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Saturday, April 10, 2010

April 8, 2010
Scott Foley

Just over a quarter of the way through the musical year, and that alarm means it's time for me to make a list. No doubt there are loads of quality releases still to come, but just for fun, in no particular order, and because I can, following are a handful of my favorite 2010 albums to date. There's 10 of them, so let's call this TEN PRETTY FINE CDs from 2010:

Chris Pureka, How I Learned To See In the Dark
Joe Pug, Messenger
Nathaniel Rateliff, In Memory of Loss
Amy Cook, Let the Light In
Kasey Anderson, Nowhere Nights
Ken Will Morton, True Grit
Ray Wylie Hubbard, A Enlightenment ...
^ Tim Barry, 28th & Stonewall
Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More
Elliot Randall, Caffeine & Gasoline

Now on to this week's distractions:

* Joe Pug, "Not So Sure" Messenger (Lightning Rod, 10)
* Shelby Lynne, "Rains Came" Tears Lies & Alibis (Everso, 10)
* Lynn Miles, "Eight Hour Drive" Black Flowers (True North, 09)
* Bap Kennedy, "America" Howl On (Lonely St, 09)
* Trampled By Turtles, "Wait So Long" Palomino (Banjodad, 10)
* Avett Brothers, "Salvation Song" Mignonette (Ramseur, 04)
* Chris Pureka, "Shipwreck" How I Learned To See In the Dark (Bad Rabbit, 10)
* Backyard Tire Fire, "Roadsong #39" Good To Be (Self, 10)
* Willie Nelson, "You Done Me Wrong" Country Music (Rounder, 10)
* Mary Gauthier, "Sweet Words" The Foundling (Razor & Tie, 10)
* Pieta Brown, "Calling All Angels" One and All (Red House, 10)
* Otis Gibbs, "Kansas City" Joe Hill's Ashes (Wanamaker, 10)
* Chapin Sisters, "Hey" Lake Bottom (Plain, 08)
* Hacienda Brothers, "A Lot of Days Are Gone" Arizona Motel (Proper, 08)
* Elliot Randall, "Chasing My Tail" Caffeine & Gasoline (Self, 09)
* Haunted Windchimes, "Don't Take My Baby Away" Honey Moonshine (Blank Tape, 10)
* Roky Erickson, "Bring Back the Past" True Love Cast Out All Evil (Anti, 10)
* Steve Dawson, "Worry Worry Worry" I Will Miss the Trumpets and the Drums (Undertow, 10)
* Nathaniel Rateliff, "Brakeman" In Memory of Loss (Rounder, 10)
* Drive-by Truckers, "Daddy Learned To Fly" Big To-Do (ATO, 10)
* Jason & the Scorchers, "Golden Days" Halcyon Times (Courageous Chicken, 10)
* Alejandro Escovedo, "As I Fall" Man Under the Influence (Bloodshot, 01)
* Tallest Man on Earth, "Wild Hunt" Wild Hunt (Dead Oceans, 10)
* Tift Merritt, "Engine To Turn" See You On the Moon (Fantasy, 10)
* Steve Poltz, "License Plate Eyes" Dreamhouse (98 Pounder, 10)
* Barton Carroll, "Monday Night" Together You and I (Skybucket, 09)
* Amy Cook, "Let's Go Down To the River" Let the Light In (Self, 10)
* Chip Robinson, "Wishin' On the Cars" Mylow (Red River, 10)

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