Top of the Pops 2016

  1. Lydia Loveless – Real
  2. Elizabeth Cook – Exodus of Venus
  3. Angel Olsen – My Woman
  4. Todd Snider – Eastside Bulldog
  5. The Rolling Stones – Blue & Lonesome
  6. Sara Watkins – Young In All The Wrong Ways
  7. Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
  8. Drive–By–Truckers – American Band
  9. Tedeschi Trucks Band – Let Me Get By
  10. Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide To Earth
  11. Bonnie Raitt – Dig In Deep
  12. Margo Price – Midwest Farmer’s Daughter
  13. Amanda Shires – My Piece of Land
  14. Aaron Neville – Apache
  15. Alejandro Escovedo – Burn Something Beautiful
  16. The I Don’t Cares – Wild Stab
  17. Eleanor Friedberger – New View
  18. Britta Phillips – Luck or Magic
  19. Blackberry Smoke – Like An Arrow
  20. The Flat Five – It’s A World Of Love and Hope

Blues
Joe Bonamassa – Live at the Greek Theatre
Keb Mo – Live – That Hot Pink Blues Album
Lurrie Bell – Can’t Shake This Feeling
Beth Hart – Fire on the Floor
The James Hunter Six – Hold On!

Live:
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band – 9/11/16 Pittsburgh PA
The Mavericks – All Night Live Volume 1
Neil Young – Earth
Aoife O’Donovan – Man in a Neon Coat: Live from Cambridge
Rolling Stones – Havana Moon

Singles and EPs
Nathaniel Ratecliff & The Night Sweats – A Little Something More
Drive – By – Truckers – Live Title Goes Here
Prince – Little Red Corvette / Dirty Mind (Live)
Michael Stipe – The Man Who Sold The World (Live
Bruce Springsteen – Purple Rain / Rebel Rebel / Take It Easy (Live)

The underplayed Top 25 of 2015

  1. Rhiannon Giddens – Tomorrow Is My Turn / Factory Girl EP

  2. Drive By Truckers – It’s Great to Be Alive
  3. James McMurtry – Complicated Game
  4. Richard Thompson – Still
  5. Mavericks – Mono
  6. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and …
  7. Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free
  8. Tame Impala – Currents
  9. Martin Courtney – Many Moons
  10. Leo Bud Welch – I Don’t Prefer No Blues

    Here is the rest of my top 25 and these could really be in just about any order depending on my mood.

  1. Samba Toure – Gandadiko
  2. Leon Bridges – Coming Home
  3. Kacey Musgraves – Pageant Material
  4. The Dead Weather – Dodge and Burn
  5. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
  6. Chris Stapleton – Traveller
  7. Dwight Yoakam – Second Hand Heart
  8. Josh Rouse – The Embers of Time
  9. Jimmy LaFave – The Night Tribe
  10. Beth Hart – Better Than Home
  11. Tony Bennett – The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern
  12. Dave Rawlings Machine – Nashville Obsolete
  13. Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin – Lost Time
  14. Adele – 25
  15. Shawn Colvin – Uncovered

Blues

Buddy Guy – Born to Play Guitar
John Primer – Muddy Waters 100
Charlie Musselwhite – I Ain’t Lying
Joe Bonamassa – Live At Radio City Music Hall / Muddy Wolf at Red Rocks
Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King – Fat Man’s Shine Parlor
Sonny Landreth – Bound By The Blues
Robert Cray – 4 Nights of 40 Years Live

Hope you found something worth adding to your music rotation. On to to 2016…

Jack’s Best Music 2014

2014 Best of the Year – a good use of bandwidth!

  1. Real Estate – Atlas
  2. Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters – Lullaby and … The Ceaseless Roar
  3. Leonard Cohen – Popular Problems
  4. Lydia Loveless – Somewhere Else
  5. Drive-By-Truckers – English Oceans / Black Ice Verite
  6. Sturgil Simpson – Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
  7. The Black Keys – Turn Blue
  8. Lucinda Williams – Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone
  9. Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes
  10. Hard Working Americans – S/T
  11. Jackson Browne – Standing In The Breach
  12. Rosanne Cash – The River & the Thread
  13. The Allman Brothers Band – Beacon Theatre 10-28-2014
  14. Nikki Lane – All or Nothing
  15. Hurray For The Riff Raff – Small Town Heroes
  16. Toumani Diabaté & Sidiki Diabaté – Tourmani & Sidiki
  17. St. Vincent – S/T
  18. Nickel Creek – A Dotted Line
  19. Ray LaMontagne – Supernova
  20. Neil Young – A Letter Home
  21. Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires – Derecontructed
  22. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Days of Abandon
  23. First Aid Kit – Stay Gold / America
  24. Jenny Lewis – The Voyager
  25. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye
  26. Richard Thompson – Acoustic Classics
  27. Eric Clapton and Friends – The Breeze An Appreciation of JJ Cale
  28. Willie Nelson – Band of Brothers
  29. Allah-Las – Worship the Sun
  30. Gary Clark Jr. – Live
  31. The War On Drugs – Lost in the Dream
  32. The Secret Sisters – Put Your Needle Down
  33. Angaleena Presley – American Middle Class
  34. Tennis – Ritual In Repeat
  35. Benjamin Booker – S/T
  36. John Hiatt – Terms of my Surrender
  37. Jack White – Lazaretto
  38. Lake Street Dive – Bad Self Portrait
  39. AC/DC – Rock or Bust
  40. Tinariwen – Emmaar

