Music industry veteran Bill Bentley reviews ten eclectic new releases. Included this month: Amy Black, The Bluebonnets, BoDeans, Garland Jeffreys, The Chaz Lipp Groove Tripp, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Texas Mavericks, John Mellencamp featuring Carlene Carter, Red Young & His Hot Horns, and a Jean-Jacques Perrey reissue.
Another stellar year for music, coming in from all sides and never letting up. Highlighting the second half of 2013 are these ten extra-fine albums, along with best song and reissue of the year. Happy listening—and holidays!
It would take a private detective a dozen years, fueled by truck-stop coffee and little white pills, to track down all the sweltering indie labels in the South that put the muscle in soul music back at its invention starting 60 years ago.