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.
Fred’s Country Fried Rock
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.
Jackson Taylor’s ‘Cantina del Diablo’ reminds us that underneath the fun-loving, boozy persona we often see, there’s a damned good songwriter.
Whiskey Myers boasts a classic Southern rock sound, but they also draw from modern rock, country and the Red Dirt scene.
With “Rock ‘n’ Roll Again,” Blackberry Smoke got my toes tapping. There’s not much more you can ask for from this type of song.
I still can’t figure out why this wasn’t a huge summer hit.
Fred Phillips’ Mid-Year Best of 2014 (Southern Rock and Country): Bob Wayne, Sturgill Simpson, Mat D, Jackson Taylor, Willie Nelson
Sturgill Simpson? The genuine article. Bob Wayne? Back with his best ever.
There might not be a more pure and genuine underground country artist.
This long-awaited EP finds Leroy Virgil seemingly growing up. Is that a good thing?
Back to Back Bar, Bossier City, Louisiana: Sometimes, it’s the whole experience that will make a show you’ll never forget as opposed to just a fantastic performance on stage.