So many great releases this year that I forgot to make mention of Willie Nelson's Heroes. This is Willie's most consistently good album for many years. His son, Lukas,contributes three of his own songs and vocals. His brother Micah Nelson also appears on the final track with Lukas.
Other guest include Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Billy Joe Shaver, Ray Price, Jamey Johnson, Sheryl Crow (who caught Willie's "gotta duet with everybody" disease long ago) and Snoop Dogg.
Last night Tom the Teacher (retired) joined me for what was our 5th annual "The Year That Was" show.
Here are Tom's Top 10 albums for 2012:
1. Chris Wall - El Western Motel
2. Willie Nelson - Heroes
3. Gary P. Nunn - One Way Or Another
4. James Hand - Mighty Lonesome Man
5. Todd Fritsch - Up There In The Saddle
6. Leyla Fences - Itty Bitty Twang Twang
7. Kelly Spinks - Right Out Of This World
8. Tim Culpepper - Pourin' Whiskey On Pain
2012 saw a slew of fantastic
This is the first time in 16
years I've wimped out and had a shared #1 album of the year.
Leyla Fences “Itty Bitty Twang
Twang” was my favourite album for the last half of the year, then Chris Wall
releases his first album in 10 years “El Western Motel” and rockets to the #1
I could not possibly split them.
Chris Wall - along with the 2 Toms (Russell & Pacheco) is the most literate song writer of out time - music like Chris Wall's
is the reason I have been presenting my radio show for the last 16 years.
It's only taken Chris Wall ten years for to follow up "Just Another Place" with "El Western Motel" on his Cold Spring Record label.
Texas music's most literate songwriter is still exploring his favourite themes of love lost and the trials and tribulations of performing.
The album's one page say's it all:
Like all of Wall’s previous
work, El Western Motel pulls no punches and dodges no attacks. It’s equal parts
mea culpa, apology, and defiant bluster bolstered by the usual assortment of
concise, insightful lyrics that have been a hallmark of Wall’s career.
* Charlie Roth - Tartan Cactus Heart
See the video of Home to Me on my Music page
* Gary P. Nunn - One Way Or Another
A classic album of Texas Music from one of the genre's enduring masters
* Jerry Jeff Walker - Live from Austin TX (double cd)
This is Jerry Jeff at the peak of his powers recorded in 1984 at Dixie's Bar & Bus Stop
* Walt Wilkins - Plenty
Songs from the Texas hill country
* Jimmy LaFave - Depending On The Distance
Jimmy's usual mix of original songs and Dylan covers - he does Dylan better than Bob.
When I say I play "Texas' music on the show some people ask how come I play Ronny Elliott who's from Florida or Charlie Roth who is from Minnesota or The Far West who are from California - the list goes on. Well I guess Texas music to me is an attitude, not a place. You don't get much more Texas music attitude than Bill Chambers (Kasey's dad) and he's an Aussie