Tyler's Albums of the Year 2017

This album brings the desert sands of Mali back to your ears and enlightens the listener with its strong parallels to delta blues. Originally released in 1992, it preceded "Talking Timbuktu," the album he and American blues guitarist Ry Cooder collaborated on and unquestionably brought Ali Farka Toure's artistic prowess to the western ear. "The Source" is a journey from energizing electric desert buggy blues to lulled campfire acoustic lullabies and back again, and without a doubt traces the blues of Chicago, Memphis, and Mississippi to a strand of its roots deep in the western Sahara.