In the end, it was a very good year for music.
Albums of a quality that last year would have made my list, went by the wayside in 2015.
I probably didn’t listen to as varied an assortment this year, for whatever reason.
There were new voices, notably Chris Stapleton, whose album I got before the bandwagon left; John Moreland, a powerful Midwestern voice, and Joan Shelley, who sounds a bit like a British folkie, but calls Kentucky home.
And, yes, in case you are wondering, several of these artists likely will appear at North Shore Point House Concerts in 2016.
Jason Isbell – “Something More Than Free.”
Chris Stapleton – “Traveller.”
Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit.”
Joan Shelley – “Over and Even.”
Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin – “Lost Time.”
John Moreland – “High on Tulsa Heat.”
Della Mae — “Della Mae.”
James McMurtry – “Complicated Game.”
Whitney Rose – ‘Heartbreaker of the Year.”
Kevin Gordon – “Long Gone Time.”
Eilen Jewell – Sundown Over Ghost Town.”
Gretchen Peters – “Blackbirds.”
Jimmy LaFave — “The Night Tribe.”
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band — “Live at the Agora 1978” (online download).
David Ramirez – “Fables.”