FYACB’s Top Albums of 2013:
This isn’t necessarily in a particular order. Nor was this an easy choice. All things considered, this year has been kind to us with such a wide selection of really great albums. So, thank you to all of the artists out there who simply make music for the pure love of the art, or because demons need to be released, or because it’s just what comes out of you, I, and lots of other folks, truly appreciate it.
I’ve included links on the artists names. Please, go give what is there a listen. Share this with everyone you know. There are artists who deserve to be recognised for their extraordinary talents. Not by some corporate guy who decides what kind of mindless music to feed to you.
John Moreland - In The Throes
Two things need to be understood here first and foremost. Number one, if you haven’t listened to this album yet, Christ Almighty, go do it!!! Number two, if you haven’t seen him live yet, you need to. My words do not do this incredible fella justice. I’m not sure anyone’s words do. I do know some other things though, his PEERS (other musicians) have had nothing but great things to say about this album. That is one of the highest compliments you can pay a musician. John is an answered prayer to our genre. Bank on that shit.
Jason Isbell - Southeastern
This is a must own/listen to/turn your friends onto album. “Elephant” is one of the best songs off an album that is one of the best this year. He’s great live. I had the good fortune to hear him with John Moreland opening. To say that I was blessed enough to be under a roof they both played, is an understatement. This album is cemented as one of my favorites for life. Everything about it is amazing. Fucking amazing.
Possessed By Paul James - There Will Be Nights When I’m Lonely
Talent, talent, passion, talent and more passion. I am surprised Konrad Wert hasn’t exploded yet from how full of those things he is. This album is one of reflection, hope, love of life and “Songs We Used To Sing”. Own it and love it. Check out the video in the link.
Drag The River - Drag The River
I have waited for this album, as have many others, for a long time. This is another must own album. Wonderful. I have a lot to say about it. You can read it here. They are simply awesome. Don’t believe me? Click the link in their name.
Arliss Nancy - Wild American Runners
Wonderfully new and yet familiar. Arliss Nancy is a band of guys whose love of music is more than evident. They continue to grow with each release, and sound even better than the last. I love these dudes. You guys should check them out if you never have.
Austin Lucas - Stay Reckless
Phenomenal singer/songwriter. Austin Lucas has a voice that is as distinct as they come. Absolutely beautiful to hear sing. He is a definite favorite of mine. This album met & exceeded all expectations I had. Truly beautiful album.
Doc Feldman & the LD50 - Sundowning at the Station
This album is just plain amazing. It truly is. I implore you to go listen to it. Mind blowingly great. Just wow, all the way across the board.
JKutchma & The Five Fifths - Sundown, USA
You want to talk about another fella with a distinct voice and uncanny ability to write amazing music? JKutchma. This guy has an awesome album out. Doubt it? Then you haven’t ever listened to it.
Left Lane Cruiser - Rock Them Back To Hell
I used to have a playlist I worked out to. Now I just have LLC. They took over my playlist, then they became THE playlist. These cats know how to do big shit for two dudes. Huge sound. Love them.
Two Cow Garage - The Death Of The Self Preservation Society
TCG, Cow-punk at it’s finest dudes & lady-dudes. Great album.
Baskery - Little Wild Life
I love this group. These ladies are exceptionally talented. Beautiful voices. Phenomenal musicianship. This album is a must own/listen to. I can not wait until they are in my neck of the woods and I can see them play live.
East Cameron Folkcore - For Sale
I saw them play this year on February 15th. They were inside the Mohawk in Austin, TX. They were closing it down after the Lucero show. They are one of the most powerful bands I have ever seen perform. I had never heard of them until that night. I now own their music in it’s entirety. Amazing band. If they are ever within driving distance of you, it is a travesty to not see them. It’s equally insane to not own this album. While you’re at it, score “Sound & Fury” too. Trust me.
J. Roddy Walston & The Business - Essential Tremors
This album is just fucking sexy. Don’t believe me? Listen to “Sweat Shock”. You hear that? That is some shit that came from the 70’s to wake some people up. The album is awesome. Hands down. Not a bad song to be found.
Husky Burnette - Tales From East End Blvd.
Dirty nasty ass blues. Checkout “Highway 41” for a great example of it. The soul of a bluesman is in there. “That Liquor” is another great example. I dig the album tremendously.
White Trash Blues Revival - Now Honey, Now Baby, Now Listen
To kick it up another notch of nasty on the dirty ass blues train we are on, White Trash Blues Revival. In your airspace the minute you hit play, is some great tuneage. I dig this album a lot. It’s as raw as raw gets.
I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In The House - Mayberry
Righteous sounding music. First words that come to mind on this album. The title track is my favorite among an entire album of favorites. Scoop it up.
The Hooten Hallers - Chillicothe Fireball
Wow. Just wow. And dirty. So, so, dirty. Go buy this album and play it loud and drink. Drink whiskey, drink in the music, and enjoy every damn minute of it. It reminds me a bit of Tom Waits, which is never a bad thing.
Dexateens - Sunsphere
Rock n’ roll the way it was meant to be played. Loud and mind-blowingly awesome.
Lindi Ortega - Tin Star
This album showcases just how wonderful Lindi Ortega is. She has a timeless voice, her band is insanely talented and she knows how to control a crowd live. I own every album she has. If you don’t, this as good as any place to start.
The White Buffalo - Shadows, Greys & Evil Ways
Every album they have is just a joy to listen to. This album is no different than the ones before it. “Shall We Go On” is one of my favorite tracks on the album. So is “The Whistler”. You are missing out if this album is missing from your library.
Jeremy Squires - When Will You Go…
And to close out this Top Album of 2013 List. I’m going to add this one. This is an album that makes you feel. Not necessarily happy feelings either. It is great though. Give it a listen.
Lots of great music out there still. This is all my opinion, but these are albums I have listened to and find myself coming back to. They are also albums that I don’t skip songs on. I believe that if you can love an album straight from start to finish, that some magic has occured. I believe that to be the case with all of these artists.
I can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store…