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 Cool Records Released This Week (May 17, 2019)

It definitely is a slow week when a new Dionne Warwick album and an instrumental covers record from Jimmy Webb are worthy of note, but fear not. We did manage to come up with five pretty cool albums that were released this week.

Crazy Lixx – Forever Wild

This one comes right from the belly of the Sunset Strip circa 1982. There is not a lot of nuance on this album, but is that such a bad thing.

Alex Lahey – The Best of Luck Club

The second album from this Australian songstress. Here, she matches her catchy hooks with solid songwriting.

The South Austin Moonlighters – Feels Like Home

These guys cover all of the Roots Rock bases. Americana, Blues, Country, you name it this band has it covered. Whether it is the Leon Helm inspired vibe of the title track or the Eagles-Like harmonies on “Carry Me On” this is a grower of a listen.

Jimmy Vaughan – Please Come Home

Jimmie Vaughan plays Texas Blues better than pretty much anyone in the game. Here, he handles less than obvious Jump-Blues covers with the aplomb of the savvy veteran that he is. “Midnight Hour” is worth the price of admission alone.

Lizzo – Cuz I Love You

If you are not familiar with the phenomenon that is Lizzo it is time to right that wrong. Unashamed of her body image or her sexuality her debut record is earthy, vibrant, and brilliant.

Video of the Day: Crazy Lixx – Wild Child

This Swedish Hair Metal Rock Band, yes they do exist in 2019, carries the Rock and Roll torch with pride. One of the last standing bands of the New Wave of Swedish Sleaze, these guys don’t take themselves too seriously and that is half the fun. With a band name this cool, they have to be Rock and Roll. And, they most definitely are.