While we wait with breath properly bated for the release of the New Roxy Swain release Beneath Full Moonlight coming very soon, along with The Ghosts of Highway 20, a record that should be another stellar effort from Lucinda Williams, here are five more tasty platters that should be worthy of some early ear time here in 2016.
Along with the five hot rockets highlighted below, The 1975 will be making an appearance this year, and the venerable Loretta Lynn will enter the fray with Full Circle with guest turns from Elvis Costello and Willie Nelson. Look for an updated version of “Fist City” that should be worth the price of admission alone.
And finally there is Yoko. Yes, that Yoko. Her contribution to the year is Yes, I’m a Witch Too. This should be a drop the microphone runaway winner for the most appropriately named record of the year, or any year for that matter. It is doubtful that even the presence of Moby and Death Cab for Cutie on this one will be enough to save it from what is sure to be universal scorn.
Elton John – Wonderful Crazy Night
Here, we have 33rd album from Elton John. Sure, while about 14 of stand out as musical treasures, roughly 14 are only slightly above or below average, and 4 are pretty much unlistenable, this one should stand front and center in the mostly stellar category. With Nigel Olsson and Davey Johnson from the glory Elton days back on board for the first time since The Captain and the Kid back in 1976, and knob twirling on the production side from T Bone Burnett, along with the Hemingway of Pop music Bernie Taupin back in the fold, good times should be had by all.
Lissie – My Wild West
In 2010 Lissie was poised for great things. While her career has not vaulted into the stratosphere quite as quickly as expected, she has released two pretty good records while establishing herself as an artist that can full envelop any cover song she chooses to attack. If you have not her cover version of “Stairway to Heaven'” stop right now and check it out. Her rendition of “Go Your Own Way” is pretty groovy. We are not quite sure what to expect with this one, but if “Hero” is any indication, we can’t wait to find out.
Lake Street Dive – Side Pony
Finally, our ears are a-twitter for the much-anticipated release of Side Pony from Lake Street Dive, the follow-up to Bad Self Portraits that came out in 2014. With Dave Cobb, most recently employed by Chris Stapleton and Sturgill Simpson on the board for this one, there is can’t miss written all over it.
Bonnie Raitt – Dig in Deep
If you don’t like Bonnie Raitt, you should. You should, and I don’t want to know you. Dig in Deep, Her first album in 4 years, has 5 originals, the most since 1998’s Fundamental.
The Cult – Hidden City
The Cult. Yes, your eyes are not deceiving you. I said The Cult, and they have a new record coming out on February 5th. This means that that Elton John, The Cult, and Lucinda Williams all have records coming out the same day. Another day that will live in infamy. I have scheduled an ear wax removal for February 4th to make sure I am at full strength.