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Riddle: What do U2, Derringer Discoveries and the late-great John Prine have in common with David Husted?

A Story:

Last December Derringer Discoveries (a popular music adventure podcast) sent a request to my email account to host an upcoming podcast episode with them.  The topic would be to get into the weeds discussing some "to be selected" artist/band the DD team and the co-host all mutually love.   

Here were some clues that they sent this request to the wrong email.

Clue 1: Subject Line said: Are you David Prine?   lol…..No, I am not David Prine.
Clue 2: First sentence: I enjoyed talking with you the other evening.   lol : No, we did not talk the other evening.

David Prine happens to be a relation of John Prine. John Prine, for those who may be living under a rock, is a mega popular folk singer who recently passed away. Mr. Prine was nominated to the Singer-Songwriter Hall of Fame in 2019. 

Did this stop me from moving out on the invite. No Sir : )

Here is my email response. 

"Thank You…..just to double check,  You mentioned we talked the other evening.  We “talked” via email but did not verbally chat, so I just want to make sure you sent this email to the correct person. Assuming you did : ) I would be happy to co-host…thank you for asking…honored you asked.  Will need more info on that at opportunity. If you did mean to send this to another rockstar named Dave and you sent to me by accident ……no worries. Either way, I am now gonna send you 5 to 10 artist suggestions whether you want them or not….: ) Also, I’d be happy to send you some voice overs per your spec guidance below………Thanks Again and looking forward to the event.



Here is Paul's (of the DD Team) paraphrased response:

……Fortune favors the bold. I was writing to Dave Prine (RIP John Prine's nephew, if that means anything), but I'm impressed with your response. So, yes, please plan to be a co-host with Team Derringer…….

Life Lesson to me: The DD Team response was unexpected and goes to show how important connection, interaction, resolve, humor and good natured friendliness can take someone.

The rest is history. Several months later a Derringer Discoveries Podcast co-hosted by none-other-than David Husted was born. Topic: U2

Just to be clear: David Husted is not yet in the singer/songwriter hall of fame but he is working on it ; )



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I received this recently from Derringer Discoveries. What else can I say but that this team absolutely rocks!!

They down-selected my latest song Moonbeam Blue to their Seedlings Spotify playlist.

This team is located in the Charlottesville, VA vicinity give or take a few miles ; )  I must say this bunch of musical geeks and nerds knows and really enjoys music. They often dig deep. They are true enthusiasts and I appreciate that. They also enable introverted DIY music makers with full time jobs, limited funds and busy lives some air time.  They sniff out and lift up songs that exist in the nooks and crannies of the world. They find some real gems out there and I am not just talking about my songs : ). Example: listen to this months seedlings list.  It is really very, very good! In fact, put it on repeat. 

Now I command you to go follow there podcast on Spotify or your favorite streaming platform.  Why the hell not ; ).

Thank You Derringer Discoveries. I wish you much success!

Much Gratitude

Moonbeam Blue


Hello David, 

I am individually sending the following message to every reachable artist on the ballot for the Turnip Music Radio (TMR) Top 25 - February 2023. This was written yesterday. 

Brief Update 
Last night and today, Team Derringer finished going through the latest song submissions and suggestions for the February Top 25 ballot. Every day, artists from around the world submit new songs to Derringer Discoveries through,, and/or directly to Plus, Turnip Tillers (i.e., voters) can and often recommend inclusion of songs, which is how the so-called bigger names get onto our playlists. 

We intentionally design most of our playlists to include up & comers side-by-side with mid-tier, top-tier, and legends. 

First Round 
We accept about 20% of the songs that are submitted to us. In the past 24 hours, I personally listened to 67 new song submissions. This is in addition to the 90 new songs that were already vetted and included on the "Compelling & New" playlist, updated almost daily. 

