Sunday, November 2, 2014

Favorites of 2014 (November Update)

We're in the last quarter of 2014, and here are my favorite recordings of the year so far.
  1. Hurray For The Riff Raff: Small Town Heroes
  2. Sam Amidon: Lily-O
  3. Willie Watson: Folk Singer Vol. 1
  4. Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn: Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
  5. Anaïs Mitchell: Xoa
  6. Cahalen Morrison & Eli West: I'll Swing My Hammer With Both My Hands
  7. Flaco Jiménez & Max Baca: Legends & Legacies
  8. Phønix: Nu
  9. Boulpik: Konpa Lakay
  10. Juaneco Y Su Combo: The Birth Of Jungle Cumbia (2013 release)
Hurray For The Riff Raff, an Americana band from New Orleans led by Alynda Lee Segarra, remains my record of the year, and Segarra's song "The Body Electric" is still my song of the year.

A couple of fairly new banjo-charged records are in heavy rotation right now. American-born, London-based Sam Amidon has captured me with his re-workings of traditional tunes. Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn have put out an impressive double banjo record that expertly merges their distinct individual styles.

The rest of my list is a mix of old-time, conjunto, twoubadou, cumbia, and music I don't know how to label.

You can compare this to the last list I made in July.

Here's a playlist with songs from these albums and a few more favorites of 2014.