My Music
"Let there be songs to fill the air." - Jerry Garcia

March 4, 2014

Cool Beans!

I have played this CD over and over. Oysterband is one of my favorite bands - I've seen live twice. (Brighton England and Vancouver Canada)

Since the mid-seventies, Oysterband have been plying their trade with a number of changes in their line-up and in their style of music, but folk has always been at the heart of the band.

Back from touring their successful album Ragged Kingdom, which was the band’s reunion project with folk legend June Tabor, Oysterband have returned with their first collection of original songs in seven years.

Donna the Buffalo
October 30, 2013

Wow ... amazing. I can't wait until NYE 2013 when I will see them! This album is on a "Devil Makes Three, Nickel Creek and Grateful Dead" all mixed up into one.

I cannot stop playing this CD! I highly recommend listening to it. Check it out on ITunes and play some samples.

Seems as if you can't get in touch with your heart,
Seems like you don't know where to start.
Even though you play at the game,
Winners make losers - everybody's the same.

Counting Crows
August 16, 2012

Such a great album - such a great concert! I love the Counting Crows since their first album came out in 1993. I have every album and know every single word to every song. So, with that said - I had to go to this concert alone to fully enjoy the concert! Before the show, I snuck into a bar across the street and they were playing all Counting Crows and we were all singing at the top of our lungs.

It was excellent show - just like the new album. The album is their first album of all covers. This album is very happy and just gives you a great feeling playing it. I'm very happy to see Fairport/Richard Thompson's Meet on the Ledge on this album...a great rendition. I highly recommend checking out this album.


Gillian Welch
The Harrow & the Harvest - June 28, 2011

I love love love this album! My favorite live show I've ever seen in my life would be Gillian Welch and David Rawlings at the Fillmore in San Francisco October 2, 2011. It was truly the best show ever.

The review:

Following their headlining slot at San Francisco’s annual free festival Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings took the stage at the historic Fillmore Auditorium to rapturous applause. Announced merely ten days before the show, the venue was filled with fans who have anxiously awaited Welch’s comeback following an eight year lapse in releasing music. Thankfully, her return with this year’s The Harrow and The Harvest quieted any voices of distress that she’d lost her edge, and stands as one of the most accomplished and illustrious releases of the year.

The best part of the show was when Buddy Miller and Robin Hitchcock joined them on stage and did Candyman (Grateful Dead).


Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
Raising Sand - October 23, 2007

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss put out an album together - can you believe it? I was pleasantly surprised to hear "Killing the Blues", the same song I really like from Shawn Colvin's Live 88 album. The songs are very good, interesting and easy to listen. I also like "Please Read the Letter" as well as "Polly Come Home" which happens to be a a soft and easy-listening song.

I would classify it more like folk-rock with a little of country in it. But, maybe once or twice on the album, Robert does belt out a classic Led-Zep outburst such as the end of "Please Read the Letter".

Alison Krauss is also the producer of Nickel Creek's latest album, "Why Should the Fire Die?", which is great. I've seen them twice and both times were excellent shows. Will Robert and Alison tour? I sure hope so!


Lucinda Williams
HardRock Live - March 14, 2007

Lucinda Williams is one of my favorite singers. I went by myself to see her in concert at Orlando's Hard Rock Live and it was most definitely a favorite show of mine. Lucinda Williams in my opinion is one of the best American songwriters and has one of the greatest female voices in folk music.

See stepped on stage wearing a Rolling Stones t-shirt and a cowboy hat, and had a very casual attitude. She talked with the crowd between every song, received roses, signed someone's guitar and played songs that were not part of the regular tour because she told the crowd she really enjoyed playing in Florida. She sang well past midnight playing many older songs from Car Wheels On A Gravel Road. The pictures are pictures from the show that night.

West is her new album, which Rolling Stone Magazine gave 4 out of 5 stars and is by far my favorite album in my entire CD collection. I think this year it will be nominated for a Grammy.

If you want to check out an album, I highly recommend Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, which won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album in 1998 and is also on Rolling Stone magazine's top 500 list of albums.

Click here to watch her now on Austin City Limits

Steeleye Span

London Palladium, England - December 21, 2004

My second favorite show of all time was the Steeleye Span show in London. Tyler and I traveled all the way to London to see this show for Christmas. For a band that has been around for more than 35 years, they still know how to put on a great show! I did see Steeleye Span only once before in Massachusetts but that was when Gay Woods was the main singer because Maddy Prior was away from the band at that time. I still think of that moment when I saw Maddy Prior live for the first time step out on stage and sing her first note, it was amazing. The review the next day in the paper read: "But nobody can touch Prior: pure, genuine, a truly gorgeous voice."

Steeleye Span is an British electric folk/rock group formed in 1969 and is still together today. Their songs can be traditional folk songs or they can be hard rock, and everything in between. Many of the songs are actually folk-tales such as Tam Lin, an old story about a women who travels through the forest and is captured by the Queen of Fairies and to escape the forest, she must find the man she loves and hold on to him as he changes into many different things such as a snake and a wild-boar.

"Steeleye Span is like a bus. It goes along, and people get on and get off it. Sometimes the bus goes along the route you want to go, and sometimes it turns off, so you get off." —Maddy Prior  


What other music do I listen to?

Music is a big part of my life ... I always have a CD playing while programming. I've seen everyone listed here live at least once except for June Tabor. Hmmm - maybe someday.

  • Lucinda Williams - Definitely my favorite singer/song writer ever. (see above)
  • Nanci Griffith - another great singer/songwriter I've seen live at least 10 times and one of my all-time favorites.
  • Tracy Chapman - When it comes to live shows, my third favorite show of all time, Atlanta Georgia 1996 that I drove 7 hours to see. She's an angel.
  • OysterBand - Saw them in Brighton England in 2009 and wow --- totally awesome. Love them, have all their albums!
  • Counting Crows - What can I say ... Lyricallly, everything Adam Duritz writes is amazing. The CD New Amsterdam is excellent and I've probably played that more than any other CD I have.
  • Xavier Rudd - When I was travelling to Australia, his music was piped in on one of the music channels on the plane. I was hooked, and since it was a 14 hour flight, I was able to listen to it over and over. I immediately bought the album when I returned home. I saw him in Los Angeles in January at Hard Rock Live ... great show!
  • Richard Thompson - one of the best guitarist around, great song-writer and best seen live. See Richard Thompson live many times.
  • Teddy Thompson - Great music, great voice! ... well, I like his mother and father just as much. (see above, Richard and Linda)
  • Nickel Creek - I saw them do a 3-hour show at Janus Landing in St. Pete, but unfortunately they broke up recently.
  • June Tabor - A jazz/folk singer from England with an amazing voice. The only person I've not seen yet in concert, maybe someday. Her boxed set is excellent! Check her out if you like Jazz and Folk music.
  • Fairport Convention - A British Folk/Rock band that has been around more than 35 years as well. Once a year, they put on an outdoor festival called Croperdy in Oxfordshire England which Tyler and I went to in 1995.
  • Live - I was lucky to see them live back in 1998 when they were just starting out and were not the popular band. Their latest album, Songs from Black Mountain is excellent and one I play often. They have since broken up.
  • Regina Spektor - Love her, and her Live in London album is awesome.
  (c) Robert Paresi - All Rights Reserved