The end of the 2014 is closing in and it’s been a great year for Blues fans. There was a ton of new albums this year. Some great debuts, terrific live albums, and a slew of interesting reissues. We at Blues Biscuits started this venture mid year and we’ve reviewed and covered a lot of great music since then. As most magazines do, we have compiled our list of favorite Blues CDs of 2014.
Our list is in no particular order, although I must say that for me, the album I keep playing over and over again this year is Dave & Phil Alvin’s Common Ground. It’s probably my favorite album this year in any genre. You can’t miss with these guys and their crack band covering Big Bill Broonzy. Phil & Dave singing and playing together is just as exhilarating as it was 35 years ago at the dawn of The Blasters’ career. If you didn’t get it yet, go get it right now or shoot an email to Santa and have him drop it in your stocking. If you already have it, you know what I’m talking about. Get a copy for all your roots and blues loving friends. You can find our review of the album here.
Thus, in no particular order, our 14 favorite Blues CDs of 2014:
Phil and Dave found Common Ground. Neither one wants to wear a pink bunny suit.
Whether it’s Jimmy Thackery playing music or Santa digging in his sack, the possibilities are Wide Open.
Time Is Coming for you to fill some stockings with this incredible album from Mato Nanji and Indigenous.
I’d gladly trade the 364 gifts from the 12 days of Christmas for one copy of Lucky 13.
When The Blues Came Callin’ Walter Trout sang loud for all to hear.
If you can’t decide on a last minute gift, TTB will help you with their Made Up Mind.
Gary Clark Jr. Live – This one will roast your chestnuts real good.
Santa kicks off his yearly ride with an Irish Tour. With all the raw energy in this deluxe box set, Santa will be done a little early this year.
While Santa is away, The Allman Brothers Band will Play. All Night.
Santa lets loose a Holler! every time he rides through the threshold of Hell!
What It Is is a F&#cking great album from a guy who looks a little bit like Burl Ives.
Don’t Call No Ambulance, just put the suit on and get in the sleigh.
You’ll find this in your stocking if you’ve been good, because Santa will Love The Way You Roll.
That’s it Biscuiteers, 14 CDs from 2014 we keep going back to more than the others.
Happy Holidays everyone. It’s a Festivus for the rest of us!!!