Mark Murray’s 2017 Favorites

WDVX’s Mark Murray shares his favorite tunes from 2017, complete with a Spotify playlist below!

As the host of the Saturday afternoon edition of the Americana Mix, I get to play lots of good music for all of you, and there were some great releases to pick from in 2017. It is always difficult to narrow down favorites, but here is my baker’s dozen that (1) I actually downloaded, (2) Are still in my car CD collection:

2017 Albums

JD McPherson – Undivided Heart and Soul










Rock, punk soul? New Sounding, with an 80’s vibe. Favorite track – “Style (Is A Losing Game)”


Jason Eady – Jason Eady

His sixth album. He’s certainly not “new”, but hear why he was one of Rolling Stone’s “10 New Country artists You Need To Know February 2017”. Gives other singer/songwriters something to aspire to. Favorite tracks – “Rain,“Drive”. He was on the Blue Plate Special in October and here is his video on our YouTube channel:

Jeremy Pinnell  – Ties Of Blood And Affection

Jeremy has been at the Blue Plate several times, and was with me in the studio in November (video on our YouTube channel). He’s got the voice, he’s got the songs, and he’s put it all together on this album. Also chosen as one of Rolling Stone’s “10 New Country artists You Need To Know October 2017”. Look for big things from this guy. Lots of good tracks to pick from… let’s go with “Take The Wheel” and “Different Kind Of Love”. Check out this video from WDVX’s YouTube Channel from Jeremy Pinnell’s WDVX in studio:


Lydia Loveless Boy Crazy (And Single)

More rock than country, more country than pop, more pop than Americana – this “bad girl” does not fit neatly into any one category. Guitarist Todd May has the best rock/pop tone I’ve heard in a long time. Favorite track – “Lover’s Spat”. I liked it even before I found out it’s about serial killer Jeffery Dahmer! (Sorry- we can’t play this one and some of the other tracks on the radio. (Bad girl – remember) Skip the two cover songs.

Marty Stuart – Way Out West

Country, rock, rockabilly, cosmic country psych-surf – is there nothing Marty Stuart can’t do? And it’s all on one album! Favorite tracks – all of them! – OK, “Time Don’t Wait”. Producer Mike Campbell, guitarist from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, contributes to the signature sound.

Mipso – Coming Down The Mountain

These guys have always been outstanding. They are finally getting some long overdue love from the music press – did I say long overdue? Outstanding musicians and harmonies that are absolutely perfect. Favorite track – “Hurt So Good”. They come through Knoxville frequently – go see them. Check out this video from their May Blue Plate Special from WDVX’s YouTube channel:


Moot Davis – Hierarchy Of Crows

Just the right balance of rock/pop/punk/countrybilly Americana. Favorite tracks – “Nighttime In Big Whiskey”,”Here Comes The Destroyer”. If you like to listen to your music at top volume, this is the album!

Nikki Lane – Highway Queen

Nikki has definitely hit her stride in her third album. Raw and polished at the same time. Favorite track – “Jackpot”.

Robert Earl Keen – Live Dinner Reunion

A must-have for all REK fans. Live, with guest artists Lyle Lovett, Cory Morrow, Cody Canada, Bruce Robison, Joe Ely, and more. Favorite Tracks – “Gringo Honeymoon”, “The Road Goes On Forever”.

The Sweetback Sisters – King Of Killing Time

Swing, country, superb harmonies – call the paramedics if you’re not tapping your feet. Favorite tracks- “Trouble”, “I’m Gonna Cry”.


Turnpike Troubadours – A Long Way From Your Heart

Steel, fiddle, electric guitars, and great harmonies – they check off all the right boxes! Favorite tracks – “Pipe Bomb Dream”, “A Tornado Warning”.


Tyler Childers – Purgatory

This is real country music. Not one weak track on this Sturgill Simpson produced album. We were very lucky to get Tyler at the (sold out) Tennessee Shines show in December – there will be very few small venues for him in the future. Favorite tracks are very hard to narrow down, try “Feathered Indians”, “Whitehouse Road”.

Will Hoge – Anchors

After touring solo for a year, his 11th full length album. Favorite tracks – “Little Bit Of Rust” (with Sheryl Crow), “Young As We Will Ever Be”.

Grace’s 2017 Favorites

WDVX’s Grace Toensing shares her favorite tunes from 2017, complete with a Spotify playlist below! In the spirit of the Americana Mix here is a little bit of everything.



2017 Songs

 Best Eclectic Tune

Joseph Huber from The Suffering Stage – Diminished Things

Best Bluegrass Tune
Dailey & Vincent from Patriots & Poets – Feel Good Music
Best Singer Songwriter Tune
Scott Miller from Ladies Auxiliary – Ten Miles Down the Nine Mile Road
Best Country Tune
Zephaniah OHora – Something Stupid


Best Alt Country Tune

Best Blues Tune
Gregg Allman from Southern Blood – My Only True Friend
Best Cover Tune
Ruthie Foster from Joy Comes Back – War Pigs

2017 Albums

Best Eclectic Album
Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro – Static in the Wires
Best Bluegrass Album
Billy Strings – Turmoil & Tinfoil
Best Singer Songwriter Album
Josh Ritter – Gathering
Best Blues Album
Best Rock Album
Chuck Berry – Chuck
Best Alt Country Album
Shinyribs -I Got Your Medicine