Johnny Cole’s List of 2019 Music Favorites

eeBeginning on January 1 of each year, I start a process of listening and reviewing new music. Here is my list of favorite albums, honorable mentions, enjoyed EPs, favorite singles (or album tracks), and additional favorites in 2019:

☆ Favorite Albums of 2019

● 1. Honey’s Fury – Molly Thomas & the Rare Birds (tied)
● 1. Western Stars – Bruce Springsteen (tied)

● 3. Western Stars: Songs From The Film – Bruce Springsteen
● 4. I Like it Down Here – Will Kimbrough
● 5. And Then the Rain – Tim Jackson & Lindsey Thompson
● 6. Safe Passage – John Calvin Abney
● 7. When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? – Billie Eilish
● 8. Moving Forward – Steve Griggs
● 9. A Modern Man’s Way to Improve – Royal Horses
● 10. Denim & Diesel – Grace Askew
● 11. Summer Of Sorcery – Steven Van Zandt & the Disciples of Soul
● 12. Ghosteen – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
● 13. Blue With Lou – Nils Lofgren
● 14. Give Me What I Want – Sarah Burton
● 15. Renegade – Dylan LeBlanc
● 16. From Out of Nowhere – Jeff Lynne’s ELO
● 17. Texas – Rodney Crowell
● 18. Sound & Fury – Sturgill Simpson
● 19. Fool – Joe Jackson
● 20. Kill or Be Kind – Samantha Fish
● 21. Impossible Blue – Gurf Morlix
● 22. The Wizard & The Witch – Red & the Revelers
● 23. Heard It In A Past Life – Maggie Rogers
● 24. Under The Willow – Xaris Waltman
● 25. Joy – Jackie Venson
● 26. Live – Sugarcane Jane & The Bucket Fillers
● 27. Fresh Song Fridays “Multiple Volumes” – Eric Erdman
● 28. All Mirrors – Angel Olsen
● 29. Shed My Skin – Dan Navarro
● 30. Incinerator – Jimbo Mathus
● 31. A Glimmer on the Outskirts – Ben Dickey
● 32. Half Past Human – Mark Pfaff
● 33. Close to Home – Chuck Mead
● 34. Easy Way – Cactus Flowers
● 35. Jade Bird – Jade Bird
● 36. Begin Again – Norah Jones
● 37. Patty Griffin – Patty Griffin
● 38. Gold Past Life – Fruit Bats
● 39. Remind Me Tomorrow – Sharon Van Etten
● 40. Jaime – Brittany Howard
● 41. Girl – Maren Morris
● 42. Desperate Times & Blind Eyes – Midnight Revel
● 43. Shifting Sand – Anna Larson
● 44. Texas Piano Man – Robert Ellis
● 45. Chapters: An Acoustic Take on New and Old Songs – Sharon Kay Moore
● 46. Home to Alabama – Stephen Sylvester
● 47. Thicket Clearer – Dinwiddie Horwitz
● 48. World Shakers – GypsySpark
● 49. Are You Open? – Seth Walker
● 50. Kind of Blues – Adam Holt
● 51. The Bottom Line – Jeff Plankenhorn
● 52. American Love Song – Ryan Bingham
● 53. Union – Son Volt
● 54. Who – The Who
● 55. Fever Breaks – Josh Ritter
● 56. The Highwomen – The Highwomen
● 57. Country Squire – Tyler Childers
● 58. The Hurting Kind – John Paul White
● 59. What It Is – Hayes Carll
