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Favorite Music Of 2014

music-pic-150x150 The past few weeks of our radio show (aside from Christmas of course) have highlighted some of the best music we’ve featured in 2014. Our favorites of the year are among this Best Of list. This week’s program was dedicated to some of the unheralded artists and songs of 2014, which we dubbed the “Undiscovered List.”

Our Golden Fork Awards are one of the ways that we celebrate great releases, as well as giving you as a fan of indie music the opportunity to let your voice be heard on which artists provided the greatest musical delivery. You can still vote for this year’s award right HERE.

One of the things I enjoyed most in this year was the opportunity to connect with so many numerous indie artists in a wide variety of genres from rock to hip-hop to EDM to medal. The Sound Bites series from this year showcase those artists and the wonderful releases they have.

TCMDP-Logo We expanded our podcast series this year, even starting a new podcast called The Craft Music Discovery which brought us episodes with interviews and new music from Wendy Colonna, Jenny & Tyler, The Infatuations, my longtime friend William Fitzsimmons and Jesse Lacy. Our regular podcast allowed me the chance to talk with one of my personal favorite indie rock bands of the past few years, Dry The River, who released one of the best albums of the year Alarms In The Heart.

Other personal favorites of the year include the new music released by folk rockers The Strumbellas, Chuck Ragan, James Vincent McMorrow’s sophomore album Post Tropical, the aforementioned Wendy Colonna’s Nectar album, and the electrifying guitar rock of Ayon Jones & The Way.

And we can’t forget about the seminal new album from Weird Al that is taking the world by storm. That’s one artist and one album that I will still stick to, no matter how popular it (or he in this case) becomes in the moment. Pure genius.

Would love to know what you think about this year’s music, what stood out and anyone you think we missed. What say you?

Cast Your Vote For 2014 Golden Fork Awards

D Grant Smith presents a Golden Fork to Iron & Wine back in 2009.

D Grant Smith presents a Golden Fork to Iron & Wine back in 2009.

After a 2 year hiatus, the Golden Fork Awards are back.

This year we’re celebrating the new music from indie and emerging bands like Trevor Hall, Dry The River, Dick LeMasters, Ronnie Fauss and others. You decide who had the best album, who was the best artist, best band, and best Feature Artist from 2014.

Cast your votes HERE.

The Golden Fork Award is a democratic means of awarding artists a prestigious congratulations from you the fans for music produced in a given year. The nominees came from regularly requested music and artists from this past year. Write ins are also welcome in each category.

Our Golden Fork Trophy, presented to winners each year. You pick the winner. That's Democracy in action.

Our Golden Fork Trophy, presented to winners each year. You pick the winner. That’s Democracy in action.

What do the winners get? The satisfaction of a fan-based award and the potential to have one of these on their mantel (or trophy case or what-have-you).

While the Grammy’s are being buzzed around, there are only a handful of “judges” who decide who gets that. Yes, that’s a notable recognition for success. But you the fans are left out of that conversation.

Our platform is all about connecting fans with emerging indie bands and artists, many of whom are working on their own to grow their platform. Help them take their music a step further. Vote now for your favorite artists featured this year.

Nominees this year include Jenny & Tyler, William Fitzsimmons, Wendy Colonna, Dry The River, Manchester Orchestra, James Vincent McMorrow, Trevor Hall, Ronnie Fauss, Dick LeMasters, Chuck Ragan, Fink, Matthew Mayfield, Ayron Jones & The Way, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Rah Rah, The Infatuations, and The Both.

Celebrating Breakthrough Playlist



This week is our 11th birthday as a radio program, now syndicated across the country and heard internationally in Canada and Germany. It’s been an incredible journey thus far, and we are very proud of the great radio we’ve created, the artists we’ve been fortunate to connect with at concerts and in-studio sessions, and how we’ve been a small part of the big change taking place in music.

As I’ve said over the past few weeks on the radio show, a LOT has changed in just the past few years regarding the spread of indie and unsigned artists getting big national prominence. It used to be that these acts were considered underground. Now the underground and the above ground are occupying (and competing for) the same space. I believe that’s a good thing, because great material deserves to be showcased, heard and celebrated by all.

