The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: Dave Rawlings Machine

I am forever running late. While it may not be a part of my charm, I would refer you to the old saying about better late than never. In any case, after probably way too much thought, I finally settled upon my favorite 50 records from the year that was 2015. I'm also mixing it up a little this year, y'all. Instead of ranking every record, I'm giving you my picks in alphabetical order, saving my number one, very favorite record of the year for last. So sit back, relax, and refresh your memory of last year's best with a group of records that I hope will tickle your fancy.

Who: Dave Rawlings Machine

What: Nashville Obsolete

When: September 2015

Where: Acony Records

Why: Nashville Obsolete makes me feel as though I've been transported back to the golden 70s, to the days when life was simpler and the music was amazing. Dave Rawlings Machine takes it to that place through a very appealing Americana vibe, and also keeps true to more traditional sounds with fiddles and a front porch feel. Songs on this record are complex and rich, and the vocal dynamics between Rawlings and Gillian Welch are electric. Dylan comparisons are not at all far-fetched. A very rewarding listen indeed.    

My very favorite jam: "Short Haired Woman Blues"

[posted 4.25.16]


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