STOCKI'S FAVOURITE 5 ROCK BIOGRAPHIES OF 2017
STOCKI'S RECORDS OF 2017 - #30-21

STOCKI'S RECORDS OF 2017 - #40-31

As I attempted to put my favourite albums of the year in order I realised what a great year it has been for albums. I had to leave out Nadia Reid, Old Crow Medicine Show, Kevin Max, Elbow and Fionn Regan among others! We begin the countdown here...

 

40 LAURA MARLING - SEMPER FEMINA

Laura Marling Semper

Marling can write a song and this might be the album that most connected with my tastes.

 

39 NA LEANAI SANDS - BRANCHING OUT

Na Leanai

The children of the Sands songwriting dynasty of South Down, they are The Corrs with depth and soul. Worth a placing just for their cover of Mike Scott’s Bring Em All In.

 

38. JOHN MORELAND - BIG BAD LUV

John Moreland Big Bad

Treading the same terrain as Jason Isbell this was a late discovery through the exquisite taste of my colleague Paul Bowman. Looking forward to exploring more of this guy. 

 

37. JEFF TWEEDY - TOGETHER AT LAST

Tweedy Together

Tweedy does his Wilco hits acoustic. 

 

36.  LUKE SITAL SINGH - TIME IS A RIDDLE

Sital Singh Riddle

Singh headed to Donegal to unwrap this next collection of his gifted songs.

 

35. THE LONE BELLOW - WALK INTO A STORM

Lone Bellow Storms

I missed these guys until 2017. How? Described by No Depression magazine as Country Soul, it is at the most accessible end of Americana for sure!

 

34. BRUCE COCKBURN - BONE ON BONE

Cockburn Bone On Bone

Not my favourite Cockburn record but there are a few gems as always, 40 Years In The Wilderness and Jesus Train are favourites.

 

33. BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA - ALMOST HOME

Blind Boys

The Blind Boys on the Gospel side as they head towards the other shore. Gospel Blues at its very best.

 

32.  YVONNE LYON - METANOIA

Yvonne Metanoia

Yvonne is becoming on of the UK’s best writers and this is another album of quality and depth.

 

31. DAVID CROSBY - SKY TRAILS

Crosby Sky

The meandering blues instrumentation of Sky Trails made it less immediate to me than his Croz record a few years ago but his cover of Joni Mitchell’’s Amelia is beaut!

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