The Best of 2014 is a much too limiting and exclusive term for my liking but since the Cafe flung open its doors in 1996 there has been an expectation that I should produce one.
There really is no such thing as the definitive best of anything - it's all subjective and can change on any given day or in any given mood.
The Daredevil Kid" by Craig Moreau is The Cosmic Cowboy Cafe's Album of 2014 because it was the album I played most for my own pleasure. I also love the fact that Craig Moreau has made the hard decision but inevitable decision to follow his muse or be led by his muse after a considerable absence form the music scene.
Led from Alberta, Calgary to Austin, Texas to record The Daredevil Kid.
The fact that "Sweet Luanne' is one of the best 'hooker" songs of ALL TIME also influenced my decision - "her momma was crazy, her daddy had a heavy hand ..".
This song stands proudly alongside Mickey Newbury's "San Francisco Mabel Joy", Townes Van Zandt's "Tecumseh Valley" and Paul Siebels "Louise".
I cannot possibly rank albums and the other 9 on my Top 10 are albums that gave me great pleasure during 2014.
Album Of The Year 2104
Craig Moreau - The Daredevil Kids
and in no particular order:
Brant Croucher - Blanco County Lights
Matt Harlan - Raven Hotel
Brad Boyer - Montagu Hotel
The Bastard Sons Of Johnny Cash - New Old Story
Stan Martin - Whiskey Morning
JP Harris And The Tough Choices - Home Is Where the Hurt Is
Doug Seegers - Going Down To The River
Arty Hill - Heart On My Dirty Sleeve
Artie Rodriguez - I'll Give You Something To Drink About
Australian Album Of The Year 2014
Mike McClellan - Dancing In The Rain