How do we find great new music?

There are many different methods for finding tunes. We all use them. The internet has made it really easy to get a hold of the best quickly.  In Radio there are a few 'tricks' and 'resources'  and a huge network of like minded music freaks that know ten times what you know but the thing is,  it's not complex or magical, hidden in the ether or pulled from a mystical waterfall.  We dig and dig, listen, listen, listen and dig some more and then listen some more. We listen to everything and anything that even looks like it might be just the treasure we are digging for and many times to things that don't. Then one day, there it is. That gold of a song that becomes a favorite.

Here are a few of my resources. Places I go to find great new music.

Paste Magazine

Michelle's desk (  CD deliveries from the music labels)

Rolling Stone Mag

Strangers Almanac ( online)

Web sites of favorite recording houses such as 'Red House, Rounder, nonesuch, Capitol, RCA ' etc... sometimes you will find that you are drawn to one or a few 'houses' more than the rest- follow them and listen to what they pick up. You will find that information on the CD package.  **I follow producers and specific musicians as well.

Favorite artists web sites ( keep up on the latest news for each and when that next great album is coming out)

Pandora or Genius or whichever system you use.

Amazon makes some good recommendations too.

Compilation CD's & Soundtracks

The lesser known acts at music festivals.

You see, its pretty investigative really, following clues.  But always a good deal of fun in the process. Mostly, I love getting to share found treasures with you on our Sunday Mornings.

The following is the playlist from show 2 of 2 of the Best of the Best of the Sunday Brunch 2010. Enjoy the albums, find your own favorites, explore and discover new CD's and musicians. It is a constant source of inspiration. Support them and encourage them. We are better- life is better for their existence.


The Avett Brothers- I and Love and You

I and Love and You

January Wedding

Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise

Ten Thousand Words

Laundry Room

I’ll With Want

Incomplete and Insecure

Patty Griffin- Downtown Church

House of Gold

Little Fire

If I Had My Way

Never Grow Old

Come Home To Me

Jackson Browne & David Lindley- Strange Love/ En Vivo Con Tino

I’m Alive

Call It a Loan

Looking East

The Crow on the Cradle

For Everyman

Your Bright Baby Blues

Jakob Dylan- Women & Country

Nothing But the Whole Wide World

Truth for a Truth

Tift Merrit- See You On The Moon

The Things That Everybody Does

See You on The Moon


Punch Brothers- Antifogmatic

Rye Whiskey

This is the Song

Joe Pug- Messenger

The Sharpest Crown

How Good You Are

Darrell Scott- A Crooked Road

A Crooked Road

The Open Door

Natalie Merchant- Leave your Sleep

Nursery Rhyme of Innocence and Experience

Justin Townes Earle- Harlem River Blues

One More Night in Brooklyn

Josh Ritter- So Runs The World Away

The Curse

Clare Burson- Silver and Ash

The Only Way

Crooked Still- Some Strange Country

Sometimes in this Country

Joe Firstman- El Porto

Marlene and her Sisters

Storyhill- Shade of the Trees

Well of Sorrow

Laura Marling- I Speak Because I Can

Goodbye England

Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows- Songs of John Prine

Josh Ritter- Mexican Home

Justin Townes Earle- Far From Me

Ben Bullington- Satisfaction Garage

Satisfaction Garage