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DJs’ Favorites for 2017

December 19, 2017 - 11:24 am

The Top Tens of 2017 are in. Find your favorite KBCS DJ’s list here.

Carol HandleyWeekday Afternoons

Gregg Allman  Southern Blood  Rounder

Sera Cahoone  From Where I Started  Sub Pop

Chris Stapleton  From A Room: Vol. I  Mercury

Eilen Jewel  Downhearted Blues  Signature Sound

Making Movies  I Am Another You  The Record Machine

Imelda May  Life Love Flesh Blood  Decca

Dan Auerbach  Waiting on a Song  Easy Eye Sound

Chicano Batman  Freedom Is Free  ATO

JD McPherson  Undivided Heart and Soul  New West

Mavis Staples  If All I Was Was Black  Anti

DJ Notes: This is always nearly impossible for those of us who love music so much, but here is a mix that was well represented in the afternoon show this past year. A couple of EP’s that I felt deserved honorable mentions here are: Maggie Rogers Now That The Light is Fading; Chastity Brown’s Silhouette of Sirens; and Whitney Monge’s Stone.

 

Casey MartinWalkin The Floor; Our Saturday Tradition

Valerie June  The Order Of Time  Concord

Benjamin Booker  Witness  ATO

Lydia Ramsey  Bandita  Self

Ancient Cat Society  Ancient Cat Society  Splice

Margo Price  All American Made  Third Man Records

Iron & Wine  Beast Epic  Sub Pop

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings  Soul of a Woman  Daptone

Holly Macve  Golden Eagle  Bella Union

Zephaniah OHora with The 18 Wheelers  This Highway  MRI

Mavis Staples  If All I Was Was Black  Anti/Epitaph

 

Craig Huizenga – Digital Reformer

War on Drugs  A Deeper Understanding  Atlantic

Ibeyi  Ash  XL

Kurt and Courtney  Lotta Sea Lice  Matador

Wolf Alice  Visions of a Life  RCA

Polyrythmics  Caldera  Self Released

Jason Isbell  The Nashville Sound  Southeastern Records

Gord Downie  Introduce Yourself  Arts & Crafts

The National  Sleep Well Beast  4AD

Alt-J  Relaxer  Atlantic

Laura Marling  Semper Femina  More Alarming Records

 

DJ Marte’Road Songs

Miranda Lambert  The Weight of These Wings  Vanner Records

The Sweetback Sisters  King of Killing Time  Signature Sounds

Lucinda Williams  This Sweet Old World  Highway 20

Chris Stapleton  From A Room Volume 1  Mercury Nashville

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit  The Nashville Sound  Southeastern Records

Neil Young  Hitchhiker  Reprise

Whitney Rose  Rule 62  Six Shooter Records

Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters  Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters  Organic Records

Lilly Hiatt  Trinity Lane  New West Records

Lee Ann Womack  The Loney, The Lonesome & The Gone  Ato Records

 

DJ NikoAway from the Numbers          

LCD Soundsystem  American Dream  DFA

Arcade Fire  Everything Now  Sonovox

St. Vincent  Masseduction  Loma Vista

Diet Cig  Swear I’m Good At This  Frenchkiss

Allison Crutchfield  Tourist In This Town  Merge

White Mystery  F*** Your Mouth Shut  White Mystery

Sweet Spirit  Sweet Spirit  Nine Mile

The Feelies  In Between  Bar/None

Robyn Hitchcock  Robyn Hitchcock  Yep Rock

Stef Chura  Messes  Urinal Cake

 

Eric HardeeFolksounds

Rhiannon Giddens  Freedom Highway  Nonesuch

The Mae Trio  Take Care Take Cover  Creative Victoria

The Wailin’ Jennys  Fifteen  Red House

Pete’s Posse  The Conversation  Epact

True North  Open Road, Broken Heart  Self

Reischman, Nygaard, Gilchrist  The Harmonic Tone Revealers  Corvus

Tim O’Brien  Where the River Meets the Road  Howdy Skies

Marley’s Ghost  The Woodstock Sessions  Sage Arts

Sera Cahoone  From Where I started  Sub Pop

Pat Donohue  Blue Yonder  Self

DJ Notes: My Fave for the year is Freedom Highway which is an extraordinary and emotional recording, spanning traditional to modern styles, with a powerful band and stunning vocals

 

