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.
Ever since Moby's seminal album "Play" (if not before), there's been no shortage of electronic-minded artists combining individually-crafted roots music with mass-produced circuitry. Hidden in the Sun is part of that lineage, but on the lovely "San Francisco Blues" the band simply sounds like a band, playing original blues, creating original beauty.
Supporting music means buying music, and there's no better way to do that than at your favorite local record store. And what was St. Louis buying this year? Find out in our top 50 seller lists from Euclid Records and Vintage Vinyl.
Richard Smith first picked up the guitar when he was 5 years old and soon became a child prodigy.
This past year proved to be another great 12 months for new music, and I'm proud to share my top 10 albums (as featured often on my show "Bittersweet Melody") with the KDHX audience.
Becky Buller has, until now, been known principally in the bluegrass world as a songwriter, and her list of credits bears that out. Her songs have been recorded by a who's who of the bluegrass world, and they in turn have had great success with her songs.
A great song always makes a connection -- with your heart, your body, your head, sometimes with your voice, when you can't stop singing or humming along. The DJs of KDHX know that feeling, and they love sharing it with the world. These are the songs that truly connected with them -- and we hope with you -- in 2014.
With 28 years of experience in the industry, Jim Lauderdale's 26th album, "I'm a Song," has the polished sound of a seasoned professional. Lauderdale's compositional expertise shines through on this album of incisive, melodious tracks.