Circle 'Round the Sun

Folk Music

It took me a long time to realize that most of my influences were American. From blues to jazz, all are at their root American folk traditions. I also like to sing with my wife, my daughters and my son. Especially on Thanksgiving Day. This is how we say thank you to all who have gone before us.

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Wayfaring Stranger    Traditional. (1,891KB)

Hard Times Come Again No More    By Stephen Foster. (3,200KB)

Don't Think Twice, It's Alright    By Bob Dylan, of course. (1,772KB)

Hard Times   By Ray Charles. (1,320KB)

What Am I Livin' For?   By Chuck Willis. (1,321KB)

Pilgrim   By Steve Earle. (3,400KB) That's my daughter, Krishna, singing harmony.

I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry   By Hank Williams. (3,400KB) Country with a Trenier Magnolia.

Blue Eyes Cryin' In the Rain   By Fred Rose. (2,600KB)

Here's more of Krishna and I:


For the last few years I've been inspired by the Great American Songbook, tunes from the 20's through the 50's. They are great songs, hard to play, and each one is a lesson in harmony and song structure.

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What A Wonderful World   By George David and Bob Thiele, popularized by Louis Armstrong. (3,000KB) Yeah, it really is.

On The Sunny Side of the Street   By Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields. (2,400KB)

Memories of You   By Eubie Blake, learned from my hero Lonnie Johnson. (3,200KB)

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Last updated: November 27, 2010