December 27, 2012

Do you like this?

The same could be said for young Jakob Dylan. Long laboring in his dad’s lengthy shadow, he’s beginning to carve his own identity with his band. No longer simply his backing band, The Wallflowers are now a full-fledged unit with everyone reportedly being given an equal say in the final product. The resulting Glad All Over is an album which caused many who’d previously dismissed them to revise their opinion. It’s the younger Dylan’s Highway 61-style liberation, delivering him from shoe-gazing, folky moroseness in a group of rockers firing on all fours (particularly on the Mick Jones’-inspired “Reboot the Mission.”)

I’ve run out of space long before reaching the end of the list. Other notable albums from Grizzly Bear, Iris Dement, Joan Osborne, Calexico and a re-vitalized Jimmy Cliff, among many others, are as good as any I’ve mentioned. While fewer people are now writing about it (at least in print), more and more people are making it, often with the kind of results that will richly reward anyone willing to take the time to seek it out.

Richard Winham is the producer and host of WUTC-FM’s afternoon music program and has observed the Chattanooga music scene for more than 25 years.

Richard Winham’s Un-Top 20 Best of 2012

Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls

Allah Las - Allah Las

Calexico - Algiers

Cat Power - Sun

Jimmy Cliff - Rebirth

Iris Dement - Sing The Delta

Django Django - Django Django

Justin Townes Earle - Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now

Golden Void - Golden Void

Grimes - Visions

Grizzly Bear - Shields

Japandroids - Celebration Rock

Van Morrison - Born To Sing: No Plan B

Beth Orton - Sugaring Season

Joan Osborne - Bring It On Home

Kurt Rosenwinkel - Star of Jupiter

Paul Simon - Live in New York City

Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball

The Wallflowers - Glad All Over

Jack White - Blunderbuss


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