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: stream no grade: Perry Beekman: S'Wonderful: Perry Beekman Sings and Plays Gershwin
  • ERR: stream no grade: Ann Hampton Callaway: The Hope of Christmas
  • Cam: Welcome to Cam Country (Arista Nashville, EP) [03-31] - [B]
  • Cam: Untamed (Arista Nashville) [12-11] - countr [**]
  • ERR: stream no grade: Kenny Carr: Exit Moon
  • ERR: stream no grade: Francois Carrier/Steve Beresford/John Edwards/Michel Lambert: Outgoing
  • Kasey Chambers: Bittersweet (Sugar Hill) [07-24] - alt-country -- MT:* [B]
  • Eric Church: Mr Misunderstood (Capitol Nashville) [11-05] - country [**]
  • ERR: stream no grade: Tom Collier: Across the Bridge
  • ERR: stream no grade: Colours Jazz Orchestra: Home Away From Home: Plays the Music of Ayn Inserto
  • Easton Corbin: About to Get Real (Mercury Nashville) [07-03] - country [B]
  • ERR: stream no grade: Cuir: Chez Ackenbush
  • ERR: stream no grade: Benoit Delbecq/Miles Perkin/Emile Biayenda: Ink
  • 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:** [**]
  • Joe Ely: Panhandle Rambler (Rack 'Em) [09-18] - [**]
  • ERR: stream no grade: Charles Evans: On Beauty
  • ERR: stream no grade: Free Jazz Group Wiesbaden: Frictions/Frictions Now
  • Kinky Friedman: The Loneliest Man I Ever Met (Avenue A) - -- RC:*** [**]
  • 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-]
  • ERR: stream no grade: Andrew Jamieson: Heard the Voice
  • ERR: stream no grade: Jeff Jenkins Organization: The Arrival
  • ERR: stream no grade: Per Texas Johansson: De Langa Rulltrapporna I Flemingsberg
  • ERR: stream no grade: Kansas: Miracles Out of Nowhere
  • ERR: stream no grade: Tyler Kaneshiro & the Highlands: Amber of the Moment
  • Toby Keith: 35 Mph Town (Show Dog Nashville) [10-09] - country -- BB:80 [B]
  • ERR: stream no grade: Martin Kuchen/Johan Berthling/Steve Noble: Night in Europe
  • ERR: stream no grade: Nancy Lane: Let Me Love You
  • ERR: stream no grade: Jon Lindberg/Anil Eraslan: Juggling Kukla
  • ERR: stream no grade: Mundell Lowe/Lloyd Wells/Jim Ferguson: Poor Butterfly
  • Old Man Luedecke: Domestic Eccentric (True North) [07-24] - [***]
  • 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:* [*]
  • James McMurtry: Complicated Game (Complicated Game) [02-24] - Americana -- P:90, PM:80; RC:A [A-]
  • ERR: stream no grade: Tobias Meinhart: Natural Perception
  • Ashley Monroe: The Blade (Warner Music) [07-24] - country -- BB:80, P:89; RC:**, MT:A- [A-]
  • 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: Noertker's Moxie: Simultaneous Windows
  • ERR: stream no grade: Larry Novak: Invitation
  • Lindi Ortega: Faded Gloryville (Last Gang) [08-07] - country [***]
  • ERR: stream no grade: Kim Pensyl: Foreign Love Affair
  • ERR: stream no grade: Ivo Perelman/Mat Maneri/Tanya Kalmanovitch: Villa Lobos Suite
  • ERR: stream no grade: Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp: Complementary Colors
  • ERR: stream no grade: Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp/Whit Dickey: Butterfly Whispers
  • ERR: stream no grade: Oscar Perez: Prepare a Place for Me
  • Rod Picott: Fortune (Welding Rod) - alt-country [***]
  • Dave Rawlings Machine: Nashville Obsolete (Acony) [09-18] - alt country [*]
  • ERR: stream no grade: Jeff Richman: Hotwire
  • Daniel Romano: If I've Only One Time Askin' (New West) [07-31] - alt-country -- RC:**, MT:** [*]
  • ERR: stream no grade: Matthew Shipp: Matthew Shipp Plays the Music of Allen Lowe
  • ERR: stream no grade: Herb Silverstein: Younger Next Year
  • Chris Stapleton: Traveller (Mercury Nashville) [05-05] - country-rock -- BB:80 [*]
  • ERR: stream no grade: The Dan Trudell Trio: Dan Trudell Plays the Piano
  • ERR: stream no grade: Ramana Veiera: Fado Da Vida
  • Webb Wilder: Mississippi Moderne (Landslide) [09-25] - Americana [*]
  • Dwight Yoakam: Second Hand Heart (Warner Bros) [04-14] - country:P:89 [B]

Reissues, Etc.

  • Kenny Knight: Crossroads (1980, Paradise of Bachelors) [05-12] - country-rock [***]
  • LeAnn Rimes: All-Time Greatest Hits (1996-2007, Curb) [02-03] - country [C+]

Priority Counts

  • Priority 4: 33
  • Priority 5: 2

Total: 35