Paul’s Favorite New Music of 2018 Part 1

Its been another great year for music, both reconnecting with the classic songs I grew up with, older songs I love, and discovering new music.  I really feel that one way to stay young is to seek out all the great new artists and music that’s being continually made.  So here are some of my favorites from 2018 in no particular order (but I will save my favorite for last).  These are the songs and in a couple cases whole albums that connected with me this past year.  I’ll do this in 2 posts, here’s post 1.

Skinny Lister – Thing Like That

I first got into this self described “shanty punk” band when they opened for Frank Turner a few years back and saw them live earlier this year.  This song is their statement about all the craziness that has been happening in their own country re: Brexit and in the US with the election of Trump.


Amy Shark – I Said Hi

Great pop song from an artist getting a lot of attention down under in her native Australia. She’s been quoted saying this song is “It’s an anthem for anyone who is waking up everyday fighting for what they believe in and challenging the universe!”  And its catchy too!


Miya Folick – Thingamajig

Off her debut album Premonitions, this hauntingly beautiful song is all about saying your sorry and truly meaning it.


The West Coast Feed – You Belong to Me

I first heard about this 9 piece self described “swagger rock/soul” band off a fellow music blogger’s site (but I am forgetting who!).  I love the video where they completely upend the laid back cocktail party.  If this doesn’t get your toes tapping, there is no hope!


Liz Brasher – Body of Mine

This quote from this Memphis based artist says it all: “I don’t like rules, and I don’t like to be put into a box.  I make music that’s garage rock meets the Delta blues meets gospel meets soul. It’s southern music — my version of southern music.” This sultry song sums it up perfectly.


Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

My partner in crime Mike turned me onto this Denver based band.  I love the old school soul/R&B vibe of this song off their album Tearing at the Seams


Post 2 coming soon….




5 thoughts on “Paul’s Favorite New Music of 2018 Part 1”

  1. I know it sounds sad to say, but I’ve mostly given up looking for new music. I feel it’s very unlikely I’m ever going to find something as dynamite as The Beatles, The Stones, Cream, Jimi Hendrix and The Allman Brothers, to name a few of my favorite artists. I also think there’s so much more ’60s and ’70s music I’ve yet to explore, so why waste time with contemporary stuff I generally feel lukewarm about at best.

    That being said, and I realize it’s somewhat contradictory to the above, I’m happy when come across young artists I dig, such as Greta Van Fleet, Southern Avenue and Jane Lee Hooker. From the artists you highlighted above I only recall Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – like that tune. The West Coast Feed and Liz Brasher also intrigue me, so I think I’m going to further check out these three artists. Thanks for highlighting them!

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    1. I hear you on the classic stuff. There probably won’t be another Beatles but that said some of my favorite bands started recording after 2000. OK I’ve decided that one of my goals for 2019 is to try to turn you on to some new bands! 😀

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