Beat Surrender – Best of 2012 – Singer-songwriters

The nominees are:

Vanessa Peters – The Burn The Truth The Lies

Patterson Hood – Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance

Kelly Hogan – I Like To Keep Myself In Pain

Franz Nicolay – Do The Struggle

Michele Stodart – Wide-Eyed Crossing

Simone Felice – S/T

Craig Finn – Clear Heart Full Eyes

Matthew Ryan – In the Dusk of Everything

Justin Townes Earle – Nothings Going to Change the Way You Feel About Me Now

Nels Andrew – Scrimshaw

Wes Finch – Mayflower

Robert James Selby – Scrap Book Ballads Vol. 1

Robert James Selby – Song To Soho

The Great American Desert – Carson City

Lindsay Fuller – You, Anniversary

Quiet Loner – Greedy Magicians

Peter Bruntnell – Ringo Woz Ere

Neal Halstead – Palindrome Hunches

Beat Surrender – Best of 2012 – And the winner is .. .. .. ..

Not one to stick to a format for too long and just because ‘we’ can after a vote I decided to go for another way of doing the obligatory best of for 2012 having professed my love of labelling in the past I thought we’d go the genre route.

Ultimately the blog is about supporting and promoting music that I love, hopefully the posts and links persuade some folks to go out and buy the artists wares in one form or another – and therefore it would be remiss I think not to try and use this opportunity to back-track and celebrate some of the great music that has variously landed in my inbox or on my doorstep in one form another over the last twelve months (and besides which it eases the procrastination I’m suffering from doing this).

So over the next week or so I’ll be presenting you with a summary of the music that’s made an impression this year in the form of seven categories, the six genre based ones are endlessly arguable, one man’s alt-country is another mans Americana etc. so trash my ‘groupings’ if you like, but I’ve one way or another manipulated them into a neat set that suits the purpose, the seventh is reserved for EP’s as there’s being a batch of excellent ones this year.

So in essence I get to be self indulgent, avoid making some tough calls and roll out a summary of the last 12 months at Beat Surrender in a series of posts leading to a ‘the winner is’ final post for each category.

Before that may ‘we’ thank you to all the fine folks who have being supportive of Beat Surrender during 2012 – the majority of the music that’s covered here is on the periphery of the mainstream chart and radio play and relies on the hard work and commitment of the girls and boys of the labels, distribution and PR companies so thank you again for all the submissions and the kind words, thank you to all of the bloggers, radio presenters, podcasters, tweeters and FBFY contributors for continuing to unearth and share some great music and thank you most of all to the musicians who continue to educate, enrich and enlighten my life with their creative talent.

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