Goal is to listen to 1500 different albums in a 12 month period.


  • JOHN PRINE: JOHN PRINE: 1971. 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. It is hear to believe that John Prine was only 24 years old when he recorded this album. Could a 24 year old have the observations that Prine makes in these songs? {Van Morrison was only 23 when he wrote “Astral Weeks” which also blows me away.} The best Prine album still and includes one of my top 10 favorite songs ever “Paradise”}
  • THE MASTERSONS: BIRDS FLY SOUTH:2012. 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. Husband-wife duo. I discovered them-when they opened for Steve Earle and then were part of his backing band at a concert. Americana. Very catchy songs.
  • NICK LOWE: AT MY AGE:2007. 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. Nick in his late 50’s-writing songs about being in his late 50’s. Who would have seen this happening back in the 1980s?
  • R.E.M. AUTOMATIC FOR THE PEOPLE: 1992. 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. R.E.M’s best album and they made a lot of good ones. Strange looking back on their career this was their 8th album. Up to this point I would have said they haven’t made an album to that wasn’t outstanding. After this- the remaining seven albums were mixed bags.
  • RANDY TRAVIS: STORMS OF LIFE; 1986. 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. The mid-1980′, a number of new country artists with a lot of promise- Dwight Yoakam, Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett andRandy Travis. This was all before the Anti-Hank-Barf Brooks came along. My brother turned me on to this album. “The storms of life are washin’ me away”… One of the best songs on the album “Diggin’ Up Bones” credited to Al Gore and Overstreet- Al Gore helped right this! I couldn’t believe that. Turns out it was another Al Gore. Hey he invented the internet you never know…
  • ART BLAKEY- KEN BURNS JAZZ: 2000. 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. Another release from the Ken Burns Jazz series. I was unfamiliar with Blakey’s music up to this point.