The DJs of 88.1 KDHX have picked their "Songs of the Year," and the resulting list -- spanning all manner of sounds and styles, ranging from radio hitmakers to local heroes -- forms a pretty comprehensive (and thoroughly enjoyable) look back at the year in music that was 2013.
In a town like Nashville, you can't toss a pebble 2 feet without hitting a singer-songwriter, and yet there are those who stand out from the rest with their knack for catchy songwriting and great instrumentation. Tim Easton is one of those that rise above the crowd.
When Chris Mills sings, he really sings, with a deep yearning and a perfect amount of imperfection, and lyrics that reflect an authenticity that could only be the result of nearly 20 years of ups and downs as a singer-songwriter.
As 2013 draws to close, we asked the DJs of 88.1 KDHX to look back on all the records they heard this year and pick their favorite albums. From blues to bluegrass, indie rock to pop, country to folk, reggae to rock 'n' roll, these lists capture the soundtrack of a great year in music.
As KDHX reaches the end of an era and begins broadcasting from the Larry J. Weir Center for Independent Media in Grand Center, we're also reaching the end of 2013.
Ha Ha Tonka's new badge of honor, "Lessons," expresses maturity, along with all the pain and regret that can come with this new found wisdom.
He may no longer be an angry young man from the Midwest, but Collinsville, Ill. native Chris Mills knows how to tap into the release and yearning of rock 'n' roll, and he does just that on the new track "Blooms."
Los Angeles band the Blank Tapes confess that they haven't been very good this year, but they make up for it on the delightful honky-tonk pop of "No Gifts This Xmas."