Episode 49 of the Mix Tape Radio show went up on Monday (you should go stream it on Mixcloud or download/subscribe on iTunes —or both— if you haven't already), and today I continue with the usual 'a few tracks at a time' ramblings about all the tracks that were featured on the episode. Today just so happens to only feature tracks that are 'live sessions', and all 3 are available to download for free (and they come with even more live sessions). So head downwards with your clicking finger…
Don't let Kris Kringle on the cover of this 'Best of American Songwriter Sessions’ compilation trick you into thinking that your about to press play on a Christmas album at the end of January. I wouldn't do that to you (the compilation came out just before Jesus's birthday, hence the Yuletide wrapping). Inside you'll find nothing but some pretty ace sessions from some pretty ace songwriters. Daniel Romano. Todd Snider. Will Johnson. Damien Jurado. William Tyler. I'll stop listing now and just remind you that you can download it for FREE. So probably go do that.
I'm not going to waste too much of your time talking about the great Gregory Alan Isakov session that Fuel/Friends recently posted, as you really should save all your attention span for being over on her site. Not only has she posted videos for each of the three tracks he recorded (including a lovely cover of one of Iron & Wine's loveliest tunes) but you can also download the full session over there. And while you are over there, especially if you've never been over there before, prepare to spend a good part of your day checking out all 34 amazing Chapel Sessions (the list of artists is crazy good).
How does a 'whatever price you fancy' 17 track folky compilation featuring the likes of Willy Mason, Zachary Cale, Marissa Nadler, Charlie Parr, and a whole bunch more sound? I agree, that does sound pretty good (in fact, it sounds great). The only thing that would make this non-hypothetical situation any better would be if there was, oh I don't know, say a whole other 'whatever price you fancy' 16 track folky compilation from these same people that put the 'folk' in 'Philadelphia' available as well. But that's probably pushing it. Or is it? (spoiler: it's not… so go get Volume 1 and Volume 2)
Alright, that's it from me for today. If you made it down here without pushing play or clicking on any of the things above, you should probably head back up and correct that. Maybe even buy the artists a metaphorical pint if you like what you hear. And while we're listing things you should do if you haven't already, you should also probably go listen to the episode that these tracks feature on. And then I'll be back to talk about the other songs from this episode that I haven't already talked about. OK? ok.