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.
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.
Austin, Texas' Charlie Belle, a teenage folk-pop trio, seems to have a clear mission: to get audiences singing and clapping along. The band's new single, "Get to Know," will do just that.
It's not often one encounters exciting, experimental folk-rock from Prembrokeshire, Wales, but that's just what one discovers in the band Little Arrow and the dense, sound-shifting "Medicine Moon."
The cover photo of this disc is a composite of Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge, one image overlaid on the other. It's hard to see who belongs to which hands, or which head goes with which shirt, and indeed, the music on this disc continues in that vein -- they play so closely together, it is as if the two minds have become one. It's unreal.