Meet Danny Rhodes and the Messengers
For a small town in the mountains of northern Arizona, 2 hours from Phoenix, we have a great local music scene. Ms. Mojo and I are out most weekend nights dancing to live music.

Our favorite bluesman is Danny Rhodes and the Messengers. He’s played in all 50 states, Canada, Japan, and Europe with a wide variety of artists, including Charlie Rich, Mel McDaniel and Brenda Lee. With these artists and with his own bands, he has performed on Austin City Limits , the Grand Ole Opry, HBO , and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. In the late 70’s, Danny spent two years in Austin, TX and shared bills with Stevie Ray Vaughn and the Neville Brothers among others.

Danny Rhodes

Isn’t this what storage is for?
Danny generously offered a free track to StorageMojo readers. I’ve uploaded a high-quality 320 kb/s, 8.1 MB of one of my favorites, Meadowlark. Just unzip the file and you’ll have a high quality track you can import into iTunes or put on any mp3 player.

Meadowlark is a cut from his album Welcome to the Night. You can listen to more excerpts from the album there as well. Also check out Cairo to Cottonwood.

Both albums are available from CD Baby, a great online music service. They offer physical CDs and high-quality, DRM-free mp3s. Unlike record companies, they pay 90% of the revenue to the artist. To date they’ve paid over $50 million to musicians.

Is that cool or what? Disclosure: I have no financial relationship with Danny – other than buying his CDs – or CD Baby.

The StorageMojo take
Data storage for personal – mostly entertainment – use is now driving disk sales. Here’s my chance to help Seagate, WD and the rest along.

With all the back and forth about architectures, features, products and business models on StorageMojo it is easy to forget that analog data storage got its start with entertainment: music, photography and later moving pictures. For many of us it is the business uses of data storage that pays the bills. Yet it is the personal use for photos, movies and music that brings us joy.

Download Meadowlark and the rest of Danny’s music and have a good time tonight.

Comments welcome, of course.
If people like this I’ll put up some more tracks by my favorite local musicians. Let me know what you think.