Top Albums of 2017: Barefoot in the Head

Continuing our theme of top album write ups, we’ve enlisted Senior Music Supervisor, Leroy Henry, who has been at PlayNetwork since 1999 and has spent his entire career in music. His passion for music runs deep going back as far as the 70s where he was a DJ at Seattle’s rock station KZOK. Leroy tells you why Barefoot in the Head is one of his favorite albums of 2017.

Artist: Chris Robinson Brotherhood (The CRB)

Album: Barefoot in the Head

Twitter: @TheCRB

Track: Behold the Seer

“Who the heck is The CRB?” I asked as I unsuspectingly inserted a new CD. The very moment I heard the opening bars, I was struck by the beautiful, open sonic quality and level of musicianship and arrangements. This was the new Chris Robinson album, formerly of the Black Crowes! The album instantly became my favorite of the year and it’s never wavered. And it’s not what you would really expect – it’s not hard rock but instead is an exquisite array of melodic, acoustic-laced, rock songs somewhere between the early Doobies, Widesrpread Panic and The Band. I’m not kidding you – every song is really good and each little masterpiece has a unique flavor in tempo, arrangement, instrumentation and style. What I appreciate so much is the incredible attention to detail in all the musical changes that occur in each piece, always rewarding me with lots of surprises. The production is super clean with tons of space and clarity and Chris Robinson’s voice is silky smooth and smoky, laying atop the wonderful production. This is real gem that just keeps getting better with each play.

Leroy Henry

About Leroy Henry

Hello, my name is Leroy Henry, a Senior Music Supervisor at PlayNetwork, since 1999. I’ve had the honor and pleasure of spending my entire career in music. Rock ‘n’ roll radio got me hooked at age four and then the Beatles invaded my childhood, pushing me over the top. As music evolved through the 60’s and 70’s, Pink Floyd sent me over the moon!

After dabbling in college radio as a DJ at the University of Washington station, I got a lucky break and was hired at a Seattle rock station, KZOK at age 21, holding down the night-time shift! After DJ’ng in the 70s and 80s at various local rock stations in Seattle, I parlayed my love for music into the retail environment, becoming a music supervisor, curating a wide variety of music styles for brands all over the world.

My passion for music runs deep and I take a lot of pride in putting music together in such a way that it inspires people and helps create an indelible experience for brands.

In my spare time, I help musicians around the country and northwest sequence their album’s track order, helping to produce the best listening experience. I am one lucky soul!

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