says …

I listen to the Putumayo's recording of Cuban favorites almost weekly. It is very good for the soul!

George says …

So much music, so many favorites, so little time :-) I'm thinking it's easier to just buy the 8-CD set than to pick a favorite. Pulling out one of my favorites at random.... Loreena McKennitt. B-)

cheryl says …

Lucinda Williams is my favorite singer!

Mike S says …

My singer/songwriter pick is DEFINITELY Brett Dennen! Man, I would love this CD set to play through my new system from Tivoli Audio!

Angela Adams DeMoss says …

Favorite singer-songwriter? Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, now First Lady of France, whose haunting "Quelqu'un m'a dit" was featured on Putumayo's Paris Cafe CD. She's an amazing activist and a very talented woman.

Meg Bressette says …

I have been a fan of Ellis Paul for quite awhile, as well as James & Livingston Taylor.

Kalpna says …

One of our favorites is Miriam Makeba - tremendous voice and energy!

dawnielle says …

I'd have to currently say Joshua Radin. <3

Carlos carrasco says …

Silvio Rodriguez.

Ashley Bittle says …

There are a plethora of talented artists to choose from throughout history. On that note, it's difficulty to choose one though when narrowing down to one singer, I'd probably go with Van Morrison.

Maria Castillo says …

I really love a venezuelan singer and songwriter Franco De Vita :)

Ayesha Khabeer says …

I have just heard Putumayo while shopping on saturday. Although I could not understand the lyrics was overcome by the music. Immediately after requesting the title of the music, I looked "Putumayo" up along with some of the history. There many great musicians out there these days he is one of the three that I like very very much. The other two being, Lagbaja, from Nigeria and Cheikh Lo from Senegal. Thanks for allowing me to comment. ESHA

Anne M says …

I heard a song by Sarah Jarosz recently and thought it was quite nice.

Linda says …

favorite local singer-songwriter is Jesse Autumn

Benno Kiewe says …

Love to listen to acoustic music... Couldn't be better with Putamayo.

Haley N says …

my fav singer/songwriter is jack johnson :)

nik says …

I think Michael Perry (website: SneezingCow dot com)is fantastic...great band and squealingly funny too!

devi says …

I am not familiar with these artists - not by name anyway. I do love being introduced to new artists so winning this would be a great opportunity to experience them. I would also play the CD's at my Mathnasium in Marana and introduce many young people to the music. I hope to win, Devi

Sheryl Hebert says …

I really gotta go with Jack Johnson and Ben Harper for recent favs, but for all-time great favs, I gotta go with James Taylor and John Lennon!

Dee says …

Ben Harper

Sabina says …

I love Adele 21 and her song Rolling in the Deep. Great / awesome voice.

liz says …

We listen to Martin Sexton a lot and have seen him in concert numerous times. While not a folk musician exclusively, Mr. Sexton delves into the heart of folk with his narrative and sincere lyrics. His wide vocal range and excellent guitar playing are our comfort food in music.

Sara says …

both my mother & I share a love of anything Putumayo related.

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