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Best Songs of 2016

Posted January 3, 2017 By admin

Adam Green- Never Lift A Finger
Amanda Shires- I Know What It’s Like
Amos Lee- Vaporize
Anderson .Paak- The Bird
Anoushka Shankar- Boat To Nowhere
Benjamin Francis Leftwich- Just Breathe
Bob Dylan- Melancholy Mood
Brent Cobb- South Of Atlanta
Carrie Rodriguez- La Ultima Vez
Charles Bradley- You Think I Don’t Know (But I Know)
Daniel Romano- (Gone Is) But A Quarry Of Stone
Dessa- Quinine
Gavin DeGraw- Harder To Believe
Haley Bonar- I Can Change
Haley Greene- Two Trees In The Dark
Haroula Rose- Songbird
Hayes Carll- Drive
John Mayer- Love On The Weekend
John Prine- Falling In Love Again
JoJo- Mad Love
Leonard Cohen- Treaty
Lisa Hannigan-Fall
Loretta Lynn- Everything It Takes (ft. Elvis Costello)
Luke Winslow King- Heartsick Blues
Matt Andersen-Last Surrender
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats- How To Make Friends
Neema- For You (ft. Emmylou Harris)
Norah Jones- Carry On
Pete Yorn- Lost Weekend
Peter Doherty- Flags From The Old Regime
Pigeon John- (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right To Party
Post Malone- Deja Vu (ft. Justin Bieber)
Rachael Yamagata- Over
Regina Spektor- Black & White
Romantica-Blue Heart
Sarah Jarosz- Green Lights
Scott Orr- Still Waiting
Shannon LaBrie- Took My Whole Life
Sharon Van Etten- Not Myself
Shooter Jennings- The Neverending Story (ft. Brandi Carlile)
Sivert Høyem- Fool To Your Crown
Springtime Carnivore- Under The Spell
Tara Beier- Summer Rain
The Boxmasters- People Move On
The Cactus Blossoms- Powder Blue
The Pines- Aerial Ocean
Tom Odell- Here I Am
Tori Vasquez- Wear You Thin
Water & Sand- All I Wanna Do
Wet- Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl

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Best Albums of 2016

Posted January 1, 2017 By admin

The time has come to rank the best albums of the past year. It’s been a year of loss, as many great musicians have passed, some very near and dear to my heart. Some great music was made though, and that’s what will always keep the memories of musicians alive. I’m sure some of the albums below will be new to some people, and some will be very familiar. Hopefully the ones that are new to you will inspire you to seek them out and give them a chance, and the ones you already know will inspire you to revisit them at some point. Before I get to the top 10, here are some honorable mentions that just missed the cut but deserve to be listened to:

And now, the top 10:

10. Hayes Carll-Lovers and Leavers

9. Sarah Jarosz-Undercurrent

8. Anoushka Shankar-Land Of Gold

7. Benjamin Francis Leftwich-After The Rain

6. Romantica-Shadowlands

5. The Cactus Blossoms-You’re Dreaming

4. Loretta Lynn-Full Circle

3. The Pines-Above The Prairie

2. Bob Dylan-Fallen Angels

1. Leonard Cohen-You Want It Darker

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Picks Of The Week

Posted October 30, 2011 By admin

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. Recently, I went through and totally upgraded my music library to a different format, so I was adding a few hundred songs a week making it difficult to add much new music at the same time. But, I am happy to say I am going to continue these posts from here on out every Sunday. If you aren’t familiar with what I mean by picks of the week, I will explain. I have amassed a collection of about 2000 cds, and honestly a lot of them I have never listened to. I decided to start at the beginning of my collection and listen to them one by one until I have gone through them all. I rip whatever songs I like onto my computer, and I’ll take what I feel are some of the best songs I’ve found each week and post them here. Hopefully it will expose you to some new music, or find an old favorite you had forgotten about. Either way, it’s just my way of sharing some music I’ve found interesting each week. You can find past Picks of The Week segments by either clicking on the tag below or scrolling through the tags on the right sidebar to “Picks Of The Week”. Or click here.

  • Sundress- Ben Kweller
  • Atlantic City- Benjamin Francis Leftwich
  • Katie Cruel- Bert Jansch (ft. Beth Orton & Devendra Banhart)
  • Chantilly Lace- The Big Bopper
  • Summertime- Big Brother & The Holding Company
  • Thirteen- Big Star
  • Grandma’s Hand- Bill Withers
  • Strange Fruit- Billie Holiday
  • Moonshiner- Bob Dylan
  • How Many Times Have You Broken My Heart- Norah Jones
  • New York, New York (Piano Version)- Ryan Adams
  • Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas- She & Him

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