If you know me (which you probably don’t, but that’s okay), you know that I’m a big Ari Hest fan. I got hooked in by a song sampler that was in an otherwise terrible give away bag. I’ve seen him in concert twice and interviewed him once. He’s a singer/songwriter all the way, and a personable one at that.
From a conversation I heard between Ari and someone on his management team (which I participated in by by trying to look cool and nod without letting anyone know how nervous I was to actually be a foot away from Ari), I knew that he wasn’t happy with his corporate record deal. I don’t think his second album, The Break-In, is nearly as good as the The Green Room Sessions, which is an EP he put out on his own (but The Break-In is still better than most of the stuff on the radio today).
In celebration of getting out of that contract, Ari has pledged to write a song a week for a year. You can follow along on his blog here. You can also buy individual songs via the site or iTunes, or do like I did and buy the year long feed — 52 songs for $20. Not a bad deal if you ask me.
Now back to your regularily scheduled reading…