The past 6 months have inundated us with so many good records that it is easy to let some slip through the cracks. By removing labels and just focusing on what is truly good in the music, you free yourself up to so many wonderful bands, songs and albums. 2015 has been deliriously great in the first half. Can the 2nd half, anchored by a new Turnpike release, eclipse or equal the first half? We shall see. In the meantime, here’s our informal Top 10 records at the halfway point (in no particular order). Also notice how none of them would be labeled “Texas/Red Dirt”…even the Randy/Wade one.
Chris Stapelton-Traveller. Quite simply, this record is simple and extraordinary all at the same time. Stapleton’s voice is rangy, yet always suits the songs. Country, rock, soul, folk, “Outlaw”…this man does it all and it’s the most listenable record to be released in a number of years.
Dawes–All Your Favorite Bands. These California folk rockers have been extremely buzzed about and championed for several years and albums, but this one feels like a masterpiece. Lyrics that rip your heart out and melodies that raise your pulse. A break-up record with groove.
Leon Bridges–Coming Home. Fort Worth soul throwback has gone from twin bills with Aaron Stephens in New Braunfels to The Tonight Show in under 12 months. Otis Redding would approve of this smooth collection and you should too.
Courtney Patton–So This Is Life.… Keep Reading