Can You Read This Boston? / Various
Winner of the 2000 Boston Music Award for 'Outstanding Folk/Acoustic Album'. Winner of Crossroads Magazine's Gold Star for being the 'Best Contemporary Folk Compilation' of 1999 in the U.S. __ Fans of artists like Shawn Colvin, Peter Gabriel, Patty Griffin, Bruce Springsteen, and Lyle Lovett who are interested in discovering phenomenal new songwriters will find them on 'Can You Read This Boston?'. 'Can You Read This Boston?' is the debut release from Big Girl Records, a label whose mission is to build a bridge of support from outstanding songwriters to the cause of literacy. The compilation features Adrianne and Jabe, also 2000 Boston Music Award winners, Nate Borofsky, a 2001 BMA winner, and eight additional BMA nominees: Kristin Cifelli, Kris Delmhorst, Mark Erelli, Jabe, Kyler, Pamela Means, Gonzalo Silva, and Kevin So. $2.50 from the sale of each copy of the CD is contributed to the Boston Adult Literacy Fund (BALF). The project has raised over $3000 for BALF in it's since it's release in April 1999. The disc has been featured on over 45 stations across the U.S. as well as two nationally syndicated programs, 'Acoustic Cafe' and 'Women In Music'. All thirteen tracks have received airplay. 'Can You Read This Boston?' has also garnered rave reviews from critics: Richard Fox at WCUW 91.3 FM in Worcester, MA called the CD 'the finest compilation to come out of Boston in a number of years.' Scott Alarik at The Boston Globe wrote, 'it's a crackingly contemporary street-level look at Boston's thriving songwriter scene...' Finally, Tim McCarney at Campus Calendar declares, '[it's] a good cause, yes. And the music rocks, too...capturing the raw energy of budding talent set to burst...you'd do well to get to know all of the artists represented on this disc.' ___.