07) High Fives 2019 – Bob Bradshaw’s Favourite Americana Songs

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Another album that Allan loved this year was Bob Bradshaw’s “Queen of the West”. You can see just how much he loved it here . There’s just a chance that it might appear as one of his top five albums of 2019 – who knows? “Queen of the West” isn’t just a bunch of songs sequenced in some sort of order, it’s an album where the songs fit together to tell a story from different of points in time with serious and sometimes comic styles. It’s an album you really should check out; make sure you set aside an hour and listen to it from start to finish. So we were more than somewhat pleased when Bob replied to our contributions shout-out with five of his favourite Americana songs from 2019:

 

Tyler Childers – House Fire

 

So simple yet so right, with a mostly-acoustic production that starts off huge and keeps building.

 

Lillie Mae – You’ve Got Other Girls for That

 

 

Quirky, edgy, beautifully sung.

 

Tim Gearan – Future of the Past

 

 

Tim Gearan’s characteristic complex, wry wordplay in a wonderfully loose atmospheric production.

 

Kassi Ashton – Violins

 

 

Funny as hell, not a wasted word in a perfect verse/pre-chorus/chorus build-up -- great roots slide guitar.

 

Caroline Spence --  Who’s Gonna Make My Mistakes

 

 

I’m a sucker for playful mid-tempo songs as good as this one.