This week a friend described 2017 as the “Hold my beer, y’all!” to a difficult 2016 for many folks. Music, though, soothes souls. In that regard, 2017 was stellar. Country Fried Rock’s Top 5 of 2017, in alphabetical order by songwriters’ first names:
Porter was a dear friend to many folks connected to Country Fried Rock. We chatted with several of the musicians who helped make his final album. Prior to recording DGBIGGWWY, Porter described the record as “We’re gonna get weird.” They got loud and had fun.
MC Taylor’s latest album should be in everyone’s playlists. Hiss Golden Messenger made a cohesive album to share that life is to be lived, no matter is going on around us. Hallelujah Anyhow is a light in the darkness. Music saves.
John Moreland has been a core songwriter for Country Fried Rock since before the first Couch by Couchwest. His latest album is so much fun, and the king of sad bastard songs stays true to himself while making a heckuva upbeat, dance-able record.
There’s actually a “missing” Country Fried Rock podcast featuring Jon Latham that has a terrible hiss in the audio file, so we have not shared it yet. We found an audio engineer who is working his magic, and we hope to share that conversation in January. Better late than never. Lifers is now on vinyl, so jump on it while you can!
Lilly Hiatt’s latest record lands on many end-of-year lists, including ours. Trinity Lane is pleasant on the first listen, but gets into your head by the third session. Hiatt has grown as a performer, too. We saw her in different configurations (solo, acoustic with band, rocking hard with her band) for several shows this year, and each one was better than the last. Stop referring to her in her father’s shadow; Hiatt stands on her own as a songwriter and performer.