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MIKE RITCHIE LOOKS BACK OVER 2015 ALBUMS – AND AHEAD TO SOME CRACKERS

New albums in the New Year already causing a stir – Cam Penner, Malcolm Holcombe, Dan Stuart, Norrie McCulloch, Lucinda Williams, Blue Rose Code among them.

 

Before then, here are some of my favourite releases of 2015 – in no set order. I have played all these artists on my weekly radio show, and often.

 

Enjoying myself with Celtic Music Radio and very grateful to the support I’m receiving, pleased by the kind comments about the show and I hugely appreciate the music sent or suggested by  excellent promoters, PR people, record labels and talented artistes themselves. Best wishes to you all for 2016 – and I hope all who create good music are heard by as big a number of listeners as possible. You have my admiration.

 

Here we go.

 

Iris DeMent – The Trackless Woods

Glorious set of piano led songs with lyrics taken from Russian poetry. Recorded in her living room and dedicated to her adopted Russian: just brilliant

Track:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bl-52N00Rsk

 

 

David Corley – Available Light

Totally stunning debut ­– big boy music, meaningful, collar-grabbing and heartfelt. Probably my most played album of the year.

Track (explicit): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fb7V1XZHUzU

 

 

James McMurtry – Complicated Game

The incomparable Texan never fails to please. He shifted down a gear for most of these thoughtful tracks and continued to impress. This song zings along, mind you.

Track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0BhwLamL_8

 

 

Michael Rank & Stag – Horsehair

Really hope he doesn't stay undiscovered for too long. This, like all his music, is pure magic. Sorrowful and dark with glorious duets to savour. Marvellous.

Track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMWCyTQbSGI

 

 

Dark Green Tree – Secret Lives

Such a stunning album from the Edinburgh-based band played with no little style and moodiness.

Track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fs3Q5Zkxouc

 

 

Mandolin Orange – Such Jubilee

Bought on a whim after scanning a Rolling Stone magazine article about 30 great albums we’d probably never hear. It was at number 30… it is gorgeous.

Track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RREoo7HFabc&index=2&list=RD...

 

 

Malcolm Holcombe – The RCA Sessions

Cheating slightly as this is a retrospective of the irrepressible man’s career. But he did go back into the studio to re-record them all and each one is a gem.

Track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juI6XO6vkWc

 

 

Phil Lee – Some Gotta Lose

Strangely enough didn’t rate this on first listen but it grew on me and in “Don’t Tell Me Now” he has created a sleazily, edgy classic.

Track: http://www.philleeone.com/audio/

 

Andrew Hawkey – What Did I Come Up Here For?

The man from wild hills sent me his album, filled me in on the back story, was pleased when I played it on the radio and met up again with the girl he let go in this song some 30 years later. Call me a softie. Great songs.

Track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwujZ0xb2FI

 

The Mike & Ruthy Band – Bright As You Can

This is a mighty fine teasing mix of sounds – bluegrass, straight down the road country, alt folk, blues and soul. Delicious. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsH0On0Ny_c

 

And pushing hard and played a lot were:

 

Cale Tyson – Introducing Cale Tyson

Pharis & Jason Romero – A Wanderer I’ll Stay

The Wynntown Marshals – End of the Golden Age

Dean Owens – Into The Sea

Dave Rawlings Machine – Nashville Obsolete.

 

There will be some I’ve overlooked – that’s the problem with these summaries. Good fun, though.

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1
Rod Picott
70 pts.
Out Past The Wires
Welding Rod Music
GC,AN,LM,SZ,TK
2
JW Roy & The Royal Family
62 pts.
A Room Full Of Strangers
Royal Family Records
EM,PJ,DH
3
Steph Cameron
61 pts.
Daybreak over Jackson Street
Pheromona
ML
4
JD McPherson
54 pts.
Undivided Heart & Soul
New West
AR,RK,LK
5
Sarah Morris
53 pts.
Hearts In Need Of Repair
Independent
 
6
Turnpike Troubadours
52 pts.
Long Away From Your Heart
Bossier City Records
MA,GF
7
Chris Hillman
51 pts.
Bidin' My Time
Rounder
 
8
Hayward Williams
39 pts.
Pretenders
Why River Records
KG,JB,JBO
9
Joe Henry
38 pts.
Thrum
Ear Music
 
10
Jim White
37 pts.
Waffles, Triangles & Jesus
Loose Music
JJ
12
Margo Price
35 pts.
All American Made
Third Man Records
 
11
Mark Martyre
35 pts.
Rivers
Independent
MF
13
Mavis Staples
32 pts.
If All I Was Was Black
Anti
HO
 
Peter Oren
32 pts.
Anthropocene
Western Vinyl
RB,HB
15
Fred Wickham
29 pts.
Mariosa Delta
Thirty Days Records
 
16
Jeffrey Martin
27 pts.
One Go Around
Fluff & Gravy Records
HDB
17
Blitzen Trapper
25 pts.
Wild and Reckless
Lojinx
JDO
 
Jeff Crosby
25 pts.
Postcards From Magdalena
At The Helm Records
FCE,FC,JS
19
Dori Freeman
24 pts.
Letters Never Read
Blue Hens Music
 
 
Hardpan
24 pts.
Hardpan
Blue Rose Records
WR
21
The Deep Dark Woods
21 pts.
Yarrow
Six Shooter
JF
22
Lilly Hiatt
20 pts.
Trinity Lane
New West
TJ
 
Tom Russell
20 pts.
Folk Hotel
Frontera Records-Proper Records
JAB
24
Eilen Jewell
19 pts.
Down Hearted Blues
Signature Sounds
MW
25
Dick LeMasters
18 pts.
Incompatible Things
Longneck Road Music
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