Favorite Albums of 2016

It was a shitty year for sure. We lost some great artists in 2016 but there was some great music released as well. As usual I try to avoid descriptors like best or greatest but I did pick out some of my favorite releases from last year.

Signs of Light – The Head and the Heart

I don’t love it as much as the first two but it’s still outstanding.

Let Me Get By – Tedeschi Trucks Band

It’s Derek and Susan and Mike and the rest of this great crew. One would expect excellence and you’d get it.

The Tel-Star Sessions – Gov’t Mule

An older recording but a new release of their first sessions. Interesting to hear initial runs of these songs.

Patch The Sky – Bob Mould

Duh – It’s Bob Mould.

Rainbow Ends – Emitt Rhodes

Never expected a new release from Emitt but not at all surprised at the quality of it.

Blackstar – David Bowie

Man this one hurts. Interesting how my pre and post loss listens differed so much. A goodbye album even if we didn’t know it when it was released.

Soul Eyes – Kandace Springs

More straight on jazzy than her initial e.p. but her voice still gives me chills. What an amazing talent.

Complete Third – Big Star

A full on deluxe revisiting with tons of demos and all the fun stuff you would expect. I never go far without a little Big Star…

What were your faves?

15 Bass Players

Get BackThe rules: Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen Bass Players that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes.

Here are mine, in some particular order:

  1. Paul McCartney
  2. Chris Squire
  3. Allen Woody
  4. Oteil Burbridge
  5. John Entwistle
  6. Tony Levin
  7. Graham Maby
  8. Stanley Clarke
  9. Rick Danko
  10. Larry Graham
  11. Carol Kaye
  12. Victor Wooten
  13. Jack Bruce
  14. Carl Radle
  15. Bootsy Collins

Who would be on your list?

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15 Guitarists

Allman Brothers at the Hard Rock HotelSaw this on Facebook but decided to post here instead.

The rules: Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen guitarists that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes.

Here are mine, in some particular order:

  1. Warren Haynes
  2. Derek Trucks
  3. Duane Allman
  4. Carlos Santana
  5. Jimmy Herring
  6. Jeff Beck
  7. David Gilmour
  8. Terry Kath
  9. Pete Townshend
  10. Frank Marino
  11. Peter Frampton
  12. Mick Taylor
  13. Lindsey Buckingham
  14. Michael Hedges
  15. Eric Clapton

Who would be on your list?

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