Posted by: bluesyemre | September 2, 2014

30 Favorite Albums of 2014, So Far…

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  1. A Great Big WorldIs There Anybody Out There? – (Pop)  Pop magic, a blend of Ben Folds and Five For Fighting. More…
  2. AugustanaLife Imitating Art – (Rock) The fifth album from rootsy, piano based rockers Augustana. This is a 10 song collection of soulful, heartland rock and roll. Very tasty! More…
  3. Albert CastigliaSolid Ground – (Blues) With a guitar sound, reminiscent of Stevie Ray Vaughn, Rory Gallagher, and Joe Bonamassa and soulful, heartfelt vocals, this album is a strong blues effort through and through. More…
  4. Brian CulbertsonAnother Long Night Out – (Jazz) One of the best contemporary jazz recordings of the past few years! More…
  5. Karl Denson’s Tiny UniverseNew Ammo – (Jazz / Rock / R&B) New Ammo is a true genre bender. Combining Jazz, Funk, Rock and Soul, Karl Denson has created one tasty musical stew. More…
  6. Ronnie EarlGood News – (Blues) Good News is GREAT NEWS for blues fans, especially if you like your blues to simmer. 2014 has been a great year for new blues albums and Ronnie Earl’s Good News ranks right up there with the best. More…
  7. Tinsley Ellis – Midnight Blue – (Blues / Rock) Atlanta’s Tinsley Ellis has been described as an air apparent to the late great Johnny Winter’s under-the-radar, critic’s darling status. That’s fairly high praise, but Ellis definitely deserves to be an over-the-radar blues star. His new CD,Midnight Blue, is full of high voltage, rockin’ blues in the vein of Stevie Ray Vaughn and ZZ Top.More…
  8. Lee FieldsEmma Jean – (R&B) If you’re a fan of old school soul, you owe it to yourself to check out Emma Jean Great production and tight performances make this a 4 and 1/2 star classic. More…
  9. Hard Working Americans – Hard Working Americans – (Americana) Todd Snider, formed a “super” group jam band, with several musically gifted friends – guitarist Neal Casal (Chris Robinson Brotherhood), bassist Dave Schools (Widespread Panic), keyboardist Chad Staehly, and drummer Duane Trucks (younger brother of Derek Trucks). The tunes are all rock with a rootsy, Americana feel. More…
  10. Sharon Jones & The Dap KingsGive The People What They Want – (Soul) Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings have been making sweet soul music for decades. Their fifth album is short, only 33 minutes, but the album is soul perfection. More…
  11. Jonny Two BagsSalvation Town – (Rock) Salvation Town is the first solo record from Jonny Wickersham, aka Jonny Two Bags, the guitarist from Social Distortion. The album has a bluesy mix of country rock and roll, in the style of the Stones and Tom Petty. More…
  12. Keb’ Mo’BLUESamericana – (Blues) Keb’ Mo’ has created a blues travelogue with BLUESAmericana.  With parts Chicago blues, Memphis soul, Texas blues and New Orleans funk, Keb’ Mo’ lays down a smooth blues groove. More…
  13. Will KimbroughSideshow Love – (Singer Songwriter) Will Kimbrough, a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Nashville has been a successful songwriter and session player for many years. Sideshow Love, his seventh album shows a tremendous songwriting talent, often with a great sense of humor. More…
  14. L.R.S. – Down To The Core – (Rock) 80′s AOR rock is back!  Take Journey, mix in some Bad English, feature the talents of former 21 Guns vocalist, Tommy La Verdi, guitarist Josh Ramos, drummer Michael Shotten and keyboardist / songwriter / producer Alessandro Del Vecchio, and you’ve got a melodic, hard rock album worthy of an FM “Rock Block”.  More…
  15. G. Love & Special SauceSugar – (Blues) Twenty years after the release of their debut album, G. Love has reunited with the original members of Special Sauce to record and release Sugar, their latest blend of blues, jazz, hip-hop, funk and more. This original trio has cooked up a sweet album which includes some of their best work ever. More…
  16. Mike MattisonYou Can’t Fight Love – (Soul) Mike Mattison, former lead singer of the Derek Trucks Band and current back up singer for the Tedeschi Trucks Band, has released his first solo CD. With part jazzy blues, part funk, part country, and lots of soul, You Can’t Fight Love is a great showcase for Mattison’s smooth as silk voice. More…
