Top Ten Albums of 2019

I try to do something different every year for my album of the year list, so this year I wrote a little poem for each of my top ten albums. Let me know which albums you loved this year in the comments! Honorable Mentions The Saint of Lost Causes – Justin Townes Earle, New AgeContinue reading “Top Ten Albums of 2019”

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Top 10 Albums of 2018

I am always looking to challenge myself when I make these lists so they don’t get stale. For this year’s list each album will get one more sentence about it than the album before. So, No. 10 gets one sentence, No. 9 gets two, etc. Like every year, I didn’t realize how much great musicContinue reading “Top 10 Albums of 2018”

Lecrae Is One of The Most Influential Men In America

Bun B, Kendrick Lamar, Big K.R.I.T. Tim Keller, John Piper, Louie Giglio. Bubba Watson, Justin Forsett, Steph Curry. The first three: famous, critically-acclaimed rappers. Keller, Piper, and Giglio? Well-known white pastors in their 50s and 60s. Two-time Masters champion Watson, Baltimore Ravens running back Forsett, and newly-crowned NBA MVP Curry round out the group. TheContinue reading “Lecrae Is One of The Most Influential Men In America”

Andy Mineo Is For The People

Politicians would dream of the crowd Andy Mineo recently had at his show at the Texas Theater on the campus of The University of Texas at Arlington. College and high school kids got hyped next to middle-aged people, some with their children. The hands bobbing in the air, from the front row to the backContinue reading “Andy Mineo Is For The People”

Top Albums of 2017 – 5-1

My Top 5 features a few artists you would expect and a few you wouldn’t. As always, there’s a band that I would have never guessed I would put in a Top 10 list (The National) and some that I absolutely would have expected (Jd McPherson, U2, and Jason Isbell) and then a newcomer (JulienContinue reading “Top Albums of 2017 – 5-1”

Top Albums of 2017 – No. 10-6

My music lists tend to be eclectic as they usually reflect different things about me. One, I tend to lean on musicians that I have admired and like for a long time. It should be no surprise that Cold War Kids or Andy Mineo make the list. The other thing my lists often reflect isContinue reading “Top Albums of 2017 – No. 10-6”

Top Albums of 2017 – Honorable Mentions

I’ve been making top ten album lists since 2012 and I’ve done them in different formats every time. This year I’ve broken it down into three posts: The Honorable Mentions, 10-6, and 5-1. First up is the honorable mentions. These albums should all feel honored just to be mentioned by me. Everything Now, Arcade Fire – NoContinue reading “Top Albums of 2017 – Honorable Mentions”

Every Cold War Kids Song, Ranked

Check this post out on my new music Medium page the Ramble. Cold War Kids have been one of my favorite bands since I first started listening to them in 2007. I’ve anticipated the release of each of their new albums, and even when an album has disappointed me a bit, they still have redeemingContinue reading “Every Cold War Kids Song, Ranked”

Top Ten Albums of 2016

I will remember 2016 musically as the year of the unexpected album. There were great releases from bands that we thought were never going to get back together (A Tribe Called Quest), bands that I thought were well past releasing anything worth listening to (Radiohead), and a guy who I haven’t liked anything else he’sContinue reading “Top Ten Albums of 2016”

Anderson East Steps Out Of The Nashville Shadows

He’s from the same hometown as Alabama Shakes and his album was produced by the same guy who produced the latest albums by Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, and Chris Stapleton. But Anderson East is set to make a name for himself with his excellent new release Delilah. It’s a bold step out of the shadows of those industryContinue reading “Anderson East Steps Out Of The Nashville Shadows”