I know a lot of folks do the "best of 2012" lists. i had intentions of doing that. but alas, it didn't happen. i didn't even start. forgive me.
but i am excited about some artists. some released things last year, some will this year. either way, i'm super pumped.
1) Mumford and Sons.
I know, I know. Some of you probably groaned as you read that. Whatever, they are a brilliant band. Get off the indie high horse. 'Babel', their release from last year, if a very good record. Similar, but different to their previous release. I was happy to hear some of the songs they had done live on the album, like "Lover of the Light" and "Lover's Eye". I got the extended version, which you should too. Just for their cover of "The Boxer". I also happened upon recordings of "Sister" and "Come Thou Fount". Brilliant band, amazing album.
2) Gabriel Kelley.
I stumbled upon this great singer/songwriter at the end of 2012. His album came out in May. I found them through youtube, and a brilliant-stop motion video- of "Only Thing To Do" I can't explain the guy's voice. Or songwriting ability. He's amazing, one of the most brilliant voices I've heard in my lifetime. And one of the most talented. Look him up. It's by far the best purchase I made of 2012. See, unemployment had it's benefits. I learned of a realllly awesome artist.
Here's his video. You'll love it. I promise.
3) Jack White.
Did you think I wouldn't list him? Seriously. If you haven't checked out his "Serious Jibber Jabber" with Conan O'Brien, you have to. Not only do I love his music. I love his mind. Okay, that sounds creepy, but I'm going to say it. I admire a person that lives for their heart. Always striving for the next step. Not relying on technology, or finding the simple way to get something done. Raw talent that doesn't need a gimmick.
If you have an hour and some change, watch this.
4) Brooks Ritter
He's a Louisville dude that has too much soul for that town. I am amazed sometimes at the talent that comes from my homeland. From visual to performing artists. Brooks has old charm, but stuffed into a 30 year old man's body. He used to serve me coffee at Sunergos. That's where I bought his album. Check out "Bones From The Ground" and "Horse Fell Lame". You will not be disappointed.
I know I have talked about this band in several posts. I'm anxiously awaiting the physical copy of the album, "You Belong Here". I have a digital copy already and it has worn a place in my speakers. You just can't beat this, to me, right now. Danceable, good time record. The world needs more of that these days.
check out their video for "Spotlight".
Much Love Yall
Be sure to check out my friend, Brent Weedman, fight in the Bellator Tournament on 1/24/2013. It's LIVE on Spike TV. He's an amazing fighter. You won't be disappointed.