Artists To Watch 2016

Again this year my music buying was mostly online, free tracks from NoiseTrade, Google Play, and Amazon as well as preordering mp3s and CDs from Kickstarter and PledgeMusic.

Band Song Why them
01. Alan Doyle 1,2,3,4 If Great Big Sea is no more, we’ll be sad, but Alan solo is still great.
02. Charli XCX & Bleachers Rollercoaster Bleachers released a free album, collaborating with other artists on all the songs off 2014’s Strange Desire. This was one of the best originals.
03. Au Pair In Every Window Gary Louris has a new Jayhawks album with a classic lineup coming out next year (and produced by Peter Buck), but he still found time to start another band with Django Haskins (from The Old Ceremony).
04. I’m With Her Crossing Muddy Waters Aoife O’Donovan (from Crooked Still) and Sara Watkins (from Nickel Creek) are joined by Sarah Jarosz. It sounds as good as you can imagine.
05. Barnstar! Darling Mark Erelli and the Armerding brothers with a touch of country.
06. Found Wandering That Home Far Away Their Christmas album was a must buy after one listen, and so was this.
07. Da Costa I Can’t Stop It Anthony da Costa has a power trio. ‘Nuff said.
08. Della Mae Boston Town Great song, production, and harmonies.
09. Cal Everett Older Now Former 4 Out of 5 Doctors frontman is back.
10. Kristin Andreassen The Boat Song (Gondolier) The slowest tempo of any song here (I love a pop tempo), but couldn’t get it out of my head.
11. Bombadil Amy’s Friend Delicate chamber pop, reminded me of Winterpills.
12. Cassidy Ford Monster A Todd Wright discovery and co-write.
13. love+war Lost I found them because they mashed up Sam Smith/Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (see this for more info), but it turned out they had good songs too.
14. Watkins Family Hour Steal Your Heart Away Sara Watkins’ second appearance here, this time with her brother (and some killer pedal steel from Greg Leisz) on an amazing Fleetwood Mac cover.
15. Darlingside The Ancestor A nice Mumford/Lumineers vibe.
16. The Empty Pockets Find Or Fail A Facebook ad that worked on me.
17. The Sea The Sea How Will We Know FRFF folks making a joyful noise.
18. The Pine Hill Project Sweetest Thing Richard Shindell & Lucy Kaplansky reunite years after Cry, Cry, Cry for a new album with this fine U2 B-side cover. I also liked their cover of “Farewell To Saint Dolores”, but not as much as this one.
19. The Boxcar Lilies Home Tight harmonies from these FRFF vets.
20. Jamie Lawson Wasn’t Expecting That Ed Sheeran’s first signing to his label for obvious reasons.
21. Emily Hearn Volcano Powerful pop found via Luke Brindley.
22. The Lowlifes A Spark Matt Pond was having issues with his label and manager, so started a new band and released an album better that the other one he put out this year.
23. Kat Robichaud Somebody Call The Doctor One Doctor? Three Doctors? Five Doctors? You decide.
24. Michael Clem Going Back To Llanfairpwll-gwyngyllgogerych-wyrndrobwllllanty-siliogogogoch Eddie From Ohio singer/songwriter back with his first solo album in 10 years.