Ok, is mid October so is a little too early but I'm mostly trying to remember them all, counting them all, decide which one is very worthwhile then we will have the usual top 5 or something.
Let's start with these two
Various Artistis, Rogue's Gallery, Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys
this is a Hal Willner production of old songs, inspired by Johnny Depp carebbean film series. Wilner hilarious liner notes almost worthwhile the entire (double) album, but is the terrific versions of old pirate songs from people like Nick Cave, Lou Reed, Bryan Ferry, Robin Holcomb, Martin Carthy, Stan Ridgway, Bob Neuwirth, Lucinda Williams and yes... even Bobo that makes this a terrific listening.
Solomon Burke, Nashville
You wont expect the now old King of Soul Music singing country music? I wasnt too, but this is 30's country music, the real thing. And, tho Solom's voice is clearly a 'black' voice, the cross over is fascinating. Backed only by some acoustic guitars - sometime some drums - and some excellent vocalists like Emmylou Harris, Patty Loveless and Gillian Welch, this is a truly wonderful surprise.
Stay tuned for more nominations