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  posted on 12/28/2017 at 07:32 AM
...musical moments and etc of this past year and any recommendations.

I cant pick anything that Totally blew me away, but some very good material none the less.

Of courses Greggs latest release, Govt Mule's "Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground" I really dug. Deep Purples new one is very good. Love "Time For Bedlam", great "classic" sounding Purple.

Savoy Browns "Witchy feelin'", very solid blues/rock.
Magpie Salute's "Omission".

Phil Moog of UFO I believe gives his best recorded vocal performance on the "The Salentino Cuts "
Would love for him to do a blues/soul sounding album.




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  posted on 12/28/2017 at 03:16 PM
Just started my 2017 albums playlist on spotify (It took me most of 2017 to get through the 2016 one). So far some good albums include.

Infamous Stringdusters- Laws of Gravity
Theo Katzman- Heartbreaker Hits
The Wood Brothers- Live At The Barn
Foxygen- Hang
Flo Morrissey & Matthew E White- Gentlewoman, Ruby Man
Billy Strings- Turmoil & Tinfoil
Steven Wilson- To The Bone

Favorite Concerts
Hoxeyville Festival (Rayland Baxter & Public Access were my favorite sets. Not a bad set all weekend)
Phish 7/15 & 16
Bela Fleck & The Flecktones & Chick Corea Elektric Band
Umphrey's McGee
Billy Strings
Wheels of Soul
Greensky Bluegrass
LCD Soundsystem
Galactic & Gov't Mule
Railroad Earth
Julian Lage, I'm With Her, and The Punch Brothers (American Acoustic Tour)

Overall it has been a good music year.

 

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  posted on 12/28/2017 at 05:01 PM
My two favorite concerts were

Col Bruce 70 Celebration in Atlanta at the Fox (Jessica with Chuck Warren, Derek Duane T, Dave Schools, Jon Fishman & Matt Slocum......wow!)

Peachfest....specifically the two ABB-alumni sets where Chuck, Jaimoe, Warren, Oteil, Jack and Marc on stage at one time and then in various combinations over 2 sets in 2 days along with Lamar Jr, Duane B, Duane T, Berry, Vaylor, Devon and other Gregg mates Peter Levin, Scott Sharrard & Bruce Katz. It's very unlikely we'll ever have 6 ABB alumni on stage together again. Chuck was back out with Mule for a few more ABB tunes including Kind of Bird and Soulshine

It was grand!

 

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  posted on 12/29/2017 at 03:47 AM
Gregg Allman Southern Blood
Gov't Mule Revolution...
Tedeschi Trucks Band - Live From The Fox
Marty Stuart - Way Out West
Elvin Bishop - Big Fun Trio
Jason Isbell - The Nashville Sound
Chris Hillman - Bidin' My Time
Tan Mahal & Keb Mo' - TajMo
Dan Auerbach - Waiting On A Song
Old Crow Medicine Show - 50 Years of Blonde in Blonde
Robert Plant - Carry Fire
John Mayall - Talk About That
Margo Price - All American Made




Shows
Marty Stuart & his Fabulous Superlatives
Booker T
Roger Waters
Bob Dylan
Taj Mahal
Bryan Ferry
Joe Bonamassa ( 1st time seeing him )
St. Paul & the Broken Bones
Rodney Crowell
Shovels & Rope
Beck
Yes




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  posted on 12/29/2017 at 02:13 PM
I'll second that Marty Stuart......Live & Way Out West
 

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  posted on 12/29/2017 at 03:11 PM
I really dig David Rawlings new album 'Poor David's Almanac.' He and Gill are some of the best stuff out there today...just incredible.
Got to give a shout to TTB "Live in Oakland". Outstanding live album...great sound. Again, breaking new ground and some of the best out there today...just incredible.

Live shows: Had two that jumped into my all-time Top 10, if not higher...and that's noteworthy. First being...Roger Waters:Us & Them-Atl, GA. Hearing Waters & Co. do Animals material was freaking unreal. I intentionally refused to look at setlists so I may be caught off-guard. I was...when the opened the second set w/ 'Dogs'. That rocketed me to a place of sonic nirvana that doesn't happen so often anymore after all these years/shows.
Second...(and probably tops overall for '17): Herbie Hancock at the GLORIOUS Gailliard Auditorium in downtown Charleston, SC. This...was a MASTER CLASS. It is nor feasibly or physically possible that Herbie is in his 70's. He looks like he MIGHT be 50...but his dexterity in his hands is impossible. He truly laid waste to the ivories on that Grand. Just revelatory...awe and shock. He had Kendrick Lamar's producer playing '62 Coltrane-style sax and Moog simultaneously. Half Post-Bop...Half-Headhunters material. So enrapturing that I didn't/couldn't once get up for a drink.
Honorable Mention: John Prine w/ Dan Auerbach opening in N. Charleston PAC. Dan Auerbach totally blew me away. Stunning. Then Prine comes out and slays the crowd...hasn't lost a step.

