Joe Rathburn | Little Suns

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Little Suns

by Joe Rathburn

Positive, uplifting folk/pop. "...Bruce Cockburn has a dream about Jim Croce at the door while listening to James Taylor imitating Don Henley playing a Paul Simon song at a Randy Newman tribute show."
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sunshine Through the Rain
4:16 $0.99
2. Spaceship
5:08 $0.99
3. Earth to Mommy
4:17 $0.99
4. Somebody Else's Blues
3:38 $0.99
5. Little Suns
3:39 $0.99
6. Blue Moonbeam
4:51 $0.99
7. I Don't Think I Know
3:52 $0.99
8. If I Don't Change My Way
3:58 $0.99
9. Dreamin'
4:30 $0.99
10. Searchin'
4:25 $0.99
11. Dem Birdies
4:01 $0.99
12. Dear Dad (Bonus Track)
4:05 $0.99
13. 'Til There Was You (Bonus Track)
3:18 $0.99
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Album Notes
Nominated for the San Diego Music Awards thrice now: Once back in 1997 in the Best Adult Alternative Album category for his first Betterworld Records CD, Little Suns, and in 2001 and 2002's Best Acoustic Artist category, Joe Rathburn's music defies catagorization.

The press has had this to say about Little Suns:

"Joe Rathburn's music is hard to pigeon-hole... he's just really, really good." - Jim Hoehn of the Milwaukee Journal.

"FOUR STARS" (out of five)
- C.C. Federspiel of Oakland Michigan's, The Oakland Press.

"Joe Rathburn is definitely a man of sensibility. His latest album, Little Suns, truly shines."
- Tracy Page in San Diego's SLAMM Magazine.

"Little Suns... a thoroughly enjoyable listen."
- John D'Agostino award winning music journalist (LA Times, Musician Magazine, San Diego Reader) in Taylor Guitar's Wood & Steel Magazine.

"...Joe Rathburn sings modest tunes about ordinary people, but the care and craft he devotes to his Everyguy (and Everygal) songs give each little story a big warm heart."
- Karla Peterson, The San Diego Union/Tribune.

"Joe, I personally like your music. What I'm especially drawn to is the heart in it."
- Tom Kimmel, singer/songwriter (covered by Linda Ronstadt, Joe Cocker, Maura O'Connell, The Stray Cats, to name a few).

"...a really wonderful CD... sounds fantastic, looks fantastic..."
- Deborah-Liv Johnson, Mojave Sun records recording artist.



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Gary Bosley

A nice surprise!
I am so glad that while searching through the numerous artists on CD Baby I happened to stop and give a listen to Joe Rathburn's Little Suns. It is now one of my most played CDs. I enjoy every song but am especially fond of, "If I Don't Change My Way" and "I Don't Think I Know." Joe is an accomplished guitarist and his arrangements are very professional. I am looking forward to hearing more from Joe Rathburn. This CD will indeed be of your favorites too!

Dave Blackburn

A jewel!
As producer of this CD I am obviously not impartial, but before we began this project Joe and his music were unknown to me. After hearing his immaculate demos I realized that this was one world-class songwriter and that we could make a really fine album together. This album possesses all the vibrancy and magic that the songs inherently contained at birth with some great performances by both Joe himself and the guest musicians. Now celebrating its 10th year! --- Dave Blackburn

michael james moore

every song is great
A real find.Some great songwriting and production.This cd is uplifting and has a cool vibe.But it!!


Little Suns
This is one CD I've been listening to for the last ten years or so (at the time of writing Jan 2008.) This one surely ties Joe's other CD's together, reminding me profoundly of the all-but-forgotten Mikey's Coffeehouse in Poway, where I would be a regular fixture at this place on an almost daily basis, listening to Joe play these old songs at least once a month. These clever, God-fearing lyrics are surely what everyone must hear and engrave in their brains permanently. (I don't think, I know.) Kornflower

Dave Sawyer - MusicJammers.Com

I'm sorry I waited so long to buy this CD, it's WONDERFUL!
Little Suns is a wonderful piece of work. From beginning to end, it has heart sustained by a talent for phrasing and detail.
Joe exhibits his technical talents as a guitarist as deft support for his songwriting and singing. It's all about the more than necessary, no less than just enough.
Even in the liner notes, his ideas are well delivered without being preachy.
Why isn't this on the Billboard charts???
Thanks Joe, and please make more!

Tom Sutphen

Great tunes, well produced, looking forward to more!
Joe's song writing has matured over the years. His ear for arranging and producing is quite remarkable. Lyrics and melodies are catchy, and many with deep meaning (check out the bonus track he writes to his "Dear Dad"). "Sunshine Through the Rain" is a powerful lead in to an excellent album (whoops, CD). Well worth the investment of $15.


I love this CD . . .
I have played this CD at least a hundred times . . . and it still moves me. From the opening track's, "Hello there," to the final tracks farewell (Till There Was You--cover), this album wedges itself into my heart.

Joe takes me on a spaceship ride beyond the earth, and on a long ride in the back of his dad's Oldsmobile on a fishing trip. We don't catch any fish, but there's chocolate enough to make the ride home a sweet one.

Joe is up to more than coating our ears in candy, however. He is on an unabashed mission to save the world, one "homeless soul" at a time. In the album's title track, Little Suns, he draws on saints from all walks of life (from waitresses to Mother Teresa) to encourage us all to "shine light everywhere we go."

The music is top notch, the vibe is positive, and it has a universal appeal. Go Joe!

Veronica Graciano

A Must Have!
It's rare that you find an artist that creates such clever, inspiring lyrics as well as fantastic melody. The combination makes for an awesome CD. My Holiday shopping is going to be a breeze this year because this CD is such a great gift to give to anyone.


Little Suns is great, uplifting music!
This CD is a mix of acoustic roots music (Searchin'), improvisational jazz (Dem Birdies), and pure sunshine (Sunshine through the rain). The songs tell great stories (Dear Dad) that inspire me to hope (Little Suns) and force me to think about my own role in the world (If I Don't Change My Way). This CD has so much to offer, it's no wonder it was on the regular rotation for years at work.