50ft Radio Volume Eleven

Back at it again with another edition of the 50ft Radio series, it’s one I have been whittling away at for a few months now and I love how its come out. You will find a few of my favorite artists as well as newly discovered ones I am excited to share. As always I encourage you guys to dig deeper if one of these songs speak to you. Pick up an album, check their tour listing, share on social media, most artists can use all the love you can give them these days.

For me, I choose to make mixes to share the music I love with others. A well considered collection of songs can tell a story, share how you feel, or in this case, spread the love of ones favorites with friends. Music is the soundtrack to my life and it provides the beat to which I walk and the rhythm of my heart. Sharing it is second nature and something I love to do.

While with this series I often try not to go too far out in left field and often try and choose music I feel anyone could enjoy, they still represent something about me and my personality. This time around I set out thinking I would make a mix of all americana/singer songwriter music but as usual it quickly evolved into my usual eclectic approach but overall I kept things pretty calm. Maybe next time I should finally get some hip-hop into a mix? Seems I have never knocked on that door with these.

I love coming back to mixes years down the line and digging through the songs like lost photographs, or old journals, each bring up a unique set of memories and emotion. My favorite part of sharing these though, and the reason I continue to make them is because I love hearing from you guys about discovering new music. It is always encouraging to hear that someone has picked up a few albums based on the music heard here.

At any rate, the format has changed this time from an AAC file to a good old fashioned mp3. Apple seems to have all but brushed the enhanced format under the rug and I see no reason to continue to use it which is a real shame because I will really miss enhanced audio files capable of multiple chapters and artwork, I feel it was never utilized by enough people and podcasters which was such a waste of a cool technology.

Let me know if you have any issues with the download, I’m still trying to keep it simple. The track listing is available HERE and the mix is available HERE. PLEASE, do not re-host this anywhere else and if you would like to share it link back to this post, thanks so much for that.  As long as the MP3 tags stay in tact I have embedded the track listing in the lyrics section of of the file for quick reference.


  1. sunhead - June 4, 2014 at 12:00 am

    hurray for your mixes. they have gotten me through my 10 years in NC without being completely daft to music ;)

  2. Ben - June 5, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Thanks for another great mix, John.

    However, can you reconsider your decision to switch to MP3? You say there’s no good reason to continue with it, before listing a few great reasons. In particular I miss the inbuilt track listing for the mix, it’s much harder to work out what is playing now.

    Are there any compatibility issues that make AAC a poor choice? I thought it played back on pretty much everything these days.

  3. John Carey - June 6, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Perhaps I will simply offer both, one with chapters and one without. I will do it as long as the previous version of Garageband is available and functions on my computer! The latest version does not support chapters… I will try and get an acc split up into chapters sometime soon. Compatibility wise I have had a few comments here and there about a preference for mp3 but if it were me I would just stick with the advances aac.

  4. Scandal Savage - June 9, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    I like your mixes. Actually, I do discover some very cool music sometimes checking your stuff. One request: make this cover pic to a wall, please, it has so light summer mood :)

  5. sunhead* - June 23, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    i just searched the lyrics for the hopeful and unafraid and this link to your site came up near the top! cool :)

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