 

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  posted on 12/29/2017 at 11:43 PM
I’ve gone from “ok, I can dig him,” to TOTALLY BLOWN AWAY by Chris Stapleton

I like From a Room Vol. 1 better than Froma Room Vol. 2. But both are very good in my mind.

And, GREGG’s FREAKING ALBUM. My goodness. What. A work.

Other than that, 2017 was kinda pedestrian in my music world.

A couple things I like but weren’t overwhelming: Beck’s new album, and Queens of the Stone Age.

TTB Oakland was also by far their strongest effort. Really like that.

 

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  posted on 12/30/2017 at 12:25 AM
I’m really digging Billy Strings Turmoil And Tin Foil especially the tune “While I’m Waiting Here” Also caught him live. He’s great. Great player, performer, singer and songwriter. Bluegrass savior. Genre transcender. I tried to describe him to my son. I said, “If SRV played bluegrass, he’d sound like this. Y’all check him out if you’re digging high energy acoustic bluegrass jam-grass.

 

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  posted on 12/30/2017 at 12:36 AM
3 really great concerts:

Steve Hackett: this guy just is SO on top of his game. Legend. He played a terrific set, too, with some Genesis songs I had not heard him do plus some very good new solo material and also a sense of abandon I had not seen him display.

The Zombies: total surprise. Great show. Wonderful music, skillful musicians, lots of fun.

TTB / Wood Brothers: as many have said, the TTB just keeps getting better, and this was my intro to the Wood Bros, who were excellent.


Albums:


Wilco: "Being There" and "A.M." deluxe re-issues with some great bonus stuff

Replacements: 1986 Live at Maxwell's - really good live material walking the line between raw and tight

Gregg Allman: Southern Blood - come on now. A must

Jeff Tweedy: Together at Last - lovely solo acoustic interpretations of classic Wilco stuff

Bash & Pop: Anything Can Happen - ROCK

Steve Hackett: The Night Siren - PROG ROCK

TTB: Live at Oakland - LIVE ROCK

The new Deep Purple is not their best, so I won't post it, but I liked a lot of it. I will still go back to it, but I would not recommend it with wild enthusiasm.

I think the catchiest song of the year is "Feel It Still" by Portugal The Man!!! oh man. I will also add "Find Yourself" by Lukas Nelson & News of the Real to that list.

 

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  posted on 12/30/2017 at 07:34 AM
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I’ve gone from “ok, I can dig him,” to TOTALLY BLOWN AWAY by Chris Stapleton





If you don't subscribe, check out the December issue of RELIX. Chris Stapleton is on the cover. Good article.

 

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  posted on 12/30/2017 at 08:58 AM
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I'll second that Marty Stuart......Live & Way Out West


Marty and Kenny live are incredible. One of the best shows you will ever see.

 

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  posted on 12/30/2017 at 09:02 AM
I saw Jason Isbell three times this year - all great shows. TTB, CRB, Wanee... I'll have to say that one show in particular that really jumps back out to me - North Mississippi All-stars at the Bijou in Knoxville. That was one outstanding show.

 

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  posted on 12/30/2017 at 10:19 AM
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I’m really digging Billy Strings Turmoil And Tin Foil especially the tune “While I’m Waiting Here” Also caught him live. He’s great. Great player, performer, singer and songwriter. Bluegrass savior. Genre transcender. I tried to describe him to my son. I said, “If SRV played bluegrass, he’d sound like this. Y’all check him out if you’re digging high energy acoustic bluegrass jam-grass.


I second checking out Billy Strings.

 

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  posted on 12/31/2017 at 04:43 PM
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I really dig David Rawlings new album 'Poor David's Almanac.' He and Gill are some of the best stuff out there today...just incredible.



X2!!!

I dont follow Robert Cray alot , but his latest "Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm" is pretty good!!

 

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  posted on 12/31/2017 at 04:58 PM
I too don't see too many shows these days, but before Christmas had a chance to see The New Stew performing The Rolling Stone's live album Get Yer Ya-Ya's. The band was fronted by Jimmy Hall and included Matt Slocum, Benji Shanks, Dave Yoke, Jared Stone, and Jonathan Cannon. They were really really good, and this was a fine show to see.

I was curious how they put this together since this is not a regular touring set of musicians as a band. Had a chance to talk with Matt Slocum, and he told me they got together one day prior to the show to rehearse. Very impressive, as the band was solid & timing was good. Just goes to show how exceptionally talented players can be.

If they do it again, go see this show.

 

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  posted on 1/1/2018 at 10:08 AM
All four albums of The Raptor Trail, but particularly the last two - Devil On An Indian and Euthymia. Both beyond my wildest dreams good and damn sure different from anything else I'm hearing today. Real craftsmanship.
 

