Saturday, January 10, 2015

Routes & Branches 1/10/15

So after spending a couple of weeks reviewing some of my choices for the monthly Freeform American Roots Chart, I have put together my choices for FAR & Away 2014 which I featured on this week's show. Of course these are MY choices. If you want to check out how all of the choices added up go to:

Since my show follows the Magical Mystery Tour, I played The Kinks to start my show. Muswell Hillbillies was one of my first albums. Who knew The Kinks were playing Americana before it was even popular. From there I took a musical journey through the Routes & Branches of My Kind Of music finishing with my 2 favorite albums of the year.

The Kinks - Muswell Hillbilly - Muswell Hillbillies + Katalogue
Taj Mahal and Gregg Allman - Statesboro Blues - All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman
Shooter Jennings - A Hard Lesson To Learn - The Other Live
John Hiatt - Marlene - Terms Of My Surrender 
Matt Andersen - Alberta Gold - Weightless
John Fullbright - Until You Were Gone - Songs
Moot Davis - Walk Alone - Goin' in Hot
JP Harris and the Tough Choices - A Breaking Heart - Home Is Where the Hurt Is
Rodney Crowell - Frankie Please - Tarpaper Sky 
Zoe Muth - Mama Needs a Margarita - World of Strangers
Sarah Levecque - Next to Nothin' - Beautiful Defeat
Yvette Landry - It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels - Me & T-Coe's Country
Lucinda Williams - I Just Want To See You So Bad - Lucinda Williams 25 Anniversary
Bob Dylan and The Band - Folsom Prison Blues - The Basement Tapes Sampler

Old Crow Medicine Show - Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer - Remedy
Hard Working Americans - Black Land Farmer - Hard Working Americans
Doug Seegers - She (feat. Emmylou Harris) - Going Down To the River
Dave & Phil Alvin - Southern Flood Blues - Common Ground 
Cahalen Morrison & Country Hammer - Nighttime Is Here on the Valley - The Flower of Muscle Shoals
The Mastersons - Good Luck Charm - Good Luck Charm
Bruce Robinson & Kelly Willis - Motor City Man - Our Year
Melissa Ruth & The Likely Stories - High Brow Blues - Riding Mercury
The Stagger and Sway - Rubber to the Road - Fun And Games
Tim O'Brien - Origin of Species - Link Of Chain: A Songwriter Tribute To Chris Smither 
Trigger Hippy - Tennessee Mud - Trigger Hippy
The New Basement Tapes - Kansas City - Lost On the River 
My choices for the 2014 FAR & Away Chart

1 Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes
2 Trigger Hippy: Trigger Hippy
3 Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin: Common Ground
4 Doug Seegers: Going Down To The River
5 Old Crow Medicine Show: Remedy
6 John Hiatt: Terms of My Surrender

1 Trigger Hippy: Trigger Hippy
2 Doug Seegers: [Going Down To The River]
3 Hard Working Americans: Hard Working Americans

1 VA: All MY Friends, Celebrating the Songs of Gregg Allman
2 VA: Link Of Chain; A Songwriters Tribute To Chris Smither
3 VA: Look Again To The Wind; Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited

1 Lucinda Williams, 25 Anniversary
2 Bob Dylan & The Band, The Basement Tapes
3 The Kinks, Muswell Hillbillies

1 VA: All MY Friends, Celebrating the Songs of Gregg Allman
2 Hard Working Americans, The First Waltz
3 Shooter Jennings, The Other Live

1 Yvette Landry
2 Sarah Levecque
3 Zoe Muth

1 Rodney Crowell
2 JP Harris
3 Moot Davis

1 Bruce Robinson & Kelly Willis
2 The Mastersons
3 Cahalen Morrison & Country Hammer

1 Tom Bukovac
2 Greg Leisz
3 Jens Kruger

1 John Hiatt
2 Matt Andersen
3 John Fullbright

1 T Bone Burnett
2 Will Kimbrough
3 Donna Mavity

1 Melissa Ruth & The Likely Stories - Riding Mercury
2 The Stagger & Sway - Fun and Games

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