‘Covered Wagon’ is a cover of one of singer-songwriter Danny O’Keefe’s earliest songs. O’Keefe is a Seattle-based folk-rock performer whose work has been covered by a host of artists over the past 50 years. The one readers of this blog might know best is ‘The Road,’ performed by Jackson Browne on his Running on Empty album.
The Weight of These Wings – Miranda Lambert (2016)
It should come as no surprise that the greatest album by my favorite artist would end up as my #1 album of the decade.
I spent a lot of time thinking about the makeup and order of this list, but Miranda Lambert’s The Weight of These Wings was cemented in place before I even began.
I’ve been playing Lambert’s entire catalog on random the past couple of weeks in preparation for the show — seven solo albums plus three with Pistol Annies — and somewhere along the way it hit me: Miranda Lambert is my favorite musical artist. At this point in my life, nobody out there give me more consistent listening pleasure.
My two most-anticipated albums this year are the new releases by Lana Del Rey (due this Friday) and Miranda Lambert (due Nov. 1). I’ll be listening to (and likely writing about) the Del Rey album very soon, but I still have a couple of months of waiting for the new Miranda.
Titled Wildcard, the new album will be Lambert’s seventh studio release. I’ve mentioned before that Lambert is one of the few artists about whom I can say that any one of her albums is her best. She is that consistently great.
Five years ago I did a countdown of my favorite albums of the 2010s to that point, halfway through the decade. Two of my top five entries were by Miranda Lambert — 2011’s Four the Record and 2014’s Platinum.
Five years later, we’re 11 1/2 months away from the end of the decade (wow!) and I have to start thinking about updating that list and arriving at the definitive version. Both of those albums will still be in play, no question.