Buying handmade is going to be so easy except for a few people in my life: my father and father-in-law. For my mother, and mother-in-law, and sister-in-law, and my dad's wife, and all the other women in my life - I have a ton of ideas. Too many. For Felix and Tibo, lots of possibilities with cool handmade toys and t-shirts. But, my father and father-in-law are a little more challenging.
Because they are both musicians, I like buying them music. But, where do you buy music outside of big chain stores? I would like to support independent artists but how do I know if they sound any good?
CD Baby to the rescue. I've heard about this site a bunch because my dad sells his music there but I had no idea it had so much to offer! For example, my father-in-law recently purchased a resonator guitar or dobro so he is interested in hearing lots of cds that feature this instrument. So, I headed over to CD baby and using their search engine, I found an album by Steve Fisher which features the dobro player Sally Van Meter - and then I listened to the tracks! I really like it and I think my FIL will like it too!
Next, I used their "sounds like" search and entered in Jerry Douglas which led me to this fantastic album by Ivan Rosenberg and Billy Cardine. Again, I was able to preview all the tracks and make sure the style would appeal to my FIL.
I'm off to see what cd baby has to offer in modern jazz...
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