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Americana in 2010: The best authentic music released this year.

Rob "Rob"
The list author says: "Other cd's that should be acknowledged or that I didn`t have room for below are by Johnny Dowd "Wake Up The Snakes", Caleb Klauder "Western Country", Salty Dogs "Brand New Reason" (Max Recordings), Esquela "The Owl Has Landed", Joe Flood "New Kind of Blue", Mark Erelli, "Little Vigils" (Self), Joe Fournier "Truth & Twang", Caleb Stine "I Wasn't Built for a Life Like This", Mike McClure "Zero Dark Thirty" , Nick Cave's rock band "Grinderman II, Pete Berwick "Give it Time" (Shotgun), Kip Boardman "The Long Weight", Brock Zeman "Ya Ain't Crazy Henny Penny"(Mud)& $100 Difference (Isotope), Ray Barnard & The Reverberation (former frontman for The Copperheads), "Tinted Windows to the Soul" and finally, for the holidays, Scott Miller's E.P. "Christmas Gift" (Self)."
My Ol' Guitar
My Ol' Guitar
"Rejoice!! This release from the former BR549 member alone would have made my year!"
Harlem River Blues
Harlem River Blues
"Another release from a young man set on proving his individual talent and he sure has it. He's his fathers son alright. A little more Country leaning and mighty excellent."
Hard Times
Hard Times
"Adam Carroll is great. I didn't know Michael O'Connor until now. What a disc! Great dusty Texas folk. If you know Carroll then you know he's one of the best and this is one of this year's best for sure."
The Jukebox In Your Heart
The Jukebox In Your Heart
"A mainstay on the California music scene, his songs have been admired & covered by big names, Dwight Yoakum to name one. A unique, country-fied Americana artist who's likely to remain on the fringes simply because he's a throwback to days gone by. His voice is scraggly, like your older brother singing Webb Pierce in the garage & not doing a good job at it. Honest stuff. Produced by Jesse Dayton."
Cha Cha Cha
Cha Cha Cha
"Think of his "Dusty" cd with a cha cha twist...hence the title. Fred's a rock in Americana music."
Reckless
Reckless
"Promising, edgy Bluegrass dudes come out with their sophomore and they've already switched singers. While former lead singer Chris Stapleton appears on this disc, it looks like they may have replaced him with Gary Nichols for the long-run. I liked their debut a lot and Stapleton but this is another winner. Just stay true to yourselves and you'll be fine."
Rocky Alvey's Blackberry Jam & Other Fresh Ingredi
Rocky Alvey's Blackberry Jam & Other Fresh Ingredi
"Do not miss this if you like old timey roots-based music! Rockey's nailed the spirit of farming, coal mines, and everything Americana. Great great disc."
Wings
Wings
"Great stuff from one of my favourite musicians. Roots-pop-rock that is smart as hell and full of ear-catching melody. A great disc."
A Storm A Tree My Mother's Head
A Storm A Tree My Mother's Head
"These folks who have panned Jr. over the years missed the boat completely on this very cool guy. No, he's not like his Daddy's music. He's more like Tim Carroll's brother. That's a big reason to check him out."
Women and Country
Women and Country
"He wisely hired Rick Rubin to produce his last release and it was a really good disc. He hired T-Bone this time and he's already getting hammered for a more expansive sound. Personally, I like it. I think this boy's on track to break-out and be fairly big. A good songwriter."
Wig!
Wig!
"A staple in Americana music, Pete releases one of his best and that's a broad statement if you know Mr. Case."
Ya Ain't Crazy Henny Penny
Ya Ain't Crazy Henny Penny
"One of the best young old-styled story-tellers around. Think of an acoustic based Todd Snider or Adam Carroll. Great musician."
Carryin' On
Carryin' On
"This Country throwback is always welcomed in my world. Honest stuff from one of the few remaining authentic characters on a semi-large label."
Forgive or Forget
Forgive or Forget
"She started out very rootsy and incorporated a more full-band yet authentic sound over the years, but she's a keeper. She comes from a long-line of musicians in her family but she's turned out to be the best. Of course, that's only my opinion but it's also pretty acurate."
So Runs the World Away
So Runs the World Away
"Acoustic based songwriter gets a little more full-band sound with every release yet the quality is steady. I really like this guy. A voice like Cohen's."
One for the Dance Halls
One for the Dance Halls
"I like Jesse Dayton. He's a unique guy in that his style of Country has a flavour of its own."