Without droning on, in this week’s playlist we’re celebrating not just our own breakthrough as a radio program but also the artists who have emerged from unknown to known. The first hour is a mix of old and newer material. The 2nd hour is mostly exclusive recordings not available anywhere else. Enjoy!

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Hour 1 Playlist

Only One / 3:47 / Bess Rogers / Decisions Based On Information / Bess Rogers / 2007 / iTunes
Favorite Day / 2:59 / Bess Rogers / Bess Rogers Presents Bess Rogers-EP / Hubbub! / 2010 / iTunes

Passing Afternoon / 4:01 / Iron & Wine / Our Endless Numbered Days / Sub Pop / 2004 / iTunes
Baby Center Stage / 5:41 / Iron & Wine/ Ghost On Ghost / Nonesuch Records / 2013 / iTunes

Endless Melody / 3:44 / Clarensau / Until Our Lungs Give / MIshara Music / 2010 / iTunes
VESSEL / 5:14 / Dry The River / Alarms In The Heart / Transgressive Records / 2014 / iTunes

Weights & Measures / 5:04 / Dry The River / Weights & Measures-EP / Sony Music Entertainment UK / 2011 / iTunes
Something In The Water / 3:04 / Brooke Fraser / Flags / Wood and Bone / 2010 / iTunes

Glass / 3:04 / Ingrid Michaelson / Girls and Boys / Ingrid Michaelson / 2007 / iTunes
What A Wonderful World / 2:41 / Jenny & Tyler / For Freedom-A Covers EP / Jenny & Tyler / 2013 / iTunes

As Long As Our Hearts Are Beating / 4:16 / Jenny & Tyler / Faint Not / Jenny & Tyler / 2010 / iTunes
Stained Glass / 6:38 / Danny Schmidt/ Parables & Primes / Danny Schmidt / 2005 / iTunes

I Won’t Fight It / 5:31 / Andrew Belle / Black Bear / Andrew Belle Inc. / 2013 / iTunes
Pay Me A Dollar / 3:48 / Flatfoot 56 / Jungle Of The Midwest Sea / Flicker Records / 2007 / iTunes

Hour 2 Playlist

Brighter Than The Blues (live) / 3:51 / Kelley McRae / Live in Abilene at White Buffalo 11-03-13 / The Appetizer Radio Show / 2013 / (Unreleased) /
Full Cup (Cabin Sessions Demo) / 4:31 / Kelley McRae Cabin Sessions / Kelley McRae / 2013 / Free Download

The Ladder (live) / 4:40 / Andrew Belle / The Appetizer Radio Show-Flyboy Sessions / 2012 / Youtube

Passion Play / 5:50 / William Fitzsimmons and Jake Long / The Appetizer Radio Show-Flyboy Sessions / 2011 / Youtube
Kylie / 1:00 / William Fitzsimmons / Until When We Are Ghosts / William Fitzsimmons / 2013 / iTunes

Blood & Bones / 4:09 / William Fitzsimmons and Jake Long / The Appetizer Radio Show-Flyboy Sessions / 2011 / Youtube
The UnAmerican / 3:17 / Matt Morris / The Appetizer Radio Show-Flyboy Sessions / 2011 / Youtube

Do I Wake Or Sleep? / 6:47 / Homer Hiccolm & The Rocketboys / Live At Antone’s / a Silence Production / 2007 / iTunes
We Are A Lighthouse / 3:34 / The Rocketboys / The Appetizer Radio Show-Flyboy Sessions / 2010 / Youtube
In A Matter Of Days / 1:00 / Homer Hiccolm & The Rocketboys / South Plains EP / Catapult / 2005 / Amazon

My Happy / 2:57 / Lindsay Katt / Picking Out Boxes / Lindsay Katt / 2008 / iTunes
Two Part Game (live) / 5:40 / Lindsay Katt / The Appetizer ‘s 10th Anniversary Concert (live) / The Appetizer Radio Show / 2013 / Youtube

Born For This 4:10 Elliott Park (feat. D Grant Smith and Lindsay Katt) The Appetizer’s 10th Anniversary Concert (live) / The Appetizer Radio Show / 2013 / Youtube
Share Cropper’s Son / 4:29 / Elliott Park / (Unreleased) / Elliott Park / 2012 / Unavailable

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