This year has royally sucked for music fans given all the greats that we’ve lost. But I’ve also come across a few newer musical acts in the past year that give me a lot of hope for the future of music. They may not be “new” in the sense of they just put out a debut album, but hey, they’re new to me. As you’ll see, my musical tastes tend to run toward Blues/R&B, but with a little country and straight ahead rock & roll in the mix.
Samantha Fish - I’d heard a more sedate tune of hers (Go Home) on the radio and liked it enough to track down more of her stuff, which has a bit more bite. Saw her live in a small club last week, she’ll melt your face with her playing.
St. Paul & the Broken Bones - These guys are keeping Southern Soul alive and well. There’s no way that voice should come out of that guy… Here’s a full set showcasing what they do. I really need to see these guys play live soon.
Jamestown Revival - I’d heard of these guys, maybe I’d heard California on the radio, at least I thought it sounded familiar. They had a set at Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic this year, and they were one of the big highlights of the day for me. Check out Truth and Wandering Man.
What have you discovered this year?