Top 10 Albums of 2009

Top 10 Albums of 2009

Here are the selector’s top 10 favorite albums for 2009…

  1. Daweh Congo Ghetto Skyline [MK-Zwo Records 2009] 
  2. Willie Neslon & Asleep at the WheelWillie And The Wheel [Bismeaux Records 2009]
  3. Easy Star All Stars Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band [Easy Star Records 2009]
  4. Michael Franti and Spearhead All Rebel Rockers [Anti 2009]
  5. The Avett Brothers – I And Love And You [American Recordings 2009]
  6. Julian MarleyAwake [Tuff Gong Records 2009]
  7. K’NaanTroubadour [A&M/Octone Records 2009]
  8. Courtney JohnMade In Jamaica [Jamaica Music/FiWi Records 2009]
  9. Chali 2naFish Outta Water [Decon 2009]
  10. Major Lazer Guns Don’t Kill People…Lazers Do [Downtown Records 2009]
Top 10 Albums of 2009

Welcome to JamTex

Texas and Jamaica link up connecting roots music traditions here at the JamTex blog. Music pulsates through both cultures, filling the evening air with intoxicating rhythms, beats, and melodies. Jamaican folkways produced amazing original forms of music, including mento, ska, rocksteady, reggae, lovers rock, dub, and dancehall. The sounds formulated out of a vast cultural milieu. Music from native Caribs, Africa, China, and India to American musical forms like New Orleans Jazz, Motown Soul, Memphis Rhythm & Blues, Country & Western, and Rock & Roll, which all influenced the Jamaican music experience.

The state of Texas, the most independent state in the United States, geographically sits where continental North America meets Latin America. Flamenco, Tejano, Mariachi, Blues, Jazz, Gospel, Bluegrass, Polka, Western Swing, Zydeco, Folk, and Rock met in Texas and fused into Texas roots music. Some might even argue that blues and jazz music originated out of East Texas, where African Americans like Blind Lemon Jefferson and Scott Joplin changed popular music forever.

As a connoisseur I’ve listened, collected, and appreciated the fine music playing and exploding out of these two North American bastions of sound. Although two very different places, Jamaica and Texas have several interesting similarities, such as a boastful bad boy-outlaw mentality that both cultivate. And the authentic people of both places hold deep soulful attachments to music, which expresses true feelings and reflects societies in Jamrock and Tejas. 

This blog celebrates the new and old music of Jamaica and Texas. It explores the originators like Bob Wills and U-Roy. It pays tribute to the copasetic psalms of Willie Nelson and Bob Marley, to the songwriters, dub pioneers, boss deejays, blues pickers, country fiddlers, and Third Coast rappers. From Austin to Kingston, from the sound systems of Boston Bay to the Fort Worth honky tonks, this blog explores and follows the musical worlds of Jamaica and Texas. Welcome to JamTex!

Welcome to JamTex