There was a time when I spent hours thinking of clever ways to describe the music of the past year. There's not much need now. A brief description and a video and you can make up your mind whether my taste has soured or not.
So here's what I listened to the most this year, a year that I thought was the best for new music in a long, long time.
Jason Isbell - Southeastern.
This is the sound of a life falling apart and nearly ending and then trying to figure a way back from…Continue
Posted on December 5, 2013 at 11:30am — 3 Comments
The list of Bela Fleck's collaborators is a head-spinning kaleidoscope through modern music.
Sam Bush and John Cowan in New Grass Revival, a group that redefined acoustic music. The out-there rhythm section of Roy and Victor Wooten and the polymath harp player Howard Levy in the Flecktones. Double bassist Edgar Meyer. Tabla player Zakir Hassain. An assortment of African players and singers. Jazz stars Chick Corea and Marcus Roberts. And, most recently, the Nashville Symphony…Continue
Posted on November 14, 2013 at 5:30am — 1 Comment
Joe Ely remembers the last time he played a songwriters show in Virginia Beach quite well, thank you. He was on stage at the Pavilion in 1991 with John Hiatt, Guy Clark, and Lyle Lovett when Lovett invited an old college buddy, Robert Earl Keen, on stage. Keen played a tune off his latest album,…Continue
Posted on November 12, 2013 at 4:00pm — 11 Comments
For Garland Jeffreys, the 13 years between albums before 2011's "The King of In Between" were a time to focus on raising his daughter. Savannah is 17 now, a songwriter with a considerable following, so Jeffreys again has directed his considerable energies and restless creativity towards writing and performing. And, oh, how that's evident on his new album, "Truth…Continue
Posted on September 26, 2013 at 10:00am — 5 Comments