Monday, December 23, 2013

Uprooted Music Revue's Favorite Audio Releases of 2013

Before we get to the rundown of Uprooted Music Revue's yearly "best-of" list, first, let me say that this has been a year filled with excitement, reflection, and ultimately, some new beginnings for me. Early on in the year things were heading towards some unforeseen and unpredictably exciting places.

I feel the need to give thanks because I have had some amazing opportunities come my way this year. I worked with the Avett Brothers backstage for an exclusive video shoot, interviewed some of my favorite artists for the first time (including Mark Lanegan, Mark Kozelek, José Gonzalez, and Alynda Lee Segarra of Hurray For The Riff Raff) and had further conversations with others on their latest projects (such as Jay Farrar, MC Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger, Charlie Parr, and Pokey LaFarge). 

By far, the most rewarding project for me this year has been producing an album that pays tribute to one of my very favorite artists (who passed away earlier this year). For my part, I sent countless emails, and many phone calls to a "dream list" of artists who were fans and in some cases, even close friends and collaborators of the artist throughout his career. Working with a wealth of incredible partners (an awesome fellow blogger, a truly amazing non-profit, and the many talented artists involved) it has been a truly been a transformative experience.

Listening to the rough mixes of the album earlier this month was pretty mind-blowing. As I write this, the album is going off to final remastering and then to physical manufacturing, for a late winter/ early spring release. Knowing that others will soon hold and listen to this record/CD, and or play it virtually on a music device has been inspiring for me to continue my music writing, as well as further my own mandolin playing. As 2013 comes to a rewarding close, I am looking ahead with an open mind to new opportunities. Oh, and to listening to more great music and interviewing more great artists in the new year!

Thanks very much for checking in and reading Uprooted Music Revue this year. As an independently run and operated music site, it is your support and readership that make it all possible. Here's a list of the albums that made this year memorable for me:

Uprooted Music Revue's Favorite Audio Releases of 2013

Sam Amidon
Bright Sunny South

Black Twig Pickers
Rough Carpenters
(Thrill Jockey)

Bonnie Prince Billy
Bonnie Prince Billy
(self-released, limited edition vinyl)

Bonnie Prince Billy & Dawn McCarthy 
What The Brothers Sang 
(Drag City)

Charles Bradley
Victim of Love

Bill Callahan
Dream River
(Drag City)

Mike Compton & Joe Newberry
(Mike Compton & Mike Newberry/ Get it here.)

Steve Earle & The Dukes (& Duchesses)
The Low Highway
(New West)

Frank Fairfield
(self-released, limited edition CD)

Wayne Hancock

Hiss Golden Messenger
(Paradise of Bachelors)

Lena Hughes
Queen of the Flat Top Guitar
(Tompkins Square)

Hurray For The Riff Raff
My Dearest Darkest Neighbor
(This Is American Music/ Mod Mobilian)

Jason Isbell

Glenn Jones 
My Garden State 
(Thrill Jockey)

Valerie June
Pushin' Against A Stone


Pokey LaFarge
Pokey LaFarge
(Third Man)

Mark Lanegan

Mandolin Orange
This Side Of Jordan
(Yep Roc)

The Del McCoury Band
The Streets of Baltimore
(McCoury Music)

Charlie Parr

Noam Pikelny
Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe

Preservation Hall Jazz Band
That's It!

John Reischman
Walk Along John

Pharis & Jason Romero
Long Gone Out West Blues
(CD Baby)

Nathan Salsburg
Hard For To Win And Can't Be Won
(No Quarter)

Mavis Staples
One True Vine

Luke Winslow-King
The Coming Tide

Neil Young 
Live At The Cellar Door 

Honorable Mentions:
Steve Gunn Time Off (Paradise of Bachelors)
Daniel Bachman Jesus I'm A Sinner (Tompkins Square)
Richard Buckner Surrounded (Merge)
Mark Kozelek and Desertshore Mark Kozelek and Desertshore 
(Caldo Verde)
Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood Black Pudding (Ipecac)
Chris Thile Bach: Sonatas and Partitas Vol. 1 (Nonesuch)
William Tyler Impossible Truth (Merge)

1 comment:

  1. Mike Compton & Joe Newberry's LIVE album is really quite wonderful, from their brilliant vocals to transporting you back to times when brother music was alive and kicking. Excellent album!