On the Turntable : Music 2019

As a musician I listen to a surprisingly small amount of new music. I seem to have let go of the childlike wonder of exploring the new and unfamiliar. That’s a serious detriment to my craft. So this year I made an effort to listen to things other than my usual go-to artists and albums. That mostly involved letting my daughters have control of the music selection while we’re driving around, Spotify recommendations and playlists, and listening to the radio of all things. WTJU is local public radio and the variety of programming is wild. I’m really enjoying it. So while there is no way to recall and list everything I’ve heard this year that I enjoyed, I do have a list of albums that I added to my vinyl collection in 2019. Also included are some artists that went into regular rotation on Spotify if not in physical form. These are in no particular order other than the first one because as Joe Pug said on his podcast The Working Songwriter, Josh Ritter making a record produced by Jason Isbell with the 400 Unit as the backing band just isn’t fair to the rest of us! Fever Breaks gets my vote as Album of the Year 2019. Leave a comment and let me know what you’ve been listening to and what I should add to the rotation!


 Josh Ritter - Fever Breaks 

  Sturgill Simpson - Sound and Fury 

  Amanda Shires - To The Sunset 

  Penny and Sparrow - Wendigo 

  Brittany Howard - Jaime 

  Esperanza Spalding - 12 Little Spells 

  Lucinda Williams - This Sweet Old World 

  John Paul White - The Hurting Kind 

  White Denim 

  American Aquarium - Things Change 

  Band of Heathens - A Message From the People Revisited 

  Bombino - Azel 

  Hayes Carll - What It Is 

  Gary Clark Jr. - This Land 

  Chris Cornell - Higher Truth 

  Alejandro Escovedo - The Crossing 

  Craig Finn - I Need A New War 

  Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi - There Is No Other 

  Dave Grohl - Play 

  Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Ghosteen 

  Grinderman - 2 

  Our Native Daughters - Songs of Our Native Daughters 

  Sheryl Crow - Threads 

  Iron & Wine 

  Fort Frances 

  Trigger Hippy 


  Bruce Springsteen - Western Stars 

  The Steel Wheels - Over The Trees 

  Leonard Cohen - Thanks For The Dance 

  Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - Self Titled and Here We Rest reissues 

  Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Murder Ballads 

  Wrinkle Neck Mules - I Never Thought It Would Go This Far

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