Hi everyone, here are our five musical recommendations for the week; four streaming suggestions* and one recommended album on CD.
Freegal Streaming Suggestions*
Summer is a very busy time in Library Land and thus I’m running out of week to finishing this posting!
So I’m going to offer brief descriptions of each album and recommend that if you like the genre of music the artist/band plays – you should check out their recommended album!
Freegal Recommend Albums of the Week:
Encore, Encore (1979) by Fairport Convention (Genre: Folk, British Folk, Folk-Rock):
Fairport Convention formed in the mid-sixties and was one of the most prolific British folk rock bands of the era.
This album was recorded on the folk group’s farewell tour in 1979 and the music has a poignant quality to it, as one would expect of a long playing band about to retire.
Of course, the group reformed in the 1980s and has continues to play until this day – but band members didn’t know that would happen in 1979!
Songs on the LP include: Orange Blossom Special, Bridge Over The River, Mr. Lacey, The Bonny Black Hare and The Journeyman’s Grace.
New York Rhapsody (2016) by Lang Lang (Genre: Classical, Easy Listening, Piano):
This classical LP is a perfect to play as background music while unwinding over the weekend!
Pianist Lang Lang is accompanied by the follow guest artists: Jason Isbell, Andra Day, Herbie Hancock, Kandace Springs, Sean Jones, Lindsey Stirling & Madeleine Peyroux.
Songs on the LP include: New York Morning, Empire State of Mind, Rhapsody in Blue, Somewhere and Story of Our Town.
James House And The Blue Cowboys (2018) by James House And The Blue Cowboys (Genre: Rock, Blues, Blues-Rock, Americana):
The brand new bluesy album by Nashville based singer-songwriter James House and his band.
Songs on the LP include: Jail House Blues, Long Way Down, Gone Again, Ain’t No Way, Ballad of the Troubadour Kings & Arkansas Woman.
Home (2017) by Collabro (Genre: Vocal, Musical Theatre):
Collabro is a British vocal group, consisting of signers Michael Auger, Richard Hadfield, Jamie Lambert, Matt Pagan & Tom Redgrave that has its roots in singing musical theatre songs.
Songs on the LP include: This is the Moment, That’s Life, For Good, December 1963 (Oh What a Night) and Lighthouse.
Recommended CD of the Week:
Voices (2018) by Tom Rush (Genre: Folk, Rock):
This is a great new album by folk singer who got his start during the sixties folk boom.
This album has a solid depth to it as one might expect from a musician still playing and recording in his seventh decade.
Songs on the LP include: Elder Green, Come See About Me, My Best Girl, Life is Fine, Cold River and Far Away.
Videos of the Week:
Meet on the Ledge by Fairport Convention
Empire State Of Mind by Lang Lang & Andra Day
Which Side of the River by James House and The Blues Cowboys Featuring Roddie Romero and Smoov Ras
For Good & Defying Gravity by Collabro
Voices by Tom Rush
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.)
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!