Best of 2014 (So Far)
Midyear playlist yields 25 tracks both local and national
By Jim Caligiuri, 2:00PM, Tue. Jul. 8
It’s been a surprisingly good year for my kind of music. I always complain about how much bad music there is out there. Then, I never have enough room to fit all the tracks I want on an 80-minute CD every six months.
This mix features old timers like the Alvin Brothers doing Big Bill Broonzy proud, Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison covering Walter Hyatt, and Lone Justice taking Merle Haggard hard and fast. All that’s not to ignore NRBQ, Johnny Cash, Eliza Gilkyson, Drive-By Truckers, and Rodney Crowell.
New acts like Oklahoma’s Parker Millsap and Alabama’s St. Paul & the Broken Bones renew my faith in the younger crowd. On the local tip there’s the garage pop of Spanish Gold, the blue-eyed funk of the Greyhounds, a visit to dreamland with Erin Ivey, the fun yet supremely executed country of Rosie & the Ramblers, and razor sharp Collin Herring. Simply stunning: Gina Chavez.
With albums from the Mastersons, Dale Watson, Kelley Mickwee of the Trishas, Ruthie Foster, John Hiatt, Chris Smither, Ian McLagan & the Bump Band on the way, the rest of the year could be just as satisfying.
Download the mix here.
Geezerville’s Best of 2014 Vol. 11) Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin, “All By Myself,” Common Ground 2) Parker Millsap, “Land of the Red Man,” Land of the Red Man 3) Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison, “Motor City Man,” Our Year 4) Rosie & the Ramblers, “Minivan,” Whatever You Need 5) Lone Justice, “Working Man’s Blues,” The Vaught Tapes 1983 6) Drive-By Truckers, “Shit Shots Count,” English Oceans 7) The Whigs, “Hit Me,” Modern Creation 8) Collin Herring “Psychopaths,” Some Knives 9) Spanish Gold, “Out on the Street,” South of Nowhere 10) Greyhounds, “What’s On Your Mind,” Accumulator 11) St. Paul & the Broken Bones, “Call Me,” Half the City 12) NRBQ, “Can’t Wait to Kiss You,” Brass Tacks 13) John Fullbright, “Happy,” Songs 14) Eliza Gilkyson, “Eliza Jane,” The Nocturne Diaries 15) Hurray for the Riff Raff, “Blue Ridge Mountain,” Small Town Heroes 16) Johnny Cash, “Rock & Roll Shoes,” Out Among the Stars 17) Sturgill Simpson, “Long White Line,” Metamodern Sounds in Country Music 18) Jessica Lea Mayfield, “Do I Have the Time,” Make My Head Sing... 20) Old 97’s, “Intervention,” Most Messed Up 21) Rodney Crowell, “Jesus Talk to Mama,” Tarpaper Sky 22) Gina Chavez, “Save Me,” Up Rooted 23) Bob Corritore, “Shuff Stuff,” Taboo 24) Erin Ivey with Tosca String Quartet, “Whisper of the Moon,” Whisper of the Moon 25) Slaid Cleaves & Eliza Gilkyson, “In the Pines,” An Unreal Dream