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.
"The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver"
There are lots of tribute albums around, though they are a curious bird. The assumption we make as consumers is that the people who contribute do so because they were inspired by the person whose work they are celebrating.
Master of the soulful wah-wah guitar, Skip Pitts, has passed away.
She's 11 albums and 32 years into a career built on the things country and blues are made of: personal heartache, loss, betrayal. With the release of Blessed on March 1, 2011, country and blues singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams remains shroud in solemnity, but the inspiration behind the 3-time Grammy winner's songwriting no longer comes exclusively from within.
Lucinda Williams' Blessed has felt strangely familiar to my ears, though I've just begun to dive into her newest release. This familiarity likely stems from instrumentation. The blend of blues and country are easy to absorb. They carry along a sense of comforting nostalgia for me.