@@@ Aaron Watson: Vaquero (BIG Label, 2017) Honcho music blogger Bob Lefsetz had a glowing email review of this country record. This first tune is neither cheesy new school country nor stripped down old time-y old country. Instrumentation is guitar, drums, bass, slide, acoustic and fiddle. This first tune is a soldier’s song and it’s all right. The second tune is an upbeat love song with more bounce. This third tune These Boots have Roots is the one that’s gonna move me to a new record. It’s just too epic and arena-ey for my tastes, the lyrics being especially cloying for me. Now if you’re a Trump-kin maybe you dig this but I can’t really abide it.
@@@ Fruko Y Sus Tesos: A La Memoria Del Muerto (Vampisoul, 2017) Hard hitting salsa out of Colombia that I got to via the fine folks at WRIR in Virginia. This is relentless music both rhythmically and melodically with a full ensemble of players and singers. I’m going to have to hit the interwebz and check out if this is a new recording or a re-issue. I re-read the review from the radio station and it looks like this album was recorded in 1972. Wow, this is the business. Check this record out, it will be on my best of year list for sure.
@@@ Mokoomba: Luyando (Outhere, 2017) A single from the African country of Zimbabwe and though I prefer the West African music stylings this tune is all right. It’s got an active singer, a bad ass flute player, a guitar player (I think) bass and multiple percussionists. High energy, nice arrangement.
YTD recordings listened to: 145
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 79
Not good music: 45
Honorable Mentions: 1
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