● 60. Three Chords And The Truth – Van Morrison
● 61. The Bookends – Eric Gales
● 62. Valve Bone Woe – Chrissie Hynde
● 63. Almost Daylight – Chris Knight
● 64. Wildcard – Miranda Lambert
● 65. Help Us Stranger – The Raconteurs
● 66. There Is No Other – Rhiannon Giddens (with Francesco Turrisi)
● 67. Turn Off the News (Build a Garden) – Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
● 68. All Blues – Peter Frampton Band
● 69. The Whole Shebang – Charlie Faye and the Fayettes
● 70. i,i – Bon Iver
● 71. Norman F**king Rockwell! – Lana Del Rey
● 72. When You’re Ready – Molly Tuttle
● 73. ANIMA – Thom Yorke
● 74. Love Starvation / Trombone – Nick Lowe
● 75. No Saint – Lauren Jenkins
● 76. Absolute Zero – Bruce Hornsby
● 77. The Saint of Lost Causes – Justin Townes Earle
● 78. Okie – Vince Gill
● 79. The Big Freeze – Laura Stevenson
● 80. The Invisible Light: Acoustic Space – T-Bone Burnett
● 81. Solstice – Luther Dickinson
● 82. Daylight – Grace Potter
● 83. Madame X – Madonna
● 84. The Walk – Bonnie Bishop
● 85. This Land – Gary Clark, Jr.
● 86. On the Line – Jenny Lewis
● 87. Terms of Surrender – Hiss Golden Messenger
● 88. Walk Through Fire – Yola
● 89. Threads – Sheryl Crow
● 90. Exposition – Tim Easton
● 91. Cypress Grove – Jimmy “Duck” Holmes
● 92. Ode to Joy – Wilco
● 93. Good Luck, Kid – Joseph
● 94. Dragons – Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors
● 95. Ride Me Back Home – Willie Nelson
● 96. Father of the Bride – Vampire Weekend
● 97. Cash Cabin Sessions Vol. 3 – Todd Snider
● 98. Still on My Mind – Dido
● 99. Hyperspace – Beck
● 100. Everyday Life – Coldplay
● 101. Amyl and The Sniffers – Amyl and The Sniffers
● 102. Beautiful Lie – Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis
● 103. Mint Condition – Caroline Spence
● 104. I Am Easy to Find – The National
● 105. Here Comes the Cowboy – Mac DeMarco
● 106. The Center Won’t Hold – Sleater-Kinney
● 107. No Home Record – Kim Gordon
● 108. Up And Rolling – North Mississippi Allstars
● 109. Blood – Allison Moorer
● 110. It Won’t Be Like This All the Time – The Twilight Sad
● 111. Tides of a Teardrop – Mandolin Orange
● 112. Kiwanuka – Michael Kiwanuka
● 113. Warmer – Jeff Tweedy
● 114. Sucker Punch – Sigrid
● 115. Years to Burn – Calexico & Iron and Wine
● 116. For the Morning – Tyler Ramsey
● 117. What You See Is What You Get – Luke Combs
● 118. Simple Case of the Blues – Rosie Flores
● 119. Colorado – Neil Young & Crazy Horse
● 120. Kingfish – Christone Kingfish Ingram
● 121. Baby, Please Come Home – Jimmie Vaughan
● 122. While I’m Livin’ – Tanya Tucker
● 123. Other Girls – Lillie Mae
● 124. Designer – Aldous Harding
● 125. We Get By – Mavis Staples

