Trail Mix September 2013: Free Music Download

first_img Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott – Brother WindAcoustic Syndicate – HeroesAndrea Tomasi – BirdflowerBig Sandy & His Fly Rite Boys – What A Dream It’s BeenBlair Crimmins & The Hookers – It’s All Over NowChris Eldridge & Julian Lage – For CritterChris Jones & The Night Drivers – Lonely Comes EasyDan Miraldi – Lovebomb!Deer Tick – The Dream’s In The DitchDrew Holcomb & The Neighbors – Good LightDrew Kennedy – Good CarpentryFinnders & Youngberg – DinerAustin Lucas – Alone In MemphisOdd Us – HomeOld Buck – Icy MountainPeter Cooper – Opening DayRon Block – IvySusanna & Ensemble Neon – Oh, I Am StuckThe Horse’s Ha – Dying TreeThe Sweetback Sisters – I Got A BulldogThe Whiskey Gentry – Dixie Watching any given month of Trail Mix coming together is always an interesting process.  From time to time, a month will take on a certain flavor, tapping into a particular vibe.  As the days of August dwindled and the final tracks of the September mix rolled in, that was certainly the case.This month’s Trail Mix is an Americana gem, with lots of bluegrass, old time, and singer/songwriter material that is really hard to beat.Right out of the gate we have a tune that, recently, I described as being a nearly perfect song.  Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott have long been two of my favorite songwriters.  Whenever they collaborate, goodness happens.  We are lucky to have “Brother Wind,” an older O’Brien tune, in our opening slot.  Scott and O’Brien included the tune on their recent release, Memories and Moments.Check out the great bluegrassy sounds of  Chris Jones & The Night Drivers and Ron Block, who is typically out on the road with Allison Krauss & Union Station, and the good time old time feel of The Sweetback Sisters, Finnders & Youngerg, and Old Buck.Trail Mix is also really big on the new record from The Whiskey Gentry.  “Dixie,” featured here this month, is a killer tune.Make sure to explore new material from Deer Tick, Peter Cooper, Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge, and much more on our free music download.  Take a listen, spread the word, and get out and buy music from the artists.  Catch them at a venue near you.  And tune into the Trail Mix blog; we’ll be giving away some music and festival tickets this month.last_img read more

Good Governance: When it comes to board meetings…

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr …how do you define better?by: Michael G. Daigneault, CCDFor more years than I sometimes care to admit, I’ve traveled the country consulting with credit union boards of directors and CEOs. One of the questions that frequently arises in our discussions is:How can we make our board meetings better?Better is certainly an aspirational – but also amazingly ambiguous – term. I’ve learned it can mean remarkably different things to different credit union leaders. For example, in the context of board meetings, I have been told better means:more strategic discussions,shorter meetings,a more engaging experience,an opportunity to hear everyone’s voice,more efficient meetings,fewer – but longer – meetings,meetings that produce more effective decisions,a more robust accountability culture,meetings giving clearer direction to staff andmeetings producing greater consensus.These are all well intended, but also all over the map! It makes me wonder what’s really happening at many monthly credit union board meetings? continue reading »last_img read more