Author: Leon Blair
I'm an album guy - always have been and always be. Here at Country Music Minds, we take the concept of an album very seriously, so much so that you could say we have higher (or stricter) standards than other blogs. That being said, 2016 had a lot of great albums, more so than we could fit in with our album of the year candidates. Therefore, we wanted to put together a list of what we considered to be the top 25 albums of this year. They aren't ranked in any particular order. All they are is proof of how great 2016 was from a musical standpoint.
Please note, OUR ALBUM OF THE YEAR CANDIDATES ARE NOT HERE. THEY ARE LISTED RIGHT HERE! However, these other eleven albums are also considered to be among the best that 2016 had to offer. Without further ado, here they are -
Author: Zackary Kephart
I know what you’re thinking. Zack, what the hell could this possibly be? These aren’t cowboys carrying on the traditions of country music. They’re three dudes playing poker with the middle one looking like Jim Carrey’s stunt double from Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. What could you possibly have to say about this or convince me to check it out?
Well actually, I have quite a lot to say about the Las Vegas based band, The Royal Hounds. I admit, I like to go into new projects completely blind, letting the music doing the talking and deciding whether or not I want to cover this particular album and band. Let me tell you folks, if you go into the discography of the Royal Hounds completely blind, you’ll be in for a surprise, and most of all a treat.
Known for their crazy live shows filled with outrageous antics and high energy performances, the Royal Hounds are a band with heart. And you better believe that all of that energy and craziness is evident on their latest release, Poker All Night Long, hence why this is quite the project to come into blind.