Five Cool Ones: The Top Five Rock Albums of 2019

Rock, of course, is not dead. In fact, it is better than ever, you just need to know where to look. Sure, a lot of bands reference some of the great groups of the past, but in the days when Motley Crue sells out arena-sized venues playing to backing tracks when good old Rock and Roll is delivered with passion the craft should be admired.

Here are five really cool Rock albums that Rock is the New Roll will be endorsing for 2019.

Crazy Lixx – Forever Wild

Who knew that some of the hardest-hitting hard rock of the year would be coming from Sweden. Having created a semi-genre of their own, ‘The New Wave of Swedish Sleaze’ these guys can lay as much claim to the Sunset Strip as the Hollywood Vampires.

Grand Slam – Hit The Ground

When Thin Lizzy front-man Phil Lynott broke up with his band he rebounded with a band formed with friends and talented associates that were called Grand Slam.  And now, in 2019, rising from the ashes of this band is a record that is as good as any Rock album you will hear all year. The grit and melody that Thin Lizzy made, famously, are presented here in splendid glory.

Whiskey Myers – Whiskey Myers

Combine Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Black Crowes, and Jason and the Scorchers, and you pretty much would get the DNA of Whiskey Myers. Singing for the great American heartland singer Cody Cannon howls out that he needs a bible, a gun, and gasoline. Holy smokes!!

Airbourne – Boneshaker

If Bon Scott would have never met his demise his new of this world band would sound like Airbourne. Boneshaker is a sledgehammer of a record knob-twirled by the producer of the moment, Dave Cobb. This record is a flaming stripped-to-the-bone blast of sweat, sex, and danger.

The Defiants – Zokusho

Every song on this record is an anthem, and that is no joke. There are elements of Foreigner, Whitesnake, Def Leppard, all over this one. These guys party like it’s 1989 all over again. Led by survivors of the glory days of hair metal this one is indisputably the best Melodic Rock album of the year.


Five Cool Ones: Five New Albums Released This Week (October 25, 2019)

One of the best weeks of the year on the new record front. Ringo Starr, Allison Moorer, Harry Connick Jr. and a lot more. Here are five new records that demand some of your ear time.

Airbourne – Boneshaker

If you thought that Bon Scott era AC/DC wasn’t going to walk through that door anytime soon, you would be wrong. Save your money, don’t buy that time machine, just light your ears on fire with this one.

Grace Potter – Daylight

We haven’t heard much from Grace Potter for a while as she has been taking a break, getting married, and having a baby. Now she is remaking her image a bit from Chick Rocker to chanteuse. Listen closely and you will hear a woman coming of age before your very ears.

Ringo Starr – What’s My Name

There is no wheel reinventing going on here. Ringo is happy as clam just being Ringo, and he does it in style on this one. Chock full of old friends and band mates that have been part of Ringo’s All Stars touring show over the years including Colin Hay, Dave Stewart and Joe Walsh, the vibe is loose, fun, and professional. Sure, some of the songs can be a bit corny, but hey, who can argue with peace and love.

Allison Moorer – Blood

You will be hard pressed to listen to a more poignant record this year as Mrs. Hayes Carll presents a biographical record in conjunction with a book release later in the year. Having been raised by her sister Shelby Lynne after her father killed her mother and turned the gun on himself, the album, as well as the book, will take you on an emotional journey that will make you feel alive.

Goodbye June – Community Inn

Nashville’s favorite sons Goodbye June finally deliver what should be their breakout album. Full of anthemic Southern Blues Rock with more hooks than a season of Dangerous Catch, this just might be the Rock and Roll record of the year.

New Music Friday: What We’re Listening To (September 6, 2019)

Greta Van Fleet – Always There

We have a bit of a love/hate relationship band with this band of brothers. While the music they make is stunningly good despite the obvious comparisons to Led Zeppelin, the narrative that they are the sole saviors of Rock and Roll is simply not true. This latest track from the Movie A Million Little Pieces shows a band maturing before our very ears.

Trigger Hippy – Strung Out On The Pain

Yes folks, the rumors are true. Trigger Hippy has a new record coming out, the drop date is October 11, and we cannot wait. “Strung Out On The Pain” is the third single to be released by this Nashville band that will have you reaching back to dig out your old Poco and Pure Prairie League records.

The Down ‘n’ Outz – Another Man’s War

Joe Elliott, front man for Def Leppard, is a huge fan of Ian Hunter and Mott the Hoople. When performing with his side-piece band The Down ‘n’ Outz, they will cover most of the Mott catalog along with selected really cool covers. Here, they are getting ready to release an album of original songs. “Another Man’s War is the second single to be released from their soon to be released record.

Mean Old World – North Mississippi Allstars (feat. Jason Isbell, Duane Betts)

The North Mississippi All Stars get a lot of play in the offices at Rock is the New Roll, and Jason Isbell and Duane Bett’s ramp up the coolness even more on this one. For extra credit check out the new album by the Allman Betts Band, Down to the River

Airbourne – Boneshaker

Much in the same way that the Van Fleet boys evoke Led Zeppelin, the band Airbourne is pure AC/DC. And, since Angus and company won’t be coming out with a record anytime soon, these rock & rollers are a pretty good substitute.

Devendra Barnhart – Taking a Page

The latest single from his forthcoming album, Ma, to be released on September 13th. The song, heavily inspired by Carole King, share a line and melody form “So Far Away.”