Donate Now to Support KDHX

Listen Live
Friday, 28 December 2012 11:00

Best of 2012: Songwriters Showcase's top 10 albums (guests welcome edition)

Best of 2012: Songwriters Showcase's top 10 albums (guests welcome edition)
Written by Ed Becker
Rate this item
(0 votes)

On Songwriters Showcase every Sunday morning 10 a.m.-noon Central, I enjoy sharing old favorites and new releases with listeners. Here's 10 of the latter that I most enjoyed this year.

What's on your list? Let me know in the comments.

Ben Bedford - "What We Lost" (Waterbug)

Springfield, Ill.'s Ben Bedford released his third album this year; it features 10 more of Ben's wonderful musical vignettes, again produced by Chas Williams, with Ben's wife Karie singing harmony.

Catherine Britt - "Always Never Enough" (ABC Universal)

A dozen originals, plus one Guy Clark cover and a duet. Bill Chambers produces with Catherine, gathers a stellar Austin guest list -- Eliza Gilkyson, Carrie Rodriquez, Jimmy LaFave, Gurf Morlix, Warren Hood and Lloyd Maines -- plus bonus acoustic sessions. This is my album of the year.

Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson - "Wreck & Ruin" (Essence Music)

The stunningly prolific (three recent releases) queen of Australian roots music with her equally talented husband. Thirteen original tunes plus a bonus disc of covers of their five favorite young Aussie singer-songwriters, and three young kids: How do they do it?

J.P. Cormier - "Somewhere in the Back of My Heart" (Self-released)

Nova Scotia's amazing muti-instrumentalist, producer, singer-songwriter -- who survived a near fatal accident in 2009, falling asleep after a gig -- released his first new CD of original material in five years. Well worth the wait.

Rodney Crowell & Friends - "KIN: Songs By Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell" (Vanguard)

Mix the talents of Rodney Crowell with poet/writer Mary Karr and add the musical talents of Norah Jones, Vince Gill, Lucinda Williams, Lee Ann Womack, Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Emmylou Harris -- and let Joe Henry produce: How can you miss?

John Fullbright - "From the Ground Up" (Blue Dirt)

About five or six years ago Larry and Kathy Weir returned from Woody Guthrie's birthday celebration in Okemah, Okla. and raved about a brilliant, teenage Okemah singer-songwriter, John Fullbright. Larry was a tough critic -- enough said!

Matt Harlan & the Sentimentals - "Bow and Be Simple" (Berkalin)

Matt weaves nine wonderful short stories with the superb backing of his Swedish friends for one of the year's best, under-the-radar releases.

Hardin Burns - "Lounge" (Ithaca)

Guitar wizard Andrew Hardin joins Jeannie Burns of the Burns Sisters for a wonderful debut of original tunes. It's produced by Andrew, and former bandmate Fats Kaplin pitches in.

Gretchen Peters - "Hello Cruel World" (Scarlet Letter)

One of Nashville's best and most accomplished singer-songwriters with 11 new gems, featuring a duet with Rodney Crowell, a co-write with Tom Russell and an amazing group of musicians led by her husband and co-producer Barry Walsh.

The Trishas - "High, Wide & Handsome" (Fatty Four Music)

Fifteen originals from this terrific all-girl quartet. Liz Foster, Jamie Wilson, Kelley Mickwee and Savannah Welch (daughter of Kevin) really deliver the goods. I can't wait to see them live. My apologies to the many artists who released great music this year that I didn't mention; my second 10 could easily, without hesitation, replace this list and I'm sure there are more than 10 I never heard that are worthy. But as always one of my greatest joys of the year is sharing this music with you.

Upcoming Concerts

Sponsor Message

Become a Sponsor

Find KDHX Online

KDHX on Instagram
KDHX on YouTube
KDHX on SoundCloud
KDHX on Facebook
KDHX on Twitter
KDHX on flickr

88.1 KDHX Shows


KDHX Recommends



KDHX Discovery Series: Alash Ensemble

ALASH are masters of Tuvan throat singing (xöömei), a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. What distinguishes this gifted trio from earlier generations of Tuvan throat singers is the subtle...


Music at the Intersection

Music at the Intersection is a monthly event featuring local beer tents, street art, food and drinks specials, and eight venues serving up more than fifty bands over the course of the summer.

Online Users

5 users and 15195 guests online
Sign in with Facebook


Login/My Account

Sign in with Facebook