The Rocking Magpie’s Personal Favourite TOP 20 of 2017

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Rocking Magpie Favourite TOP 20 of 2017

It’s been another amazing and occasionally tearful year here at RMHQ during 2017; I had my own health issues at the beginning of the year and in late October Mrs Magpie was rushed to hospital for an emergency operation (you don’t need to know the details……but it was a very scary time for me) but during the year there was always MUSIC and some of the music I’ve listened to in 2017 has been staggeringly good (some quite poor and disappointing too!) but some of the discoveries I’ve shared will change your lives.

Strangely enough when checking the data we had 93 more visitors than 2016 but 117 less views! All of which still blows my mind after two short years of going solo due to musical and financial differences.

After reviewing 312 albums, singles and box-sets choosing Ten and only Ten favourite albums was nigh on impossible; so this year I’ve stretched the list to twenty…..but it could have been fifty.

My criteria for selecting this 20 was basically sitting down with a piece of paper, a pencil and three strong cups of coffee remembering albums that ‘touched’ me in some way. Some are from perennial favourites who continue to make new and interesting music, but a lot on this list are brand new artistes to me and took my breath away in some way.

20) Remedy Club – Lovers. Legends & Lost Causes
https://rockingmagpie.wordpress.com/2017/09/26/the-remedy-club-lovers-legends-lost-causes/
19) Heather Lynne Horton – Don’t Mess With Mrs Murphy
https://rockingmagpie.wordpress.com/2017/08/30/heather-lynne-horton-dont-mess-with-mrs-murphy/
18) Tift Merritt – Stitch of the World
https://rockingmagpie.wordpress.com/2017/01/09/tift-merritt-stitch-of-the-world/
17) Ray Wylie Hubbard – Tell The Devil
https://rockingmagpie.wordpress.com/2017/09/02/ray-wylie-hubbard-tell-the-devil/
16) Holy Moly & The Crackers – Salem
https://rockingmagpie.wordpress.com/2017/07/13/holy-moly-and-the-crackers-salem/
15) Slaid Cleaves – Ghosts on the Car Radio
https://rockingmagpie.wordpress.com/2017/06/03/slaid-cleaves-ghosts-on-the-car-radio/
14) Thornetta Davis – Honest Woman (released USA 2016 but UK in 2017!)
https://rockingmagpie.wordpress.com/2017/02/02/thornetta-davis-honest-woman/
13) Whitney Rose – Rule 62 (Mts Magpie’s #1)
https://rockingmagpie.wordpress.com/2017/09/26/whitney-rose-rule-62/
12) Martin Stephenson & the Daintees – Bayswater Rd
https://rockingmagpie.wordpress.com/2017/07/17/martin-stephenson-and-the-daintees-bayswater-road/
11) Otis Taylor – Fanticizing About Being Black
https://rockingmagpie.wordpress.com/2017/02/12/otis-taylor-fantacizing-about-being-black/
10) Strange Blue Dreams – Strange Blue Dreams
https://rockingmagpie.wordpress.com/2017/10/06/strange-blue-dreams-self-titled-cd/
09) Stephen Fearing – Every Soul’s a Sailor
https://rockingmagpie.wordpress.com/2016/12/29/stephen-fearing-every-souls-a-sailor/
08) Grainne Duffy – Where I Wanna Be
https://rockingmagpie.wordpress.com/2017/09/23/grainne-duffy-where-i-belong/
07) Hannah Johnson & The Brokenhearts – Shaken
https://rockingmagpie.wordpress.com/2017/06/29/hannah-johnson-shaken/
06) Jeremy Pinnell – Ties of Blood and Affection
https://rockingmagpie.wordpress.com/2017/08/30/jeremy-pinnell-ties-of-blood-and-affection/
05) Rob Vincent – I’ll Make The Most Of My Sins
https://rockingmagpie.wordpress.com/2017/01/23/robert-vincent-ill-make-the-most-of-my-sins/
04) Angaleena Presley – Wrangled
https://rockingmagpie.wordpress.com/2017/04/12/angaleena-presley-wrangled/
03) Ian McNabb – Smile, Star, Strong
https://rockingmagpie.wordpress.com/2017/04/26/ian-mcnabb-star-smile-strong/
02) Sam Outlaw – Tenderheart
https://rockingmagpie.wordpress.com/2017/04/12/sam-outlaw-tenderheart/

01) Chuck Prophet – Bobby Fuller Died For Our Sins
https://rockingmagpie.wordpress.com/2017/01/12/chuck-prophet-bobby-fuller-died-for-your-sins/

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4 thoughts on “The Rocking Magpie’s Personal Favourite TOP 20 of 2017

  1. Nice Top 20 Alan, some of them even made my Top 10 that submitted to No Depression. Good to see you put Stephen Fearing in (but left out the Blackie & Rodeo Kings album), Sam Outlaw I liked (looking forward to seeing him at Gosforth in the New Year, and whilst Chuck Prophet is a little too pinkish for me I just loved the track “If I was Connie Brittain”).
    My Top 10 include some obvious ones like Jason Isbell & Chris Stapleton, but also had Joey Landreth, Will Hoge, Bruce Robison, Sunny Sweeney, Southern Avenue and also Shinyribs.
    Good job we are all different.
    Hope you and the family have a good Christmas and very best wishes for a healthy, happy and successful 2018. Cheers Marra.

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