I took advantage of the BOGO holiday offer, and snagged $200 worth of discs for half price:
Guitar Noir:Laurence Juber
Nitty Gritty Surround
Pachelbel Canon Acoustica (Blu-ray!)
Acoustic Blues: Dorian Michael et al
A Classical Sampler:Surround Mixtures
Rumor Mill:The Carl Verheyen Band
Anyway, a couple stories:
1. I'm mostly into acoustic guitar, but I like instrumental bluegrass, rock, blues, and a bunch of other stuff too. I don't listen to much classical or jazz, but I put the Pachelbel Canon Acoustica disc in for some 'background' while working on my laptop. My wife was similarly pre-occupied by work on her laptop.
Within 5 minutes, both of us had our eyes (and ears!) glued to this performance. I couldn't believe this set was done in one continuous take! We were both totally awestruck by what we were seeing and hearing. This is particularly amazing, because my wife is not what anyone would classify as an audiophile (she is content listening to Top 40 on her iPod). I couldn't give this disc a higher recommendation!
2. For Christmas, I gave the Rumor Mill:The Carl Verheyen Band double disc to my uncle, who is a professional guitarist and VERY knowledgeable about music, especially blues. He had never heard of Mr. Verheyen, and seemed skeptical at first. But he popped in this disc, and was blown away by the production value of the disc and Carl's playing. He's played guitar his whole life, owns literally thousands of blues CDs, but said "no one should be as good as this guy." It was all he could talk about for the rest of the holidays!
Keep up the good work Mark!