Matt Schofield is a British Blues guitarist who has made quite a name for himself on the other side of the pond over the last couple of years. He reminds me quite a bit of Robben Ford in his playing. Definitely more polished than raw with some great vocals and never less than impressive playing. I hope he gets over here this year for a couple of shows.
I know is voice is shot now but it wasn't too bad when this was recorded back in 2008. I don't care about that. The shear joy that jumps out of the grooves is worth the price of admission. Levon Helm is an American classic!
Any record that starts off with a killer (pun intended) murder cut has to be good and this one is. Cruz Contreras and the rest of the Black Lillies have turned in one of the best Americana releases of the year. Tall trees is like some kind of bluegrass meets the Allman's with a kick of gospel mash up and it works really, really well. I've been playing this since it ended up in my ReviewShine inbox. I'm still playing in December.
And last but not least my favorite album of the year....
So there it is, my faves for 2011. It wasn't the best year ever but there were some really great releases. Let's hope 2012 is another good one.