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.