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Listen to The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver via NPR Music’s First Listen series

DenverLast week, we premiered a moving cover of John Denver’s “Some Days Are Diamonds” by Philly’s Amos Lee. It comes from the excellent John Denver tribute LP The Music Is You, out next week on ATO Records, and this week you can hear the entire star-studded compilation – which features contributions from My Morning Jacket, Sharon Van Etten, Brandi Carlisle and more – via the NPR Music First Listen series. NPR’s Robin Hilton has this to say:

Denver, who wrote unabashedly sentimental songs about love, nature and an ever-homesick life on the road, had a rare gift for stirring something inside listeners. To many, his melodies and lyrics could come off as maudlin and conventional. But for the countless believers — and there are many — Denver was a poet, a visionary and a constant companion.

The artists assembled for a new John Denver tribute record, The Music Is You, likely fall into the latter category. The album, out April 2, showcases some of Denver’s most beloved songs, as performed by a cross-genre, cross-generational and impressive mix of musicians — many of whom were in elementary school in the ’70s and ’80s, when Denver was singing on The Muppet Show and appearing in kid-friendly TV specials.

Listen to The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver in its entirety here.

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Exclusive Listen: Amos Lee covers “Some Days Are Diamonds” from The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver

DENVER-VINYL-FATSPINE-INTEMPLATE Singer-songwriter Amos Lee joins a star-studded group of WXPN favorite musicians including Dave Matthews, Kathleen Edwards, My Morning Jacket, Brandi Carlile, and Lucinda Williams for The Music Is You: A tribute To John Denver, out on ATO Records on April 2nd. Listen to Amos’s version of Denver’s “Some Days Are Diamonds.”

Below, listen to My Morning Jacket cover the classic “Leaving On A Jet Plane,” watch the trailer for the album featuring interviews with Brandi Carlile and Kathleen Edwards and watch the video of Denver singing the original version of the song, which was the title to his 1981 release.

Track Listing
“Leaving on a Jet Plane” by My Morning Jacket
“Take Me To Tomorrow” by Dave Matthews
“All of My Memories” by Kathleen Edwards
“Prisoners” by J Mascis and Sharon Van Etten
“Sunshine On My Shoulders” by Train
“Back Home Again” by Old Crow Medicine Show
“This Old Guitar” by Lucinda Williams
“Some Days are Diamonds” by Amos Lee
“Rocky Mountain High” by Allen Stone
“Annie’s Song” by Brett Dennen and Milow
“Looking For Space” by Evan Dando
“Take Me Home, Country Roads” by Brandi Carlile and Emmylou Harris
“The Eagle and The Hawk” by Blind Pilot
“I Guess He’d Rather Be In Colorado” by Mary Chapin Carpenter
“Darcy Farrow” by Josh Ritter and Barnstar!
“Wooden Indian” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Pre-order the album here.

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Listen to My Morning Jacket cover John Denver’s “Leaving On A Jet Plane” (MMJ lead singer Jim James playing sold out show at Union Transfer in April)

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My Morning Jacket cover “Leaving On A Jet Plane” on a new John Denver tribute album, The Music is You: A Tribute To John Denver, out on April 2nd on ATO Records. MMJ lead singer Jim James recently played Johnny Brenda’s and returns to town to play a sold out show at Union Transfer on April 27th.

Track List:
“Leaving on a Jet Plane” by My Morning Jacket
“Take Me To Tomorrow” by Dave Matthews
“All of My Memories” by Kathleen Edwards
“Prisoners” by J Mascis and Sharon Van Etten
“Sunshine On My Shoulders” by Train
“Back Home Again” by Old Crow Medicine Show
“This Old Guitar” by Lucinda Williams
“Some Days are Diamonds” by Amos Lee
“Rocky Mountain High” by Allen Stone
“Annie’s Song” by Brett Dennen and Milow
“Looking For Space” by Evan Dando
“Take Me Home, Country Roads” by Brandi Carlile and Emmylou Harris
“The Eagle and The Hawk” by Blind Pilot
“I Guess He’d Rather Be In Colorado” by Mary Chapin Carpenter
“Darcy Farrow” by Josh Ritter and Barnstar!
“Wooden Indian” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Beak> at Underground Arts, The Music of John Denver at Keswick, Former Belle at MilkBoy, Aesop Rock at Union Transfer, Willy Mason at World Cafe Live

BEAK>’s sound isn’t far from that of its British contemporaries Hot Chip. Dark melodies and lyrics are delivered with electronic flourishes. The band’s first two albums could be described as dance-ably sad. Fortunately, the reverse (being sadly danceable) isn’t true. Their success is due in part to BEAK> being something of a super group. The trio is comprised of Geoff Barrow (producer of Portishead), Billy Fuller (of Fuzz Against Junk) and Matt Williams (of Team Brick). The group came together officially in 2009 and has released two albums and an EP to date. BEAK> has also had a chance to sharpen its (…beak?) live show with recent international tours. They’re currently on the road again and playing our own Underground Arts tonight with Instamatic. Tickets and information for the 21+ show are available here. Below, stream BEAK>’s track “Mono.”

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Amos Lee, Sharon Van Etten featured on charity tribute to John Denver

Philly soul-folk luminary Amos Lee and indie songwriter Sharon Van Etten are among the artist confirmed for the new The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver, a charity compilation coming out in February of next year on Dave Matthews’ ATO Records. The album, which releases around the 40th anniversary of Denver’s signature tune “Rocky Mountain High,” will donate a portion of the proceeds to environmental charities. Check out a partial track listing below.

“Take Me To Tomorrow” by Dave Matthews
“Leaving, on a Jet Plane” by My Morning Jacket
“Sunshine On My Shoulders” by Train
“Wooden Indian” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
“Some Days are Diamonds” by Amos Lee
(Song selection TBA) by Lucinda Williams
“Take Me Home, Country Roads” by Brandi Carlile
“Back Home Again” by Old Crow Medicine Show
“Darcy Farrow” by Josh Ritter and Barnstar
“All of My Memories” by Kathleen Edwards
“Prisoners” by J Mascis and Sharon Van Etten
“Annie’s Song” by Brett Dennen and Milow
“Looking For Space” by Evan Dando
“Eagle and the Hawk” by Blind Pilot
“I Guess He’d Rather Be In Colorado” by Mary Chapin Carpenter

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