2015 has been the most challenging, and fulfilling year of my life. As my first year as a ‘professional’ writer, as well as my first year as an adult, the opportunities I took advantage of forced me to see the world in a light I hadn’t previously – There was immense pressure, and anxiety attacks to boot, but underneath it all there was an extremely passionate music obsessive taking the first steps in pursuing the career she dreams of.
I immersed myself in the Blues, purchased record after record, and discovered budding musicians from all over the world, whenever I got the chance. Everything I’ve achieved this year I’ve done for myself, and every piece of writing I’ve done has been from the heart.
Of all the records I delved into over the past 12 months, there were some that continually altered my perception, opened my mind, crawled deep into my soul, and served as soundtracks to my life – Here are 15 of those, in no particular order, with a standout track from each:
Troubador – JJ Cale (1976)
Aretha Franklin – Soul 69 (1969)
Jeff Beck – Blow by Blow (1975)
Rory Gallagher – Tattoo (1973)
G. Love & Special Sauce – Sugar (2014)
Little Feat – The Last Record Album (1975)
The Jungle – BB King (1967)
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – You’re Gonna Get It (1978)
Tina Turner – Private Dancer (1985)
Van Morrison – Moondance (1970)
Eric Clapton – 461 Ocean Boulevard (1974)
JJ Grey & MOFRO – This River (2013)
Bob Dylan – Infidels (1983)
Etta James – Etta James (1973)
Van Morrison – Astral Weeks (1968)
To those who have supported Ultra Underground this year, I cannot thank you all enough!
In 2016, I hope to do bigger and better things to assist in keeping the world of Blues alive. I hope to inspire more Gen Y’s to listen to, and experience everything the genre has to offer, and above all else, I hope to discover a ton of upcoming, guitar slingin’ Blues players round the world.
Peace, love, and keep singin’ the Blues,