CD Of The Month

WXPN Radio

The premier guide for new and significant artists in rock, blues, and folk - including NPR-syndicated World Cafe ®

XPoNential Radio

24/7 Musical discovery. A unique mix of emerging and heritage blues, rock, world, folk, and alt-country artists.

World Cafe Archives

Join David Dye as he navigates the World Cafe through live performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists.

Folk Radio

Folk music radio streaming on the web; Americana, Roots Music, recordings, and stories from folk's best.
Listen Live

Various Artists - The Music is You: A Tribute to John Denver

ATO Records celebrates the life and music of John Denver, featuring covers of Denver's most popular songs by a diverse group of artists including Kathleen Edwards, Amos Lee, My Morning Jacket, Train, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and many others. The album is slated for release Tuesday, April 2, 2013.

It’s a bit hard to imagine that it’s been over a decade, 15 years in fact, since the passing of John Denver. His music has certainly lived on with the familiarity of his biggest hits like “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” “Take Me Home, Country Road,” and “Rocky Mountain High.” But this year the folks at ATO Records have recruited a wide-array of artists to help pay tribute to the music of John Denver and reacquaint us with some of his deeper catalog.

Tribute albums always come with substantial risk and/or reward. They can help rekindle an artist’s songbook and memory. And they also run the danger of unsettling fans that cherish the original artistry. What stands out on The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver is that this was a songwriter that didn’t just influence one type of artist or genre. Alternative acts like My Morning Jacket and J Mascis have stepped forward to contribute to the album, as do Americana stars like Old Crow Medicine Show, and mainstream names like Dave Matthews and Train. The album also proves that some of Denver’s most touching songs weren’t even the big hits. Kathleen Edwards stops you in your tracks on her somber adaptation of “All of My Memories.” And Philadelphia’s Amos Lee finds himself owning Denver’s “Some Days Are Diamonds.”

Beyond the impressive list of artists who’ve come out to pay tribute on The Music is You, the real treat to this compilation are the songs themselves. Whether it’s a rediscovery or finding his music for the first time, it’s the right time to spotlight the music of John Denver.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Wilderness Society in John's name.

Another Way To Support WXPN

Buy Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver from Amazon.com. Your purchase that starts here, supports WXPN Public Radio.


Your Amazon Purchases Support WXPN

66th annual Pastorius Park Concert lineup announced with Hezekiah Jones, The Lawsuits, Mutlu and...

The 2014 Pastorius Park Concert series has been announed, starting Wednesday, June 18th with Hezekiah Jones. The weekly Wednesday...Read More

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Loop at Kung Fu Necktie, The Revivalists at World Cafe Live, The Behn Gillece Quartet at Underground...

Before there was Pure Phase, before there was Screamadelica, there was Loop. The short-lived UK four-piece blended nervy electronic...Read More

Download “Nathaniel,” a folk-rock electronic song by Everything But The Girl’s Ben Watt

Mostly known for his two decade career with his wife Tracey Thorn in Everything But The Girl, Ben Watt stepped into a career as a DJ...Read More

Revisit Band of Horses’ acoustic show at The Merriam; get amped for their plugged-in show at...

Back in February, XPoNential Music Festival headliners Band of Horses went unplugged on the stage of the Merriam Theater, which was...Read More

Daniel Rossen mixes new and old in rare solo show at Underground Arts

Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Rossen played a solo, seated show at Underground Arts on Monday. Best known for his...Read More