BLUES

Coco Montoya – Songs From The Road
Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin – Common Ground
Tommy Castro & the Painkillers – The Devil You Know
Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa – Live In Amsterdam
Joe Bonamassa – Different Shades of Blue

Jack’s Best Music of 2013

 

1. Richard Thompson – Electric

2. North Mississippi Allstars – World Boogie is Coming

3. Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight…

4. Josh Rouse – The Happiness Waltz

5. Mazzy Star – Seasons of Your Day

6. Tedeschi Trucks Band – Made Up Mind

7. Wilco – Roadcase 6/21/13

8. Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite – Get Up!

9. The Strypes – Snapshot

10. Pokey LaFarge – Pokey LaFarge
Close calls
  1. Gary Clark Jr. – iTunes Session
  2. Jake Bugg – Jake Bugg / Shangri La
  3. Milk Carton Kids – The Ash & Clay
  4. Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa – Seesaw
  5. Paul McCartney – New
  6. Laura Marling – Once I Was An Eagle
  7. The Dirtbombs – Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-blooey!
  8. The Avett Brothers – Magpie and the Dandelion
  9. Valerie June – Pushin’ Against a Stone
  10. Aoife O’Donovan – Fossils
  11. Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones – Foreverly
  12. David Bowie – The Next Day
  13. Ashley Monroe – Like A Rose
  14. Kelly Willis & Bruce Robinson – Cheater’s Game
  15. Los Lobos – Disconnected – Live in NYC
 
Best Blues
Various: Remembering Little WalterLurrie Bell – Blues In My Soul

Moreland & Arbuckle – 7 Cities

Trampled Under Foot – Badlands

Buddy Guy – Rhythm & Blues

James Cotton Cotton Mouth Man

ARCHIVE RELEASES
Townes Van Zandt – Sunshine Boy: The Unheard Studio Sessions & Demos 1971-1972The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 1 (1917-1927)

The Band – Live at the Academy of Music

Bob Dylan – Another Self Portrait

The Beatles – On Air – Live at the BBC

Skydog – The Duane Allman Anthology

 

Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls


Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball

Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas

Justin Townes Earle – Nothing’s Gonna Change the way You Feel About Me Now

Jack White – Blunderbuss

Sugar + the High-Lows – Sugar + the High-Lows

Patti Smith – Banga

Todd Snider – Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables

Kelly Hogan – I Like to Keep Myself in Pain

Allah-Las – Allah-Las

Close calls:
  1. Bob Dylan – Tempest
  2. Dr. John – Locked Down
  3. Bonnie Raitt – Slipstream
  4. Best Coast – the Only Place
  5. Nick Waterhouse – Time’s All Gone
  6. Alejandro Escovedo – Big Station
  7. The Avett Brothers – The Carpenter
  8. Beachwood Sparks – The Tarnished Gold
  9. Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale – Buddy and Jim
  10. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
  11. Ian Hunter – When I’m President
  12. Sara Watkins – Sun Midnight Sun
  13. ZZ Ward – Till The Casket Drops
  14. Clairy Browne & the Bangin Rackettes – Baby Caught the Bus
  15. The Gaslight Anthem – Handwritten

Best Blues:

  1. Tedeschi Trucks Band – Everybody’s Talkin’
  2. Janiva Magness – Stronger for it
  3. Michael Burks – Show of Strength
  4. Magic Slim & The Teardrops – Bad Boy
  5. Buddy Guy – Live At Legends
  6. John Primer – Blues On Solid Ground
  7. Joe Louis Walker – Hellfire
  8. Dion – Tank Full of Blues
  9. Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King – Close to the Bone
  10. Joe Bonamassa – No Hits, No Hype, Just the Best / Driving Towards The Daylight / Beacon Theatre: Live From New York