For me, and perhaps for all of us, 2017 was a year of challenges and changes. But through the challenges we’re facing, it’s reassuring to fall back on great music that expresses our frustrations and hopes. The following are my inexpert highlights of the best of blues-based (not strictly blues) music of 2017. North Mississippi Allstars – Prayer […]
I simultaneously love and loathe the end of the year lists. On one hand I get to share with folks the music that I enjoyed this past year, but on the other I always leave out something that will become my favorite of 2018. But a few times the way I’ve found my new favorite […]
In a turbulent world it’s sometimes nice to get lost in music. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more uplifting moment of escape than this version of the Beatles “Across the Universe.” Talented folk trio the Accidentals are joined by members of the Decemberists for this mesmerizing performance.
Putting together my annual list of favorite albums seems to get harder every year. Much of what I hear comes across my desk in the form of discs or downloads from publicists, labels, and musicians themselves. I also got a few “you’ve got to hear so-and-so” missives from friends and colleagues whose musical tastes I […]
Happy New Year to all. Let’s start with a holiday classic from Slaid Cleaves and a gem from Josh Ritter. Ritter has a way of making even melancholy sound uplifting, all the better via a regal arrangement courtesy of the Boston Pops.
With 2017 winding down, let’s go ahead and look ahead to 2018. What album are you most excited about? Here are some that are on our list: If you don’t see one you know about in our poll list that you think we should be aware of, you can add a comment with the artist […]
Back in September, Benyaro released their latest album, One Step Ahead Of Your Past. As the musical vehicle for Jackson Hole’s Ben Musser and Leif Routman, Benyaro excels in the rougher, funkier edges of Americana. One Step Ahead Of Your Past exemplifies that with some cowpunk, some post-Seattle grunge, and even what I’d call “front […]
I posted my list of favorite from the first half of 2017 back in July (here). Rather than replicate that list for my full year review, consider this a continuation — the best songs from the second half of the year. Stone Age, David Ramirez (from the Thirty Tigers release We’re Not Going Anywhere) “Well […]
I posted my list of favorite from the first half of 2017 back in July (here). Rather than replicate that list for my full year review, consider this a continuation — the best songs from the second half of the year. No Heart Left Behind, Hannah Aldridge (from the Rootsy Music release Gold Rush) I […]
I always love when holidays fall on Mondays as it gives me license to share holiday-themed videos. On this day how about partaking of two of the best holiday songs ever written. Two songs which happen to share a common theme of spending the holiday in jail. Go figure. Enjoy the Pogues (with Kirsty MacColl) […]