Happy New Year and Welcome to the Top Ten Countdown of 2017 Music Releases

| January 1, 2018

WELCOME Texas Fly Fishers TO 2018

I assume many of you are holed-up staying warm, keeping your flies dry, and getting ready … for whatever adventure comes next.

Starting off 2018 on a Monday kind of blunted the usual Monday Morning fare (Monday Morning Sidewalk), but it was all for the greater good of finalizing the Fly Fishing Top Ten Music of 2017. That too, slid from a 2017 to this 2018 post, but I wasn’t exactly getting frothy phone calls demanding the Top Ten NOW!

Most of the deadline pressure exacted on my life is self inflicted, and I realize that what is page 1 today, is in the bottom of the birdcage, or blowing down the street tomorrow (See Lou Grant). Announcing a story lineup applies even more pressure to private parts, and I keep reminding myself to STOP DOING THAT … but I never do.


I had pretty much dispensed with extensive reviews a few years ago, and this year is no different. If you are as lucky as I am, you have a subscription to ITunes and can listen to anything you want for as long as you have the subscription. I saved several hundred dollars with that subscription this year alone! WHY?

Because this year’s Top Ten is actually a Top Fifteen, and there were another ten or fifteen, that didn’t make the cut, but did get a hard listening.

15 – “Pure Comedy” – Father John Misty

14 – “Music From the American Epic Sessions” – Jack White / Various Artists

13 – “Concrete and Gold” – Foo Fighters

12 – “Carry Fire” – Robert Plant

11 – “From a Room Vol. 1” – Chris Stapleton

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10 – “Sad Clowns & Hillbillies” – John Mellencamp

09 – “London Southern” – Jim Lauderdale

08 – “Way out West” – Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives

07 – “Power of Peace” – Isley Brothers & Santana

06 – “Is This the Life We Really Want” – Roger Waters

05 – “A Long Way From Your Heart” – Turnpike Troubadours

04 – “TX Jelly” – Texas Gentlemen

03 – “Tell the Devil I’m Gettin’ There as Fast as I Can” – Ray Wylie Hubbard

02 – “The Nashville Sound” – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

01 – “Shine on Rainy Day” – Brent Cobb

Honorable mentions and artists to watch in the future:

“Eyes Brand New” – Zoe & Cloyd

“”Mockingbird Soul” – Brigitte DeMeyer and Will Kimbrough

“The Lonely Cry of Space & Time” – Anna Coogan

“Self Titled” – Amanda Ann Platt & the Honeycutters

“Telescope” – Kelly Ryan

“Wrangled” – Angaleena Presley

“South Texas Suite” – Whitney Rose

[/ppw]And of course we say goodbye to our beloved Tom Petty. He made the fly charts almost every year he had a release here, and he will be missed so very much. As tough as that loss was, who knows what we have coming in the year ahead? Take my experienced advice, purchase your ticket and go see any artist that is important to you. I never saw Stevie Ray Vaughan and had so many opportunities – so disappointing.

Be sure to add any artists I left off! There are so many good releases, and the subjective nature of this list lends itself to a lot of criticism and I have gone back later to recount those artists who were wrongly left off the countdown.

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Category: Body-Mind-Soul, Culture on the Skids, Music

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