1. Duke Special
This Belfast artist is top of my list because I played his debut album to death earlier in the year. The first song I heard was the single Freewheel, but the b-side I Think I Am Losing You is what really wowed me. I haven't listened to the album much lately but Portrait is a great song.
2. Joni Mitchell
Long term favourite of mine. I guess the first track I heard would be Big Yellow Taxi. The song I really adored first was Hejira. The new album is good and from that I'd select Hana as a current love.
3. Bright Eyes
Late-comer to this band for sure. I first heard and fell in love with them with the single Four Winds. The lyrics really knocked me out. The album Cassadaga has been on my playlist all year. Favourite current track I Must Belong Somewhere