Music From 2016

Looking back at the music from 2016, it’s fair to say, there’s been an awful lot of great music published this year despite the horrendous loss of so many musicians. Who can forget the shock of David Bowies passing from cancer? And that album, Black Star. I have to admit, I found it a little deep for my simple understanding, well, compared to his earlier work. He will be so missed.

I’ve treated myself to some great albums this year and seen some terrific gigs. Michael Messer’s Mitra is a superb album and he followed it up with a tour of the UK, which I was so fortunate to see. He plays the blues with the added addition of a Sitar and Tabla which is so unique. Catch him if you can when he tours and get yourself a copy of the album, just great.

It’s impossible for me to list every album I’ve enjoyed this year, that’s how good it’s been. If you like The Eagles, then Blackberry Smoke are a band that play bluesy, rocky kind of Eagles type songs. They released an album earlier in the year called Like An Arrow.

The Rolling Stones have gone back to their roots…….

If you like your music dark, Leonard Cohen left us his final masterpiece You Want It Darker. Another legacy left by the great man,  filled with great songs. I can’t stop listening to the track Treaty. Classic Cohen. I’m so glad I got to see his last tour a couple of years back, who knew it would be his very last?

Popa Chubby, New York’s finest bluesman released an album in October called Catfish. He followed it up with a tour of Europe playing to full houses every night. 12 tracks of badass tunes including a brilliant version of the Robert Johnson classic, C’mon In My Kitchen. I think the album is worth buying just for the artwork alone! As usual, Mr Chubby has given us an album that will give you a lot of listening pleasure for a long time to come.

As we head towards the Christmas period, The Rolling Stones have gone back to their roots and released what has got to be their finest studio album in decades. Blue And Lonesome is an album of covers, 12 in total, recorded as they played. No added echoes, just the Stones playing as a band and it shows what a great band they are. I don’t think a day has passed without me listening to it on my ipod.

Well, that’s enough from me for one year, except of course to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year. Thank you for all your support and I look forward to a host of great music next year and for many more years to come. Hope ya’ll join me.

 

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