I posted my list of favorite from the first half of 2019 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.
Have You Seen My Girl, Todd May (from the self-released Let’s Go Get Lost)
A glorious blast of rock and roll cacophony.
The centerpiece of Harris’ debut record is emotionally wrenching, both lyrically and musically.
Kind days are coming, warm nights and loving, may you be there always.
Bad days are leaving, no use in grieving, here come those kind days.
A somber and moving ballad – simply exquisite.
I couldn’t decide which of these two songs to include – some I’m sharing them both. Klyma mines 1970’s rock gold, propelled by electric guitars and soaring, harmony-drenched choruses.
I’ve got a picture on the dash
Of you, the dog, and Johnny Cash
I can’t explain it to you now
But I’ll be back someday, somehow
A glorious piece of melancholy that surprises with a soothing, harmony-rich chorus.
Sure this was a 2018 single before appearing on the band’s 2019 album, but how can you not love a song fueled by piano, horns, and chugging electric guitars. Throw in some classic Craig Finn lyrics like “Tequila take off, Tecate landing” and you’ll sing along as you throw your fist into the air with rock abandon.
Leave it to Boston’s Session Americana to breathe a refreshing and entertaining air into the Pixies’ classic.
Your new favorite drinking song, courtesy of Dallas-based Ottoman Turks…
I said, all my friends are glass bottles
And they’ve all got famous names
I know it may sound absurd
Since they can’t say a word
But they’re all my best friends just the same
Hayden and the Outliers may have built their reputation around country music but they sure do know their way around rock and roll.
The Fort Worth country trobadour scores with the all too true tale of life touring honky-tonks:
Well I’m playing for a fool in a barroom, stubborn as my dick,
He’s yelling, “Sing another David Allan Coe song!”, but I ain’t sang one yet.
Well I’m loading out, my line is drawn,
I’m headed home, watch me get gone
Just a glorious slice of acoustic-driven pop.
Jesse Dayton covering Jackson Browne’s “Redneck Friend”? Of course it’s gonna be good.
Domino offers a harsh ode to a failed relationship, “Dead roses still have thorns, babe; and sometimes the light at the end of a tunnel is just a flame.”
About the author: Mild-mannered corporate executive by day, excitable Twangville denizen by night.