Susan Castle’s Favorite Songs of 2018

Susan Castle – Host M-Th. 9a-12p

Childish Gambino – “This is America”

Digest the lyrics, absorb the video and be mesmerized and dispirited at the same time. Astonishing.

Ghostland Observatory –“Miss Abyss”

‘cuz I never tire of a good disco beat and still consider the Austin duo’s live epic performance at the Four Seasons during our SXSW live broadcast a 2018 highlight. From See You Later, Simulator, their first full-length in eight years.

Steve Gunn – “New Moon”

A warm acoustic guitar and a gentle thud of a standup bass hooks me and once the shaker comes in, I’m along for the ride that takes me somewhere north of “Astral Weeks” and east of the soundtrack to Midnight Cowboy.  Philly-born, Brooklyn-based guitarist, singer-songwriter and one-time guitarist for Kurt Vile’s band the Violators.  His 4th solo record arrives in January.

Molly Burch – “Wild”

Favorite song hook of the year.  “Wishful thinking’s got me blinded/got me losing all control/ it’s in my nature to be guarded/I wish I was a wilder soul”.  Makes me think of my baby.

Colter Wall – “Plain to See Plainsman”

What a voice! Hard to believed this weathered baritone belongs to a 23-year-old…a singer-songwriter & guitarist from Saskatchewan, Canada. Mickey Raphael’s harmonica adds to the longing.  From Colter Wall’s sophomore album “Songs of the Plains” released in October and produced in Nashville by Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton) and recorded in the storied RCA Studio A.

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