A very topical album, a group of overlooked Southern rockers and the return of a country legend highlight this Best Country and Southern Rock of 2016 list.
Preston Frazier lists his five Best Concerts of 2016, with two special honorable mentions.
The show was an hour and a half late. Audience members were understandably nervous. Then, in strode Billy Joe Shaver — all 77 years of him.
Blackberry Smoke’s last album needed a little more grit. If “Waiting for the Thunder” is any indication, maybe we’ll get some of that back.
I wasn’t going to listen to Steven Tyler’s new country-influenced album, but I’m such an Aerosmith fanboy that I unfortunately just couldn’t resist.
The two words that repeatedly came to my mind during Lyle Lovett’s concert were “generosity” and “faith.”
Listening to Jackson Taylor’s latest record, one has to wonder if the hell-raising country rocker has reached a crossroads.
“I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party” reveals the Beatles’ country and rockabilly roots, even as it foreshadows – like much of ‘Beatles for Sale’ – the musical changes to come.
This won’t compete with those classic late-1970s and early-1980s records, but it does seem that Hank Williams Jr. has found his way again. It’s about time.
Once again Lucinda Williams excels at making her pain, perseverance and hope relatable to ours, like few others can.