Monday, January 3, 2022

Mighty Soul - Lists & a Playlist for my Best of 2021

Someday the world might come and blow your house down                                                                        First a tornado then a plague                                                                                                                          Let us use our hands to help and hold
Let us pour love into the Mighty Soul
-"Mighty Soul" by Langhorne Slim from my favorite album of the year - Strawberry Mansion
[Listen to the whole album:

The “ten records from 2021 not on everyone else’s top ten list” list

Langhorne Slim - Strawberry Mansion
Jimbo Mathus & Andrew Bird - These 13
Matt Sweeney & Bonnie Prince Billy - Superwolves
Ceschi - This Guitar Was Stolen Along With Years Of Our Lives
Nathan Salsburg - Psalms
Pony Bradshaw - Calico Jim
Danny Kroha - Detroit Blues
Chris Pierce - American Silence
Frank Waln - In the Key of Lakota
Son Volt - Electro Melodier

My usual subjects list

My Morning Jacket - My Morning Jacket
Strand of Oaks - In Heaven
The Killers - Pressure Machine
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - The Future
Billy Bragg - The Million Things That Never Happened
Manchester Orchestra - The Million Masks Of God
The Black Keys - Delta Kream
Coldplay - Music Of The Spheres
Lord Huron - Long Lost
Hiss Golden Messenger - Quietly Blowing It

Some great folk & blues albums

Brandi Carlile - In These Silent Days
Amythyst Kiah - Wary + Strange
Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turrisi - They're Calling Me Home 
The Felice Brothers - From Dreams to Dust
Todd Snider - First Agnostic Church of Hope and Wonder
James McMurtry - The Horses and the Hounds
Tré Burt - You, Yeah, You
Watchhouse - Watchhouse
Valerie June - The Moon And Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers
Allison Russell - Outside Child
Hayes Carll - You Get It All
Sierra Ferrell - Long Time Coming
Robert Finley - Sharecropper's Son

Collaborations & covers list

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit - Georgia Blue
Shovels & Rope - Busted Jukebox Volume 3
Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine - A Beginner's Mind
Big Red Machine - How Long Do You Think It's Gonna Last?
Various Artists - Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine, Vol. 2
Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, & Jon Randall - The Marfa Tapes
Various Artists - Highway Butterfly: The Songs of Neal Casal
Tom Morello - The Atlas Underground Fire

punks, jams, new discoveries

Steve Gunn - Other You
Painted Shrines & Woods - Heaven and Holy
Satsang - All. Right. Now.
Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real- A Few Stars Apart
Dr Sure's Unusual Practice - Remember The Future? Vol 2 & 1
The Bridge City Sinners - Unholy Hymns
Devon Gilfillian - Black Hole Rainbow 
Howlin’ Rain - Dharma Wheel 
Fred again.. - Actual Life 2 (February 2 - October 15 2021)  
girl in red - if i could make it go quiet
Gov’t Mule - Heavy Load Blues

An 80-song, 5-hour playlist with many of my favorites from the year:

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