5.31.2010

Daytrotter.com

Right now I'm listening to the Blind Boys of Alabama. Got to love a bunch of black gospel singers belting out 'Amazing Grace' like the song is actually alive in their veins.

Next up is Jeff Daniels, the well known, Michigan born actor. (He stared in both Gettysburg and Dumb and Dumber just to prove that sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction.) Here he sits down with his acoustic guitar and tells us about getting shot by Clint Eastwood and what it's like to fall from fame.

After that is Tori Amos, whose gorgeous and cold Piano playing makes you wonder if it's in fact snowing outside.

I'm enjoying all of these great artists thanks to a website called Daytrotter.com.

5 days a week, they have artists stop by their studio, lay down some live tracks (mostly acoustic 'unplugged' style, but some simply live) and put it up for free download. It is a fantastic way to get the word out about their music, and it's a fantastic place to find new artists.

I'm newly enjoying Ben Kweller, who I've heard of, but until now I'd never heard. Or Josh Ritter, who is quickly becoming a favorite. Or Edward Shapre and the Magnetic Zeros, greatest band name ever.

There are big names too, like Kris Kristofferson, Death Cab for Cutie, Spoon, Lisa Hannigan and Carly Simon.

It costs absolutely nothing to join and download as much or as little as you'd like. I’ve personally downloaded enough to keep me busy for weeks.

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