John Oates – Good Road To Follow (2014)

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A recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee with his longtime soul brother Daryl Hall, Oates has always set aside time for solo projects. His latest, Good Road to Follow, was recorded primarily in Nashville and features some of the Pennsylvania native’s best bits of songwriting. While certainly not a tried-and-true country album (whatever that may be these days), the record features some of Music City’s best players, including Dobro master Jerry Douglas and the inimitable Vince Gill, who provides guitar and sings on “Don’t Cross Me Wrong.” The way Oates incorporates his special guests’ talents, from Gill’s harmonies to Hot Chelle Rae’s pop spunk, into his own soul-blues-country compositions makes his Good Road one worth getting lost on.

Chelsea Wolfe – Pain Is Beauty (2013)

cheChelsea Wolfe makes records that transcend time, avoid pigeonholing, and most importantly, allow a glimpse into the soul of a true visionary. Her work is free of the contrivances of lesser artists, the trivial “concepts” and pandering for attention at any cost. Hers is a dignified way of doing things, proven without any doubt by the sheer quality of her work. Pain is Beauty presents not so much an auditory experience as it does an encompassing atmosphere with which the listener can surround themselves, a soul-stirring link with infinity.

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