Here's a place to share some recommendations for music that are on your playlist. The lists are not about what's new in music, but just music getting your play time...
Neil Young, "Live At Massey Hall" - this CD/DVD set is getting a good workout. Amazing sound and set of songs done by Neil with just his guitar or a piano. Great insight into his music with many of the tunes new at that point, going on to be classics.
CS&N, "Demos" - Classic tunes from one of my favorite bands. Bare bones, most are tunes that you know and love stripped down and reveals the simple beauty of a well-crafted song. Now, you have no excuse not to learn one of them, at least. Crosby's version of "Deja Vu", and "Almost Cut My Hair" are spectacular. Nash's "Marrakesh Express" shines, and Stills tunes, "You Don't Have To Cry", "Love the One You're With", and "Black Queen" are examples of a what a real singer/songwriter is all about.
Townes Van Zant, "In the Beginning" - The ultimate singer/songwriter. You wanna argue about that? "Gypsy Friday" - not much else to say.
also small, room at one of the Seneca casinos. It's a nice room for music, but they get top dollar. We passed up John Hiatt last November. Tickets started at $65, and there aren't many seats in this room.
He played at the Uptown Theater, here in Kansas City, wasn't sold out, and I think tickets were about the $25-$35 point. The band just kicked, and afterward despite the relatively small crowd, he and the band were very cordial afterwards, signing Albums, guitars, taking pictures, and taking time for the about 50 fans who stuck around to meet him.
Craig MC - yeah, get that disc, it's really good, he has a few tunes on YouTube, if you want to test it out, too. I just posted a pdf of "Invisible" here, take a look and let me know what you think.
Stephen Stills - Live at Shepard's Bush - This morning I spent time with Stephen Stills, watching the "Live at Shepard's Bush" DVD. Stills is in great form for both the acoustic and electric set. Though, I do find myself more partial to the acoustic set, which features Stephen playing his cadre of Martin D-45's throughout in various tunings.
This collection features a CD/DVD set of recordings that capture most of his more accessible tunes like, "Treetop Flyer", "4+20", and a great solo rendition of "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes", among others. The recording was done in 2009, and it is really worth having in your collection, if you don't already have it. What a way to spend a cloudy Sunday morning, and at the end of watching it - the sun broke through the clouds. What's the opposite of a rain dance - I guess, it's this recording.
Now, I'm tuning my parlor guitar to the modal tuning and having fun playing a version of "4+20", I call "4+60", though it's 3 years away, it's more appropriate. Thanks to our public library I was able to demo this recording, and after listening, I purchased it. It's a keeper.