Gordon ToddGordon ToddWeekday Afternoon Music

This Is The Kit  Moonshine Freeze  Rough Trade

Jesca Hoop  Memories Are Now  Sub Pop

Chastity Brown  Silhouette Of Sirens  Red House

Sera Cahoone  From Where I Started  Lady Muleskinner

Iron & Wine  Beast Epic  Sub Pop

Hurray For The Riff Raff  The Navigator  ATO

Valerie June  The Order Of Time  Concord

Laura Marling  Semper Femina  Kobalt Music

Chris Theile & Brad Mehldau  S/T  Nonesuch

Whitney Monge  Stone  Self

 DJ Notes: Honorable Mention: Sallie Ford, Naomi Wachira, Rhiannon Giddens, Andrew Joslyn, Robert Plant, Jeff Tweedy, The Shins, Dan Auerbach, Jason Isbell, Old Crow Medicine Show, Brian Blade, Meklit Hadero, Boubacar Traore, Aimee Mann, Maggie Rogers, Jaco Pastorius, Mavis Staples, Sharon Jones, Curtis Harding, Moses Sumney.

 

Gregory D’EliaVariations

Ibibio Sound Machine  Uyai  Self / Bandcamp

Sweatson Klank  Then I Was Me EP  Friends of Friends

Yheti  Far From the Tree  Self / Bandcamp

Switchkraft  Jandom Lobe  Adapted Records

Dub Gabriel  ASDR  Self / Bandcamp

HummingBird  Rain EP  Deep

Various  Stop Biting Beatmakers vol. 2  Care Package

Various  Infusion vol.2  Gravitas Recordings

Various  Polarity  Ultima

Various  Electric Island House  Power Yoga Hawaii LLC

DJ Notes: Again the year comes ’round for a TOP TEN! And as usual I must emphasize,there have been so many choice creations throughout the year, this list is a mere trifle of what has been created in 2017.  Please enjoy these as you explore more music into 2018.  Thank you for support of community radio KBCS 91.3FM and the show Variations.

 

Iaan HughesWeekday Afternoons 12pm-3pm / Walkin’ the Floor       

Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives  Way Out West  Superlatone Records

Valerie June  The Order of Time  Concord

Moses Sumney  Aromanticism  Jagjaguwar

Sera Cahoone  From Where I Started  Sub Pop

Iron & Wine  Beast Epic  Sub Pop

Las Cafeteras  Tastes Like L.A.  Self

Hurray for the Riff Raff  The Navigator  ATO

Lydia Ramsey  Bandita  Self

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real  Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real  Fantasy

The War on Drugs  A Deeper Understanding  Atlantic

 DJ Notes: Other Favs: Mavis Staples, Robyn Hitchcock, Rhiannon Giddens, Sallie Ford, Big Thief, Juana Molina, Amber Cross, Zephania O’Hora, Dan Auerbach, Joseph Huber, Naomi Wachira, Holly Macve, Andrew Joslyn, Dori Freeman, Margo Price, Dan Reeder, Link Wray (Reissue), Joy Mills Band

 

Jean GeigerFolksounds   

John Reischman & The Jaybirds  On That Other Green Shore  Borealis

Rhiannon Giddens  Freedom Highway  Nonesuch

Ken & Brad Kolodner  The Swift House  Fenchurch Music

Various Artists  Roll Columbia: Woody Guthrie’s 26 Northwest Songs  Smithsonian Folkways

Tony Furtado  Cider House Sessions  Self Released

Tim O’Brien  Where the River Meets the Road  Howdy Skies

Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer  Get Up And Do Right  Community Music Inc.

True North  Open Road, Broken Heart  Self Released

Scott Cook  Further Down the Line  Factor

Noam Pikelny  Universal Favorite  Rounder

 

John SemanFlotation Device

Matt Mitchell  A Pouting Grimace  Pi

Bonnie Whiting  John Cage: Music for Speaking Percussionist  Mode

Harriett Tubman  Araminta  Sunnyside

Alvarius B  With a Beaker on the Burner and an Otter in the Oven  Abduction

Arrington De Dionyso  This Saxophone Kills  Fascists

Marvin Pontiac  The Asylum Tapes  Strange & Beautiful

William Parker Quartets  Meditation / Resurrection  Aum Fidelity

Dead Neanderthals  Craters  Consouling Sounds

Alice Coltrane  The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda  Luka Bop

