Music Tracking 2015

These are 2015 releases that I've taken note of, listed alphabetically by artist, with VA comps at the bottom. My grades, where available, are in brackets at the end of the line (stars in B+ range). Lines in blue indicate that I have a physical copy (albeit sometimes just a promo CDR); in green are records that I graded based on a Rhapsody stream or other such source. Most records have release dates and a brief generic note (usually taken from AMG).

Unheard records are prioritized 0-3 (graded records are 4-5). The priotization is based subjectively on personal interests, reviews I've noticed, reviewers I particularly respect, what I know about the artists, etc. Roughly speaking: 0 is something I have no reason to consider (default page omits 0); 1 has been noted as having some cred somewhere; 2 is something I have some specific reason to search out; 3 is something I'll listen to ASAP.

Option selectors:

Genre switches (selection not implemented yet):

Notes also include scores from review sources:

And after a semicolon:

  • RC: Robert Christgau's Expert Witness: letter grades, 1-2-3 * for HMs

New Releases

  • ERR: grade bad priority: Algiers: Algiers
  • Ryan Bingham: Fear and Saturday Night (Azater Bingham) [01-20] - alt country/rock -- PM:80
  • Norman Blake: Wood, Fire & Words (Plectratone) [01-20] - neo-trad folk -- PM:70
  • Zac Brown Band: Jekyl + Hyde (Republic) [04-28] - country -- BB:70
  • Luke Bryan: Kill the Lights (Capitol Nashville) [08-07] - country -- BB:70
  • Buxton: Half a Native (New West) [03-03] - alt-country
  • Cam: Welcome to Cam Country (Arista Nashville, EP) [03-31] - [B]
  • Cam: Untamed (Arista Nashville) [12-11] - countr [**]
  • Kasey Chambers: Bittersweet (Sugar Hill) [07-24] - alt-country -- MT:* [B]
  • Eric Church: Mr Misunderstood (Capitol Nashville) [11-05] - country [**]
  • Andrew Combs: All These Dreams (Colin) [03-03] - alt-country -- PM:60
  • Easton Corbin: About to Get Real (Mercury Nashville) [07-03] - country [B]
  • The Cox Family: Gone Like the Cotton (Rounder) [10-23] - bluegrass
  • Iris Dement: The Trackless Woods (Flariella) [08-07] - folk -- MT:C+
  • The Deslondes: The Deslondes (New West) [06-05] - [B]
  • Kristin Diable: Create Your Own Mythology (Speakeasy) [02-24] - [B]
  • Justin Townes Earle: Absent Fathers (Loose Music) [01-13] - alt/indie rock -- AV:75, CS:67 [*]
  • Steve Earle & the Dukes: Terraplane (New West) [02-17] - modern blues -- CS:67, P:91, Pf:63, PM:60, RS:70; RC:** [**]
  • Brett Eldredge: Illinois (Rhino) [09-11] - country -- BB:70
  • Joe Ely: Panhandle Rambler (Rack 'Em) [09-18] - [**]
  • Frazey Ford: Indian Ocean (Nettwerk) [10-14] -
  • Kinky Friedman: The Loneliest Man I Ever Met (Avenue A) - -- RC:*** [**]
  • Jake Fussell: Jake Xerxes Fussell (Paradise of Bachelors) [01-27] - folk -- PM:80
  • The Gibson Brothers: Brotherhood (Rounder) [02-24] - bluegrass
  • Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell: The Traveling Kind (Nonesuch) [05-12] - Americana -- P:85 [*]
  • Ray Wylie Hubbard: The Ruffian's Misfortune (Bordello) [04-07] - Americana -- P:90, PM:60 [A-]
  • Sam Hunt: Between the Pines: Acoustic Mixtape (MCA Nashville) [10-27] - country [B]
  • Alan Jackson: Angels and Alcohol (Capitol Nashville) [07-17] - contemporary country [A-]
  • Jason James: Jason James (New West) [08-21] - country-pop
  • Chris Janson: Buy Me a Boat (Warner Nashville) [10-30] - country
