Throughout 2011, we’ve had the privilege of working with some incredible artists who have taken part in a wide variety of Paste sessions. From inside a historic military fort to on board a Ferris Wheel, from the shores of Lake Michigan to the Gulf of Mexico to our offices in Decatur, Ga., we captured hundreds of videos. Here are our 25 favorites.
25. Amos Lee – “El Camino”
Amos Lee is a deceiving musician. The soft-spoken songwriter can powerfully belt out like few others, luring one in with his easygoing folk songs before capturing one’s undivided attention with a simple swoon of his voice. Watch him in action at this year’s Newport Folk Festival, where he performed “El Camino” inside Fort Adams.
24. Old 97’s – “I’m A Trainwreck”
It’d make sense to assume that The Grand Theatre Vol. 2 from the Old 97’s would come out as a sort of leftovers collection from last year’s The Grand Theatre Volume One. While much of the music did come from the same chunk of material, the band threw in three newly written tracks and dug way back into their history to produce an album looser and rougher than its predecessor but far more than an odds and ends set. Watch Rhett Miller and Murray Hammond perform backstage at Chicago’s Lincoln Hall.—Justin Cober-Lake
23. Blitzen Trapper – “The Man In Me”
Eric Earley, Marty Marquis and Brian Adrian Koch came to the Paste office in Atlanta, Ga. for a session back in October in support of Blitzen Trapper’s American Goldwing tour. In addition to four originals, they threw in a cover of Bob Dylan’s “The Man in Me” for good measure.—Clint Alwahab
22. Robert Ellis – “What’s In It For Me?”
You can’t help but wonder how the folk and country greats sounded in their early adulthood. I’d like to think that with Robert Ellis, we’re getting to watch a storytelling master blossom into a future legend. His songs command our attention through the everyday stories and shared sentiments they convey. Watch Ellis performs “What’s In It For Me?” along Lake Michigan’s shores in Chicago.
21. Lost In The Trees – “Walk Around The Lake”
If you couldn’t make it out to SXSW this year, we captured all 30 of the acts who played the Paste Parties in Austin. Watch Lost in the Trees perform “Walk Around The Lake” at one of our parties.