- RON SEXSMITH: BLUE BOY: 2001: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Sexsmith’s 5th album and this was the one where I discovered him. I had read where Steve Earle had produced the album by this fella and that was good enough for me. It is still my favorite Sexsmith album. After hearing it a couple times I had to order his other four albums that were out at the time. Once of my favorite songwriters of the past twenty years. It is hard to distinguish Sexsmith albums they have been all consistently strong. Favorites on this album- This Song, Cheap Hotel, Don’t Ask Why, Just My Heart Talkin’ and Fallen. Terrific pop music.
- DON HENLEY: CASS COUNTY: 2015: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Henley’s first solo album in fifteen years. It’s a shame because I have always thought highly of his solo career. A country music album- no not of the garbage country music that is so popular today but more of a traditional country music- Merle Haggard even appears on a song. A number of country stars and musicians appear on the album- Vince Gill, Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, Martina McBride.. even Mick Jagger makes an appearance.
- ATLANTIC RHYTHM AND BLUES: VOL 1. 1947-74: 1991: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: One of the best box sets ever- 8 discs. The set goes in chronological order and covers the great songs by the great artists who were on the groundbreaking label. Ray Charles, Otis Redding, The Drifters, The Coasters, Wilson Pickett, Sam&Dave, Aretha Franklin etc. I like listening to this set at least a couple times a year. The beginnings of rock and roll and more.
- STEVE EARLE: I’LL NEVER GET OUT OF THIS WORLD ALIVE: 2011: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The title track is a cover of an old Hank Williams classic. Other standouts- Waitin’ For The Sky, Little Emperor, The Gulf Of Mexico, Every Part Of Me.
also listened to this weeks edition of Celtic Crush on The Loft.