  17. Mingo Fishtrap – On Time – (Soul) From Austin, TX comes one of the best funky, blues, rock, soul, jazz, Motown hybrids that I can ever remember checking out. It’s impossible to keep still while listening to this album. The only question is what part of your body will be moving the most. More…
  18. John Nemeth – Memphis Grease – (Blues) Nemeth has created an amazingly soulful blues album, with heavy Stax influences. Part blistering harmonica blues, part blue-eyed soul, this is one not to be missed. More…
  19. Night Ranger – High Road– (Rock) Night Ranger continues to rock out with the best of them. Yes, their style has not really changed in 30 years and High Road, stands up with the best of their early work. More…
  20. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye (Rock) Petty’s new album Hypnotic Eye is somewhat of a return to the garage band type groove that started them off with their first two albums Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and You’re Gonna Get It. This is an album I will listen to over and over. More…
  21. Paul RodgersThe Royal Sessions – (Rock) Recorded in Memphis, with great Memphis musicians, Sessions is made up of Stax and Muscle Shoal classics. Rodger’s voice is in fine form and he sounds like he’s having the time of his life, covering songs made famous by Issac Hayes, Albert King, Otis Redding, Smokey Robinson and more. Rodgers obviously has a passion for this music and you can hear it in every note. More…
  22. Rodrigo y Gabriela – 9 Dead Alive – (Rock / Jazz) Is it rock? Yes. Is it jazz? Yes.  Is it Spanish? Yes. Is it always intense, lively, and entertaining? Yes, Yes and YES! If you can appreciate guitar virtuosity, you can’t help but enjoy 9 Dead Alive. More…
  23. Royal Southern BrotherhoodHeartSoulBlood – (Rock) Two years ago Devon Allman (son of Greg), Cyril Neville (Neville Brothers), Mike Zito, Yonriko Scott (Derek Trucks Band) and Charlie Wooten got together to form a “super” group of sorts. Playing a mix of southern rock, blues, R&B, funk and soul, they are a powerhouse band of their own. More…
  24. Santana – Corazón – (Rock) Corazón is basically a latin version of Supernatural, featuring a host of latin / Mexican music superstars. If there’s one thing you can count on from a Santana album, it’s tasty, passionate guitar solos. More…
  25. Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown – Goin’ To The Delta – (Blues) Goin’ To The Delta is the latest entry to Savoy Brown’s extensive discography. Many of the tunes on this album appear to be heavily influenced by legendary bluesmen, like Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Willie Dixon, Bo Diddly and more. More…
  26. Matt Schofield – Far As I Can See – (Blues / Rock) With a style reminiscent of Stevie Ray Vaughn, Robert Cray, and Albert King, Shofield’s new CD is a blues wonder! Every song on Far As I Can See is a winner. From the opening power house “From Far Away“, to the closing Hendrix-influenced 9 minute, 43 second guitar jam “Red Dragon“, there are styles to please everyone.More…
  27. Kenny Wayne Shepherd – Goin’ Home – (Blues) Goin’ Home is Shepherd’s seventh studio effort is a tribute to his musical heroes, and features collaborations with great artists like Keb’ Mo’, Robert Randolph, Joe Walsh, Warren Haynes and Ringo Starr. With scorching guitar work, Goin’ Home is a return to Shepherd’s blues roots. More…
  28. Jarekus Singleton – Refuse To Lose – (Blues) This is an extremely solid blues album, yet you can hear influences with touches of urban hip-hop, gospel and rock. More…
  29. Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes – (Rock) Bruce Springsteen is one of the few members of his rock generation to still be making thought provoking, and interesting albums today. If you are at least a casual fan, then you’ll probably find something to like on High Hopes. More…
  30. St. Paul & The Broken Bones – Half The City – (Rock / Soul) St. Paul and the Broken Bones have crafted an amazing old school, authentic soul record!  If you’re a fan of “sweet soul” music in the Stax style, you must check out St. Paul & The Broken Bones – Half The City. More…

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