Of course it just so happened that I had just published my album list for 2014, when I came across an album that should definitely be included. I’m talking about Craig Bickhardt’s latest album from Stone Barn Records, which has also released Nathan Bell’s wonderful albums.

In the meantime Bickhardt has already become a veteran of the singer-songwriter genre but the record has the freshness of a debut album. Bickhardt threads the beautiful songs together like pearls on a string. His lyrics show a lot of life experience but never get too ponderous or didactic. The production is open and clear and after only a couple of times this album nestles itself comfortably in your head and heart. Excellent musicians, with a special mention of the harmonic vocals of daughter Aislinn Bickhardt, complete the picture. Absolutely recommended for lovers of the genre.