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
19) Heather Lynne Horton – Don’t Mess With Mrs Murphy
18) Tift Merritt – Stitch of the World
17) Ray Wylie Hubbard – Tell The Devil
16) Holy Moly & The Crackers – Salem
15) Slaid Cleaves – Ghosts on the Car Radio
14) Thornetta Davis – Honest Woman (released USA 2016 but UK in 2017!)
13) Whitney Rose – Rule 62 (Mts Magpie’s #1)
12) Martin Stephenson & the Daintees – Bayswater Rd
11) Otis Taylor – Fanticizing About Being Black
10) Strange Blue Dreams – Strange Blue Dreams
09) Stephen Fearing – Every Soul’s a Sailor
08) Grainne Duffy – Where I Wanna Be
07) Hannah Johnson & The Brokenhearts – Shaken
06) Jeremy Pinnell – Ties of Blood and Affection
05) Rob Vincent – I’ll Make The Most Of My Sins
04) Angaleena Presley – Wrangled
03) Ian McNabb – Smile, Star, Strong
02) Sam Outlaw – Tenderheart
01) Chuck Prophet – Bobby Fuller Died For Our Sins