Beth's Favorite Music
maintained by Roy Jones,
"Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened.
Don't open the door to the study and begin reading.
Take down a musical instrument."

Jalal al-Din Rumi

what music would you like today?

Ray Lamontagne
Gorgeous, earthy voice... this album was a real touchstone for me when I (born in the Appalachians) was living in NYC for a year (really, really not a big city girl). His lyrics are very intimate, very heartfelt, and perfect for making art, which is inherently both intimate and heartfelt. The first three tracks and Hannah are particular favorites of mine.

The Be Good Tanyas
Wow. I love The Be Good Tanyas. Canadian group of three women with an interest in traditional tunes, Appalachian and beyond, and a lovely, close harmony. Very different, beautiful voices.

Blue Horse
The Be Good Tanyas
The collaboration with Jolie Holland is excellent... perfect for that long drive on a summer day, or when you wish it was a summer day.

Amos Lee
Amos Lee
So romantic! The Arms of a Woman... sigh.

Soul Journey
Gillian Welch
This and "Revival" are wo of my favorite of her albums. Such an original voice, so curious.

Gillian Welch
For me, Gillian Welch's songs have the flavor of home, but it's the edginess of tracks like "Tear My Stillhouse Down" that make her great.

Julie Blue
Joe Purdy
Wash Away, Reprise.... breathtaking. Just right for that minute in the day when everything falls into place, when clarity seems just around the corner.

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