playlistsThe video playlist for this Saturday features some of the best music released so far in 2014. Albums from the likes of Hurray for the Riff Raff, Sturgill Simpson, and Hamilton Leithauser will likely appear on many of the year-end Best-Of lists at the end of the year.

01.  Hurray for the Riff Raff – St. Roch Blues

This somewhat hard to classify Americana style band delivers a stunning rendition of this single from their new release, Small Time Heroes.

02. Sturgill Simpson – Turtles All the Way Down 

Outlaw Country is alive and well and living in the soul of Sturgill Simpson.

03.  Neon Trees – Sleeping With a Friend

Who new that one of the snappiest songs of the year would come from a group of Mormons with a love of disco and 80’s dance hits.  We didn’t, but we do now.

04. Hamilton Leithauser – 11:00 Friday Night

With The Walkmen taking a rest, the lead singer shows signs of a great solo career with this atmospheric gem.

05.  The Afghan Whigs – Algiers

Their first release in more than a decade was worth the wait.

06.  The Secret Sisters – Rattle My Bones

This upbeat slightly, ramshackle tune is a perfect introduction to one of the best up and coming Americana bands that deserve your ear time.

07.  Augustines – Nothing to Lose but Your Head

Sounding more like U2 than Coldplay, the Rock is turned up on this one.

08.  Rival Sons – Open My Eyes

The Classic Rock album of the year is on the way. This single proves once and for all that Rock is not dead.

09.  Ray LaMontagne – Supernova

The vibe is pure 70’s Cosmic Cowboy with a dose of psychedelia, a very cool thing.

10.  Chrissie Hynde – Dark Sunglasses

It is hard to believe that The Pretenders Chrissie Hynde never released a solo album prior to 2014.  This one will be worth the wait if this song is any indication.

11.  Smoke Fairies – We’ve Seen Birds

If you haven’t noticed we have a thing for Rock Chick and Americana Chick duos, and Smoke Fairies are one of the best.

12. Jamestown Revival – California (Cast Iron Soul)

I don’t know what is going on in the Utah Mountains, but Jamestown Revival took up residence there to record this one from Utah, one of the best albums of 2o14 so far. Of course, extra credit is always given to any song that name checks California.

13.  The Colourist – Little Games

The synthesizers are turned up a bit here on this 80’s influenced pop danceable tune.

14. First Aid Kit – Cedar Lane

See number 11.  First Aid Kit is the BEST of the Rock Chick Americana bands, Cedar Lane is no Emmy Lou, but listen to it 3 times and you will be hooked.

15.  Little Hurricane – Sheep in Wolves Clothes

A husband and wife team that walks the White Stripes, Black Keys road with their own flair.