Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Last Minute Shopping

With less than two weeks of shopping left, I hope that all the riders on the Bus have been getting their share of good Christmas music. I don’t mean the dogs barking “Jingle Bells” or the overplayed standards programmed into the corporate playlists that have taken over our radios. I’d had my fill of that the day after Thanksgiving.

You folks know where to find the good stuff. Kat has been posting some great Christmas folk music to accompany her wonderful, reminiscing stories over at Keep the Coffee Coming. For more obscure seasonal offerings, there is nothing like a stop over at Big Rock Candy Mountain or hop up on Barstool Mountain to quench your thirst.

If you still have some shopping to do, or are looking to get yourself a little treat before the Holidays, be sure to check out some of our favorite independent music retailers.

Erica Wheeler and Peter Mulvey have new releases available on Signature Sounds.

Rounder Records has re-released Hazel Dickens’ classic It's Hard To Tell the Singer From The Song. Also, all of their 2007 releases and a few pre-release copies of upcoming 2008 CDs are on sale for $12.99.

One of my favorite labels for many years now is Waterbug Records. Their $5 Waterbug Sampler CDs are a great way to expose yourself (or a friend) to some of the most talented independent singer/songwriters. The latest sampler is free with an order for any full priced CD. Waterbug has been doing this for years and I consider it the best bargain anywhere.

Hightone Records has put together a 4 CD and 1 DVD set that comes with a 124 page book. Each CD is jam-packed with an assortment of cuts from great Hightone artists. The four CDs are divided by genre, Blues, Rock, Singer/songwriter, and Country. The DVD includes videos of Gary Stewart, Joe Ely, Rosie Flores, Dale Watson, and a host of others. The entire collection usually goes for about $60, but is on sale for $29.99.

Don’t forget to check out the deals at the other great retailers listed in the right panel. Give the gift of music and support these independent artist and the labels that produce them.

Marcia Ball - Christmas Fais Do Do.mp3


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm surprised there haven't been any comments. Maybe the riders are out doing their 'last minute shopping'. As you suggest, music has always been a great gift to give - or receive.

Maybe they don't know what a fais do do is. I still miss my time in cajun country. Great tune.

December 13, 2007 10:21 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Perhaps their all at the fais do do!

December 13, 2007 11:06 PM  

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