I first saw Aaron Einhouse live at the Saxon Pub in Austin, playing a 10pm show for maybe thirty-five people...and his music just grabbed me. A singer songwriter, Aaron is a true storyteller (as well as a really good mandolin player!). For one week, he is giving his entire collection, three full albums, away for free on NoiseTrade. It's a generous thing to do and a brilliant way for you to get to know the music. Just remember to leave a tip!
From the email announcing the availability of the music:
I first heard Townes Van Zandt's "To Live Is To Fly" at my uncle's funeral in Arlington, TX. That song percolated within me and sent me searching for more music, and eventually searching for words to say the things I had to say. I bought my first guitar when I was in high school, but didn't play it much until I was in college. Music was generally appreciated in my family, but there were no musicians, so performing was something completely unnatural to me. When I did finally work up the courage to get onstage it was terrifying, but I had written songs, and I wanted people to hear them. There was no other way that I could see.
Now, you might say, I'm addicted to being onstage, but the song has always been the most important part of it to me. Writing doesn't always come easy, but for some reason I am compelled to do it. This force eventually drove me to Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos, where I attended songwriter night every Wednesday night for a few years straight.
Cheatham Street on Wednesday nights was church for aspiring songwriters, and the late Kent Finlay led the congregation. On a night I will never forget, Kent pulled me aside and told me that he thought I wrote good songs, and I should think about putting a band together. It's the best compliment I've ever received. It blew me away, and confirmed what I had already been thinking.
The Collection is a retrospective of all these years since those Wednesday nights which now seem so long ago. This collection is so many things. It's a looking back to all that I've accomplished. It's a looking forward to what I hope for. It's a nod to everyone who has helped me along the way. Like Kent Finlay telling me I should share my music with others, there's no greater compliment to me than you enjoying it enough to share it with your friends. So, for one week, here's my whole catalogue, all in one place, all for free.
Read my interview with him here