5 For Friday: Sep 12th 2014


"There are two kinds of music. Good music, and the other kind." - Duke Ellington

We kick off this this week's 5 for Friday with a selection from our newest team member, Allie! We present to you: John Martyn, regarded by many as one of the most important figures in the history of British folk music. Born in London on September 11th, 1948, Martyn had a long and colorful career, bridging the gab between folk, jazz and rock, It wasn't just John's stellar guitar playing that made him stand out from his peers, but his unique vocal ability and heartfelt songwriting. John Martyn was a genius of his time, unquestionably! Happy day-late birthday, John. You are missed.

Chosen by Emma Beaton, our chief Artist Outreach Coordinator, the next pick is The Sun Parade. In 2012, The Sun Parade released their first full-length LP “Yossis”, which has received a considerable amount of amazing reviews and 
radio play with the single “Need You By My Side.” Brilliantly uplifting folky pop music performed by beautifully unkempt young people. What's not to like?

From Glasgow, Scotland, The Blue Nile are one of the most under-rated and under-the-radar bands of all time. Formed in 1981, and having released only four full-length albums, this band are just about as elusive as the Loch Ness Monster, only adding to the romance and mythical quality of the band. Some credit the Blue Nile as being the band that shaped the sound of the 80's. It's difficult not to be transported to the rainy streets of 80's Glasgow when you hear their sound.

Ryan Adams is a prolific and acclaimed songwriter, having released 16 albums in about as many years, Adams released his newest record this week and what a beauty it is. Check out this acoustic version of "My Wrecking Ball" to hear for yourself. Not a trace of Miley within earshot, don't panic.

Last, but not least, the whole team has been raving about this young chap since we discovered him a few months ago. Sammy Brue was probably born with a guitar in his hand, singing better songs than the rest of us have spent years trying to write. At 13-years-old, Sammy is already cooler than us who are writing this and you, too, dear reader. The best news is, Sammy is playing his second Concert Window show on Sunday at 9PM EDT. Tune in, then you can say you knew Sammy Brue before he won all the GRAMMYs. Don't say we didn't warn ya.

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