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Thursday, December 31, 2009

December 31, 2009
Scott Foley

Favorite CDs of the Year

1. Son Volt, American Central Dust (Rounder)
2. Slaid Cleaves, Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away (Music Road)
3. Sam Baker, Cotton (Music Road)
4. Zoe Muth & the Lost High Rollers,
Zoe Muth & the Lost High Rollers (Self)
5. Ryan Bingham, Roadhouse Sun (Lost Highway)
6. Tom Russell, Blood and Candle Smoke (Shout Factory)
7. Lyle Lovett, Natural Forces (UMG)
8. Samantha Crain & the Midnight Shivers, Songs In the Night (Ramseur)
9. Avett Brothers, I and Love and You (American)
10. Mark Olson & Gary Louris, Ready For the Flood (New West)
11. Jason Isbell,
Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit (Lightning)
12. Band of Heathens,
One Foot In the Ether (BOH)
13. Elvis Costello, Secret Profane & Sugarcane (Hear)
14. Felice Brothers, Yonder Is the Clock (Team Love)
15. Guy Clark, Somedays the Song Writes You (Dualtone)
16. Buddy & Julie Miller, Written In Chalk (New West)
17. Neko Case,
Middle Cyclone (Anti)
18. Rosanne Cash, The List (Manhattan)
19. Steve Earle, Townes (New West)
20. Patterson Hood,
Killing Oscar (and other love songs) (Ruth St)

In my death-defying dive towards the americana mainstream, it came to my attention this week that the Americana Music Association released its list of albums receiving the most radio play in 2009. No fewer than 5 of the AMA's top 11 show up on my own favorites list. 13 of my top 20 appear in AMA's top 100 airplay chart. Now, does that say more about me, or about the overall quality of americana radio?

Next week's Episode, we'll catch up with some new releases, including stuff from Suzi Ragsdale, Ray Wylie Hubbard and more from the Crazy Heart soundtrack.

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