☆ Honorable Mentions:

▪︎ About The Light – Steve Mason
▪︎ Africa Speaks – Santana
▪︎ Beneath the Eyrie – Pixies
▪︎ Beware of the Dogs – Stella Donnelly
▪︎ Black Star Dancing – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
▪︎ Blood Red Shoes – Get Tragic
▪︎ By Blood – Shovels & Rope
▪︎ Circles ‘Round the Sun – Christie Lenee
▪︎ Closer Than Together – The Avett Brothers
▪︎ Crushing – Julia Jacklin
▪︎ Desert Dove – Michaela Anne
▪︎ Deserted – The Mekons
▪︎ Down to the River – The Allman Betts Band
▪︎ Fear Inoculum – Tool
▪︎ Four of Arrows – Great Grandpa
▪︎ Free – Iggy Pop
▪︎ Front Porch – Joy Williams
▪︎ Head Above Water – Avril Lavigne
▪︎ Home – Billy Strings
▪︎ Hotel Last Resort – Violent Femmes
▪︎ I Need a New War – Craig Finn
▪︎ I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This – Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra
▪︎ Immunity – Clairo
▪︎ In the End – The Cranberries
▪︎ Like The River Loves The Sea – Joan Shelley
▪︎ Magnolia – Randy Houser
▪︎ Mean Dog, Trampoline – The Suitcase Junket
▪︎ My Finest Work Yet – Andrew Bird
▪︎ No Geography – The Chemical Brothers
▪︎ No Words Left – Lucy Rose
▪︎ Oklahoma – Keb’ Mo’
▪︎ Over the Rainbow – Herb Alpert
▪︎ Pony – Orville Peck
▪︎ Purple Mountains – Purple Mountains
▪︎ Revolute – Katey Brooks
▪︎ Rise Sun – The Infamous Stringdusters
▪︎ San Isabel – Jamestown Revival
▪︎ Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest – Bill Callahan
▪︎ Signs – Tedeschi Trucks Band
▪︎ Social Cues – Cage the Elephant
▪︎ Songs of Our Native Daughters – Our Native Daughters
▪︎ Spectacular Class – Jontavious Willis
▪︎ Sunshine Rock – Bob Mould
▪︎ Thanks for the Dance- Leonard Cohen
▪︎ This Is Not the End – Spielbergs
▪︎ This Wild Willing – Glen Hansard
▪︎ III – The Lumineers
▪︎ Titanic Rising – Weyes Blood
▪︎ Transform – Howard Jones
▪︎ Tuscaloosa – Neil Young & Stray Gators
▪︎ Two Hands – Big Thief
▪︎ U.F.O.F. – Big Thief
▪︎ Undress – The Felice Brothers
▪︎ The Unseen In Between – Steve Gunn
▪︎ The Valley – Charley Crockett
▪︎ Weezer (Black Album) – Weezer
▪︎ Weezer (Teal Album) – Weezer
▪︎ Weird – Juliana Hatfield
▪︎ Why Me? Why Not – Liam Gallagher
▪︎ You Made It This Far – Esther Rose
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☆ As usual I also listened to many EP’s and released singles or non-album tracks. Here are a few standouts in 2019:

▪︎ That Girl (EP) – Brittany Grimes
▪︎  Take One (EP)- KneeOn Sisters
▪︎  With Love (EP) Chaislyn Jane (it was actually released in 2018)

Favorite Singles (or Album Tracks) of 2019:

1. “Carole” – Chaislyn Jane
1. “There Goes My Miracle” – Bruce Springsteen

3. “Hello Sunshine” – Bruce Springsteen
4. “Thank You” – Molly Thomas & the Rare Birds
5. “Rhinestone Cowboy” (a cover from the film “Western Stars”) – Bruce Springsteen
6. “Western Stars” – Bruce Springsteen
7. “I’m Not Running Away” – Will Kimbrough
8. “My Daddy Wore a John B. Stetson Hat” – Steve Griggs
9. “Somethin’ for Louise” – Mark Pfaff
10. “Moonlight Motel” – Bruce Springsteen
11. “Summer Girl” – Haim
12. “All Mirrors” – Angel Olsen
13. “Lark” – Angel Olsen
14. “Wasted Youth” – Jenny Lewis
15. “Bad Guy” – Billie Eilish
16. “The Greatest” – Lana Del Rey
17. “Dawn Chorus” – Thom Yorke
18. “Harmony Hall” – Vampire Weekend
19. “Bags” – Clairo
20. “Highwomen” – Highwomen
21. “Tucson Train” – Bruce Springsteen
22. “Bury A Friend” – Billie Eilish
23. “Stay Stay” – Molly Thomas & the Rare Birds
24. “Tear it Down” – Molly Thomas & the Rare Birds
25. “Take The Journey” – Molly Tuttle

☆ Favorite Music Artist who released new music in 2019:

▪︎ Bruce Springsteen

☆ Favorite New Music Artist(s) in 2019 * became aware of them in 2019 (in alphabetical order):

▪︎ Chaislyn Jane
▪︎ KneeOn Sisters
▪︎ Red & the Revelers
▪︎ Royal Horses

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