Welcome to list #2, The Best of 2017 Top 30 for Southern Rock/Blues. This is the first of two lists that are generated from the music that is featured on my radio show, 6 Ways 2 Sunday. The other list (#3, Country/Americana/Bluegrass), will be posted tomorrow.
The previous list can be found on the main page if you’re a fan of hip hop or rap music.
With that, let get this party started!
30) Devil Dog Road – Next Exit
Finnish band starts us off with their new release. Full of Southern rock inspired rockers in the vein of The Georgia Satellites, this band manages to add a touch of blues to their style to really put the icing on the cake.
29) Phil Swindle – Art of Soul
Soul inspired Blues. Great vocals combined with catchy tunes that make for a record that some might compare to Blues Traveller in places.
28) Snowy White & The White Flames – Reunited
Laid back blues with touches of Gary Moore. A great record to chill to.
27) Big Joe Kennedy – Brassiere Busting Boogie
Jazz Swing inspired Piano Blues that invokes visions of Dark, smokey clubs and old school speakeasy’s.
26) Tommy Castro & The Painkillers – Stompin’ Ground
Combining Blues with a Southern Rock edge, this band strikes a perfect balance of fire and passion on this release, a record that will both rock you and touch your soul.
25) The Glenn Marais Band – The Mojo Train
Guitar driven blues that combines soul and funk in places to create a record that really smacks ya in the brain!
24) Savoy Brown – Witchy Feelin’
Southern Rock inspired Blues from this veteran band that has been delivering rock solid tunes for 50+ years now and sound as inspired as ever!
23) The Yawpers – Boy In A Well
An almost punk inspired Southern Rock meets Rockabilly style concept record from this Denver based band. What it lacks in polish, it more than makes up for in intensity. One of the most original records this year.
22) Blindstone – Blues-O-Delic Celebration (A Tribute To The Blues)
This band comes in with the ONLY record that breaks the rules for my criteria when choosing my list. I normally do NOT include covers collections but this record was so bad ass that I couldn’t help but put it on the list. It also helps a ton that they did NOT record your run of the mill covers here. They really dig for some rare gems from classic artists and then add their own STANK to them, so to speak.
21) JD & The Straight Shot – Ballyhoo!
Thought provoking Blues with Americana touches, this is a record that is sure to please fans of multiple styles of the blues genre.
20) Wes Lee & Th’ Possum Foot Mojo – Lucky 7
Acoustic driven blues with social awareness and a big voice to back it all up. One of the best finds this year in this genre.
19) Southbound Snake Charmers – Rhythm ‘n’ Rust
Melbourne based 3 piece band that specializes in delta blues that deliver a stompin’ set of jams that is perfect for pubs everywhere!
18) Justin Johnson – Drivin’ It Down
I first discovered Justin’s music through a viral video of him playing a guitar created from a shovel. That led me to this record and damn, what a record. Mostly instrumental in nature, Justin plays with the same intensity that made Steview Ray Vaughan such a legend.
17) Greasy Gravy – When The Game Is On
A collection of Soul inspired Blues from this Norwegian band that is releasing their debut record after 20 years of performing together. It’s that kind of style that made Beale Street famous.
16) Blackwater Conspiracy – Shootin’ The Breeze
This Irish group land here with their Southern Rock inspired collection of tunes that bring to mind what the Black Crowes might have become had they stayed together. A Smoking collection of tunes that really kicks.
15) A Thousand Horses – Bridges
Southern Rock inspired Country music. It might be a bit too country for some Southern Rock fans or vice versa but I think the band strikes the perfect balance between the two styles with a mix that is interesting without the modern day ‘cheese’ factor.
14) Medicine Hat – Firebird
A fiery, rebel rousing collection of Southern rock tunes from this London based band that brings early Blackfoot to mind. A great set of tunes for drinking beer and driving fast! (Not at the same time, though! Be Safe!)
13) Walter Trout – We’re All In This Together
Walter returns here with a collection of tunes that he shares with an A-List group of performers including Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Robbin Ford, Eric Gales, Joe Bonamassa and more. It’s a stomping set of tunes sure to please.
12) Jay Jesse Johnson Band – Down The Hard Road
a big, bombastic collection of tunes from this Ohio based guitarist and singer. This is the kind of record that Gary Moore would have delivered during his hey day.
11) Sean Chambers – Touble & Whiskey
A stomping set of tunes from this Florida based performer that is steeped in Texas blues. Imagine if Jeff Healey and SRV got together for a wild music romp.
10) Scott H. Biram – The Bad Testament
Does anyone really do blues quite the same way that Scott does? From Raging rockers like TrainWrecker to slow, moody stuff like Righteous Ways, this cat knows how to deliver a blistering set of well crafted tunes.
9) Johnny Lang – Signs
Jonny returns with a monster set of tunes that proves why he’s one of the best in the business. A bit more rock oriented in places, it still retains plenty of blues touches.
8) Southern Avenue – Southern Avenue
Memphis based band that lands here with an inspired collection of tunes that perfectly combine Memphis Soul and blues with a funkier than your Mama edge! Big time vocals really put this over the edge.
7) My Dynamite – Otherside
Much like Blackwater Conspiracy above, a collection of tunes that brings to mind The Black Crowes style but with modern edges and better production. This is a great CD to play in the car really LOUD!
6) Gov’t Mule – Revolution Come…Revolution Go
Mule comes in here with a huge 18 song collection of Southern Rock and Blues inspired tunes that perfectly define what this band is all about and why they’re one of the most beloved in this genre.
5) Elles Bailey – Wildfire
Coming in with a record that invokes shades of Beth Hart, Elles really blazes a scorching path across this set of tunes that make her one to definitely watch for from here on out. One of my favorites to play on the radio show this year.
4) Eliza Neals – 10000 Feet Below
Nobody represents Detroit style blues more than this bombshell of a performer right here. Whether it’s with soulful wail on songs like “Another Lifetime” or whoopin’ it up on something like “Merle Dixon”, Eliza goes for broke, leaving you wanting more!
3) The Urban Chiefs – Grains of Truth
This Australian based two piece band has been featured on my radio show numerous times and never fails to deliver a whallop! This record proves why they should be headlining shows everywhere! It’s a monster set of tunes that are delivered with the force of a locomotive to the brain. This is essential listenign for any fan of blues, rock, or just musical in general!
2) Gregg Allman – Southern Blood
Knowing that you’re dying can have a sobering effect on a persons songwriting I can imagine. Written as sort of a Goodbye Love Note to his fans, Gregg delivers an absolutely stunning masterwork here with songs that damn near bring you to tears in places. I can’t imagine a better way to close out your career.
1) The Teskey Brothers – Half Mile Harvest
Hands down, my RECORD of the year for ANY genre! My most listened to record this year and easily one of the best debuts I’ve heard in the past 25 years! This group of Australian musicians deliver a set of world class tunes that simply are breathtaking! Combining Delta Style blues with soul for days to create a sound that will knock you for a loop! It just doesn’t get any better than this right here!