Briefs: OA Top Ten Albums October 31, 2008

1. Rodney Crowell, “Sex and Gasoline.” Rodney really hit his stride about 10 years ago, and he has been on a roll ever since. His latest CD is proof that he is still one great songwriter, who I hope hasn’t yet reached his peak.

2. Lucinda Williams, “Little Honey.” Another great singer/songwriter with an excellent new release on her hands. Williams has found love, and it shows in her most uplifting music since “Car Wheels on A Gravel Road.”

3. Little Feat and Friends, “Join the Band.” When a bunch of friends get together to celebrate a great band’s music, the results are usually favorable. Little Feat is a great band and this is a fun and great CD to listen to.

4. Old Crow Medicine Show, “Tennessee Pusher.” This great young band was through our town several years before it signed a recording contract. This, the band’s third record, is probably its best and most accessible recording to date.

5. Todd Snider, “Peace Queer.” Snider is a cross between Jimmy Buffett and John Prine. But he is ornerier than both of them. This eight-song EP is full of clever, socially significant songs.

6. Bob Dylan, “Tell Tale Signs.” The world’s greatest songwriter and a modern day Shakespeare, Dylan presents a 27 song collection of rare and unreleased gems from 1989–2006. It’s proof that he is still as sharp as a tack when it comes to writing songs. Brilliant!

7. Grateful Dead, “Rocking the Cradle: Egypt 1978.” This terrific set has two CDs and one DVD featuring the best from the legendary four nights at the Great Pyramids of Egypt. It must have really been something to see. Now you can have a part of it.

8. Dion, “Heroes.” Dion, still armed with a great voice, pays tribute to his heroes, who just happen to be the early pioneers of rock ’n’ roll. From Chuck Berry to Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens with songs such as “Summertime Blues,” “Rave On,” “Let’s Go” and “Dream Baby,” among others.

9. Susan Tedeschi, “Back to the River.” Tedeschi has rounded into a great singer/songwriter and player and it is all on display on this excellent recording featuring guest appearances from hubby Derek Trucks and former Jayhawk Gary Louris.

10. Buddy Guy, “Skin Deep.” This is Guy’s first recording of original material, and, as expected, it is a guitar dominated sound. It is also one of the great blues records of this year. Don’t miss this if you are a blues fan.


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