The Shed’s Top Albums of 2018

Every year, we compile a list of the best records released both nationally and locally. 2018 was tough to pinpoint, but here are this year’s best outings!

Top Albums of 2018

  1. “Interstate Gospel” by The Pistol Annies

    A return to form for the all female country super group that can’t seem to do any wrong. Half tongue and cheek honky tonk, half modern country radio rebellion, “Interstate Gospel” roots itself in genre bending sounds and relatable lyrics to connect with an audience broader than mainstream country could ever imagine. Can Miranda just stay here, please?
  1. “Under New Management” by Brian Paddock

    Formerly known as Shimmy from Shimmy & The Burns, Brian Paddock’s solo debut resonates even without knowing his back story. Then you find out he’s a cancer survivor, he had the year from hell on top of that, and he still managed to make an incredible record! But this record isn’t good out of pity, word is most of it was written prior to the woes, it’s good because it’s real and honest. No cheap thrills, no parlor tricks, straight forward and real. Nice to hear that from a local musician who’s trying to make it without compromising himself.
  1. “Loversity” by Sam Lewis

    Sam Lewis fans from the beginning have been asking for this sound for years, and we finally got it. Full band, southern soul, and timely lyrics prove to be a triple punch of success for “Loversity.” While the name may raise an eyebrow, the content is groove oriented, thought provoking, and undeniably easy to listen to over and over. Sam Lewis is slowly creeping his way out of the shadow of a support act and toward the spotlight of a headliner.
  1. “Girl Going Nowhere” by Ashley McBryde

    Ashley McBryde has been a mainstay underground performer/writer in Nashville for years, until 2016 when Eric Church fell in love with her music. Now her first major release is one of the most talked about records of the year. Thanks to attention from big stars like Garth Brooks covering her title track and the lead single having mainstream country success, look for McBryde to have a breakout year in 2019. Currently out supporting Luke Combs, she is poised to overshadow anyone she steps on the stage with.
  1. “The Tree of Forgiveness” by John Prine

    It’s been well over a decade since Prine has released an album full of new material. Like a fine wine, Prine has only grown better with age. Do no wrong super producer Dave Cobb lends his hand to this effort, but honestly, the rawness of the record would lend you to believe Prine was sitting alone in his closet recording the mostly acoustic album. Solemn and full of plenty of breathing room, “The Tree of Forgiveness” doesn’t shove any of its themes down your throat, but instead takes a Dylan-esque approach of letting you have the choice to embrace their subtlety.
  1. “We’re All The Same” by Handsome & The Humbles

    Perhaps the most timely and relevant album on the list, local favorites Handsome & The Humbles do not disappoint on their sophomore effort. Relatable lyrics and characters seems to come second nature for the group on this record as they paint pictures that any retrospective or introspective individual can find familiarity in. By the way, that’s all of us at some point in our lives, I think that’s the point based on it’s title- it’s definitely what makes this record so great.
  1. “By the Way, I Forgive You” by Brandi Carlile

    Dave Cobb teamed with Shooter Jennings to produce this critically acclaimed record. Poignantly dark in some spots, Carlile’s sixth record almost requires a sense of urgency when listening to it. The stories are all connected to a bigger picture that shows that sometimes being human is just plain rough. This record was a risk, a lay it all on the line, throw it all out there effort that could have easily backfired, but it didn’t. It is Carlile’s masterpiece.
  1. “Find a Light” by Blackberry Smoke

    Sometimes satisfying expectations is difficult for artists; BBS make it look easy. Soaked with confidence, “Find a Light” is made for the stage. The album is strong as is, but it is reinforced with heavyweight guests like Robert Randolph, The Wood Brothers, & Amanda Shires. They each add to what has become natural for BBS- strong, well performing albums meant to be played live. And the songs resonate best when heard from the stage, as displayed at The Shed multiple times. While there’s nothing really groundbreaking here, expectations are satisfied and the lyrics all connect to the theme of the need to “Find a Light” in even the darkest of situations.
    And let’s face it guys, music is supposed to be fun. A lot of artists forget that…
  1. “Things Change” by American Aquarium

    2015’s “Wolves” was acclaimed as American Aquarium’s best record yet by many, including us, but now it has real competition. “Things Change” isn’t subtle in its message; it leaves no room to interpret the opinions of the writer. It is a straight forward and well spoken commentary on the world around us(and not just politics). And it’s damn good. In fact, BJ Barham and the guys’ songwriting has never been better. That’s high praise for a group known for its pen more than anything else. And it’s deserved.

1. “Golden Hour” by Kacey Musgraves

Sometimes the masses get it right. CMA’s and Apple Music’s album of the year is also nominated for the Grammy’s album of the year award, and for good reason- it’s a classic. Beautiful in every way and poised to be her career defining effort, Musgrave’s latest record shines light on a year where darkness is more easily found. “Golden Hour” is the silver lining in mainstream’s current direction.

 

Honorable Mentions-
“Family Tree” by Black Stone Cherry
“Anthem of the Peaceful Army” by Greta Van Fleet
“Boarding House Reach” by Jack White
“Encore” by Anderson East
“Venom & Faith” by Larkin Poe
“Down the Road Wherever” by Mark Knopfler
“Good Thing” by Leon Bridges
“Wouldn’t It Be Great” by Loretta Lynn

Spotlight Compilations-
“Confessin’ the Blues”
“Springsteen on Broadway” by Bruce Springsteen
“Glastonbury 2000” by David Bowie

Upcoming releases we’re watching for 2019-
“Old News” by The Steel Woods
Whiskey Myers Untitled new album

Blackberry Smoke 2019 Dates Revealed!