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  posted on 1/1/2018 at 11:57 AM
Here's a few albums I bought and shows I saw in 2017:

Shows:
Experience Hendrix (Buddy Guy, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Zakk Wylde, Jonny Lang, Eric Johnson, Dweezil Zappa, etc.)
Joe Walsh/Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (Still can't believe that Petty's gone now!!)
Don Henley(70th b-day show in Dallas w. Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmidt, Stevie Nicks, and Pattie Smyth)
Los Lonely Boys
Sammy Hagar & The Circle
Caroline Jones/Darrell Scott/Zac Brown Band
Gov't Mule

Albums I bought:
Gov't Mule - Revolution Come, Revolution Go
Darius Rucker - When Was The Last Time
Chris Stapleton - From A Room Vol. 1 & 2
Tedeschi Trucks Band - Made Up Mind/Let Me Get By

 

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  posted on 1/1/2018 at 12:05 PM
Saw TTB 3 x, once this summer with the Wood Bros and Tuna, great show, but closing night at the Orpheum was clearly tops

Others shows of note:
Anat Cohen
Kenny Baron
Steve Winwood
Quinn Sullivan
Diana Krall
Trombone Shorty
The Jauntee

Albums/cds
TTB live
Rudresh Mahanthappa
Vijay Iyer
Jackie Green
Gregg

 

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  posted on 1/1/2018 at 03:38 PM
My surprise of the year is Slaughter Beach.Dog's record Birdie. Jake Ewald really grows up as an artist in his first post Modern Baseball CD. I'd primarily listened to his stuff because his mom is a friend/collegue and to try to connect with my emotions driven 21 year old. This first solo record drifts in a much different direction full of great melodies and hooks

Of course Jason Isbell and Gregg Allman are easy choices. Chris Hillman's record is really good with spots of transcendence.

Larry Carlton and the SWR Big Band is pretty cool with great guitar playing

If you can get way out of the ABB comfort zone All is Not Lost by the Brilliance is absolutely stunning

Delbert McClinton- **** of the Litter-Delbert could sing the phone book and be in any thinking persons top ten. BTW Don't know why this autocorrected/edited the title



Ray Wiley Hubbard-Tell the Devil I'm Getting There As Fast as I Can and Willie Nelson, God's Problem Child represent Texas music really well

Finally, Adios the Glen Campbell farewell album produced by Carl Jackson is just a great record front to back

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  posted on 1/1/2018 at 05:01 PM
I live for family and music. I work a lot which allows me to do good for both. I'm a good donkey, Hee Haw.

As far as the concerts, 2017 brought me Hot Tuna (acoustic), Jackie Greene & Anders Osborne (acoustic), Martin Barre, Poco, John Hammond, Bonnie Raitt (w/Living Color Chuck Berry tribute), Jayhawks, Sonny Landreth, Southside & The Poor Fools, Skylark (Amy Helm & Friends), Shawn Colvin (w/Larry & Teresa), Los Lonely Boys, Band Of Heathens, Adreneline Mob (w/The Wild), Art Garfunkel, Eric Clapton, Chuck Berry tribute #2 (w/Jackie Greene, Jim Weider, +), Southern Soul Assembly (w/Anders Osborne, Luther Dickenson, Marc Brousard, & JJ Grey), Magpie Salute, Leo Kottke, Billy Bragg, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Melvin Seals & The JGB, Rock, Ribs, & Ridges 9w/CDB, MTB, Kentucky Headhunters, Hannah Wicklund & the Steppin' Stones, Outlaws,+), and John Mc Laughlin & Jimmy Herring. This with my local yokels I try to support and share the room with.

All offered something nice and some offered more. It was all about good tunes and good people.

I always try to get some merch at the shows, signed posters, shirts, and CD's. I even try to tip $5 to the good folks working the stands. I dig most of the CD's as I dig the bands. Most of them I try to document by taping them song by song to capture a musical moment. Of the CD's John McLaughlin's disc Live At Ronnie Scott's was a gem. The bassist played with gloves on. It gives a slight muffle to his playing, but it's his thing I guess.

I can only hope 2018 is just as sweet.

Happy New Year Folks.

 

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  posted on 1/4/2018 at 02:58 PM
I'd add Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau- Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau to the list of great albums from 2017
 

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  posted on 1/4/2018 at 06:42 PM
O'Connor Family Band.
 

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  posted on 1/4/2018 at 07:04 PM
Albums -
To The Bone - Steven Wilson
Southern Blood - duh
Is This the Life We Really Want - Roger Waters
We're All in this Together - Walter Trout
Make Blues Not War - Mike Zito
Night Siren - Steve Hackett
Trouble and Whiskey - Sean Chambers
Marcus King Band
Savage Young Du - Husker Du
The Nashville Sound - Jason Isbell

Also bought more Steven Wilson surround sound remasters - Tull Songs From the Wood, 5 XTC albums, and bought a few of his No-Man (pre Porcupine Tree) albums.

Shows:

TTB/NMAS
Wanee
Drive By Truckers twice, one a free show on the Chicago lakefront
King Crimson - excellent
The Tubes (finally got to hear Little White Punks on Dope live...)
Natalie Merchant
Roger Waters - incredible
Phil Lesh & the Terrapin Flyers with Denson & Krasnos - excellent

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