Welcome to my 7th annual list of favorite albums of the year. My musical taste tends towards alt-country, southern rock, and related genres; if that is not your thing then you may not enjoy this list. That’s fine, there are lots of other lists out there that you may enjoy.
This year I am going to do something differently, rather than attempting to put this list in order counting down to my favorite amongst favorites, I am going to list them in alphabetical order by artist name. To be up front, my far and away favorite album of 2015 is Blackberry Smoke’s Holding All the Roses. Click play and scroll down to see the list.
2015 was a great year for music, here are my favorite 10 albums from this year.
Anne McCue: Blue Sky Thinkin’. This singer songwriter from Australia channels Patsy Cline’s voice with the jazz instrumentation of Billy Holliday. Think smoke filled bar room and a sultry band with a sexy singer on a Saturday night maybe 70 years ago. Yes, it is that good.
Blackberry Smoke: Holding All the Roses. I’ve been following this southern rock outfit for a few years and finally got a chance to see them live last year in Missouri. They continue to impress with their tight lyrics and tighter instrumentation, I consider Blackberry Smoke to be the epitome of southern rock in the modern era.
The Bottle Rockets: South Broadway Athletic Club. Is this band really 23 years old? That means I’ve been listening to them for over 20 years and they have a sound that never grows stale. This is classic Bottle Rockets and an impressive release from Bloodshot Records.
Corb Lund: Things That Can’t Be Undone. Corb Lund and the Hurtin’ Albertins are country from Canada’s hinterlands. This is their most accessible album to date, a vast array of music showing the bands versatility.
The Deslondes: The Deslondes. This debut album is a style that I am really appreciating these days, hardcore country with nary a hint of western. Looking forward to more from this band.
Ryan Bingham: Fear and Saturday Night. This cowboy is back with another Americana album that leaves you shaken. His raspy voice and erudite lyrics are some of the best currently being recorded.
Shakey Graves: Nobody’s Fool. This Americana band out of Austin continues to carry the torch for America’s music city.
Sugarcane Jane: Dirt Road’s End. This tight American band will leave you gasping for more, give a listen and you will see what I mean.
Turnpike Troubadours: The Turnpike Troubadours. Today’s preeminent red dirt band out of, where else, Oklahoma.
Wrinkle Neck Mules: I Never Thought it Would Go This Far. The 6th album from this Virginia based roots country band is well worth listening to…go check it out.