Word To The Wise
Word To The Wise
"The diesel man is back and it's gonna be a good year just because of that! If Chuck Berry was white, liked big trucks, and didn't want a big record deal, he'd be Bill Kirchen's Uncle! I have never heard a bad release from the guy."
The Grand Theatre Volume One
The Grand Theatre Volume One
"Our reliable friends are showing up so it feels like a true year of Americana music. They're always growing with smart lyrics and a fusion of rollicking roots-rock and power pop perfectly blended."
Halcyon Times
Halcyon Times
"That's right, they're back! Holy cow-punk, I feel like having a diesel-only root beer!"
The Foundling
The Foundling
"Mary signed on with Razor & Tie Records. This disc has been pounded by a few reviewers but to me it's been somewhat unfair. Mary's never gonna be the Brady Bunch so get used to the sombre tone. I like it."
Hard Luck Stories
Hard Luck Stories
"A sort of rockin' rappin' roots rocker. Hard to label, easy to like. He's a unique artist that is a top-notch songwriter."
Street Songs Of Love
Street Songs Of Love
"Excellent disc. Roots rock veteran returns with one of his best which means that it's also one of the best this year."
Master Sessions
Master Sessions
"Wow, Americana music at its best. Two guys with a great respect for great music. They harmonize and go together as if they've been playing together forever."
Lloyd Green Album
Lloyd Green Album
"Peter Cooper is really coming out of the woodworks. He's actually a writer who's been on fire releasing a solo disc, 2 releases with Eric Brace, and now this, an awesome tribute disc of sorts to, and with the master himself Lloyd Green. Any fan of Americana should not miss this."
10 Songs for the New Depression
10 Songs for the New Depression
"Yep Roc (his American label) said this was coming out in Janurary. I've been waiting patiently until I couldn't take it anymore and downloaded it. It's great stuff. Loudo at his best. Now it's being released as an import on Fanthom label in July. I hate when they do this but this release is worth the wait. Go to his site or sit tight until then for the hard copy."
Propellor Time
Propellor Time
"Robyn is unique and that's an understatement. He grows on you like good weed(s). Nobody sings about insects and food (sometimes at the same time!) and makes it all delicious. Always worth the purchase for me."
A Bad Year For Love
A Bad Year For Love
"The Corn-man returns, as usual with a generous helping of some the best rockin' country/jump/swing that you'll likely hear. True professionals that have been having a blast doing what they love for years."
Bourbon Spearmint & Ice
Bourbon Spearmint & Ice
"This throwback to the era of "Sun Records" Johnny Cash-sounding Country deserves exposure after this, his third release. Great stuff."
National Ransom
National Ransom
"I like the new Elvis; almost as much as I liked the very early Elvis."
Tips & Compliments
Tips & Compliments
"My pleasures are simple. When a true-blue gritty singer-songwriter comes around, I'm happy. Matt Harlan just came on the scene; I'm happy."
Losing Sleep
Losing Sleep
"Sounds like old Joe Henry, and that's a good thing."
This New Century
This New Century
"John Prine found this guy years ago and we're all the better for it. Great "acoustic" type of singer songwriter with a unique sense of humour expands his sound here and remains effective."
American VI: Ain't No Grave
American VI: Ain't No Grave
"More Johnny? After this Rick Rubin release, maybe the next one will be produced and mixed by Jesus himself. I hope so."
Halfway Out of the Woods
Halfway Out of the Woods
"This is his second release this year. His other one (mentioned above) isn't showing here. Excellent songwriter. Often he's wrongly labelled as Country due to his past. He's more "Rock" leaning than anything else. That's the only reason he gets negative reviews."
You Can't Take a Bad Girl Home
You Can't Take a Bad Girl Home
"Friends of Fred Eaglesmith. That was good enough to get my attention. They're actually very good too."
Black Flowers
Black Flowers
"Anyone not familiar with Lynn Miles may want to look into one of the better singer-songwriters in folk/pop genre. This is a collection of previous material re-recorded. These also usually don't make my lists but... A great overview that will make you a fan. **Her new disc is out in Canada & has a release date in January in the States. It`ll be on my 2011 list on this site."
In Person & On Stage
In Person & On Stage
"Usually live discs don't make my list but this is John Prine. Enough said. There's also a tribute disc out entitled "Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows" by Americana stalwarts paying homage to the king himself. I love this man."
The A-Z Recordings
The A-Z Recordings
"Wow...wow.... this is an 8-disc set by Aussie Paul Kelly"s live recordings "How To Make Gravy" (The A-Z recordings). A terrific anthology of Paul's music done in concert, stripped-down over the last couple of years."