Before exiting this blog, I wanted to do, for one last time, a wrap up on the year. Please feel free to add your thoughts.
Some of my favorites:
--David Johansen in January. Very New York. An honor to hear the guy who created one of my all-time favorite records: "Funky But Chic."
--Los Straitjackets in February. Guaranteed crowd-pleasers.
--Joan Osborne in March. Went into the show thinking I wouldn't like. Came out a fan!
--Rodney Crowell in March. Classy. I read his book, too. Chinaberry Sidewalks.
--George Winston in March. I didn't do the show but my significant other, Laura, did and really loved it. Since the show she's ponied up and bought a couple of his CDs. No greater tribute.
--Janis Ian in April. Another show I went into thinking I wouldn't like, but was knocked over by her talent. If you get a chance to see her, don't pass it by.
--Soul Rebels Brass Band in June. Great energy and musicianship.
--Jake Shimabukuro in July. Brilliance with class.
--Tommy Castro Band and friends in August. Tommy breathes new life into the blues.
--Deke Dickerson in September. Great energy, fantastic musicianship and upside down guitar playing by Deke's drummer Sugarballs. These guys know how to entertain!
--Rosanne Cash in November. One of the classiest shows I've ever seen.
--Lake Street Dive in December. New and worth noticing.
--Justin Townes Earle in December. I really looked forward to this show and was not disappointed. JTE is a solid songwriter and performer. He knows what he's doing.
And, of course, the last two shows I worked, Duncan Sheik and Savoy Brown, were faves. I didn't think I would like Duncan Sheik but something about his vibe I really enjoyed. Talented singer, too, by the way. And Savoy Brown--founder Kim Simmonds on lead guitar--is always solid.
But enough about me. Please post your favorites and why.
Then I'll land this plane.