I’m working on a couple “best of” album lists for 2013, including best guitar and best Americana albums (to be cross-posted on No Depression). In the mean time, I’ll share my favorite track of the year.
There’s not a guitar to be heard on “When Love Was King” from Gregory Porter’s Liquid Spirit. It’s no matter, because every guitarist picking a ballad or slow blues can learn something from the man’s careful phrasing, vocal timbre, and masterful use of dynamics. Guitarists often try to emulate aspects of the human voice on their instrument, but rarely do they achieve anything quite this sublime. Happy New Year!