The Southland Music Line 2016: Favorite Albums & Shows of the Year

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Johnny Cole’s Favorites:
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Top Ten Albums:
1. Walking with a Stranger – Escondido 
2. National Treasure – Anthony Crawford 
3. Blackstar – David Bowie
4. Full Circle – Loretta Lynn
5. Midwest Farmer’s Daughter – Margo Price 
6. Gotta Get Home – Seth Walker 
7. Far Cries and Close Calls – John Calvin Abney 
8. Cautionary Tale – Dylan LeBlanc 
9. Silver Tears – Aaron Lee Tasjan
10. Paradise Right Here – Willie Sugarcapps 
.Click Here for My Complete List of Favorite Albums.
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Top Ten Shows:
1. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band “The Three Shows at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (Sept. 23, 25 & 30) [tie] *Attended 9 Springsteen shows in 2016.

2. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band “The Two Shows at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA (Sept. 7 & 9) [tie]
3. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band at Madison Square Gardens in NYC (Mon. Mar. 28)
4. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY feat. Deep Purple, Steve Miller, NWA Chicago, Cheap Trick. Also: Rob Thomas, Sheryl Crow, Kendrick Lamar, Steve Van Zandt, Lars Ulrich of Metallica, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney from the Black Keys, Grace Potter, Kid Rock, David Byrne, The Roots, and Kimbra. (Fri. Apr. 8)
5. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band at Nationals Park in Washington, DC (Thur. Sept. 1); United Center in Chicago, IL (Sun. Sept. 28); Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, VA (Mon. Sept. 5 ) [tie]
6. The Desert Trip Night #2 Paul McCartney and Neil Young & Promise of A Real at Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA (Sat. Oct. 8)
7. Stevie Nicks and The Pretenders at Verizon Center in Washington, DC (Mon. Nov. 14)
8. Dylan LeBlanc with The Pollies & Courtney Blackwell at Callaghan’s in Mobile, AL  (Mon. Sept. 26)
9. The Desert Trip Night #1 Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA (Sat. Oct. 7)
10. The Jericho Road Show at Duling Hall in Jackson, MS feat. Rambling Steve Gardner, Libby Rae Watson, Wes Lee & Bill Steber. The show was opened by Oh Jeremiah. (Tues. Mar. 1) *The Jericho Road Show is easily one of my favorite shows of 2016. Once again, I was privileged to see Wes Lee a number of times throughout the year.
Click Here for My Complete List of Favorite Shows.
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Stephen “Andy” Anderson’s Favorites:
 
Top Ten Albums:
1. Cautionary Tale – Dylan LeBlanc
2. A Sailor’s Guide To Earth – Sturgill Simpson
3. Midwest Farmer’s Daughter – Margo Price
4. 57th & 9th Ave – Sting
5. Robert Ellis – Robert Ellis
6. The Very Last Day – Parker Millsap
7. Silver Tears – Arron Lee Tasjan
8. Upland Stories – Robbie Fulks
9. The Ghost of Highway 20 – Lucinda Williams
10. Black Star – David Bowie
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Top Ten Shows:
1. Dylan LeBlanc with The Pollies and Honeyboy & Boots’ Courtney Blackwell at Thirsty Hippo in Hattiesburg, MS (Tues. July 19)
2. Luther Dickerson at Walter Anderson Museum in Ocean Springs, MS (Sun. Aug. 21)
3. Shinyribs at Callaghan’s in Mobile, AL (Thur. Apr. 21)
4. Wynonna & The Big Noise at El Mercado in Austin, TX (Fri. Mar. 18)
5. Marlon Williams at The Broken Spoke in Austin, TX (Thur. Mar. 17)
6. Lisa Mills with special guest Gram Rea at Callaghan’s in Mobile, AL (Tues. Jan. 12)
7. Jimmy Hall & Muscle Shoals Revisted at Ocean Springs Live in Ocean Springs, MS ( )
8. The Jericho Road Show at Duling Hall in Jackson, MS (Tues. Mar. 1)
9. Grayson Capps & The Pagan Saints at Callaghan’s in Mobile, AL (Fri. Oct. 28)
10. Escondido at Gasa Gasa in New Orleans, LA (Fri. Apr. 15)

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Robby Amonett’s Favorites:

Top Ten Albums:
1. Robert Ellis – Robert Ellis
2. Cautionary Tale – Dylan LeBlanc
3. Midwest Farmer’s Daughter – Margo Price
4. Awaken, My Love Childish Gambino
5. Eternally Even Jim James (from My Morning Jacket)
6. Changes Charles Bradley
7. Carolina Ghost Caleb Caudle
8. We’re All Gonna Die – Dawes
9. A Sailor’s Guide To Earth – Sturgill Simpson
10. The Ghost of Highway 20 Lucinda Williams
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Favorite Shows:
.One of his favorite shows of 2016 was Dylan LeBlanc with The Pollies and Honeyboy & Boots’ Courtney Blackwell at Thirsty Hippo in Hattiesburg, MS (Mon. Sept. 26)

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The Southland Music Line 2016 Year-End Articles:
> Part One: A Year in Review
> Part Two: Johnny Cole – A Year of Travelin’ & 300+ Shows
(includes acknowledgements and links to full list of shows)
> Part Three: Stephen Anderson – A Year in Photography
> Part Four: Robby Amonett – A Year in Music-Inspired Art
> Part Five: A Photo Retrospective
> Part Six: Favorite Albums & Shows
> Part Seven: Lisa Mills: Music Artist of the Year
> Part Eight: Readers’ Choice Awards
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