Seattle Symphony & Ludovic Morlot  Oliver Messiaen: Poèmes Pour Mi  Seattle Symphony Media

DJ Notes: Frank Zappa Halloween 77, Robert Black, Orthodox, Tyshawn Sorey, Roscoe Mitchell, Craig Taborn, Kendrick Lamar, Living Colour, Roger Waters, Ex Eye, John Zorn, Bob Dylan

 

Jonathan LawsonFlotation Device     

Tomas Fujiwara  Triple Double  Firehouse 12

Diamanda Galás  Live at St. Thomas the Apostle, Harlem/All the Way  Intravenal Sound Operations

Joëlle Léandre  A Woman’s Work  Not Two

Tyshawn Sorey  Verisimilitude  Pi

Golden Retriever  Rotations  Thrill Jockey

Alice Coltrane  The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda  Luaka Bop

Visible Cloaks  Reassemblage  Rvng. Intl.

Tobias Hellkvist  Forest Psalms  Dragon’s Eye

Bonnie Whiting  John Cage: Music for Speaking Percussionist  Mode

Roscoe Mitchell  Bells for the South Side  ECM

DJ Notes: A great year for creative music, if for precious little else. Also worth a listen: 2017 releases from Jo Ganter/Marilyn Crispell, William Parker Quartet, Mary Halvorson, Kate Carr, Syrinx Effect, Mat Maneri, the Necks, Gavin Bryars, Chuck Johnson and Saicobab.

 

Kevin O’ConnorSunday’s Hornpipe

Coig  Rove  Self

Alasdair Fraser, Natalie Haas  Ports of Call  Self

Brandon Vance  The Gentleman & Scholar  Self

Cara Dillon  Wanderer  Self

Julie Fowlis  alterum  Self

Jenna Moynihan, Màiri Chaimbeul  One Two  Self

Hanneke Cassel  Trip to Walden Pond  Self

Karine Polwart, Pippa Murphy  A Pocket Of Wind Resistance  Self

Usher’s Island  Usher’s Island  Compass

Martin Hayes Quartet  The Blue Room  Self

DJ Notes: “Thanks KBCS listeners for supporting Sunday’s Hornpipe every week!  Also to Hearth Music and Trad Connect for promoting great traditional Celtic Music.  Please use artist and album title, label information might be different than what I listed. Support new music every year.”

Slainte,

Kevin

 

Larry LewinOur Saturday Tradition      

Hank Cramer  Make The Rafters Ring  independent

Flashback  Foxhounds And Fiddles  Pinecastle

Chris Coole  The Tumbling River  Self Released

True North  Open Road, Broken Heart  Self Released

Zephaniah Ohora and the 18 Wheelers  This Highway  Last Roundup Records/MRI

The Wailin’ Jennys  Fifteen  Red House

Chris Hillman  Bidin’ My Time  Rounder

The Sommers Rosenthal Family Band  Down The Road  American Melody

Sweetwater String Band  At Night  Self Released

Tim O’brien  Where the River Meets the Road  Howdy Skies

DJ Notes: Honorable Mention (in no particular order): David Francey/Empty Train; John Craigie/No Rain, No Rose; Nell Robinson & Jim Nunnally Band/Baby Let’s Take the Long Road Home; Joel Mabus/Different Hymnals; The Bucking Mules/Smoke Behind the Clouds; Joe Jencks/Poets, Philosophers, Workers and Wanderers; John Reischmann and the Jaybirds/On That Other Green Shore; Molsky’s Mountain Drifters/Self; Jim Page/A Handful of Songs; Pat Donohue/Blue Yonder

 

Mark Bruce – KBCS Volunteer/Shift Manager

Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit  The Nashville Sound  Southeastern

JD McPherson  Undivided Heart and Soul  New West Records

Robert Plant  Carry Fire  Nonesuch

Lilly Hiatt  Trinity Lane  New West Records

Chicano Batman  Freedom Is Free  ATO

Dan Auerbach  Waiting On A Song  Easy Eye Sound

Eilen Jewel  Down Hearted Blues  Signature Sounds

Nikki Lane  Highway Queen  New West Records

Justin Townes Earle  Kids In The Street  New West Records

Laura Marling  Semper Femina  Kobalt Music

 

