Best of 2014

2014 was a dandy of a year for music.

Sturgill Simpson released one of the best and weirdest country albums of recent memory. David Gray and Counting Crows both showed they had at least one more great record in them. And an Irish kid named Andrew Hozier-Byrne proved that there is still some room on modern radio for bluesy rock confessionals.

Below, you will hear some jaunty folk (Shakey Graves, Quiet Life), some blue-eyed soul (St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Leon Bridges), and some old-fashioned country (Sturgill Simpson, Cahalen Morrison & Eli West).

You’ll hear some sad songs (Bitter Memories, The Greatest Bastard, Better This Way), some love songs (You’re with Me, Marigolden), and a couple songs that sound like they were written 50 or 60 years ago (Mighty Son of Abraham, Better Man).

If you find something you like, please support the artists and buy the album, attend a concert, wear their t-shirts, etc. etc.

You can download the compilations or stream each disc via 8tracks below.

Happy listening.

Download link will be available for a limited time:

Disc One
1. Shakey Graves & Esme Patterson – Dearly Departed
2. Judah & the Lion – Kickin’ da Leaves
3. Quiet Life – Housebroken Man
4. Bahamas – Bitter Memories
5. Strand of Oaks – Shut In
6. Counting Crows – Scarecrow
7. St. Paul & the Broken Bones – Half the City
8. The Felice Brothers – Lion
9. Leon Bridges – Better Man
10. Clould Cult – Running with the Wolves (live)
11. Sturgill Simpson – Turtles All the Way Down
12. George Ezra – Blind Man in Amsterdam
13. Hozier – Work Song
14. Field Report – Marigolden
15. Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear – Live by the Water (live)
16. Ben Ottewell – Rattlebag
17. The Young Sinclairs – Don’t Let Me Say (We’re Faster)
18. David Gray – Back in the World
19. Shovels & Rope – Coping Mechanism
20. Conor Oberst – You Are Your Mother’s Child
21. Jake Fulton – When I’m Dead and Gone
22. Ark Life – You’re with Me

Disc Two
1. Hiss Golden Messenger – Saturday’s Song
2. Streets of Laredo – Laredo
3. Nick D’ & the Believers – Find a Little Love
4. Conor Oberst – Zigzagging Toward the Light
5. Blitzen Trapper – Coming Home
6. Bleachers – I Wanna Get Better
7. Sean Rowe – Madman
8. Jack White – Lazaretto
9. Tyler Lyle – Ditchdigger
10. Hurray for the Riff Raff – Crash on the Highway
11. The Deslondes – I Got Found (live)
12. Dalton – Only Names
13. Pete Molinari – Mighty Son of Abraham
14. Cahalen Morrison & Eli West – Livin’ in America
15. Natural Child – Rounder
16. Houndmouth – For No One
17. David Dondero – This Guitar
18. Holy Sons – Life Could Be a Dream
19. Eels – Parallels
20. Ages and Ages – Our Demons
21. Eden Brent – Better This Way
22. Damien Rice – The Greatest Bastard

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