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?

Mother Earth

A Gov’t Mule cover of the Memphis Slim classic blues original. Digging around it seems just about everyone has done a version of this at some point. Good Stuff!

This vid from the Gov’t Mule DVD “A Tail of 2 Cities” featuring a show from Boston and another from a Chicago show that I attended. I frequently get audio from their shows that I have seen but to have pro video of a show I saw is amazing.