Beg, borrow, and steal for your love (plus Thomkins Square reissue of Polk Miller & His Old Southern Quartette’s 1909 Edison cylinder recordings)

The line graph above is a representation of the Songs:Illinois traffic trend. Can you tell which way it’s trending? Neither can I. While I’m happy with the number and quality of visitors I would like to see that trend going up instead of jumping all over the pace.

SO while this is dorky and a little pathetic I thought I’d ask for your help. I ask this because I truly love the music on Songs:Illinois. The writing leaves a lot to be desired, I know. But the music inspires me, often brightens my day, and never fails to move me in some small way.

SO SO I was thinking I’d ask you guys for help. If you’re a regular reader or even a newbie I thought I’d ask you to help spread the word about this little site. Email a friend or two, if you’re on Facebook do one of those little updates (ie “Fred Smith is loving Songs:Illinois right now”), add a link to me on any of your online sites, sign up for the email update, etc., etc.

I’d like to thank everyone else who links here especially the excellent web mashup Ample Sanity and my brother from another mother music blog The Late Greats.


Here’s a little something that will make the spiders at Hype and pick up this post. These songs are from the early 1900′s and have just been reissued on Tompkins Square. Read more about this fascinating release here.

Pre-order it here through Amazon.

Oysters and Wine At 2 AM [Download]

9 Responses to “Beg, borrow, and steal for your love (plus Thomkins Square reissue of Polk Miller & His Old Southern Quartette’s 1909 Edison cylinder recordings)”

  1. Cricket says:

    I added you to our blogroll. I only just discovered you, but I've been reading avidly for a couple weeks now.

  2. craig says:

    thanks cricket! now that's what I'm talkin about (and I'll do the same)

  3. Han says:

    I”m one of those guys who has visited you blog for years. Well, it seems like years.
    Songs:illinois is the inspiration for my blog and of course you're one the few blogs I link to.

  4. craig says:

    thanks han, glad to know this site inspires and thanks for the link

  5. Anne says:

    Thank you for the kind words. Mentioning a site that does such a fine job of making my day a little brighter and introduces artists I may not have heard of otherwise is totally my pleasure.

  6. says:

    honestly, you are one of the only blogs out there that never bends on integrity and comes through with terrific, unknown acts. You've been on our blogroll for years – although that probably doesn't account for much traffic.

    PS – not sure if you have heard the new Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir record, but it is amazing

  7. Dude says:

    Love your site. We visit all the time. Glad you're here. You make lives better.

  8. Adam Varga says:

    I'm a fan of your blog. You've opened my ears up to a lotta great music. Keep it up and thanks for everything.

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