Hi everyone, here are our five musical recommendations for the week; four streaming suggestions* and one recommended album on CD.
(Click on the photo to stream or request the album you’re interested in!)
Freegal Streaming Suggestions*
No Frills – Solo Acoustic (2010) by Nik Kershaw (Genre: Pop, Rock, 1980s Pop):
This album features pop singer-songwriter Nik Kershaw playing his best known songs solo.
The album includes the songs: Wouldn’t It Be Good, I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me, Loud Confident and Wrong and the Riddle.
The Complete Monument & Columbia Album Collection by Kris Kristofferson (Genre: Country):
Eleven early and essential studio albums recorded and released by Kris Kristofferson between 1970-1981. The albums include: Kristofferson (1970), Me and Bobby McGee (1971), The Silver Tongued Devil And I (1971), Jesus Was a Capricorn, Breakaway (1974), A Star is Born (1976) and more.
Songs include: Me and Bobby McGee, Help Me Make it Through The Night, Sunday Morning Coming Down, The Silver Tongued Devil And I, Loving Her Was Easier, The Taker, The Pilgrim and many others – this album collection features 200 songs!
Bluegrass American Classics (2013) by Tennessee River Authority (Genre: Bluegrass, Country, Folk):
Brothers Hank, Scott and Jeff Harrison and friend Mark Maniscalco formed the The Tennessee Valley Authority bluegrass band in 1972. And the band is still playing today!
Songs on this 2010 LP include: Man Of Constant Sorrow, Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Sweet Home Alabama, Rocky Top, Nine Pound Hammer, Orange Blossom Special, Early Morning Rain and Peaceful Easy Feeling
Swinging Sixties Musical Hits (2009) by Matthew Ford (Genre: Vocal, Swing, Jazz):
Something else is a 2009 release by British jazz singer Matthew Ford. Ford is backed on the recording by Graham Harvey on piano and organ, Matthew Skelton on drums and Jeremy Brown on bass.
Songs on the LP include: Don’t Rain On My Parade, Fabulous Place, Once In A Lifetime, My Favorite Things, When In Rome and Pure Imagination
Reading His Complete Recorded Poetry by Dylan Thomas (Genre: Spoken Word, Poetry, Audiobook):
The great mid-twentieth century poet reading his poems!
Some of the recordings show their age a bit – however, hearing the author read his own work is super cool! And, it is notable, that in the very early sixties a young folk singer-songwriter thought so too and changed his name from Bob Zimmerman to Bob Dylan. So if you too love the way words flow together to create mental imagery – check out this collection!
Poems in collection include: Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Especially When The October Wind, Altarwise By Owl Light, This Side Of Truth and Quite Early One Morning.
Recommended CD of the Week:
Out In The Open (2018) by Steep Canyon Rangers (Genre: Country, Bluegrass):
The brand new album from the Grammy Award Winning North Carolina based band formed by Woody Platt, Graham Sharp and Charles R. Humphrey III in 2000.
I’m on a bluegrass, string music & folk music kick this week!
This group is known for their straight ahead bluegrass-country-folk blended music with tinges of rock music mixed in for good measure. In other words they are a modern bluegrass band and their music swings!
Songs on the LP include: Let Me Out Of This Town, Out In The Open Shenandoah Valley, Roadside Anthems, Let Me Die In My Footsteps and The Speed We’re Traveling.
Videos of the Week:
Wouldn’t It Be Good by Nik Kershaw & Howard Jones
Help Me Make It Through The Night by Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge
Peaceful Easy Feeling by The Tennessee Valley River Authority
BBC Proms Hollywood Rhapsody with Matthew Ford, Jane Monheit and the John Wilson Orchestra
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas
NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert by Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers
Have a great weekend!
*A library card is required to use the Freegal Music Service. If you live in the service area of the Southern Tier Library System, which consists of the public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Alleghany counties in New York State, you can get a library card for free at your nearest public library – including our own Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning, New York. The Freegal Music Service is free for all Southern Tier Library System member libraries library card holders to access.
Artist Biography & Discography Information:
The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn (Billboard Books. New York. 2009.)
Matthew Ford http://www.matthewford.info/
Tennessee Valley Authority http://www.tvabluegrass.com/Home_Page.html
P.S. If you have any questions about how to download or stream free music through the Freegal Music service to a desktop or laptop computer or how to download and use the Freegal Music app let us know! Drop by the library or give us a call at: 607-936-3713
*You must have a library card at a Southern Tier Library System member library to enjoy the Freegal Music Service. Your card can be from any library in the system, and the system includes all public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Allegheny Counties and includes our own Southeast Steuben Count Library in Corning, New York!
Library cards are free if you live in our service area. And you can obtain a card by visiting the Circulation Desk and presenting staff with a form of ID that features your name and your current address.
Links to the desktop versions of the catalogs for the library system – apps for each are available in your app store:
Digital Library Catalogs:
Freegal offers streaming and downloadable music
OverDrive allows you to check out eBooks, downloadable audiobooks and handful of streaming videos
RB Digital is the place you go to check out magazines – on demand – and you never have to return them!
The Traditional Library Catalog:
You can search for and request books, DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks on CD and other physical format items through StarCat – it is the modern day card catalog!