Mary Anne MoormanSunday Folks

Rhiannon Giddens  Freedom Highway  Nonesuch

Molly Tuttle  Rise  Self Release

Keb’Mo’&Taj Mahal  TajMo  Concord

Mavis Staples  If All I Was Was Black  Anti

Fleet Foxes  Crack-Up  Nonesuch

Shelby Lynne&Allison Moorer  Not Dark Yet  Silver Cross

Sharon Jones&The Dap-Kings  Soul of a Woman  Daptone Recording Co

Jason Isbell  The Nashville Sound  Southeastern Records

Naomi Wachira  Song of Lament  Doreli Music

Father John Misty  Pure Comedy  SubPop

DJ Notes: As always, so much music that is worth more than one spin. Tip of the hat to The Walin’ Jennys, Ben Hunter&Joe Seamons with Phil Wiggins and oh my Chris Stapleton.

 

Mary KellySunday’s Hornpipe

John Blake, Mairead Hurley, Nathan Gourley  The Truckley Howl  Self

Goitse  Inspired By Chance  Self

Eilis Kennedy  Westward  Self

Bernie Phaid  Siol  Self

Alison Perkins and Nicholas Brown  All Covered With Moss  Self

John and Maggie Carty  Settle Out Of Court  Racket Records

Caladh Nua  Free And Easy  Self

Hanneke Cassel  Trip To Walden Pond  Self

Andrew Finn Magill  Roots  Self

Kern  False Deceiver  Self

 

Mike BigginsSunday Folks

Rhiannon Giddens  Freedom Highway  Nonesuch

Various  Roll Columbia: Woody Guthries’s 26 Northwest Songs  Smithsonian Folkways

Tift Merritt  Stitch Of The World  Yep Roc

Gill Landry  Love Rides A Dark Horse  ATO

Zephaniah Ohora & the 18 Wheelers  This Highway  Last Roundup

Sera Cahoone  From Where I Started  Lady Muleskinner

David Rawlings  Poor David’s Almanack  Acony

Rachel Baiman  Shame  Free Dirt

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit  Nashville Sound  Southeastern

Mavis Staples  If All I Was Was Black  Anti

DJ Notes: It’s such a pleasure to program Sunday Folks for you.  Thanks for listening. Top 10 lists are ever-changing. On any other day I could have included; Leif Vollebekk ,Colter Wall, Southern Avenue, Lydia Ramsey, Kacy & Clayton, Wailin’ Jennys, Stanton Moore, Holly Macve, Tim Grimm or Chicano Batman.  Go explore.

 

Norman Baker – KBCS Volunteer/Shift Manager

Thundercat  Drunk  Brainfeeder

Neil Young  The Visitor  Reprise

Tinariwen  Elwan  Anti-

Jim Lauderdale  London Southern  Proper Records

Ryan Adams  Prisoner  Blue Note

The True Loves  Famous Last Words  Self

Tony Allen  The Source  Decca Records

Karl Blau  Out Her Space  Bella Union

Los Colognes  The Wave  Thirty Tigers

Hiss Golden Messenger  Hallelujah Anyhow  Merge Records

 

Patrick WhalenKBCS Program Director

Charlotte Gainsbourg  Rest  Because

Bonobo  Migration  Ninja Tune

Chicano Batman  Freedom is Free  ATO

Hurray For The Riff Raff  The Navigator  ATO

Ibeyi  Ash  XL

Moses Sumney  Aromanticism  Jagjaguwar

St. Vincent  Masseducation  Loma Vista

Thundercat  Drunk  Brainfeeder

Sufan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, James McAlister  Planetarium  4AD

Laura Marling  Semper Femina  independent

 

Patty FongMusica de la Raza

Quetzal  The Eternal Getdown  Smithsonia Folkways

Lone Pinon  Dias Felices  LM Dupli-cation

Chicano Batman  Freedom is Free  Imports

Las Cafeteras  Tastes Like LA  Las Cafeteras Music

La Santa Cecilia  Amar y Vivir  Universal Music Latino

Diana Gameros  Arrullo  independent

Leti Garza  Frio en el Alma  independent

Guillermo Velazquez y Los Leones de la Sierra  Xichu  Serrano de Corazon  Smithsonian Folkways

Flor de Toloache  Las Caras Lindas  CD Baby

Lila Downs  Salon Lagrimas y Deseo  Sony US Latin

Los Cenzontles  Carta Jugada  Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center

DJ Notes: !Viva la Raza! !Viva Mexico!

