Standout Albums of 2016

Well, I got lazy, and didn’t update this all damn year…I’m a failure…but an honest one.  However, I have a list of really good music from this year! Ha! Enjoy!

Dorothy – ROCKISDEAD

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Chatham County Line – Autumn

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Grace – FMA

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Hayes Carll – Lovers and Leavers

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Luke Bell – Luke Bell

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Van Morrison – “..It’s Too Late To Stop Now…” Vol 1.

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Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth

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The Cactus Blossoms – You’re Dreaming

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Butch Walker – Stay Gold

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Luke Winslow-King – I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always

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Alcest – Kodama

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Aaron Lee Tasjan – Silver Tears

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The Olympians – The Olympians

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A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service

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Nathaniel Rateliff – A Little Something More

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Amanda Shires – My Piece of Land

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Shovels & Rope – Little Seeds

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The Rolling Stones – Blue and Lonesome

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Jamestown Revival – The Education of a Wandering Man

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John Prine – For Better, or Worse

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Durand Jones & The Indications – Durand Jones & The Indications

The Frightnrs – Nothing More to Say

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I’m sure I’ve missed a few, so if you have any suggestions, please send them my way.  I encourage all comments and opinions, so please don’t be shy.

Top 20 Albums of 2015

2015 was a pretty damn good year for music. From World to wonderful to “Who the Hell was that?!?”

Although there were tons of good albums out last year, these are my personal favorites. These are the ones that stuck out to me, & found their way into my player on more than one occasion. They are (in absolutely no particular order):

The Harvest Season Band – Let Your Love Burn Bright

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Anderson East – Delilah

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Chris Stapleton – Traveller

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Lindi Ortega – Faded Gloryville

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love

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Daniel Romano – If I’ve Only One Time Askin’

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Pokey LaFarge – Something in the Water

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JD McPherson – Let the Good Times Roll

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Leon Bridges – Coming Home

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Ryan Adams – Live at Carnegie Hall

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Shovels & Rope – Busted Jukebox Vol. 1

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Warsaw Afrobeat Orchestra – Wëndelu

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Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell – The Traveling Kind

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Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

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Jason James – Jason James

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Kacey Musgraves – Pageant Material

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Asleep at the Wheel – Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

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Dave Rawlings Machine – Nashville Obsolete

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Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free

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Watkins Family Hour – Watkins Family Hour

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Thoughts? Concerns? Disagreements?  Tweet away, people: @kgcoldcastle

Singer/Songwriter Day

I spent the majority of today organizing, sleeving, and playing records. I was in a very chill mood, so I went with the “Singer/Songwriter” theme. I started the day with Townes Van Zandt’s “Live at the Old Quarter, Houston, Texas”, then moved onto Jerry Jeff Walker’s “Driftin’ Way of Life”. My natural progression from Jerry Jeff was Ian and Sylvia’s “Nashville”, followed strongly by John Prine’s “Prime Prine”.  Ryan Adams’s breakout solo effort, “Heartbreaker” rounded the day off, as it was time to go eat ribs with some friends. Needless to say, it was a hell of a good day of music, and the ribs were pretty damn good, as well. I highly suggest all of these albums, and even more highly suggest you purchase them on vinyl for your listening enjoyment.

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