A Boomers Guide to Music
New Music for the Boomer Generation.
If you are a boomer wondering what new music to buy, I hope my
recommendations will be of use. I listen to all genres of music and my
recommendations are in rock, pop, blues, country and jazz.
See the picks below and then go to
your favorite music service and listen. I buy my music thru ITunes as I
like their playlist and how it works. I listen to streaming via Tidal as
I find the quality much better than Spotify. However, Tidal requires a
There are also
personal recommendations as to stereo equipment and a guide to setting
up a digital music system. I hope that you find this site useful.
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Best Albums of 2014
||Roseanne Cash -
The River and the Thread - Folk/Country
This might be the best album of the
year. Great songs, superb production, this is one of those
albums that just totally seduces you. It is the total sound from
every instrument to Roseanne's voice - a masterpiece. Forget
about your distaste for Country, this is not Country, this is
Absolutely, not to be missed.
||Ray LaMontagne -
Supernova - Rock
is unlike anything that Ray has done before. Album feels like it was cut
in the 70's during the height of rock and roll. Great production, some
great songs and some good songs, however not a bad song on the album. If
you do not know LaMontagne, this is a great place to start.
Keb Mo -
BluesAmericana - Blues
of my favorite storytellers has released a new album filled with songs
that all tell a story. Blues at its best. Mo is one of those artists
that is all about music for an older generation. New accessible blues
music that is a total treat.
Eric Clapton - The Breeze - Rock
Some of Clapton's better songs have been
penned by J.J. Cale. On this album which in my opinion is Clapton's best
in years, he dedicates to J.J. Cale (who died this year) and renders a
superb album with great quests and some fabulous songs. If you are
familiar with Cale as an artist, you will appreciate the Clapton
treatment of this material even more - A Must Buy.
||Toni Braxton and
Babyface - Love, Marriage and Divorce - Soul
Is it the 80's? Super slick soul from
Babyface featuring Toni Braxton. Some songs are duets, some are solos,
however each one is a testament to Babyface's great soul writing and
production. Music to make love to, break up to, make up to - the bases
are covered. I forgot how much how liked sweet super soul music.
||Gary Clark Jr. - Live -
Not since Stevie Ray
Vaughan has someone played with such raw energy and power. This album is
full of electronic blues at its best, blistering guitar accompanied by a
vocal style that transforms the stage into a get down boogie blues
festival. I have been a fan of Clark for sometime, however not until
"Live" did I truly appreciate his artistry.
||Ryan Adams - Ryan Adams
Even though this is
Adams's fourth album, I think it is his best and easiest to get into.
The writing is better, the songs are a little more stripped down so that
Ryan's voice is better used in the song construction. Adams rocks out as
well as sings more laid back songs that every before. If you like rock
singer - songwriters - you need to give this a try.
||Ed Sheeran - X -
"X" is Sheeran's
best album to date. Laden with songs that contain choruses full of
hooks, you cannot help but tap your feet, shake your head and before you
know it, you have been seduced by this new purveyor of pop. Start with
"Sing", then "Bloodstream" and go from there. And lets see if you can
keep from moving and singing along.
||Ruthie Foster - Promise
of a Brand New Day - Blues
Ruthie has one of the better voices singing today and her mix of blues
and gospel is a good one. Foster writes most of her material, and on
this latest outing, she had produced an album of uptempo happy songs
about life and love or the lack thereof. If you ever get the chance,
catch Ruthie live, you will be glad you did. Until then, sit back and
turn up "Promise of a Brand New Day".
||Jill Barber - Fools Gold
Jill Barber was one of
my most pleasant new discoveries of 2014. Love her voice, but more than
that, I love the songs and how they remind me of the do-wop girl stuff
of the 50's and 60's. Fabulous production that really makes the songs
come to life and reach out and grab the listener. If you want to
discover something new that sounds a little like something old, this is
it - you will fall in love with Jill Barber.
||Craig Handy and the 2nd
Line Smith - Jazz
a New Orleans funk feel. If you can keep from tapping your toe when this
is playing, then you must be dead. Great musicians, from the horns to
the organ, however it is the bass line and the drums that give it the
New Orleans feel. You can taste the gumbo this music is so real. Great
||Joe Sample and NDR Big
Band - Children of the Sun - Jazz
I own several Joe Sample albums, however
this is my absolute favorite. Great songs, great production and a great
band that accompanies Joe. What makes this album so special is weaving
of the horns into a special sound and Sample glides in and out of the
horns smooth as silk. Sound on the album is first rate and you find
yourself listening for each player and their combination.
||Delfeayo Marsalis - Last
Southern Gentleman - Jazz
was not aware of this Marsalis brother until this album. Delfeayo plays
trombone and what makes the tronmbone such a special instrument is that
the player has to feel the notes on the slide. Marsalis is so seductive
and is joined on this album by his father Ellis. I love the drumming on
the album and at first thought it was brother Jason, however the style
is like Jason, the drummer is actually Marvin Smith. This album goes
well with a glass of wine
Best New Songs from 2014 - New Music for Boomers
Itunes no longer allows the publishing of playlists, so I can
only offer as a song list.
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