The Rolling Stones – Emotional Rescue

This is a solid blues-based rock n roll album that has flares of funky disco, big band rock with horns and pianos, punk rock lite, and stripped down coffee house music.

Hiss Golden Messenger – Hallelujah Anyhow

It is an album with an unobtrusive sound that is a perfect companion soundtrack to some relaxing time spent on your couch.

Darkness Falls

This record is generic-sounding, female-led, modern alternative that belongs on the soundtrack of a Wes Anderson movie……so long as you place the song titles symmetrically on the back cover.

Judy Garland – A Star Is Born

This record is an excellent example of Judy Garland’s superhuman skills.  She sings with a soft power and draws you in with the wisp in her voice before she blows you away.  

Ryan Adams – 29

Portions of 29 also give me the vibe that I am in some professional office and waiting patiently in a chair while a secretary types away and an intern is filing papers.

Shoji Tabuchi

Shoji is simply amazing.  His fiddling prowess is akin to Bob Wills and Charlie Daniels.

The White Stripes – The Red Demos

If you are interested to hear part of the creative process that went into making the Grammy award-winning swan song of one of the most influential bands of the past 30 years, then you should seek this record out.

Nikki Lane – Highway Queen

She sounds like she stepped out of the hills of East Tennessee in the late 60s.  There is a seductive smoothness to her raspy, breathy voice.

Goat – Requiem

What it sounds like to me is the soundtrack that should be playing in the gift shop after you get off of the Disney Jungle Cruise or maybe it is the music you hear in the waiting room of the spa that is in the hotel where you stay during your down time while on safari in Africa.  

Mastodon – Emperor Of Sand

This record sounds like what Black Sabbath could have evolved into if Ozzy had stayed clean and the 80s never happened.

Osmosis Jones

This album could easily be disc 7 of Time Life’s 14 disc set of early 2000s Top 40.

Howlin’ Wolf

Howlin’ Wolf’s vocal work has that I-have-seen-some-shit-that-you-would-not-believe-type of feel to it.  He is the kind of guy that you do not want to mess with, but want to hang around so you can hear his stories.

Willie Nelson and Leon Russell – One For The Road

My knowledge of Leon Russell is very limited: I know that he is greatly respected in the music world; I know he has worked with some of the greatest musicians to walk the Earth; I know that my uncle tells a story about sleeping with his wife one time.

Neal Hefti – Hefti In Gotham City

Hefti in Gotham City sounds like you have been teleported back in time to New York City in the mid-1960s and have wandered into a big band jazz club filled with men in suits, cigarette smoke, expensive cocktails, and gorgeous women.

Run The Jewels 3

Killer Mike and El-P create a hip hop sound like no other.  Run The Jewels 3 is an album you can put on the turntable and jam.  

Cody Jinks – I’m Not The Devil

The cry of the pedal steel on I’m Not The Devil is sometimes heartbreaking; the fiddle solos somehow make you feel lonely; the lyrics can cause a sadness to well up inside that waters your eyes, but brings along with it a small grin.

Southern Family

I want to get drunk to this record.  I want to cry with this record.  I want to make love to this record.

Avenged Sevenfold – The Stage

The Stage sounds like Andrew Lloyd Webber dropped acid, went to a Rush concert, and decided to hire metal musicians to play the soundtrack to his drug-induced visions.

Willie and the Poor Boys

Willie and the Poor Boys jams when it comes to rocking out on a piano and can hold its own against any similar record.

Avatar -Black Waltz

It is the type of album that you listen to with your friends while wearing black t-shirts and playing pool in a smoke-filled basement with that one overweight girl there in the corner because she just wants to be included.

Tennessee Jet – Reata

Reata is haunting.  The music hangs heavy in the air and it allows you to breathe it in.  

Miranda Lambert – The Weight Of These Wings

It is a collection of songs that will allow you to sit alone with a beer and think about loves you have lost, maybe make a tear well up, and help you feel like you are better off without them in your life; it does everything a good country album should do.

Brother O’Brother – Show Pony

Brother O’Brother is not playing dress up and doing their best to imitate other, more famous, two-piece rock bands.  Brother O’Brother is an amalgamation of those bands with their own special flare.  

Mudcrutch – Mudcrutch 2

This is a solid record that satisfies an itch for new music that sounds like old music.  Also, I imagine that this album sounds better with a little marijuana.

Johnny Horton’s Greatest Hits

Make your kids listen to this album and have them look up the stories behind the songs.  Hell, you and I should do the same.

Brent Cobb – Shine On Rainy Day

Brent Cobb is a country folk singer.  But more than that, he sounds like John Denver’s ghost made a baby with James Taylor and they named that baby Brent Cobb.  

Tiger Army – V

Most of this album sounds like it is straight out of the 50s.

Pistol Annies – Annie Up

It sounds like a group of friends having a good time pickin’ and grinnin’ on the porch, but their supreme professional talents keep this record from sounding subpar.  

Elton John – 11-17-70

I am sure that the people in the studio were not aware of the fact that they were witnessing a legend create musical magic.

Whiskey Myers – Mud

The fact that Whiskey Myers exists in 2016 and not in 1977 is pretty strong evidence that time travel is possible.

Foo Fighters

This album sounds modern, but it is not trapped in a specific time frame.

Butch Walker – Stay Gold

For most of Stay Gold Butch has a Springsteen-ness about him that is hard to explain, but it definitely exists.

The Best of The Animals

The songs that fill this record were hits for a reason; you can tap your toes, nod your head, and sing along.

Michael Bolton

Listening to this album makes me wonder how many artists and albums were lost in the shuffle during the 80s.

The Doors – L.A. Woman

There is not a lot of overproduction on this album.  It sounds unrefined and gritty, but also clean at the same time.

Hellyeah – Unden!able

Unden!able is hard, fast, pounding metal.  It is the type of album that I’d want spinning in the weight room when I played football in high school. 

Sunflower Dead

If you like Korn, Disturbed, and early Staind you will like this album.