God Bless these Crooked little Songs — on FAMS’s Recommended Albums of 2013


The Folk and Acoustic Music Show

from Monday, 16 December 2013

Recommended Albums of 2013


It’s that time of the year again when I look back through all the new releases I’ve been sent and I can honestly say that 2013 has been a good year with some excellent releases from both sides of the Atlantic. I could rename my show to the Scottish Folk and Americana Music Show as that more accurately reflects the balance of music I’ve been playing over the last 12 months and special thanks go to promoters Bob Buchan, Martin Hadden and Geraint Jones who have sent me the bulk of what I have featured on the show this year. Thanks also to all the other promoters and artists who have also posted albums to me or emailed me mp3s and to Neil King and everyone at Acoustic Spectrum. These top 15 are in alphabetical order.

UK\Europe Top 15

Paul Anderson – Land of the Standing Stones
Barrule – Music from the Isle of Man
Battlefield Band – Room Enough For All
The Chair – Road to Hammer Junkie
Djonne & Borsheim – Toras Dans
Judy Dyble – Flow and Change
Tom Houston – Open The Skylights
The Low Countries – The Invisible Ray
Salt House – Lay Your Dark Low
Phil McLellan Smillie – Sound of Taransay
Calum Stewart & Heikki Bourgault – Hunter’s Moon
Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston – Sing A Full Song
Richard Thompson – Electric
Matt Woosey Band – On The Waggon

USA\Canadian Top 15

The Abramson Singers – Late Riser
Sam Baker – Say Grace
Birds of Chicago – Birds of Chicago
Slaid Cleaves – Still Fighting the War
Stephen Fearing – Between Hurricanes
Ashleigh Flynn – A Million Stars
Melissa Greener – Transistor Corazon
The High Bar Gang – Lost and Undone: A Gospel Bluegrass Companion
Rita Hosking – Little Boat
Phil Lee – The Mighty King of Love
Rebecca Pronsky – Only Daughter
Rose’s Pawn Shop – Dancing on the Gallows
J Shogren + Shanghai’d – God Bless These Crooked Little Songs
The Tillers – Hand on the Plow
Woody Pines – Rabbit’s Motel

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JSShanghai’d Saturday morning nostalgia


For more than one presidential term, the Shanghai’d has been busy playing music all the around WYO and beyond, with one skilled musician after another jumping on and off, year after year, gig after gig, from the first show at the Big Horn Mtn Stage to the Snowy Range Music Fest.   This morning seemed like a good time as any to get nostalgic.  and say thanks again to everyone for their contributions to keeping it all afloat.

Photo credits….yikes.  Susan M, Patrick H., Chris S. Ted D., Denver Post, Casper Trib, Danger, ah….and many more.