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You should be listening to Joshua Radin!

Joshua Radin is the wispy, hushed vocals singer/songwriter who got his start in the business by playing an early composition for his buddy Zach Braff (yes, that Zach Braff, he of Scrubs and Garden State fame).  Braff, clearly liked the song, and featured it on the soundtrack to his hit T.V. show Scrubs. 

This fortuitous event led to a recording contract for Radin and his music found its way on to other shows like Grey’s Anatomy, One Tree Hill, Brothers and Sisters, as well as movie soundtracks for The Nanny Diaries and The Last Kiss.  His debut album We Were Here was released in 2006.

Joshua Radin Discography:

  • We Were Here
  • Simpler Times

In 2008 Radin released his sophomore effort Simpler Times.  As with his debut, many of the tracks from Simpler Times made their way on to T.V shows such as House M.D., Bones, and 90210.  Prior to its release, Radin’s label asked him to add a more “radio friendly “song to the album.  Not wanting to capitulate to the man, Radin returned all of the label’s money and released Simpler Times on the aptly titled independent label Mom & Pop Music without changing anything on the album. 

Top 5 Joshua Radin Songs:

  1. Today (We Were Here)
  2. One Of These Days (Simpler Times)
  3. Sun Drenched World (We Were Here)
  4. Winter (We Were Here)
  5. I’d Rather Be With You (Simpler Times)

Radin has a sleepy quality that leaves you imagining him waking up and serenading his sleeping companion.  His delivery is restrained and subtle but alluring and delicate as he draws you into each song.  His lyrics are clever and straight forward and typically accompanied by a sparse, acoustic guitar.

Check out Joshua Radin at www.joshuaradin.com

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIFknUShX_k

Note: This is the song that Joshua performed at Ellen DeGeneres Wedding

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-ExkrpHICU&NR=1

Another Note: Cover of Ben Harper’s Waiting On An Angel

Great music awaits!


You should be listening to Ray LaMontagne

Ray LaMontagne burst on to the music scene in 2004 with his debut “Trouble”.  The title track was one of the biggest surprises to hit the music scene that year.  He has had his songs used in several movies, “The Devil Wears Prada”, “The Last Kiss”, and “I Love You, Man”  He has also had songs in the Dennis Leary television show “Rescue Me” and “House M.D.”

 With a voice that is wrapped equally in pain and sandpaper, Ray is able to communicate his stories of love and loss, leaving and being left, and the myriad of emotions that run in between. 

 It is the emotion and urgency of both his vocals and his lyrics that draw you in to his songs as he makes no attempt to reach out to you.  His music is sparse and the words and his vocals carry most of his songs even though it is barely a whisper.

 On his most recent release “Gossip in the Grain” Ray, is joined in the studio by his touring band which is a big departure from the largely solo work of his first two releases.

 Ray LaMontagne Discography

  • Trouble
  • Till The Sun Turns Black
  • Gossip in the Grain

 Top 5 Ray LaMontagne Songs according to Butler (Albums listed to right of song):

  1. Empty (Till The Sun Turns Black)
  2. How Come (Trouble)
  3. Jolene (Trouble)
  4. Let It Be Me (Gossip in the Grain)
  5. Three More Days (Till The Sun Turns Back)

 Check out Ray LaMontagne and let me know what you think.

 Ray LaMontagne’s music is available on iTunes, some record stores and www.raylamontagne.com.

  Great music awaits!