Ben Folds and Nick Hornby – A Collaborative Project

Lonely Avenue, a collaboration between two eminent artists—American singer-songwriter Ben Folds and English novelist Nick Hornby—will be released, tomorrow September 28 on Nonesuch Records. Give it a spin.

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Ryan Montbleau Band – Heavy on the Vine

When I received my order from Village Produce.com (the new Mavis Staples CD produced by Jeff Tweedy, You Are Not Alone, which I am lovin a lot) inside was a promotional postcard promoting the brand new Ryan Montbleau Band record, Heavy on the Vine, produced by Martin Sexton. On the back of the card it was signed, Thanks Edward! ☮, Trader Dan.

Well I gotta tell you, the Ryan Montbleau Band record is stellar. The combination of the band with Martin Sexton producing is a winning collaboration. I can’t stop playing the tracks and watching the videos on http://www.ryanmontbleauband.com/.

So if you are looking for an infectious, repeat play, have fun recording by all means check out Heavy on the Vine by the Ryan Montbleau Band. You’ll be awfully glad you did 🙂


Three Songs I Never Tire of Hearing

Music is eternal

Soul Sacrifice by Santana

The tribal beat and how it hearkens Woodstock all over again.

Because the Night by Patti Smith

The collaboration with Bruce Springsteen, Patti's gritty tenacity and the line, "Desire's hunger is the fire we breathe."

You Are The Sunshine of My Life by Stevie Wonder

This was our wedding song 🙂

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Santana’s First Single from the forthcoming Guitar Heaven due 9/21

Clive Davis and Carlos Santana combine their energies with the Santana band and various guest stars for the new collaboration recording, Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time (Arista Records), available on September 21st.

The first single is the George Harrison classic, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, which features the beautiful voice of Ms. Indie.arie and the masterful bow of cellist Yo-Yo Ma. I loved it when I read what Olivia Harrison said when she heard this recording, ““Listening to the song,” Olivia Harrison told Carlos, “it made me jump for joy and cry at the same time.”.

The track is available here:  http://bit.ly/cQMlQl (link requires iTunes)

The VIP listening and all star concert takes place in Las Vegas on August 25th when Santana returns for their next extended stay at The Joint at The Hard Rock International Hotel. We hope that there will be something special planned on September 3rd when we get to see Santana live there for the 3rd time this year!

Light and Love!