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Bring home selections from Joe’s lifetime of great music. Links below will take you to Joe Rathburn’s store on CDBaby.com where you can listen to samples and make your purchases conveniently and securely. Read what Joe has to say about his recordings.

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The Baseball Songs
(CD)

Great CD for the baseball fan though anyone can enjoy its great story-telling.

  • Born of a decade of San Diego Padres’ home game gigs at The Tin Fish (in the shadow of Petco Park)
  • Cameo by beloved Padres broadcaster Jerry Coleman

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The Dad I Had
(MP3 Single)

MP3-only single written from the heart one Father’s Day morning. 

  • Winner Best Traditional Folk Song, 2003 Just Plain Folks Music Awards (from 140,000 entries)

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Dear Dad
(MP3 Single)

MP3-only single of one of the two bonus tracks from Joe’s Little Suns CD, released as a single for Father’s Day. The song was written as a present to his own father on the occasion of his 80th birthday.

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The Little Suns Demos
(CD)

In the summer of 1996, at a rustic cabin in Pine Valley, CA, Joe spent 3 months crafting demo recordings for what would eventually become his first big budget CD, called Little Suns.

A real treat for fans of the Little Suns CD (also available on this page)

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“Would You Please Welcome” – Joe Rathburn Live
(CD)

In 2005 Joe did a live recording at the home of Jimmy Duke, friend and founder of Dark Thirty Productions, the house concert series started in 1998.

Joe’s one and only live CD to date.

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Rockwells and Picassos
(CD)

Joe’s second studio CD, released in 2001 and featuring a crew of San Diego’s finest session players.

World renown lecturer, author, entrepreneur and founder of CD Baby.com, Derek Sivers said of this recording: “A very cunning and lucid work of folk pop splendor.”

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Little Suns
(CD)

Released in 1997, Little Suns was Joe’s first major budget studio recording.

Featuring many of the San Diego area’s finest session players, the Little Suns was a landmark in Rathburn’s career, garnering high praise by press and fans alike. It won a nomination for the San Diego Music awards, and is considered by many today as Joe’s  best.

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About The Recordings

Joe, Indiefest. Credit: IdynomiteMedia

Yes, I’ve made some recordings, and starting with 1997’s Little Suns, I’ve tried to keep my standards high while telling my tale through the songs I’ve written. There are still songs to write, and tales to tell and I’m not sure what form the records of those songs will take. In the meantime, all of my recorded product is available as either a hard copy CD, or MP3 downloads or both, through CDBaby.com.  There you can easily listen to a sample of any song of mine you wish, and either buy the whole CD, or the individual song as an MP3.

My journey to CDBaby.com started with my affiliation with Songs.com, a very early web organization founded by Paul Schatzkin, Tom Kimmell, and Michael Camp. It was an aggregator of songwriters, a union as it were, a strength in numbers idea where each artist had their own site, but all the sites were under the Songs.com umbrella. What set it apart was you had to audition to be accepted into the fold.

I auditioned, was accepted and found myself in some pretty damned good company, such as: Chuck Brodsky, Jack Williams, Dana Cooper, Janis Ian, Buddy Mondlock, and Tom Prasada-Rao to name a few. That in and of itself was career affirming, but it also led to my first visit to a Folk Alliance Conference; a convention type gathering of 3500+ people in the folk music world, at one hotel in Memphis, TN. There is where I saw the best and the brightest of the performing songwriters in this country, and had my batteries recharged right to the brim.

Eventually, as in all good things, Songs.com got bought out by Nashville based entertainment conglomerate Gaylord Entertainment, who pretty much put them out of business. But, before the end, Paul Schatzkin told the membership to check out the new start up called CDBaby.com, created by entrepreneur extraordinaire Derek Sivers. I checked them out and found it to be a very friendly place, run by enthusiastic and intelligent people, dedicated to the promotion of independent music. So I signed up.

You’ll find them to be fast, efficient, and fun to work with. They’ve a sense of humor as they work hard to fulfill your order quickly and accurately. Happy shopping!

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