In Talk

KPFT DJs know music, and they’re picking their favorites in a variety of musical genres that have been released so far this year.

2014 has been quite a year in music. Some legendary performers returned, and new stars emerged on the scene. There may be another few months to go, but some of your most loved disc jockeys at Houston’s community radio station have ideas on what’s been great so far in music this year.

Rick Mitchell

Santana, Corazon (RCA)
Drive By Truckers, English Oceans (ATO)
John Egan, Amulet (LIne In the Sound)
The Jones Family Singers, The Spirit Speaks (Arts and Labor)
Tinariwen, Emmaar (Anti-)
Seun Kuti and Egypty 80, Long Way to the Beginning (KFR)
Glen David Andrews, Redemption (Louisiana Red Hot Records)
The Black Keys, Turn Blue (Nonesuch)
Jack White, Lazaretto (Third Man/Columbia)
The Whigs, Modern Creation (New West)
Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin, Common Ground (yepRoc)
Nikki Lane, All or Nothin’ (New West)
Eric Church, The Outsiders (EMI)
Miranda Lambert, Platinum (RCA)
The River and the Thread, Rosanne Cash (Blue Note)
Allen Toussaint, Songbook (Rounder)
Bruce Springsteen, High Hopes (Columbia)
Robert Cray, In My Soul (Provogue)

Rhonda Garner (RadioActive)

Bobby Bare Jr.’s Young Criminal’s Starvation League, Undefeated
Angel Olson, Burn Your Fire for No Witness
The Afghan Whigs, Due to the Beast
Sun Kil Moon, Benji
Swearing at Motorists, While Laughing, the Joker Tells the Truth
Centro-matic, Take Pride in Your Long Odds
Sharon Van Etten, Are We There
Temples, Sun Structures

Sandy W. (DeadBeat)

achillies heal, Stones to Sand
Matt Harlan, Raven Motel
The Last Hombres, Odd Fellows Rest
Moe, No Guts No Glory
Craig Kinsey, American Roots and Machines

Laura Slavin (Laurapalooza)

Hard Working Americans, self-titled
Lowell Levinger, Down to the Roots
Lydia Loveless, Somewhere Else
Jimmer, The Would-be Plans
Grant Peeples and The Peeples Republik, Punishing the Myth
Luther Dickinson, Rock n’ Roll Blues
Dave Mason, Future’s Past
Steve Weinstein, Last Free Man
Leon Russell, Life Journey
Rodney Crowell, Tarpaper Sky
Ziggy Marley, Fly Rasta
Joan Osborne, Love and Hate
The String Cheese Incident, Song in My Head
Wilco Johnson and Roger Daltry, Going Back Home
John Mayall, A Special Life
Ben & Ellen Harper, Childhood Home
Col. Bruce Hampton, Pharoah’s Kitchen
Mingo Fishtrap, On Time
Various Artists, All My Friends – Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman
Andy Frasco & The U.N., Half a Man
Max Collins, Honey From the Icebox
Carol Pacey & The Honey Shakers, Yeah Yeah Yeah
Shaman Juan, Soothsayer
Walter Trout, The Blues Came Callin’
Selwyn Birchwood, Don’t Call No Ambulance
7Horse, Songs for a Voodoo Wedding
Keb’ Mo’, Bluesamericana
Paul Sachs, Survival is the New Success
War Poets, American Police State
The California Honeydrops, Like You Mean It
Deana Bogart, Just a Wish Away
Cowbell, Beat Stampede
Swamp Cabbage, Jive
Chris Smither, Still on the Levee
Puss n Boots, No Fools, No Fun
Christopher Denny, If the Roses Don’t Kill Us
John Mellencamp, Trouble No More — Live at Town Hall July 31, 2003


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