The Acoustic Long Island podcast features only acoustic artists. They are not picky about genres really, just as long as it’s acoustic. They tend to feature a lot artists that lean towards folk, but only because folk is dominated by acoustic artists. They also do acoustic rock, blues, ragtime, etc. I listened to a few of the podcasts, and while not everything was necessarily my cup of tea, every podcast contained excellent musicianship. It seemed like everybody they featured was a good player as well a good singer.
What’s really cool about this podcast is that they are not just playing the artist’s music; it’s actually a live concert. Every month they host a concert at this mansion out in Long Island called the Acoustic Long Island Concert. They bring out two artists to perform, they then record the concert and post the concert as three separate podcasts. They bring in national acts as well as unheard of up-and-coming artists. This is really nice since the national acts bring more attention to the podcast, which in turn brings more attention to the up-and-coming acts. What’s more, the concert is free! But if you can’t make it to this sweet live show in a beautiful 1st century mansion, the recording they make is very high fidelity. Which is extremely refreshing in our world of ultra compressed MP3s that absolutely destroys the wonderful songs we try to enjoy.
The website backing the podcast is also really nice. They post a short bio about each artist they feature. They also post the upcoming artists so people can see what’s coming up and try to attend the concert if they are interested. At the end of each bio a link to the artist’s website is provided so that people can find the artist and hopefully purchase some of their music. All in all this is an awesome podcast that does really great things for the artists they feature. Highly recommended!