Artist's Albums of 2017: Jarrod Dickenson
We asked some friendly acts to tell us who released some of their favourite albums in 2017. Jarrod Dickenson spoke to us earlier in the year about his new album, so we went back and asked him about his favourite music of 2017.
Randy Newman is, in my opinion, one of the finest songwriters of this or any generation. His satirical take on life and human beings is always spot on, often hilarious and wholly brilliant, and this album is no exception. I laughed, cried and thought "Damn...why didn't I write that?" all throughout this album...and sometimes all on the same song.
Sharon Jones was the very definition of soul. Few artists can consistently deliver such quality music with such grace and heart, but she always delivered. Her final effort, Soul of a Woman is a stunning, punchy, tour de force, and one to be played on repeat.
David Ford is one of the finest songwriters I've ever met, and one of the most captivating performers I've ever seen. I've been fortunate to get to know him personally over the last five years, and I'm constantly learning from him as a writer and an artist. He approaches songwriting with equal parts artistry and elbow grease, and consistently delivers "tens across the board". His latest EP is some of his best work yet, and I, for one, am anxiously awaiting the release of the full album.
I became aware of Joel Paterson around December of last year when he posted a video a day of his own interpretations of classic Christmas songs to count down the days until Christmas. At that time I, like many others, wished that he'd record a Christmas album, because the videos he put up on social media were absolutely stunning. Well, our wish came true this year when he released Hi-Fi Christmas Guitar, an album consisting of 14 classic instrumental Christmas songs, recorded in the styles of Chet Atkins, Les Paul and more. Joel Paterson is truly one of the finest guitarists on the scene today, and this album makes me want to curl up next to an open fire with a glass of fine whiskey and let his gorgeous melodies wash over me in all their yule-tide glory.
To close out my Top 5 albums of 2017 I chose English songstress Lucy Rose's latest offering, Something's Changing. I've been a fan of Lucy's music for several years, and this is, in my opinion, her best work yet. She weaves haunting melodies together with poignant and expertly crafted lyrics to create a truly beautiful album. This is one that my wife and I have listened to countless times over the last few months, and it is still a favorite in our household.
You can find out more about Jarrod from his website, and hear his latest record, Ready The Horses, on all streaming platforms.