I'm excited to hear the new discs from Will Kimbrough ("Wings," out Feb. 23) and the Drive By Truckers ("The Big To-Do," out March 16), but after last night's Del McCoury Band/Preservation Hall Jazz Band show, I'm declaring the soon-to-be-released "Preservation: An Album to Benefit Preservation Hall and The Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program" the lead candidate for 2010 Album of the Year.
Granted, I haven't heard one full song off the album and, yeah, "special guests" albums have a tendency to be greater in concept than execution, but between reading the stellar list of special guests on the album and seeing the collaboration between the McCourys and the Preservation Hall Jazz band in person, I'm feeling pretty confident in my assessment.
Skeptical? Check this preview out.
I think an album with Pete Seeger, the Del McCoury Band, Amy LaVere, Jason Isbell, Merle Haggard, Tom Waits, Buddy Miller, Dr. John, and Steve Earle has a pretty good chance of not sucking at all. You can find out for sure on February 16.
And here's another tip: when the Del McCoury Band and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band officially start touring later this year, go.