And The Album of the Year Goes to…..

Posted: December 29, 2013 by nickd0913 in Uncategorized

Time for my final list of 2013.  I saved the best category, album of the year, for last.  I am still old school and think albums are important and I buy 99% of my music an album at a time.  While I totally support the digital age of music I am not down with downloading single songs, I stopped buying singles when they stopped making cassingles in about 1990.

2013 was a great year for music and a great year for albums.  I was able to get my hands on quite a few and listen to a lot more thanks to Spotify.  It was tough to come up with just 5 albums but here you go.

5. Magpie and the Dandelion – The Avett Brothers

This album was recorded during the same sessions as their 2012 album “The Carpenter” and I think this set of tunes is stronger than their previous album but both albums are very good.  This band is becoming one of my favorite current bands and they put on a great live show.  I now own most of their albums and they are all filled with great lyrics, great harmonies, and great musicianship.  This album is no different. Check out how good they sound live.  This is my favorite song from the new album.


4. Never Give In – Will Hoge

You already saw a will Hoge song on my favorite song of the year list.  Well he has an entire album of really good songs.  Hoge has graduated to the elite club of artists who will get their album purchased by me without hearing one song.  I don’t need to hear any songs because I know every album he puts out is worth owning.  This album is no exception.  Hoge is a modern day John Mellencamp, he writes great songs that have big hooks and his albums are strong from the 1st song to last song.  It is a shame he has to use his song in a Chevy commercial or have a mainstream country band like the Eli Young Band cover his song to get his music heard because he is better than that.  Check out this album or any of his albums.  You will be glad you did.


3. Wiser for the Time – The Black Crowes

Let’s cut the bullshit right now, The Black Crowes are the best band of the past 25 years.  Whatever band you think is better you are wrong.  This band cannot be topped live.  If you don’t believe me why don’t you bust this album and find out for yourself?  26 songs, 13 acoustic and 13 electric from their 2010 tour.  Covers from bands like The Flying Burrito Brothers, Bob Dylan, and Little Feat. Some of their biggest hit songs are on here along with gems that have never been released on any album that only the hardcore fan can appreciate.  This album is a great representation of what the band does live, and what they do is kick your ass.  Go get this album and play it loud.  Here is a 4:00 sample of this band doing what your band can’t do.


2. High Top Mountain – Sturgill Simpson

This guy is going to be a star and he is going to do it on his own terms.  Simpson is everything that country is not these days.  He is a throwback to the old days of outlaw country.  He plays like Waylon Jennings and sings like George Jones (actually nobody sings like George Jones but he is as close as you can get). Anyway if you are a fan of traditional country music and are sick of the shit on country radio then pick up this album.  Here is the best song on the album and the one that got my attention the first time I heard it.


1. Southeastern – Jason Isbell

I am not even going to say anything else about this album.  By now you either own this album or you are just a dumb ass who hates good music and America.








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