Music

It was another great year for new music. We got a new album from The Black Keys for the first time in 5 years and for the first time in over 10 years from The Raconteurs. Jeremy Ivey stepped out of the shadow of his singer/songwirter wife Margo Price with a strong solo debut. The reunited Vivian Girls released perhaps their best record to date.

Last week, Morning Edition began a series called One-Hit Wonders / Second-Best Songs. Each segment focuses on a musician or band whose career in the United States is defined by a single monster hit, and explains why their catalog has much more to offer.

In this installment, Zane Lowe, host of Apple Music's Beats 1 radio, makes his case for Spandau Ballet, a group whose sensual song "True" was a Top 10 hit in the U.S. in 1983 and endures as a film sync favorite. Read Lowe in his own words below, and hear the radio version at the audio link.

An anchor of the classic mid-century Nashville sound, the pedal steel guitar has been a trusted part of the broader pop palette at least since Jerry Garcia added affable, if primitive, pedal steel to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's "Teach Your Children" in 1969 and B.J. Cole provided atmosphere on Elton John's "Tiny Dancer" in 1971. But over the past decade and change, a vibrant new generation of players have taken up the unusual instrument, directing its microtonal bends and aching cries towards more modern expressions.

Blues With A Twist Best Blues of 2019 (in no particular order)

Ash Grunwald -  Mojo

Billy Price – Dog Eat Dog

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