 

Pete GoodallBluegrass Ramble

Bobby Osborne  Original  Compass

Junior Sisk  The Mountains Are Calling Me Home  Mountain Fever

Larry Sparks  Lonesome and Blue  Rebel

The Gibson Brothers  In The Ground  Rounder

Deer Creek Boys  Midnight & Dawn  Mountain Fever

Sideline  Colors and Crossroads  Mountain Home

Travers Chandler  Archaic  Mountain Fever

John Reischman & The Jaybirds  On That Other Green Shore  Corvus

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver  Life Is A Story  Mountain Home

Ragged Union  Time Captain  Shining Castle

DJ Notes: 2017 was another great year for bluegrass music!

 

Russ BeardVice President of Information Technology Services, Bellevue College

Ed Sheeran  ÷ (divide)  Asylum

Macklemore  GEMINI  Bendo

Iron and Wine  Beast Epic  Sub Pop

Pink  Beautiful Trauma  RCA Records

Foo Fighters  Concrete and Gold  Roswell Records

Manchester Orchestra  A Black Mile To The Surface  Loma Vista Recordings

Imagine Dragons  Evolve  KIDinaKORNER

Bleachers  Gone Now  RCA Records

Dropkick Murphys  11 SDhort Stories of Pain and Glory  Boston Scully Punk

Kenny Wayne Shepard  Lay it on Down  KWS Music

DJ Notes: This is probably the most eclectic list I have ever considered as my top ten and the order in which this is listed can change on a daily basis, with the exception of the first two. If you think Ed and Ben are just pop you have not listened to them at all, these two young men are two of the best songwriters I have ever listened to. Some of tunes will satisfy the pop need of the labels but there are gems on both of these that get to a depth of emotion that I haven’t heard in decades. Listen carefully…

 

Rustin ThompsonRoad Songs

Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters  Amanda Anne Plattand the Honeycutters  Organic Records

Joseph Huber  The Suffering Stage  Joseph Elliott Huber

Amber Cross  Savage on the Dowenhill  Two Red Doors

Zephania Ohara and the 18-Wheelers  This Highway  Last Roundup Records

Miranda Lambert  The Weight of These Wings  Vanner Records

Jason Isbell  The Nashville Sound  Southeastern Records

Tim Grimm  A Stranger In This Time  Tim Grimm

Sera Cahoone  From Where I Started  Lady Muleskinner Records

Rodney Crowell  Close Ties  New West

Gillian Welch  Boots No.1 Official Revival Bootleg  Acony

 

Samia PanniRaízes

Antonio Adolfo  Hybrido  AAM

Eliane Elias  Dance of Time  Concord Jazz

Edu Lobo, Romero Lubambo, Mauro Senise  Dos Navegantes  Biscoito Fino

Sandy Cressman  Entre Amigos  Cressman Music

OuroBa  OuroBa  independent

Mauricio Zottarelli  Upside Down Looking Up  independent

Sambaranda  Delirios, Volume 1  Tratore

Joyce Moreno  Palavra e Som  Biscoito Fino

Ian Faquini + Paula Santoro  Metal Na Madeira  Ridgeway Records

Amilton Godoy + Léa Freire  A Mil Tons  Maritaca

DJ Notes: Would also like to include CD by Jovino Santos Neto & André Mehmari/Guris/Adventure Music

 

Scott FarleyNeon Interstate

Steve Earle & The Dukes  So You Wannabe An Outlaw  Warner Bros.

The Isley Brothers – Santana  Power Of Peace  Legacy/Sony Music

The Replacements  For Sale: Live At Maxwell’s 1986  Sire/Rhino

The Rolling Stones  On Air  Polydor

The Beatles  Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Super Deluxe Edition  Apple/Universal

Yardbirds  ’68  jimmypage.com

Curtis Knight featuring Jimi Hendrix  Live At George’s Club 20  Dagger/Experience Hendrix/Sony

U-Men  U-Men  Sub Pop

Poncier  The Legendary Cliff Poncier Demos  Real Clever/A&M

Bun E. Carlos  Greetings From Bunezuela!  eOne/Entertainment One US

 

Sean DonovanWeekday Afternoons 12Pm – 3Pm

Jeb Loy Nichols Country Hustle  City Country City

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real  Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real  Fantasy

Chris Stapleton  From A Room: Volume 1  Mercury Records

Delbert McClinton & Self-Made Men  Prick Of The Litter  Hot Shot Records

The Cash Box Kings  Royal Mint  Alligator Records

Moot Davis  Hierarchy of Crows  Wilburn Records

Bonsoir Catin  L’Aurore  Valcour Records

Trombone Shorty  Parking Lot Symphony  Blue Note

 

Sharon StevensRaizes

Ivan Lins  América, Brasil  DGE Entertainment ltda.

