This subject has been on my mind for like a month now. There have been some really excellent albums, EPs and singles put out since December 1 2017. Here are the top album picks of the year so far, based on regional non-comm / public radio airplay and my own thoughts on the subject.
Anyone looking for rock or pop will be disappointed – roots, blues, old school rhythm and blues and Americana (alt-country) are the name of the game this year around the state.
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Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats – Tearing at the Seams — no doubt that this album will finish the year at #1 with a strong national showing, and ubiquitous CO airplay.
Leftover Salmon – Something Higher! — scan the non-comm/public radio dial statewide and this album, while not even nearly as popular as Tearing at the Seams, is crazy popular – as it should be since it’s one of the best the band has turned in over the past 25 years.
Wood Bros – One Drop of Truth —many people don’t realize that Chris and Oliver Wood are Boulder natives, and still claim it as home – even when they’re performing elsewhere. Another HIGHLY played Colorado album around the state.
Reverend Freakchild – Dial It In! — the “reverend” is a traveler. He was born in Hawaii and has been in bands in Boston, including an early version of Soul Coughing with Mike Doughty. Today he’s living in Boulder and attending Naropa University. For all my blues fans, this one is at the top of the pile. #highlyrecommended
Gasoline Lollipops – Soul Mine — Clay Rose is known for being pensive and deliberate – living at the edge of damnation and redemption. The band is enjoying a banner year in terms of bookings and regional radio airplay.