1. Dr. John - Locked Down
Easily my favorite of the year. One of Dr John’s best ever. His live show with this material was spectacular.
2. Farrar, Johnson, Parker, Yames - New Multitudes lyrics by Woody Guthrie
3. Dylan - Tempest
Dylan’s best of his last few records.
4. Bettye LaVette - Thankful N’ Thoughtful
The version of Savoy Brown’s I’m Tired is great.
5. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
6. Jack White - Blunderbuss
Cool version of Little Willie John’s I’m Shakin’
7. Calexico - Algiers
8. Neil Young - Americana
This was a big surprise. After reading the pre-release publicity I thought I’d hate it. The song list sounded like a Burl Ives record. But it is true blue Crazy Horse.
9. Van Morrison - No Plan B
10. Magnolia Mountain - Town and Country