Music Monday: Cities Sampler Edition

Happy Music Monday! I have to say it’s a favorite day of mine when I get to share music I’ve been listening to and loving lately with everyone else. Last week, my friend Adam sent me a copy of the Cities Sampler from my favorite radio station in the whole, entire world — Cities 97 in Minneapolis. Each year, the radio station has a number of different musicians come through for interviews/studio performances in their Studio C. Almost always they are stripped down, acoustic versions of some of the best songs of the year.

The cool thing about the Cities Sampler is that there are not very many of them made. Only about 30,000 copies exist and usually sell out the morning they are released. All of the proceeds from the sales of the CD go to help a variety of charities in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. So it’s great music for a great cause!

The CD hasn’t left my car since I got it. I’ve been listening to it through and through. Some of the versions on the disc have risen to the top few that keep getting played and re-played over and over so I wanted to share them with you. I could literally throw all 20 songs from the disc on here as highlights, but I won’t. Here are my 3 favorites from the disc. Check them out!

“Poison & Wine” by The Civil Wars


“Animal” by Neon Trees


“Someone Like You” by Adele


BONUS: So this song wasn’t on this sampler, but it’s from a previous Studio C performance. This is Colbie Caillat doing an acoustic mashup. The words that she sings are a song I got pretty tired of, the guitar part is from a song I will never get tired of. Check it out!


Any impressions from these songs? If you own Cities Samplers, what are some of your favorite songs from either this one or past versions?


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