Christmas has come early! The 2019 Brothers and Sisters Reunion will take place on May 17 & 18 at The Shed! Blackberry Smoke will headline the two night extravaganza! Support artists to be announced soon!

Tickets for both shows go on sale FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21 AT 10AM!

Night 1- https://www.theshedtickets.com/event/blackberry-smoke-night-1-2019/

Night 2- https://www.theshedtickets.com/event/blackberry-smoke-night-2-2019/

Elizabeth Cook, Chris Shiflett, and Kendell Marvel to perform together at The Shed!

An all-star lineup of performers will all be gracing the stage inside The Smokin’ Monkey Lounge together during one epic night!

Elizabeth Cook, Chris Shiflett, and Kendell Marvel will all play on Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 at The Shed.
Tickets on sale this FRIDAY, 11/30, at 10AM EST

Here’s a short look at each of these awesome performers-


Elizabeth Cook is a renowned singer-songwriter and DJ of her own show (Apron Strings) on Sirius XM’s Outlaw Country. In the words of the Drivin’ and Cryin’s legendary Kevn Kinney, “Elizabeth is so far ahead and under the radar you better have a supercharger for that fastback if you’re going to catch up!” Elizabeth has performed at The Shed so many times, we lost count! The last time she was here, she joined Todd Snider in one of the most talked about shows in Shed history as a part of The Eastside Bulldogs!

 


Chris Shifflett is best known as the lead guitarist of the Foo Fighters as well as the punk rock cover band Me First & The Gimme Gimmes. Last year, he released his first solo album, “West Coast Town,” to critical praise. He is quickly emerging as a lead act on the Americana scene. This will be his Shed debut!

 

Kendell Marvel has written songs for the likes of Chris Stapleton, Jamey Johnson, George Strait, Jake Owen, Gary Allan, Joe Diffie, and Josh Thompson to name a few. He has become one of the most respected and sought after songwriters in Nashville and released his first album, “Lowdown and Lonesome” in 2017. He rocked the Smokin’ Monkey Lounge last year and went on to open up for Jamey Johnson during the 2018 Concert Season. 

The Steel Woods are FINALLY headlining at The Shed!

After years of performing inside the Smokin’ Monkey Lounge, opening for acts such as Blackberry Smoke and Whiskey Myers, The Steel Woods are finally going to headline a big show during the 2019 Concert Season!

Tennessee Jet will be making their Shed debut to open up the show!

Don’t miss it on Saturday, July 27, 2019. Tickets only $15! On sale now!

Whiskey Myers to return to The Shed in 2019

It’s official, Whiskey Myers will be back at The Shed next year!

After selling out in 2018, they boys will return on Saturday, July 20th, 2019 to rock the house once again! All apart of their “Die Rockin’ Tour.” And, as of now, The Shed is the final stop on the tour!

Tickets go on sale this FRIDAY at 10AM EST! Get them while you still can!

Tribute Month for April 2019 Schedule!

2019’s Concert Season will kick off with Tribute Month featuring some of the world’s most authentic tributes to classic rock’s biggest icons! Check out the schedule below! Tickets on sale now!

The Shed added to Tennessee Music Pathways

The Shed Smokehouse and Juke Joint is proud to announce it’s inclusion in The State of Tennessee’s Tourism Board’s Tennessee Music Pathways!

Tennessee is the soundtrack to America and The Shed is now a direct part of the state’s historic Music Pathway.

The Shed will now take it’s place alongside Sun Studios and Graceland in Memphis, The Ryman and Grand Ol’ Opry in Nashville, The Birthplace of Country Music in Bristol, Bonnaroo, Loretta Lynn’s Ranch, and so many other prestigious music locations in the state of Tennessee.

We at The Shed are honored to be in such company and are thrilled to accept this inclusion.

To learn more about the Tennessee Music Pathways, check out https://www.tnvacation.com/tennessee-music-pathways#

And to see The Shed’s brand new page promoting it’s inclusion, visit https://www.tnvacation.com/local/maryville-shed-smokehouse-juke-joint-0

 

 

Jackyl is SOLD OUT!

That’s it, we’re completely SOLD OUT for 8/18’s Jackyl show! It’s going to be a packed house!
We’ll see you there!

Two Indoor Shows Announced for November!

Two awesome indoor shows have been announced for November. Both are on sale! Check them out below!

November 3rd, 2018 – Ray Scott

Ray Scott has been pushing his brand of underground honky tonk in the alternative country music scene for years, and now he’s bringing his rocking show to The Shed!
CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR TICKETS!

November 16th, 2018 – Monet Maddux CD Release Show

Fresh off working in the studio with Ray Wylie Hubbard and opening for Big Head Todd, Monet Maddux will bring her whirlwind of a 2018 to a close by releasing her brand new album with a FREE SHOW at The Shed!
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

 

Stay tuned to The Shed’s website and social media as more indoor shows continue to roll in. And be on the lookout for a show on Halloween Weekend!