Mauricio Zottarelli  Upside Down Looking Up  Self

Brookzill!  Throwback to the Future  Tommy Boy Entertainment

Sonziera  Brasil Bam Bam Bam  Talkin’ Loud/Virgin

Danilo Brito  Danilo Brito  Orpheu Music

Sorry Drummer  Sorry Drummer & Friends Volume 2  Gueropa

Lica Cecato  Copacabana  Tratore

Antonio Adolfo  Hybrido  AAM

Yamandu Costa  Recanto  Bagal

André Mehmari / Jovino Santos Neto  Guris  Adventure Music

 

Spencer LeeClassical Mechanics

Emanuele Arciuli  Walk in Beauty  Innova

Jennifer Higdon  All Things Majestic  Naxos

Brian McWhorter/Kenji Bunch  The Snow Queen  Innova

The Crossing  Seven Responses  Innova

Andrew Matthews-Owen  Halo  Nimbus

Seattle Symphony  Charles Ives: Three Places in New England  Seattle Symphony Media

The Knights  Azul  Warner Classics

Dudok Quartet  Labyrinth: Mozart, Ligeti, and Brahms  Resonus

Jane Antonia Cornish  Into Silence  Innova

Bêla Fleck  Juno Concerto  Rounder

 

Steve RamseyKBCS General Manager

Richard Thompson  Acoustic Classic II  Beeswing Records

Laura Marling  Semper Femina  More Alarming Records

Gregg Allman  Southern Blood  Rounder Records

Chris Stapleton  From A Room, Volume 1  Mercury Nashville

Dori Freeman  Letters Never Read  Free Dirt Records

The Mavericks  Brand New Day Mono Mundo Records

Martin Simpson  Trails & Tribulations  Topic Records

Amira Medunjanin  Damar  World Circuit

John McCutcheon  Trolling for Dreams  Appalsongs

The Rails  Other People  Psychonaut Sounds

Led Kaapana  Jus’ Bes’  Self

DJ Notes: Honorable mention: Led Kaapana: ‘Jus Press, Vol. 2; Youssou n’Dour: Africa Rekk; Tinariwen: Elwan; Mulatu Astatke: Mulatu of Ethiopia

 

Tom VoorheesBluegrass Rasmble

Mac Wiseman  I Sang the Song  Mountain Fever

Karl Shiflett  Sho Nuff Country  Pautexent Music

Daily & Vincent  Poets & Patriots  BFD

David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition  David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition  DP&CD Recordings

Carolina B lue  Sounds of Kentucky Grass  Poor Mountain

Hammertowne  Hillbilly Heroes  Mountain Fever

Claire Lynch  North By South  Compass

Bobby Osborne  Original  Big Ring

Gibson Brothers  In the Ground  Rounder

The Grascals  Before Breakfast  Mountain Home

DJ Notes: These are not in any particular order and represent just a small portion of a bumper crop of bluegrass releases this past year.

 

Tracey WickershamWomanotes

Rhiannon Giddens  Freedom Highway  Nonesuch

Aimee Mann  Mental Illness  Superego

Joan Shelley  Joan Shelley  No Quarter

Lydia Ramsey  Bandita  Self

Sera Cahoone  From Where I Started  Lady Muleskinner

Valerie June  The Order of Time  Concord

Hurray for the Riff Raff  The Navigator  ATO

Laura Marling  Semper Femina  More Alarming

Les Amazones d’Afrique  Republique Amazone  Real World

Mavis Staples  If All I Was Was Black  Anti-

DJ Notes: This list is in no particular order.  I also really liked releases from Eilen Jewell, Laura Cortese and the Calling Cards, Oumou Sangare, St Vincent, Emel Mathlouthi, Tori Amos, Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile, Shannon McNally, Shelby Earl & Allison Moorer and Lilly Hiatt.  Thanks for listening, it’s my pleasure to share music with you on KBCS.