RADIO TOP TEN SONGS FOR 2016
For our radio Top Ten we go to Alt Root partner Jeff Munger. Based in Colorado, Jeff has put together a list of the songs that have gotten his attention and the ears of listeners. Jeff Munger has been a partner at the Alternate Root for over 8 years. His music career started in Boston, Massachusetts at the infamous WBCN in 1982. Jeff went on to host a public radio show in Park City, Utah at KPCW for 7 years and now hosts a program at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. at KDUR where he’s been for the last 10 years. Jeff is an artist manager for musician Garrett Lebeau, based out of Austin, Texas.
01 Sturgill Simpson – Keep It Between the Lines (from the album A Sailor’s Guide to Earth)
Psychedelic country with an orchestra? Nirvana’s “In Bloom” turned into a lullaby? One of the most creatively stunning records of this past year.
02 Parker Millsap – Hands Up (from the album The Very Last Day)
Blues, Folk and soul all fit comfortably into this brilliant release from Oklahoman Parker Millsap, a young man raised in the Pentecostal Church. Hallelujah!
03 Garrett Lebeau – Gone So Long (from the E.P. Gone So Long)
It’s a long way from the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming to Austin, TX but this Native American soul doctor has made the transition just fine. Shades of Aaron Neville, JJ Cale, and Boz Scaggs come together in this 'soul stew'.
04 Girls Guns and Glory – Memories Don’t Die (from the album Love and Protest)
Ward Hayden and his band just keep turning out Country-ready hits. I mean....this guy comes from the South Shore of Boston! Go figure. I think he was Hank Williams in another life.
05 Drive-By Truckers – Ramon Casiano (from the album American Band)
The Drive-By Truckers really know how to piss people off and that’s a good thing. Wake up folks. This band from Alabama leans left!
06 Sarah Borges – Tendency to Riot (from the E.P. Good and Dirty)
Sarah Borges enlisted the services of veteran guitarist/producer Eric “Roscoe” Ambel to help her create this alternative country prize. A very wise choice! Another winner from Boston.
07 Fruit Bats – (from the album Absolute Loser)
Chicago’s Fruit Bats serenade from start to finish. This is an “easy on the ears” record. The very definition of hidden gem.
08 Tim Easton – Right Before Your Own Eyes (from the album American Fork)
Tim Easton has covered over 50,000 miles this past year. Now if that doesn’t provide fodder for excellent songwriting, nothing does. His Americana tales are brilliantly captured on his latest release.
09 The Jayhawks – Leaving Monsters Behind (from the album Paging Mr. Proust)
I’ll admit it. I’ve never been blown away by the Jayhawks. I’m blown away! This is a completely different sound than I’m used to. Love this record!
10 Lydia Loveless – Heaven (from the album Real)
Personal struggles often lead healing and in the case of artists, some of their best work. Lydia Loveless has grown up. Check out “Heaven”. Not literally….the song.