Another set of favorite songs of 2020. Randomly selected from the forthcoming giant playlist. Mostly focusing on the ones that weren’t on the earlier year-end lists. One more part to come. Maybe even two. Not sure yet.
LadyCouch – Foolish and Blue (Cafe Rooster Records)
LadyCouch is a new band led by Allen Thompson and Keshia Bailey. They had a great run of singles on Cafe Rooster Records.
Thee Sacred Souls – Give Us Justice (Penrose Records)
I really love the Can I Call You Rose? and Will I See You Again? singles as well, but this powerful protest song made the biggest impact.
India Ramey – King of the Ashes
The highlight of India Ramey’s excellent new album was this important song.
Aaron Frazer – If I Got It (Your Love Brought It) (Dead Oceans / Easy Eye sound)
I think most of the Aaron Frazer praises can be left on the 2021 eoty list, because that’s when the album comes out. But yeah, the co-vocalist and drummer extraordinaire of Durand Jones & The Indications will release solo debut in early 2021 and released gorgeous advance singles from the forthcoming album.
Pharis & Jason Romero – Bet On Love (Lula Records)
An album that I still haven’t listened to enough is the new album from Pharis & Jason Romero. I should make some time for it during the holidays, because I absolute love the timeless beauty of this title song Bet On Love.
Bart – Used To Be (Idee Fixe Records)
Canadian Bart released a couple of fantastic singles. Used To Be is a perfect pop song and sounds heavenly good.
Strawberry Heritage – Sweet Marie
And speaking of sweet, lush beautiful songs. We got a new album from Michigan’s Strawberry Heritage and oh how good it is.
Maya De Vitry – In the Meantime, I Love You (Mad Maker Studio)
What a sweetheart of a song this is from Maya De Vitry’s new album.
Chris Acker – Orion’s Gut
Chris Acker was on the album list, but want to put his here too. I’m not sure is this my absolute favorite song from the album, but it was this song and video that made me a fan. Plus A Song Catcher is the same kind of internet gold as Western AF. Add GemsonVHS and few other and you’ll have a giant library of amazing current songwriters.
Heather Valley – Emily
Heather Valley gave us great covers of Lucero and Tom T. Hall and this wonderful original called Emily.
The Weather Station – Tried to Tell You (Fat Possum Records)
Here’s a song from the 2021 album of the year candidate. The self-titled The Weather Station is my favorite album of the past decade and I can’t wait to hear the new one. There’s a couple of singles already out and available and I love them both.
Michael Feuerstack – I Used to Be a Singer (Forward Music Group)
More 2021 gold. New Michael Feuerstack album Harmonize the Moon is coming out in March and the first single is absolutely marvellous.
Johanna Samuels – High Tide for One (Mama Bird Recording Co)
And even more first singles of 2021 albums. This new song from Johanna Samuels is tremendous.
Lonny – Incandescente
This Lonny single is also something rather otherworldly and easily breaks through the language barrier. I might not understand it, but I can feel every note.
Richard Allen – Reasonably Foolish
This Richard Allen album was one the late treasures of the year. I considered putting it on the album list, but in the end I thought I haven’t listened to it enough yet. However, it definitely deserves some year-end love, so let’s wrap this part of the songs mix with a really lovely song from the album.