Music industry veteran Bill Bentley recommends ten releases, including new music by Rose Cousins, Jim Lauderdale, Peter Lewis, Joe Medwick, Willie Nile, Oumou Sangaré, The Secret Sisters, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, plus an Arthur Alexander reissue and Dan Hicks' memoir.
Is this the best Grateful Dead concert ever? Maybe. Plus: a look at three other noteworthy releases: Willie Nile's 'Positively Bob,' a multi-artist tribute to singer-songwriter Mark Heard, and a self-titled album by Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters.
The hugely talented Andy Ferrell may be a newcomer, but he sure doesn't sound like it on his fine new collection of studio and concert tracks. Also reviewed: Corin Raymond, Willie Nile, Glenna Bell, The London Suede.
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!
Anyone who was part of the musical explosion of the late 1970s must have felt like they'd stumbled onto the promised land. Recording contracts were plentiful, new stars were being anointed daily and, best yet, it looked like it would never end.