Freight Train Boogie Best Music of 2010

Here are Freight Train Boogie editor Bill Frater’s selections for the Top 20 Americana Album of 2010…

There’s still time for you to send in your vote to with Best of 2010 in the subject line and you could be a big winner or get your list posted here later this month.  Here’s a list with some suggestions. Deadline is Dec. 27th

The Americana Music Association announced its Top 100 Albums of the Year. The list is based on those records reported to the Americana Airplay Chart since Nov. ’09.  Bear in mind that some of the albums on their list were released in ’09 and are not eligible for the FTB Best of ’10 List.

1. JUSTIN TOWNES EARLEHarlem River Blues (Bloodshot)

2. SHELBY LYNNETears, Lies, and Alibis (Everso)

3. MARTY STUART – Ghost Train (The Studio B Sessions) (Sugar Hill)

4. PATTY GRIFFIN Downtown Church (Credential)

5. SHINYRIBS – Well After Awhile (Nine Mile)

6. ERIC BRACE & PETER COOPER Master Sessions (Red Beet)

7. JAMEY JOHNSONThe Guitar Song (Mercury/Nashville)

8. CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS – Genuine Negro Jig (Nonesuch) 

9. ELIZABETH COOKWelder (Thirty Tigers)

10. YVETTE LANDRY – Should Have Known (Soko Music)

11. ELVIS COSTELLO – National Ransom (Hear/Concord)


13. ZOE MUTH & THE LOST HIGH ROLLERSZoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers (self released)

14. WILLIE NELSON –  Country Music (Rounder)

15.  ROMAN CANDLE –  Oh Tall Tree in the Ear (Thirty Tigers)

16. WILL KIMBROUGHWings (Daphne)

17. ADAM KLEINWounded Electric Youth (Cowboy Angel)

18. CALEB KLAUDER –  Western Country

19. DAVE GLEASONTurn and Fade (326 Records)

20. ELLIOT RANDALL Caffeine & Gasoline (self released)

Bill Frater
Freight Train Boogie

About Bill Frater

This blog, Americana Boogie is mostly about new music releases in the Americana music genre. Bill Frater is passionate about Americana and roots music and writes about it on the Freight Train Boogie website, (, and does a weekly podcast show on

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