The Deep Roots Elite Half-Hundred of 2019

Albums of the Year are not the only game in town. Here are 50 long players that made 2019 special for us.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Into the Heaven-Sent Light

Between grieving for her deceased son and celebrating the birth of a new daughter, REBECCA FRAZIER wrote a batch of meaningful songs and walked into the light with WHEN WE FALL.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Like the Music, He Lives On

JEFF HEALEY, a remarkable artist by any measure, exercised his passion for vintage jazz and swing in his latter years and made memorable music. A new retrospective offers a stirring overview of some peak moments.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Elizabeth Cook’s Gospel Set

Summoning memories of 'good rocking country bands twanging for Jesus,' hard country devotee ELIZABETH COOK goes hard gospel on her Gospel Plow EP. You are hereby sanctified.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Here Comes the Sun

“As fast as we roll, we’re always catching up/as much as we have, it’ll never be enough/as hard/as hard as we work, we just work our fingers to the bone/what do we have to show?” Listening to this catchy chorus of the f...
by David McGee
 

 
 

Of Senses Engaged and Hearts Touched

Dig a fresh, imaginative take on some Brazilian evergreens--including three by ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM--on the fascinating BRAZILIAN PROJECT by mesmerizing vocalist CATINA DELUNA and her LADO B band, featuring OTMARO RUIZ.
by David McGee
 

 

 

The Past Is Present (And Accounted For)

On COUNTRY GRASS, LORRAINE JORDAN & CAROLINA ROAD bluegrassify old country hits but add a unique twist along the way.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Whither Happiness?

Hearing MINDY MCCREADY's most popular songs with new ears and wondering, Whither happiness?
by David McGee
 

 

 

A Soul Man Exits, With Love

AIN'T NO MORE LOVE IN THIS HOUSE is the last will and testament on record by classic soul singer LOU PRIDE, who died before its release last year. He went out in grand style, though.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Suave, Like Nobody’s Business

We redress a great wrong in finally reviewing RAUL MALO's 2007 Christmas masterpiece, Marshmallow World + Other Holiday Favorites. This Yuletide essential is so suave it even offers 'Silver Bells' as a tango. Believe it.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Hard, Stomping and Merciless

Out of Seattle with a Chicago mindset and some southwestern sizzle, RJ Knapp & Honey Robin offer hard, stomping, merciless urban blues on Don't Blame the Dynamite..If You Can't Light the Fuse.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Then and Now, Now and Then

Something old, something new, something borrowed and a whole lotta blues, boogie and country recommend the autobiographical PIANOGRAPHY from the master of the honky tonk 88s, EARL POOLE BALL.
by David McGee