Beat Surrender : Best of 2013

It’s that time of year again to try and break down this years favourites into some kind of order, truth be told the #1 choice was the easiest I’ve had to make in recent years, separating #2 through #5 was a little more difficult – they are all great albums, stylistically very different but all have outstanding songs, from #6 onwards the degree of separation reduces and to be honest if I sat down with the final list next week the order could shift significantly, in the tradition of never doing it exactly the same way year-on-year this time around I’ve gone for a more straight forward chart and the number 33 seemed an appropriate choice given the top ten all found their way into my collection on vinyl (no doubt this influenced the final choices). Having already seen a number of fellow bloggers best of’s it evident there are some big name Americana acts missing from the Beat Surrender run down, as ever too much music and not enough time.

1. Jason Isbell – Southeastern

2. Camera Obscura – Desire Lines

3. Danny & The Champions of the World – Stay True

4. Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You

5. Caitlin Rose – The Stand In

6. Lindi Ortega – Tin Star

7. Holly Williams – The Highway

8. Sturgill Simpson = High Top Mountain

9. My Darling Clementine – The Reconciliation

10. Austin Lucas – Stay Reckless

11. Frank Turner – Tape Deck Heart

12. Chris T-T & The Hoodrats – The Bear

13. Phosphorescent – Muchacho

14. John Moreland – In the Throes

15. Frankie & The Heartstrings – The Days Run Away

16. Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo – Dear River

17. Star Anna – Go To Hell

“For Anyone” by Star Anna (official music video) from Coalter Digital on Vimeo.

18. Thee Spivs – The Crowds & The Sounds

19. Doc Feldman & the LD50 – Sundowning At The Station

20. Israel Nash Gripka – Rain Plans

21. Shona Tucker – A Tell All

22. The Lucky Strikes – The Exile & The Sea

23. Laura Cantrell – No Way Here From There

24. Possessed by Paul James -There Will Be Nights When I’m Lonely

25. Amanda Shires – Down Fell The Doves

26. Frightened Rabbit – Pedestrian Verse

27. MG Boulter – The Water Or The Wave

28 Annie Keating – For Keeps

Annie Keating – All Gone

29. The Handsome Family – Wilderness

30. Paper Aeroplanes – Little Letters

31. Wynntown Marshalls – The Long Haul

32. Slaid Cleaves – Still Fighting The War

33. Lloyd Cole – Standards

Possessed By Paul James – There Will Be Nights When I’m Lonely

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There Will Be Nights When I’m Lonely is the excellent new album from the multi-talented Konrad Wert a.k.a Possessed by Paul James who manages to combine teaching at an elementary school where he recently received a Teacher of the Year award for his endeavours, a busy family life and a musical career that see’s the multi-instrumentalist play a show or more a week and still find time to write and record some fantastic original roots music.

The new album follows his 2010 IMA award winning release Feed The Family and is a collection of songs that tackles head-on the everyday trials and tribulations of life with a directness and honesty that goes straight to the heart and the mind of the listener, stripped of pretence or charade the songs take a direct route to the consciousness, watch the video below to learn a lot more about the album and the songs direct from the man himself.

There Will Be Nights When I’m Lonely also features a guest appearance from steel guitar wizard and producer Lloyd Maines who plays pedal steel on two tracks- you can pick up a copy now directly from the man himself here.

The album is streaming in full at Saving Country Music and a track from the album features on The Muse November Sampler from American Songwriter.

Possessed By Paul James: There Will Be Nights When I’m Lonely from Milk Products Media on Vimeo.