Lost Music Saloon: Dec. 28, 2015: 5-7 p.m.: 2015 Fave Songs! presents:

Lost Music SaloonLost Music Saloon: Dec. 28, 2015: 5-7 p.m.: 2015 Fave Songs!

Welcome to the last Lost Music Saloon show of 2015.  I'll try to fit in 30 of my very favorite songs of the year, and imho it was a real good year for new music!  You can check out all of the song info, as well as my "Top 10 Albums of 2015" list, by clicking on "read more" below.
I'll also be giving away a pair of tickets to go see The Infamous Stringdusters at The National here in Richmond this coming Saturday, January 2nd.
I hope everyone has enjoyed the Holidays so far, and Best Wishes for the New Year.
My "Top 10 Albums of 2015" appears below after the song info.
Lost Music Saloon: PLAYLIST: Dec. 28, 2015: 5-7 p.m.: 2015 Fave Songs!
[artist: song: album]
6 String Drag: Kingdom of Gettin' It Wrong: Roots Rock 'N' Roll
Ike Reilly: Upper Mississippi River Valley Girl: Born On Fire
Brent Best: Daddy Was a Liar: Your Dog Champ
The Peach Kings: Say What: Mojo Thunder EP
The Decemberists: Anti-Summersong: What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World
Gurf Morlix: 50 Years: Eatin' At Me
Rhett Miller w/Black Prairie: Most In The Summertime: The Traveler
Laura Marling: Strange: Short Movie
Jim White Vs. The Packway Handle Band: Not A Song: Take It Like a Man
James McMurtry: These Things I've Come to Know: Complicated Game
Ray Wylie Hubbard: Chick Singer, Badass Rockin': The Ruffian's Misfortune
Houndmouth: Sedona: Little Neon Limelight
Victor Krummenacher: Chemtrails: Hard to See Trouble Coming
Colin Hay: Scattered in the Sand: Next Year People
Eilen Jewell: Rio Grande: Sundown Over Ghost Town
Ryan Bingham: Nobody Knows My Trouble: Fear And Saturday Night
Corb Lund: Washed-Up Rock Star Factory Blues: Things That Can't Be Undone
Shantell Ogden: Ghosts in the Field: Ghosts in the Field
Joe Ely: Here's To The Weary: Panhandle Rambler
Ted Z and the Wranglers: Ghost Train: Ghost Train
Tom Russell: He Wasn't a Bad Kid, When He Was Sober: The Rose of Roscrae – A Ballad of the West
Kacey Musgraves: Pageant Material: Pageant Material
Jason Isbell: If It Takes A Lifetime: Something More Than Free
Josh Ritter: Getting Ready to Get Down: Sermon on the Rocks
Edward David Anderson: Jimmy & Bob & Jack: Lower Alabama – The Loxley Sessions
Chris Stapleton: Traveller: Traveller
High Dive Heart: Vintage: Vintage EP
Dawes: All Your Favorite Bands: All Your Favorite Bands
Jon Pousette-Dart: Come on Come on Come On: Talk
The Mavericks: All Night Long: Mono
The Saloon's Top 10 Albums of 2015:
(1)  Ike Reilly: Born On Fire
Ike Reilly's 'Born On Fire' is the latest in a string of fine albums, from 2009's 'Hard Luck Stories' (still my fave Reilly album) back to 2001's 'Salesmen & Racists'.  A wordy, occasionally profane but literate songwriter in a half-early-Springsteen-half-early-Dylan kind of way, he tends to favor scruffy songs about down-and-outers and life's losers, but there's frequently a fair bit of humor, and even joy, in his songs, and in his rock/r&b/pop/punk/blues stew of a delivery.  'Born On Fire' is no exception with highlights like "Upper Mississippi River Valley Girl", "A Job Like That", and "Two Weeks a Work, One Night a Love".  And "Paradise Lane" (featuring Tom Morello) makes for a fine album closer of a tune.
(2)  6 String Drag: Roots Rock n Roll
(3)  Brent Best: Your Dog, Champ
My #2 & 3 have stayed together in these two positions neck-and-neck for the past 6 months, and I could easily switch them up even now without any problem.  I probably played these two albums as much or more than any other this year – – both are melodic, rootsy pop/rock efforts with consistently interesting lyrics, and engaging, soulful vocals that have just enough grit and color to to keep either from becoming too smooth or pretty.  In other words, right in my wheelhouse.
(4)  Bottle Rockets: South Broadway Athletic Club
If I was going to vote for a "comeback" album of the year, this one would be it.  Of course, the BoRox never really went away, but this is easily their best since '24 Hours a Day' and 'The Brooklyn Side' back in the 90's.
(5)  James McMurtry: Complicated Game
One of the most consistently excellent songwriters going.  From 1989's 'Too Long In the Wasteland' to the present, just saying that he writes great story-songs damns him with faint praise.  
(6)  Jason Isbell: Something More Than Free
I actually like this album better than his celebrated 'Southeastern' release from a couple of years ago.  'Nuff said.
(7)  Kacey Musgraves: Pageant Material
I still recall hearing her "Merry Go 'Round" for the first time on the radio while driving and knowing that I had to go home and find out more about her as soon as I could.   That 'Same Trailer, Different Park' album finished as my #1 that year (2013), and while this one isn't my #1 this year, it's every bit as good.
(8)  Joe Ely: Panhandle Rambler
The old guy still has his songwriting chops.  He sounds much the same as he has since his Flatlanders days, with winds from Texas to Mexico still blowing thru his songs.  But he manages to keep things fresh and original.  Some good guests here, from the Latin/flamenco stylings of Teye, to the complementary guitar work of Lloyd Maines, to  Joel Guzman's accordion.  It all comes together to create a new highlight in Ely's long career.
(9)  Rhett Miller: The Traveler
His best effort in years, and my new fave solo album of his (nudging out 'The Instigator').  Working with Black Prairie seems to have rejuvenated him.  
(10)  Josh Ritter: Sermon On The Rock
A melodic, easy-on-the-ear album that's almost too pleasant for its own good because it makes it all too easy to underestimate the album.  There's a strong current of Paul Simon that runs thru some of the songs on this album, but it's pure Ritter.  A pop/rock album with real smarts and heart.
Garry, DJ
Lost Music Saloon
WRIR  97.3 FM
Richmond, Virginia

Garry Morse


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    December 28th, 2015

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