1. Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby
Catskill, Feb. 16
Billed as the Homemade Aeroplane Concert, this was a house concert in their own house, the deep, narrow room reimagined as an airline, an apt metaphor for the journey that took place over the course of two sets.
The Ale House, April 18
With the packed room practically spilling out the doors, the quartet, bolstered with horns, lifted the Ale House right off the ground.
3. David Lindley
The Van Dyke, May 1
Wooden instruments, metal strings, and everything else in the world disappeared behind those transformative sonics.
4. Ian McLagan
Bearsville Theater, June 21
Joined for half the set by his bass player, “Mac” played to the small audience with the verve he’s brought forth on stages aorund the world in famous bands as either a member or sideman.
5. Session Americana
Caffe Lena, June 22
They gathered ‘round once again, making it look like it’s as easy as making toast (but it’s not).
6. Al Bruno
Seven Horse Pub, Aug. 15
Singing with recorded backing tracks, Bruno is so full of commitment and idiosyncratic style that you can’t help but feel uplitfted as he throws himself fully into a range of popular songs from the past half century, coming into robust full bloom with his favorite, Neil Diamond, all the while doing dance moves that exist nowhere else on Earth. (And if that last name is familiar, he’s the brother of the fallen state senator.)
7. Peter Wolf & The Midnight Travelers
The Egg, Oct. 19
Aging gracefully in large part because he remains an artist, always moving forward.
8. Elvis Costello
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Nov. 6
With a back catalog large enough for a half dozen singers, Costello commanded the stage alone, favoring many forgotten numbers, but also keeping audience expecations in check with an occasional hit.
9. Los Lobos
The Egg, Dec. 3
Their 40th anniversary!
10. The Chandler Travis Three-O, Steve Shook
Caffe Lena, Dec. 6
The usual delights with the added bonus of Chandler’s musical partner from the ’70s duo of Travis Shook and the Club Wow, Mr. Steve Shook.