A praise song for winter, "Slaughterhouse Gulch" doesn't just paint a portrait of Gwyneth Moreland's cottage home in Mendocino County in Northern California. It evokes all the details, small yet visionary, of the natural and spiritual cycle of the seasons.
As a child, Stacy was something of a budding show promoter, having once invited a group of girls to her home for a concert. Her uncle's band would typically play in her parents' basement, but one day Stacy told every teen girl in her neighborhood that the Monkees would be performing at her house.
When Trampled by Turtles last visited St. Louis, playing the main stage at LouFest 2013, I noted that I appreciated the fact that they stood in a row on stage, rather than in a cluster with one member taking the status of frontman.
With over 20 albums to his credit, Jim Lauderdale is considered a songwriter's songwriter in the country and Americana genres.
The Devil Makes Three, after 10 years playing together, may be at their zenith, thus far.
Here are my top 10 favorite albums of 2014 (and one bonus LP), all of which you've heard this year on "Songwriters Showcase." A special thanks to all the great artists who entertained us the past 12 months; it's one of my greatest pleasures sharing this music with you.