Joanne Shaw Taylor, the best modern blues-rock guitarist to establish themselves this decade, released her fifth studio album Wild today. After several listens today, I’m hooked.
Seeing a band of Von Hertzen Brothers’ quality and experience up close in a small venue was a rare opportunity and a treat for any live music fan. For VHB fans particularly, this was a great opportunity to catch them before they headline larger UK venues, which is where the band deserve to be.
Now is the season of top 10 lists and end-of-year reviews. This is my contribution to the interweb’s melting pot of unsought opinion. 2012 has been a year of rock for me. Old names resurfaced with surprising quality while plenty of new blood made great rock records and toured. In no particular order, here’s a rundown of my favourite albums released in 2012 plus a standout track from each album (shared on Spotify).
I’ve made a Spotify playlist of 10 blues tracks I’ve enjoyed listening to this summer:
- New Horizon by Royal Southern Brotherhood
- Saw My Mama Cryin by Walter Trout
- Jump That Train by Joanne Shaw Taylor
- Let Me In by Gráinne Duffy
- Somewhere Trouble Don’t Go by Joe Bonamassa
- Nickel Soul by WT Feaster Band
- Long Distance Lover by Cherry Lee Mewis
- What’s My Name by Henrik Freischlader
- Gotta Get Back Up by Laurence Jones
- Freedom at 21 by Jack White
Read on for a rundown of each artist and track.
I’ve made a visualisation showing the 50 artists I listened to most during 2010.
The size of the artist photo is proportional to the number of times I listened to any track by the artist.