Best Of 2017

BEST GROWING UP: J.T. Brown, Phantom Heart


The Tampa songwriter has been forthright about why his promising Americana band, The Groves, disbanded before it could really take off. “I think my ego was probably a bit out of control at that time in my life,” Brown told CL in December. He grows up bigtime on a new solo LP for which St. Pete indie-rock soundsmiths Alex Schultz and Denny Agosto teamed up with producer Shawn Kyle to help Brown come to grips with his past, apologize and live to tell another tale. —Ray Roa