Second Round 
Of the 67 new song submissions from yesterday and today, only three made it onto Compelling & New, bringing this month's vetted contender total to 93. Here are the 93: 

Compelling & New Spotify playlist: 

Third Round 
Of the 93, today, Team Derringer picked what we view as the 20 strongest contenders for the February ballot (the ballot playlist is called "Seedlings" - see below for the link). 

Why Are You Receiving This Message? 
Congratulations! One of your songs survived three rounds of intense vetting and is now on this month's ballot of 20 contenders. 

As a result of your good fortune and talent, we hope you will stream and share the Seedlings playlist to help all 20 of the included artists (which includes you): 

Seedlings Spotify playlist 

What Happens Next? 
Fourth Round - The Turnip Tillers Voting Round 
Over the next few days, Alton Derringer will send a notice to the Turnip Tillers around the world to begin listening and voting. We encourage the Turnip Tillers to listen to the 20 songs on the ballot at least a few times and then to cast their individual votes. 

The master spreadsheet created and maintained by Alton will calculate which 15 new songs make it onto the Top 25 chart, as well as each song's position # 1 to 15. Positions # 16 to 18 are Team Derringer Honorable Mentions and positions # 19 to 25 are what we view as the best six songs from the prior month. We provide more insight about this process in "The Turnip Music Radio Best Song of 2022" episode from December. 

Polls Close on the 25th 
The polls close on the 25th to give Team Derringer time to record and edit The Top 15 Countdown for posting on the 1st of the following month. 

Top 15 Countdown on the 1st of the following month 
In addition to streaming and sharing Seedlings, we hope you will plan to listen to the Top 15 Countdown on the 1st. Plus, we hope you will stream the Top 25 chart during the following month. The Spotify link to the Top 25 stays the same each month (so please click "Like"). Right now, the link shows the Top 25 for January. This will obviously change-over on February 1st: 

Top 25 - January 2023 chart and Spotify playlist: 

Thank you! 
Thank you for reading this and for making Derringer Discoveries a success. Please send easy questions to my attention and hard, pointed questions to Alton's attention. Questions about the meaning of life should be sent to Laura's attention and questions about any recording artist from any decade should be sent to Dave's attention. 

Sincerely, Paul of DD 
For Team Derringer (Laura, Alton, Paul, Dave) 
Derringer Discoveries - A Music Adventure Podcast




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Big Shout-Outs to the following Spotify Playlisters for adding my latest song Chugging Down the Qi (released on 18 NOV 22) to their awesome playlists. My song will likely only remain on these lists for a short period of time but judging from some of the other bands/artists featured and the huge popularity of the playlist, I am most appreciative of the recognition.

Thank You

Newsoundfan:           Spotify Playlist: Radio Drive 2022.
Blue Orchid:              Spotify Playlist: All Monkey Gone to Heaven.
Turnip Music Radio:  Spotify Playlist: Compelling and New
Pillar Artists:              Spotify Playlist: Electro and Synth


You all Rock!





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Shout Outs 

Greetings and Shout Outs:

Thank You All for your support of my music. Your tolerance of my musical muse is most appreciated!

Happy Labor Day to You!

Special Shout Outs:

I would like to personally say Thank You to Visual Atelier 8 \//// for adding my new song release Photo Op to a popular Spotify \/\\\ Release Public Playlist. Photo Op will remain on this playlist for about 1 week. Thanks Again!

I would like to add another plug to DERRINGER DISCOVERIES.  They are a music adventure podcast.  Thank You for adding me to your Spotify Turnip Radio New and Compelling Playlist.

Finally, a shout out to Jeff Roberts.  A music creator centered somewhere in the Charlottesville,Va area who makes great original music and is an example of music creation and support at its best. Keep making great music Jeff.

I appreciate the sharing of DIY music and the discovery pathways for original music in general. I enjoy the way music slips and meanders through the tiniest of cracks, through the nooks and crannies, and into the back wood streams of the universe and even sometimes touches into bigger creeks and silent harbors of this world (how's that for a run on sentence). Music matters.

Here is a link to the video version of my latest release on Youtube: Photo Op.