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Hey, 2021... The Music Has Been Great!

Best of 2021

Dave Michaels
(M-F, 5-10a)

Sean Rowe "The Darkness Dressed in Colored Lights"
JD Simo "Mind Control"
Israel Nash "Topaz"
My Morning Jacket "My Morning Jacket"
Buggy Jive "You Won’t Like the Answer"
Jocelyn & Chris “Sugar and Spice”
Pete Donnelly "The Perpetual Tryst"
Billy F Gibbons "Hardware"
Brandi Carlile "In These Silent Days"
George Harrison "All Things Must Pass 50th Anniversary Box Set"

(M-F, 10a-3p)

Top 5 Songs
Allison Russell “Nightflyer”
Valerie June “Smile”
Jon Batiste “I Need You”
Leon Bridges “Motorbike”
Martin Sexton “Hold On”

Top 5 Albums
Amythyst Kiah “Wary + Strange”
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram “662”
Brandi Carlile “In These Silent Days”
Alisa Amador “Narratives”
Rhiannon Giddens “They’re Calling Me Home”

Top 5 Local 518
Sean Rowe “Darkness Dressed in Colored Lights”
Molly Durnin “It’s Fine (acoustic)”
Dominic Orlando “In Front Of You”
Buggy Jive “He Lost His Mind to Find His Heart”
Swamp Baby “Devil Dances Good”

Chris Wienk
(M-F, 3-9p)

Carolyn Shapiro "Where I'm Supposed to Be"
Buggy Jive "You Won't Like the Answer"
Pete Donnelly "The Perpetual Tryst"
Sean Rowe "The Darkness Dressed in Colored Lights"
Reese Fulmer "In My Dreams"
Amythyst Kiah "Wary + Strange"
Allison Russell "Outside Child"
Brandi Carlile "In These Silent Days"
Strand of Oaks "In Heaven"
Robert Plant/Alison Krauss "Raise the Roof"
Valerie June "The Moon & Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers"
Joy Oladokun "In Defense of My Own Happiness"
Allison Ponthier "Faking My Own Death"

KC Morris
(Sat, 4-8p)

This year, I was impressed with artists who tackled the general feeling of "now what?" left behind in the pandemic's wake (Hiss Golden Messenger's Sanctuary and the tear-jerking 817 Oakland Avenue by Charlie Parr come to mind), but also those who chose to celebrate making it to the other side with pop-infused dance numbers. The 80's chill-wave guitars are back in a big way (The War on Drugs' I Don't Live Here Anymore is basically a worm-hole to a John Hughes movie, right?), and I'm loving it. Here's to another year of great music!

**In no particular order**

Hiss Golden Messenger "Sanctuary"
Leon Bridges "Motorbike"
The Staves "Good Woman"
Anderson East "Madelyn"
Tom Jones "Talking Reality Television Blues"
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians "My Power"
Illiterate Light & Devon Gilfillian "Freedom"
Heartless Bastards "How Low"
Strand of Oaks "Galacticana"
Charlie Parr "817 Oakland Avenue"
Brandi Carlile & Renee Elise Goldsberry "I Put A Spell On You"
The War On Drugs "I Don't Live Here Anymore"

Joyce Jackey
(Sun, 10a-3p)

Local 518

Pete Donnelly "Giving In To The Flow"
Sawyer Fredericks "Wonderful World"
Sirsy "Like a Drum"
Buggy Jive "Just Ain’t Going Nowhere"
Bendt "January"

2021 albums

The Record Company "Play Loud"
Robert Plant/Alison Krauss "Raise the Roof"
Lake Street Dive "Obviously"
Valerie June "The Moon & Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers"
Anderson East "Maybe We Never Die"
John Hiatt & The Jerry Douglas Band "Leftover Feelings"
Allison Russell "Outside Child"
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats "The Future"
Blackberry Smoke "You Hear Georgia"
Joy Oladokun "In Defense of My Own Happiness"


Christone Kingfish Ingram "662"
Ben Harper & Keith Richards "Like a Locomotive"
Lucero "Back in Ohio"
Lake Street Dive "Hypotheticals"
Bob Schneider "I Love This Life"

(Sun, 3-8p)

Having 2020 off from touring sure made for an incredible year of music releases for 2021! Wow! Please check out my “Best of” below and note, these are not in any particular order, well except Allison Russell’s Nightflyer, a song for the ages and beyond and my absolute favorite for the next 100 years.

Albums 2021:

The High Hawks "The High Hawks"
Leslie Jordan "Company’s Coming"
Andy Falco "The Will Of The Way"
Rhiannon Giddens "Calling Me Home"
Billy Strings "Renewal"

Songs 2021:

Allison Russell "Nightflyer"
Valerie June "Call Me A Fool"
Keb Mo w/ Old Crow Medicine Show "The Medicine Man"
Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors "I Need To Go Somewhere"
Barry Gibb "Words Of A Fool"
Rhiannon Giddens w/Francesco Turrisi "Waterbound"
Amos Lee Worry No More"
Amy Ray "Muscadine"
Mo Kenney "Hard On You"
Nathanial Rateliff "Redemption"
Andy Falco "Holy Rover"
High Hawks "Singing A Mountain Song"
Natalie Hemby "The Bees"
Leslie Jordan w/ Katie Pruitt "Little Light"
John Paul White "Sam Stone" (Songs of John Prine)

Some days KC wishes she had more space in her head for historical dates, family members’ phone numbers, and directions, but alas that space is mostly occupied by lyrics to pop songs she first heard as a tween.
Tabitha Clancy sometimes obsesses over one song and sometimes she obsesses over a band (she listened only to Pearl Jam for about a two year stint). Sometimes it’s a lyric, or a simple measure of musical content that will grab her. She will hear the music before the words find a way. She will never say, "I love all kinds of music." Sometimes it takes Tabitha time to warm up to a song, or a band, and sometimes that magic just isn't there. People who are walking encyclopedias for anything music related fascinate her, though she has a good grip of her own on music history. She often travels the country, following her favorite band, Railroad Earth. She’ll let loose at a festival yet still manages to find a balance between fun and business; often times she brings that festival spirit into the station with her.