Happy New Year!

This is probably is the place where we should be counting off the best albums or songs of 2009, or of the decade, but we’re not gonna do that today.  And it would also be appropriate to make a New Year’s resolution or two.  OK: 1. We’re going to keep on rockin’ in the New Year.  2. We resolve to help you rock in the New Year.

But we want to take this opportunity to restate our mission: to share with you some cool music and interesting stories throughout the year.  We love the music, and we hope that 30 Days Out in some small way reflects our deep love for rock, blues, country, soul, folk and whatever.

If you are an artist and you don’t appreciate us posting your song, please let us know and we’ll remove it promptly.  But please don’t do like this one guy, who posted a link to our blog with the headline “Why Are They Stealing My Song?”  Dude, we’re not stealing anyone’s song – we always identify the artist and, when it’s brand-new music, include a link to his or her website.  Who else is doing that for you?  We like it enough to share it with our readers.

And we’re happy to do it for free.  Take a look around – there’s no advertising here, so it is pretty obvious we’re not doing this for any kind of profit.  In fact, I’m a professional writer in my day job … should I charge myself for writing blog posts?  I do this because I love the music, and so does my partner on this blog.

Finally, we’re approaching 500,000 readers since we started this blog in the spring of 2008, so the only thing left to say is … thanks.  Thanks to all of you, we appreciate your support and hope you keep reading and visiting us in the New Year.  Happy New Year and Keep On Rockin’.

Here are a few tunes to help you ring in the New Year.

MP3: “Corrido de Auld Lang Syne” by Little Bobby Rey & Band

MP3: “Rock and Roll Party” by Iggy Pop

MP3: “Happy New Year” by Lightnin’ Hopkins

MP3: “Sing The Changes” (live) by Paul McCartney

MP3: “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” by Ella Fitzgerald & the Frank DeVol Orchestra

MP3: “The Great Hank” (live) by Robert Earl Keen

MP3: “Party At Ground Zero” by Fishbone

MP3: “Don’t Taser Me, Bro” by Carbon/Silicon

MP3: “Happy New Year, Baby” by Johnny Otis & His Orchestra

MP3: “With A Little Help From My Friends” by Jefferson Starship & Friends (live at Woodstock 40th anniversary, Bethel Woods NY, 8/15/09) (R.I.P. James Gurley, of Big Brother and the Holding Company)

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