Just last week, we saw a picture posted online of a front yard in Central Virginia with just the barest dusting of snow.  The author of said picture, both joyfully and a bit sarcastically, captioned the photo, “Snow Day!!!”

Sure, there was a hint of snow, but you know what that means . . . . It was a great day to get outside and play!  When the local school system gets the jitters and shuts you down, take advantage and hit a trail or two!!

And how better to accent your winter adventures on an unexpected – but much appreciated – day off than with a great Trail Mix to take along?

We open this Trail Mix with a tune from blues man Otis Taylor.  Taylor’s instrument of choice is the banjo – an instrument he learned to play while riding a unicycle in high school and one, perhaps, seemingly incongruous with the blues.  Taylor is known for a keen social consciousness in his music; when listening, you can’t help but be challenged to ponder the ills of society or the injustices of history.  Take a listen to “Blue Rain In Africa,” a sparse and moving tune, off of Taylor’s recent release, My World Is Gone.

Trail Mix is also happy to include a new track from one of our favorite songstresses, Samantha Crain.  After exploding on to the scene with her early releases with her band, The Midnight Shivers, Crain offers up “Never Going Back” from her new record, Kid Face.

Make sure to check out new stuff from former Squirrel Nut Zippers front man Jimbo Mathus, blues man Bobby Rush, quirky folksters Frontier Ruckus, progressive old time rambler Charlie Parr, and Adele’s favorite newgrassers, The Steeldrivers.

Trail Mix also features Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside, Sol Driven Train, Fonda, Chris Stamey, Dustin Welch, Sunshine, Henry Wagons, Elephant Stone, Wood & Wire, Bex Marshall, The Shilohs, Mary Gauthier, Jacob Jones, and A Fragile Tomorrow.

As always, stream and listen to Trail Mix at your leisure.  Spread the word.  Share with your friends or – if you get lazy around the 14th – gift it to your sweetheart!  Most importantly, seek out the records the great artists have released.  They appreciate your business!  Thank them for supporting Trail Mix by throwing some money their way!!!

Download Trail Mix February 2013 here.

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Download more music from month’s past here! They never go out of style.

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