Goal is to listen to 1500 different albums in a 12 month period.
TODAY listened to 7 different albums. Total for 115 different days- 737 different albums- on pace for 2339 different albums.
- FOSTER & LLOYD: FOSTER & LLOYD: 1987: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Foster and Lloyd’s debut and most successful both commercially and artistically- they had three county hits on this one- Crazy Over You, Sure Thing and What Do You Want From Me This Time? -all hit the Top 10- a 4th single- Texas in 1880 peaked at #18. Not a bad song in the lot-they are like the Everly Brothers meet The Byrds.
- FOSTER & LLOYD: FASTER AND LOUDER: 1989: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Nearly as good as the debut- “Fair Shake” was a top 10 country hit- co-written by the great Guy Clark. If all country music during that period [or especially today} could be this good.
- FOSTER & LLOYD: VERSION OF THE TRUTH: 1990: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Their least successful none of the singles reached the top 40 which tells you more about country radio than it does about Foster and Lloyd. Their final album [until coming back with one in 2011} The songs are good but not as strong as the first two albums-but still pretty darn good.
- GUY CLARK: DUBLIN BLUES: 1995: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A songwriter’s songwriter- A craftsman. What makes a performer a success? Clark never sold many albums or had any hit singles but he was one of the great Americana songwriters and he influenced many – Steve Earle [who wrote a tribute song to him on his new album} and Rodney Crowell were especially close to him- many others were too- he was considered a great teacher. Record sales- doesn’t measure greatness- if Clark had sold albums/ singles equal to his greatness he’d be a household word. This is a great album- full of great songs.
- GUY CLARK: BETTER DAYS: 1983: 4 OUT OF 5 STARS: Includes one of his most famous songs ” The Randall Knife” and a cover of Townes Van Zandt’s No Deal. Produced by Rodney Crowell. Another collection of excellent songs.
- DRIVE-BY-TRUCKERS: AMERICAN BAND: 2016: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Their most political album and their shortest. The songwriters- Patterson and Cooley both are great storytellers and they take on a number of political issues- which they do in an interesting manner. Their best album in a while and one of the best albums of 2016.
- FLEETWOOD MAC: TUSK: 1979: Their eagerly awaited follow up to Rumours- it disappointed a lot of people because it wasn’t Rumours II- but I quite liked it. My favorite songs were the Buckingham songs Not That Funny and What Makes You Think Your The One. A fan of Buckingham and Christine McVie- not so much of Stevie Nicks. The lead single “Tusk” I liked but was surely a different type of single than most people would have expected. This was their “White Album” and Lindsey Buckingham was the dominate force on this.