The Shady Groove : 2015 Year in Review – Best Songs



Here ya go! Check out our unranked list of the best songs of 2015.


Shoegaze – Alabama Shakes



In It’s Infancy (The Waterfall) – My Morning Jacket



Head Over Heels – JD McPherson



Random Name Generator – Wilco



Better Man – Leon Bridges



Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go To The Party – Courtney Barnett



Shake It Little Tina – Low Cut Connie



Stay In My Corner – The Arcs



Guesthouse – David Wax Museum



The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apartment – Father John Misty



4th and Roebling – The Districts





2013 Year In Review Part 2: Top 10 Songs

Jim Morrison - LA Woman

Ah, the art of song. There’s nothing better than a well written, well performed song. Here are my Top 10 songs of the year:

10. Stony Ground – Richard Thompson


9. Can You Get To That – Mavis Staples


8. Limpia Hotel (Chihuahua Desert) – Shinyribs


7. Get Lucky – Daft Punk


6. Walking On A Pretty Day – Kurt Vile


5. Most People – Dawes


4. Come To My Party – Black Joe Lewis


3. Part of Me – Tedeschi Trucks Band


2. Unbelievers – Vampire Weekend


1. A New Life – Jim James



Honorable Mention:

Wallace – The Hard Pans

The Man Who Wants You – Amos Lee

Back Seat Lover – Mayer Hawthorne



Happy Birthday Duane


Rarely has a talent such as Duane Allman ever come and gone so quickly. In the span of around 24 months, Duane Allman went from an unknown artist to a household name with The Allman Brothers Band, put out 2 stellar studio albums, one of the best live albums of all time (Live at the Fillmore East), toured relentlessly w the Allman Brothers, befriended Eric Clapton, played on the Derek and the Dominos Layla album, and also found time to be one of the most sought after session musicians at the famed Muscle Shoals studio.

He stands as one of the best guitarists to ever play rock and roll and his legend will live on.

Today would have been his 67th birthday. So lets us celebrate by listening to even just a portion of the mountain of amazing music that he produced.

RIP Duane

11.20.46 – 10.29.71

 Here’s one of my favorites he plays on Boz Scaggs first album. “Loan Me a Dime”.


RIP Bobby “Blue” Bland


2012 Year in Review (Part 2): Top 12 Songs of the Year

Ahhh, the well crafted song. There’s nothing better than when musical notes and poetry come together to create a beautiful union. A good back-beat, well planned musical flourishes, instrumental solo’s, background vocals, a prefectly timed hand-clap breakdown; these are the things I look for in a great song. That and listenability, playability, and the overall feeling of the song. Regardless of how you listen, we all know a good song when we hear it. So here are my favorites of 2012. Enjoy.

Top 12 of 2012:

12. Ben Gibbard – Teardrop Windows


11. Ben Folds Five – Do It Anyway


10. Heartless Bastards – Parted Ways


9. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Man On Fire


8. Justin Townes Earle – Look the other way


7. Dr. Dog – That Old Black Hole


6. The Lumineers – Ho Hey


5. Lee Fields – Faithful Man


4. Jack White – Love Interruption


3. Dr. John – Getaway


2. Michael Kiwanuka – I’ll Get Along


1. Alabama Shakes – Hang Loose


Honorable Mention:

Gary Clark Jr. – Bright Lights

Neil Young – Oh Susannah

Alabama Shakes – Rise to the Sun

Dr. Dog – Lonesome

Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again