It’s that time of year when the Best of Lists start coming out!
Dan Herman ~ Radio Crystal Blue Top 100
In the world of music ~ Podcasting has become the portal for DIY musicians and Dan Herman, host of Radio Crystal Blue is one of the pioneers of this musical vehicle. Dan Herman has been sharing DIY musicians since 2003!
Danielle Miraglia and her critically acclaimed album “Box of Troubles” secured a Top 10 position coming in at #6 on Radio Crystal Blue Charts AND #15 all time ranking. Danielle’s latest release “Box of Troubles” a bare-bones expression of all these attributes, explores the highs and lows that life has to offer and has already received rave reviews. Alternate Root says “Danielle Miraglia’s guitar work keeps Delta traditions alive.”Danielle was featured in Acoustic Live in NYC Magazine in July by editor Richard Cuccaro, who served notice to the NY music community about Danielle saying “Danielle Miraglia …supremely intelligent and talented performer. It’s a plus that finding out how good a writer she is now reinforces our first impression of a highly energetic blues artist.” Richard Cuccaro Acoustic Live in NYC Magazine Read entire July Cover Feature in Acoustic Live in NYC Magazine HERE
Upside Down and Under My Heart is Sloan Wainwright’s stunning affirmation of love, at once intensely personal and undeniably universal. In a world that sometimes feels upside down, Sloan Wainwright opens her heart and touches yours. The album snared #36 making the Top 50 of Radio Crystal Blue Charts. Folk-pop artist Sloan Wainwright belongs to a musical dynasty of impossibly gifted singer-songwriters.
Her family tree (brother and folk-music luminary Loudon Wainwright, sister-in-law Kate McGarrigle, nephew Rufus Wainwright, nieces Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche) reads like a who’s who of contemporary folk music. Sloan’s incredible gift is not only her unique songwriting ability but her dramatically voiced rendition of her original songs.
Read about Sloan Wainwright HERE or No Depression contributor John Apice Review HERE
Klyma, a 2012 NERFA Formal Showcase Artist, delivers an emotionally charged blend of fan favorites from recent tours, and never-before-heard material on his eighth album, Another Man’s Treasure. Long known as a passionate and largely positive populist, Klyma’s new album showcases an impressively matured song-writing talent. He seizes a spot in the Top 50 coming in at #47.
Best New Artist of 2013 DAVEY O.
It’s no surprise that Buffalo, NY born and bred songwriter Davey O. has been described by Buffalo News critic Jeff Miers as having “a journalist’s eye for detail and poet’s ear for the well-turned observation.” Embarking on a decade-plus journey that has resulted in a collection of justly-earned, highly introspective songs, Davey crafts pure Americana that is not of the social and political consciousness, but drawn from the deep well of experience and human emotion – no hackneyed story lines, no insincere polish, just an unflinching poet’s look at life. The characters woven seamlessly into stories of which the song itself becomes the soundtrack for the movie playing inside the listener’s head. “Testing For Rust” which has grabbed the attention of Dan Herman is #49 of the Top 50 and BEST NEW ARTIST OF 2013
“Davey O. is a great singer songwriter also, a brilliant and inspired musician….” –Remo Ricaldone, American Roots DJ, Italy
More about Davey HERE
Loretta Hagen and her critically acclaimed album “Mud and Stone” released in March 2012, comes in at #74 Top 100. Loretta delivers rich alto vocals, polished award winning lyrics and tightly woven harmonies; the hallmark of her musical career.A 2013 JAM Awards “Top Female Songwriter of the Year” JAM Award nominee for “Album of the Year”, NJ Folk Festival Songwriter Competition Winner, and CT Folk Festival Finalist, Loretta recently released her third CD, Mud and Stone, featuring uplifting heartfelt ballads, playful up-tempo country swing, and cool bluesy grooves. “Mud and Stone” debuted at #10 on Folk DJ Charts, consistently #1 on the Roots Music Report for NJ, #5 Top 50 Folk Albums RMR, and receiving airplay throughout the US, Canada and Europe. Loretta has shared the stage with Pete Seeger, Roger McGuinn, Steve Forbert, Richie Havens, Gretchen Wilson to name a few and plays premiere stages across the Northeast. Loretta’s melodies leave folks feeling as if they are listening to their own stories set to song. Featured in No Depression, music critic John Apice describes the album as “This effort [Mud and Stone] is first class, top tier, a true contender as an artist to reckon with.”
Read entire No Depression Feature ~ Loretta Hagen ~ Mud and Stone CLICK HERE
Buskin & Batteau earned a spot in the Top 100 coming in at #77. Buskin & Batteau have been winning hearts and minds with their soulful acoustic balladry and fun-filled performances for more years than they care to remember. Their current album “Love Remembered, Love Forgot” continues to receive rave reviews and airplay.
The Washington Post called their work “an irresistible amalgam of melodic, sensual pop, folkie grit and killer wit.” And while their humor runs the gamut from topical irony (“Second Homeless”) to terminal silliness (“Jews Don’t Camp”), it’s their unique combination of instrumental virtuosity (piano and violin, primarily, though both play other instruments as well), soaring vocal harmonies and unparalleled lyric-writing that prompts the standing ovations and rhapsodic reviews: “The most musically sophisticated act in folk” –The New York Times; “Acoustic Heaven” – The Boston Globe. And with the help of uber-percussionist Marshal Rosenberg, they manage to kick the rhythm pretty hard for a couple of seasoned troubadors.
Famous in the eighties as superstar jingle writers –Batteau’s “Heartbeat of America” heads a list of a hundred or more hits as well as hosting their quirky, unpredictable Radio B&B show on WPKN-FM and WPKN.org. Their new CD “Love Remembered, Love Forgot” was recorded at Neale Eckstein’s Fox Run Studios in Sudbury, MA.
MORE ABOUT DAN HERMAN
I met Dan a few years ago both online and in person. Dan is passionate about the music he plays, the playlists he puts together and the musicians he wants the world to know about. He loves to feature top indie and touring artists, usually the DIY musician, those who aren’t major label. His podcasts are something you should take a listen to, dive in and hear the talents he exposes from around the world. Dan Herman is truly an inspiring and major ally for the DIY, indie musician today. Dan is also a photographer, records live concerts and audio interviews. On the music scene in NY and now Philly, for more than 10 years, Dan Herman is someone you should know and listen to!
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“Radio Crystal Blue is primarily a podcast program. This program is the collection of sounds that are generated by top indie and touring artists that are not major-label…just everyone else. I strive to connect one song to another by way of a chord, a lyric, a sentiment based on the time of the month, the year, a season, a common association between 2 artists or labels, a band or songwriter I booked, etc. You really do have to listen to the show to understand what I mean, but, once you do, you’ll feel the flow of this lost art of radio called freeform. I broadcast on Tuesdays, and eventually the show gets uploaded and presented on Big Contact (podcast provider) and the Web at large. I never know how it will end…the songs are chosen spontaneously, tho in advance I’ve chosen as much as which artist from which album…putting together segments generally by degrees of loudness. The middle stuff I put in the beginning…the louder in the middle, and the quiet at the end. Listen at various times of the year and you will pick up on songs I spin once a year as traditions.
I strive to play original music, as new as possible, from artists that currently promote their gigs and news. I stray from playing ‘singles’, ‘covers’, ‘standards’ and the like unless absolutely unavoidable. I believe in playing cuts that don’t always get aired.” Dan Herman ~ Radio Crystal Blue
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