Here are some of my favorite songs this year. An eclectic lot to be sure.
Easily my favorite song so far this year. Cowles confronts anxiety and self-doubt with a determined and uplifting anthem.
“Life ain’t fair, saddle up boy and see it through, tough times don’t last only tough folks do.”
It’s hard not to be entranced by the warmth that radiates from this gem among gems on Duhon’s latest release.
Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster and Will Johnson pare a break-up down to its core in this haunting ballad.
As I Live and Breathe, Eli Paperboy Reed and The High & Mighty Brass Band (from the Yep Roc Records release Eli Paperboy Reed Meets the High & Mighty Brass Band)
Classic R&B overflowing with horns makes for one magical song. Try not to smile while listening – I dare you.
Michael McDermott is in a league of his own when it comes to expressing emotion in a song. This gripping song is the latest in a career laden with examples.
There are plenty satisfying rockers on Don’t Talk About It, but I love the closing track’s ambling 1960’s feel that calls to mind The Band. Special bonus – it’s ripe for the long overdue next edition of my Kiss-Off playlist.
As much as I enjoy the honky-tonk moments that permeate Morrow’s latest album, I keep coming back to this dark and smoldering ballad.
A master at work, reminding us that sometimes simplicity can be profoundly moving.
This live track is quintessential Session Americana – a fun-loving and irreverent attitude underpinned by their outstanding musicianship. You’ll undoubtedly be singing along by song’s end.
The sound of a folk band letting out some aggression in a searing break-up song.
A glorious shot of adrenaline from Norway.
The early leader for power pop song of the year. The perfect blend of an infectious hook and an equally incessant beat.
Dyson unleashes an infectious ode to youthful exuberance, a guitar-fueled reminder for both young and old to “do it anyway”.
Plankenhorn scores with a catchy bit of Americana that reminds us to leave our troubles behind.
Moore never takes his foot off the gas in this 3 minute gem – it’s an in-your-face sonic blast.
A song as wonderfully tattered and frayed as the relationship that it describes.
About the author: Mild-mannered corporate executive by day, excitable Twangville denizen by night.