I was on vacation last week – and that was the view from my room at the Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort. I was there for a music conference called Sunset Sessions – which I attend whenever I am able.
My friend Michele Clark started Sunset Sessions almost 20 years ago as a way to introduce new music and new artists to radio programmers. She’d fly a select group of adventurous radio folk to an exotic location where we’d enjoy great company and incredible music. These days, Michele hosts her annual gatherings in San Diego and, true to form, puts on an amazing event!
My top new musical discoveries this year are The Wind and the Wave , Jonny Kaplan & the Lazy Stars, Atlas Road Crew and Kodaline. In addition to new musical discoveries, we got to enjoy some old favorites too, including NEEDTOBREATHE, The John Butler Trio and others.
And the festivities ended with a late late night visit to Jason Mraz’s home and studio for a midnight Chipotle snack (featuring avocados grown on his property), a preview of songs for his upcoming album, and a live performance at 3AM!