2020 was a year nobody will ever forget. It was President Trump’s final year in office and it was the year of the Coronavirus. However, that didn’t stop good music from coming out. Live music unfortunately was not permitted, unless it was through internet livestream. Music is therapy and it has been there for us during these turbulent times. Here are a list of music releases that I enjoyed during the year.

2020 Blues Albums

Shemekia Copeland – Uncivil War

John Lee Hooker Jr. – Testify

Joe Louis Walker – Blues Comin’ On

Shirley King – Blues For A King

Frank Bey – All My Dues Are Paid

Bernard Allison – Songs From The Road

Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne – Go, Just Do It!

Irma Thomas – After The Rain

Robert Cray Band – That’s What I Heard

Ruthie Foster – Live At The Paramount

Bobby Rush – Down In Mississippi

Bette LaVette – Blackbirds

Bai Kamara Jr & The Voodoo Sniffers – Salone

Andrew Alli – Hard Workin’ Man

King Solomon Hicks- Harlem

Fantastic Negrito – Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?

Aki Kumar – Dilruba

John Nemeth – Stronger Than Strong

Joe Bonamassa – Royal Tea

Albert Castiglia – Wild and Fire

Don Bryant – You Make Me Feel

Mojo Bufford – Mojo Workin’

Ben Harper – Winter Is For Lovers

Sugar Ray & The Bluetones – Too Far From The Bar

Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters – Rise Up

Jose Ramirez – Here I Come

Johnny & The Mongrels – Creole Skies

Linsey Alexander – Live At Rosa’s

Chris Thomas King – Angola

Kirk Fletcher – My Blues Pathway

Dennis Jones – Soft Hard & Loud

2020 Hip Hop Albums

Public Enemy – What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down?

Paris – Safe Space Invader

Agallah & Sadat X – The Gods Have Arrived

Arrested Development – Don’t Fight Your Demons

Nappy Roots – 40RTY

Elzhi – Seven Times Down Eighty Times Up

White Horse – White Horse

Stalley – Speak No Blue

Spillage Village – Spilligion