Favorite Music Of 2014

music-pic-150x150 The past few weeks of our radio show (aside from Christmas of course) have highlighted some of the best music we’ve featured in 2014. Our favorites of the year are among this Best Of list. This week’s program was dedicated to some of the unheralded artists and songs of 2014, which we dubbed the “Undiscovered List.”

Our Golden Fork Awards are one of the ways that we celebrate great releases, as well as giving you as a fan of indie music the opportunity to let your voice be heard on which artists provided the greatest musical delivery. You can still vote for this year’s award right HERE.

One of the things I enjoyed most in this year was the opportunity to connect with so many numerous indie artists in a wide variety of genres from rock to hip-hop to EDM to medal. The Sound Bites series from this year showcase those artists and the wonderful releases they have.

TCMDP-Logo We expanded our podcast series this year, even starting a new podcast called The Craft Music Discovery which brought us episodes with interviews and new music from Wendy Colonna, Jenny & Tyler, The Infatuations, my longtime friend William Fitzsimmons and Jesse Lacy. Our regular podcast allowed me the chance to talk with one of my personal favorite indie rock bands of the past few years, Dry The River, who released one of the best albums of the year Alarms In The Heart.

Other personal favorites of the year include the new music released by folk rockers The Strumbellas, Chuck Ragan, James Vincent McMorrow’s sophomore album Post Tropical, the aforementioned Wendy Colonna’s Nectar album, and the electrifying guitar rock of Ayon Jones & The Way.

And we can’t forget about the seminal new album from Weird Al that is taking the world by storm. That’s one artist and one album that I will still stick to, no matter how popular it (or he in this case) becomes in the moment. Pure genius.

Would love to know what you think about this year’s music, what stood out and anyone you think we missed. What say you?

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DGrantSmith

Host of the syndicated radio program The Appetizer heard on public radio across Texas and online from our Listen Now link; enjoys conversations, music, food, art, storytelling, and people. Connect with me. Would love to hear from you.

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