  • Toby Keith: 35 Mph Town (Show Dog Nashville) [10-09] - country -- BB:80 [B]
  • Jana Kramer: Thirty One (Elektra Nashville) [10-09] - country
  • The Lowest Pair: The Sacred Heart Sessions (Team Love) [02-24] - Americana -- P:85
  • Old Man Luedecke: Domestic Eccentric (True North) [07-24] - [***]
  • Corb Lund: Things That Can't Be Undone (New West) [10-09] - neo-trad country
  • Shelby Lynne: I Can't Imagine (New Rounder) [05-05] - Americana -- P:92 [B]
  • Maddie & Tae: Start Here (Dot) [08-28] - contemporary country -- BB:80; MT:* [*]
  • Steve Martin & Edie Brickell: So Familiar (Rounder) [10-30] - progressive bluegrass
  • Reba McEntire: Love Somebody (Nash Icon) [04-14] - country -- BB:70
  • Tim McGraw: Damn Country Music (Big Machine) [11-06] - country
  • James McMurtry: Complicated Game (Complicated Game) [02-24] - Americana -- P:90, PM:80; RC:A [A-]
  • Ashley Monroe: The Blade (Warner Music) [07-24] - country -- BB:80, P:89; RC:**, MT:A- [A-]
  • Kip Moore: Wild Ones (MCA Nashville) [08-21] - country
  • Allison Moorer: Down to Believing (E1) [03-17] - singer/songwriter -- PM:80 [**]
  • Whitey Morgan and the 78s: Sonic Ranch (Whitey Morgan Music) - [***]
  • Gurf Morlix: Eatin' at Me (Rootball) [02-03] - Americana -- RC:*** [**]
  • Kacey Musgraves: Pageant Material (Mercury Nashville) [06-23] - country -- BB:90, P:94; RC:*, MT:** [***]
  • Willie Nelson/Merle Haggard: Django and Jimmie (Legacy) [06-02] - trad country -- P:86; RC:*** [A-]
  • ERR: stream no grade: Marius Neset: Pinball
  • Old Dominion: Meat and Candy (RCA) [11-06] - country
  • Lindi Ortega: Faded Gloryville (Last Gang) [08-07] - country [***]
  • Rod Picott: Fortune (Welding Rod) - alt-country [***]
  • Punch Brothers: The Phosphorescent Blues (Nonesuch) [01-27] - progressive bluegrass -- P:88, PM:80
  • Dave Rawlings Machine: Nashville Obsolete (Acony) [09-18] - alt country [*]
  • Daniel Romano: If I've Only One Time Askin' (New West) [07-31] - alt-country -- RC:**, MT:** [*]
  • Darius Rucker: Southern Style (Capitol Nashville) [03-30] - -- RS:60
  • ERR: stream no grade: Shopping: Gizzard Shingles
  • Sleep Canyon Rangers: Radio (Rounder) [08-28] - bluegrass
  • Ralph Stanley: A Man of Constant Sorrow (Cracker Barrel) [01-19] - -- PM:60
  • Chris Stapleton: Traveller (Mercury Nashville) [05-05] - country-rock -- BB:80 [*]
  • George Strait: Cold Beer Conversation (MCA Nashville) [09-25] - country -- BB:70
  • Chip Taylor: The Little Prayers Trilogy (Train Wreck, 3CD) [10-14] - alt country
  • Carrie Underwood: Storyteller (Arista/Columbia) [10-23] - country -- BB:70
  • Webb Wilder: Mississippi Moderne (Landslide) [09-25] - Americana [*]
  • Dwight Yoakam: Second Hand Heart (Warner Bros) [04-14] - country:P:89 [B]
  • Chris Young: I'm Coming Over (RCA Nashville) [11-13] - neo-trad country

Reissues, Etc.

  • Bobby Bare: The Storyteller: The Anthology 1960-1983 (Raven, 2CD) [04-28] - country
  • Kenny Knight: Crossroads (1980, Paradise of Bachelors) [05-12] - country-rock [***]
  • The Notations: Still Here: 1967-1973 (Numero) [03-17] - Chicago soul
  • Buck Owens: Buck Em! The Music of Buck Owens 1967-1975: Vol 2 (Omnivore) [11-13] - Bakersfield sound
  • Charlie Rich: So Lonesome I Could Cry (Fat Possum) [05-05] - country-pop
  • LeAnn Rimes: All-Time Greatest Hits (1996-2007, Curb) [02-03] - country [C+]

Priority Counts

  • Priority 1: 33
  • Priority 2: 1
  • Priority 3: 0
  • Priority 4: 33
  • Priority 5: 2

Total: 69