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December 14, 2008 / alunatunes

December 14-The Gift of Inspiration…Honest Tunes Radio

“When you don’t have a friend, you still have the radio….you still have the radio.” -Nanci Griffith

“An honest tune with a lingering lead has taken me this far!”- Widespread Panic

I’ve prattled on about music for some time now, focusing on musicians themselves. But I’d be remiss not to mention the music business professionals who love and support said music and musicians, and who routinely expose their music to wider audiences. These are music lovers who take support a step further, not only attending shows and spreading good vibes about new bands and music, but who also create wonderful radio shows that do not focus on the top hits manufactured by record labels and corporate conglomerates.  One of the finest radio shows in the nation is Honest Tunes Radio hosted by Daniel Gold out in Fayetteville Arkansas.

It’s a live webcast, and weekly radio program (now periodic podcast), covering a wonderful array of songwriters, jambands and roots music, including anything that combines any 2 or more of blues, jazz, bluegrass, folk, improv, live electronic, new wave, swing, metal, and rock. We trace the deep history of music up to today’s best live concert recordings and new releases. Interviews, live performances, theme-shows, artist spotlights, concert calendar [LINK], and two hours of non-stop good music, every week.

Daniel not only puts together an excellent show every week, but he also writes about music. Daniel is also a source of sweet inspiration to me and my work.  Quite often, I’ll find a note or a post from him in my email box and just seeing his name makes me smile. He’s going to have something nice to say, whether it’s a note thanking me for sending him a cd, or thanking me for a recent music business post, or just to say hello. 

Put a smile on someone’s face today.  Comment on a website, a blog or send a note to a band you love on myspace. com.  Do something to stretch your capacity to show honor and respect to those who bring joy to your life through their music. 

There’s a clever bumper sticker that says, “Hug a musician. They don’t get to dance.”  Give a virtual hug to those who channel their spirit gifts to create wonderful music.  If you’re at a show and you get the chance, shake a musician’s hand, look them in the eye and tell them how much you enjoyed their performance.  Give them a hug. They truly do bring a bit of heaven down to earth.

To find out more about Daniel Gold and Honest Tunes Radio go to



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  1. Dgold / Dec 21 2008 8:33 pm

    I feel highly honored by this post. Thanks Tammy. I too am inspired by your work for musicians, your writing, and the excellent music you’ve shared!

    Really appreciate the article here on your blog. I’ve reposted and quoted some of your recent writing on my radio blog as well, one of my favorites was about brightening the lives of others and talked about on my Thanksgiving week radio episode.

    Daniel Gold
    Fayetteville, ARK

    • alunatunes / Dec 22 2008 12:30 am

      Thank you Daniel for actually caring about music and the people who make it!!

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