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Best Folk of 2007


1. Dirt Farmer
Dirt Farmer
~ Levon Helm
4.7 out of 5 stars (166 customer reviews)
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Welk Music Group
October 30, 2007
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Levon Helm's early solo albums, made in the 1970s after the Band initially broke up, were hit-and-miss affairs, but his first solo studio release in 25 years represents a rich return to his Southern roots. With co-production and musical support from daugh... Read more

2. Between Daylight And Dark
Between Daylight And Dark
~ Mary Gauthier
4.8 out of 5 stars (22 customer reviews)
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Lost Highway
September 18, 2007
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In an era when too many youthful singer-songwriters earn critical plaudits too easily, the more mature Mary Gauthier's track record has been a heartening exception to that rule. Her difficult early life and ability to create soulful, in-your-face poetry fr... Read more

3. Song of America
Song of America
~ The Blind Boys of Alabama
4.2 out of 5 stars (17 customer reviews)
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Thirty One Tigers
September 18, 2007
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On paper, this project appears as improbable as the partnership that conceived it: former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno and veteran Nashville indie-punk troubadour Ed Pettersen (who happens to be married to Reno's niece). The history of America through ... Read more

4. Like, Love, Lust & The Open Halls of the Soul
Like, Love, Lust & The Open Halls of the Soul
~ Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter
4.1 out of 5 stars (16 customer reviews)
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Barsuk
February 6, 2007
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Jesse Sykes is hard to pin down--and that's a good thing indeed. She overlaps with current trends, but is completely her own artist. There are elements of alt-country, psych-folk, and singer-songwriter-troubadour, but also others that add alluring breadth ... Read more

5. The Calling
The Calling
~ Mary Chapin Carpenter
4.6 out of 5 stars (88 customer reviews)
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Zoe
March 6, 2007
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In recent years, Mary Chapin Carpenter--once among the most promising stars of the folkie infiltration of Nashville ("Down at the Twist and Shout," "I Feel Lucky")--abandoned all desire to dot the country music charts. Free of that ill-fitting yoke she ret... Read more

6. Versatile Heart
Versatile Heart
~ Linda Thompson
4.5 out of 5 stars (18 customer reviews)
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Rounder
August 14, 2007
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Acoustic balladry exquisitely arranged highlights the first album from Linda Thompson in five years (and only her second in 22). With even much of the original material steeped in English traditionalism, the album recalls the best of her early work with fo... Read more

7. Sweet Warrior
Sweet Warrior
~ Richard Thompson
4.5 out of 5 stars (51 customer reviews)
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Shout Factory
May 29, 2007
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Back in the '80s and '90s, Richard Thompson could be depended upon to release a well-crafted collection of Celtic-influenced folk-rock every few years. But when he left Capitol after 1999's ... Read more

8. Civilians
Civilians
~ Joe Henry
4.8 out of 5 stars (25 customer reviews)
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Anti
September 11, 2007
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Though Joe Henry has recently been busier as a producer (for the Grammy-winning Solomon Burke, a well-received collaboration between Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint, and Henry's own collaboration with Loudon Wainwright III), his first recording of his o... Read more

9. Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John
Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John
~ Peter Case
4.5 out of 5 stars (11 customer reviews)
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Yep Roc Records
August 7, 2007
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Since his street-corner-playing days in Buffalo and on through nearly 30 years of making music, Peter Case always seemed to find time for a cover of Sleepy John Estes. Case's first album since 2002's ... Read more

10. Children Running Through
Children Running Through
~ Patty Griffin
4.7 out of 5 stars (116 customer reviews)
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ATO Records
February 2, 2007
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On her fifth studio CD, folk-rocker Patty Griffin employs three timeless themes--childhood, flight, and death--to craft her most musically diverse and accessible album yet. But while moving through jazz, beatnik, classic and modern folk, gospel R... Read more