2010 new discoveries : Devon Allman & Karen Elson


Looking at my music collection, I see that most of the stuff I own isn’t exactly very new. Of the CDs I bought that were released in 2010, most of them are classic rock and acts that have been around for quite a while like Robert Plant and Bryan Ferry. Anyway, here are my favorite albums of 2010.

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Of the albums above, I was particularly impressed by Devon Allman’s second album. Devon Allman is the son of Greg Allman (of the Allman Brothers Band) and his band Honeytribe plays a contemporary brew of blues rock that is not un-similar to Govt Mule. Devon Allman and his band have been playing music for a while, but since he isn’t on a major label, the CDs are relatively hard to find and he doesn’t get too write-ups in the press. I came across Space Age Blues online and found the songs on the album very listenable and the quality of the musicianship high. Huey Lewis also plays some guest harp on the album.

 

The other major find was Karen Elson, a fashion model turned musician. Her debut album The Ghost Who Walks was produced by her husband, Jack White of the White Stripes. This is not a vanity project, however. The music on The Ghost Who Walks is atmospheric and original, and in my opinion, superior to a lot of new acts.

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