WTJU Best of 2021 – Michael Pillow

Michael Pillow has alternated on Something New (Wednesdays from 4-7 pm eastern).

2021 produced a lot of great new music, from both well-known and lesser-known artists. As listeners may have gleaned, I lean toward a sound that I can’t necessarily characterize beyond “melodic and perhaps also harmonic.” Here are what I believe are my favorites,. These are not necessarily in order, although I have a pretty clear number 1 based on that album’s diversity and virtuosity.

1. Forest Sun/Stubborn Breathing Heart/Forest Sun Music

2. The Burnt Pines/The Burnt Pines/The Burnt Pines

3. The Steel Wheels/Everyone a Song Vol. 2/Big Ring Records

4. Anders Osborne/Orpheus and the Mermaids/5th Ward Records

5. Anya Hinkle/Eden & Her Borderlands/Crossroads Entertainment & Marketing, Inc./Organic Records

6. Tim O’Brien/He Walked On/Howdy Skies Records

7. Jackson Grimm/Sober Again/Jackson Grimm

8. The Accidentals/Time Out Session #1 (EP)/The Accidentals

9. The Brother Brothers/Calla Lilly/Brother Brothers, under license to Compass Records

10. John Hiatt/Leftover Feelings/New West Records, LLC

11. Robin & Linda Williams/A Better Day A-Coming/Robin and Linda Wiliams

12. Hiss Golden Messenger/Quietly Blowing It/Merge Records

13. Dar Williams/I’ll Meet You Here/Dar Williams under excl. license to Renew Records a BMG Company

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