Return of the Jimmies: Top 16 local CDs of 2016
– JIM CATALANO, SOUNDOFF
January 3rd, 2017
Before we say goodbye to 2016, it’s time for me to announce the winners of my annual Soundoff awards, nicknamed “The Jimmies.”
I’ve been covering the Ithaca music scene since 1992, and I started doing these awards in 1994 to recognize the many talented people who make music in the area.
There were more than 40 CDs and EPs released locally in the past year, and while I didn’t get to every one of them, I did manage to listen to just about all of the ones that came out by mid-December.
As has been the case since 1994 (except for 2009, when the Jimmies were on hiatus), these award choices are entirely subjective. The winners receive absolutely nothing except a handshake and a “way to go” next time I see them around town.
The envelopes, please …
3) Johnny Dowd, “Execute American Folklore”: A strong follow-up to last year’s “That’s Your Wife on the Back of My Horse,” this album showcased Dowd’s continuing ability to blend electronic and organic musical elements to create appropriate backdrops for his distinctive vocals.