I tried…I really tried…
But I just could not trim the list down to a top 10, so 15 it is–and be thankful that I got it below 20. The pain it took to prune this list is a testament to the quality of music being released. If you have other ideas and choices, leave a comment below.
(Hint: You can stream music from most artist’s sites these days.)
15) The Band of Heathens: One Foot in the Ether. Second studio release from this Austin based group. A review, the band’s homepage.
14) Son Volt: American Central Dust. A tight album, good to see them back at it. A review, the band’s homepage.
13) Wolfmother: Cosmic Egg. If you like 70s rock, you will love these Australian guitar rockers. A review, the band’s homepage.
12) Will Hoge: The Wreckage. He has put out 10 albums in 12 years, this is the only one I’ve heard. A review, the band’s homepage.
11) Wilco: Wilco (The Album). The best Wilco since Summerteeth. A review, the band’s homepage.
10) Steve Earle: Townes. I must say I did not care for this album the first time I heard it, but it has grown on me pushing it into the top 10. A review, the artist’ homepage.
9) Patterson Hood: Murdering Oscar. The sophomore solo album from the talented Drive-By Trucker. A review, the artist’s homepage.
8) Justin Townes Earle: Midnight at the Movies. Shows a lot of advancement since his first release, pushing him ahead of his father’s 2009 release. A review, the artist’s page on Bloodshot Records.
7) Jessie James: Jessie James. Kind of like Miranda Lambert with more pop. A review, the artist’s page.
6) The Flatlanders: Hills and Valleys. This super group is incapable of putting out a bad album. A review, the band’s site.
5) Antje Duvekot: The Near Demise of the High Wire Dancer. This album deserves every folk album of the year award offered, it is that good. A reveiw, the artist’s page.
4) The Bottle Rockets: Lean Forward. A decent release, typical Bottle Rockets styled mid-West rock. A review, the band’s page.
–These last three could have gone in any order.
3) The Dustin Bentall Outfit: Six Shooter. This Canadian’s sophomore release show cases some of the best songwriting available. A review, the artist’s page.
2) Ryan Bingham: Roadhouse Sun. He can pull this album off because he is a true cowboy. Country music rarely has this much soul in it. A review, the artist’s page.
1) Chuck Mead: Journeyman’s Wager. Former front-man for BR549, this solo debut shows that country music has a future. A review, artist’s page.
Honorable mentions go to:
- Drive-By Truckers: The Fine Print;
- Charlie Robison: Beautiful Day;
- Miranda Lambert: Revolution; and,
- The Road Hammers: The Road Hammers II.
What did you listen to in 2009?