Music Millennium's owner on what was good this year. / Alejandro Ecsovedo pictured
1. Alejandro Escovedo - Burn Something Bautiful
Recorded in Portland, this is his best album since Gravity. It's full of great songs and it really rocks.
2. David Bowie - Blackstar
Always an innovator, Bowie gave us a very cool gift of an album before he left. The band takes this to a new plauteau.
3. The Shelters - The Shelters
They sound like a band out of the 70s' with some 60's roots. Rickenbacker guitars, Tom Petty production, fun Rock + Roll and great songs.
4. Frankie Lee - American Dreamer
I've played this album the most of any that came out in 2016. Fabulous songwriting and production plus great delivery from this singer/songwriter.
5. William Bell - This is Where I Live
Forty years ago, William Bell quit making albums. Now at 77, he put out an album that has the feel that it was made in 1970. Great Soul.
6. Kyle Craft - Dolls of Highland
One of the surprises of the year. Touch of glam, really good songs, full of all the elements you like in a great Rock record.
7. Margo Price - Midwest Farmer's Daughter
Her Country music sound comes form sixty years past but sounds fresh in today's Country music climate.
8. Kacy * Clayton - Strange Country
Elements of British Folk/Rock of the late sixties. ou can hear John Cipolina-type electric and Renbourn-type acoustic with beautiful vocals.
9. Ian Hunter - Fingers Crossed
The 77 year-old delivers a really great Rock + Roll album. You want to play it over and over. His crack band also helps give it its flair.
10. Mudcrutch - 2
Tom Petty & company's second album is satisfying from beginning to end. Completely different feel than Petty and the Heartbreakers album but with Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench, it's a total delight
11. Doyle Bramhall, Jr. - Rich Man
Guitarist extroardinare makes his first album in fifteen years after playing with Clapton, Roger Waters, et. This album is a creative adventure and full of great guitar playing
12. John Rnbourn/Wizz Jones - Joint Control
Renbourn's last recording before passing.The interplay between him and Jones sounds like they are on top of their game.
13. Primal Scream - Chaosmosis
Out of the U.K. in the 80s' they are back with a catchy album that sports their Brit-Pop roots but has them creating a new and vibrant sound.
14. Aofie O'Donovan - In the Magic Hour
One of the best voices in music today. Her voice will bring chills. This album is full of beauty and sadness...and you feel it.
15. Mystery Lights - Mystery Lights
Psychedelic Garage Rock at it's best, they deliver songs with hooks and lightening energy. The album feels live.