At Whiskey Riff, we let all of our writers have creative freedom to share and write about the music they love or hate. We’re a melting pot of differing opinions. We know how to have fun, and how to get serious. At times, our approach rubs people the wrong way, and we take shit for it. We don’t mind that at all.
We get called skinny jean wearing, bro-country loving, frat-star city boys all the time and we get it (those people don’t do their research, though), but if you want to know what we (as in Wes and Steve) are listening to, what we think is good music and what we play at the office here regularly, here’s your list.
We’ve never been shy about who we really love. Kip Moore, Chris Stapleton, Eric Church to name a few. Wheeler Walker Jr. makes us laugh, while Travis Meadows can make us cry and there is a time and a place for both. Walker Hayes put out one of the most creative albums of the year and while many will argue that there is nothing “country” about it, we dig it, and think nothing of following his music up with Colter Wall, Margo Price or Tyler Childers as we sit in the office drinking ourselves stupid after a podcast.
At the end of the day, we play what we like, ignore what we don’t, but more importantly, we don’t apologize for any of it.
Here’s our top 30 albums of 2017.
30. Walker Hayes: boom.
29. Wheeler Walker Jr.: Ol’ Wheeler
28. Dan Tyminski: Southern Gothic
27. Steve Moakler: Steel Town
26. Brett Eldredge: Brett Eldredge
25. Parker McCollum: Probably Wrong
24. Aaron Watson: Vaquero
23. Alison Krauss: Windy City
22. Willie Nelson: God’s Problem Child
21. Travis Meadows: First Cigarette
20. Sunny Sweeney: Trophy
19. Little Big Town: The Breaker
18. Josh Abbott Band: Until My Voice Goes Out
17. Rhiannon Giddens: Freedom Highway
16. John Moreland: Big Bad Luv
15. Angaleena Presley: Wrangled
14. Sam Outlaw: Tenderheart
13. Natalie Hemby: Puxico
12. Colter Wall: Colter Wall
11. Lee Ann Womack: The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone
10. Carly Pearce: Every Little Thing
9. Turnpike Troubadours: A Long Way From Your Heart
8. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit: The Nashville Sound