FTB Reader’s Favorite Music Releases of 2011

Here’s what some of the Freight Train Boogie readers chose for their favorite music from 2011.


1.  Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – Here We Rest
2.  Blackie & the Rodeo Kings – Kings and Queens
3.  Dawes – Nothing is Wrong
4.  The Black Lilies – 100 Miles of Wreckage
5.  Ryan Adams – Ashes & Fire
6.  Steve Earle – I’ll Never Get Out of this World Alive
7.  Ollabelle – Neon Blue Bird
8.  Guy Clark – Songs and Stories
9.  Amanda Shires – Carrying Lightning
10. Slaid Cleaves – Sorrow & Smoke

Don Parsons
Spring Valley, MN


1.  Ashes & Fire, Ryan Adams
2.  Here We Rest, Jason Isbell
3.  The Whole Love, Wilco
4.  This is Indian Land, Cody Canada & the Departed
5.  Middle Brother, Middle Brother
6.  Revelator, Tedeschi Trucks Band
7.  Mockingbird Time, Jayhawks
8.  Paradise Lost, Great American Taxi
9.  The Harrow & the Harvest, Gillian Welch
10.  Divine Providence, Deer Tick

Jeff Johnson
Tulsa, OK


1 The King is Dead | Long Live The King – The Decemberists
2 The Whole Love – Wilco
3 Indestructible Machine – Lydia Loveless
4 Here We Rest – Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
5 Field Songs – William Elliott Whitmore
6 Photographs – Robert Ellis
7 The Harrow and the Harvest – Gillian Welch
8 All That The Rain Promises – Bombadil
9 Go-Go Boots – Drive-By Truckers
10 Own Side Now – Caitlin Rose
11 Nothing is Wrong – Dawes
12 Screws Get Loose – Those Darlins
13 WHOKILL – tUnE-yArDs
14 The Place I Left Behind – The Deep Dark Woods
15 KMAG YOYO – Hayes Carll
16 Helplessness Blues – Fleet Foxes
17 Billy Jack – HoneyHoney
18 Middle Brother – Middle Brother
19 Haste Make | Hard Hearted Stranger – Mandolin Orange

20 100 Miles of Wreckage – The Black Lillies

Chase Barnard
  • Cahalen Morrison & Eli West: The Holy Coming of The Storm
  • Pokey Lafarge And the South City Three: The Middle of Everywhere
  • Pharis and Jason Romero: Passing Glimpse
  • Matraca Berg: The Dreaming Fields
  • The Once: Row Upon Row Of The People They Know
  • Abigail Washburn: City of Refuge
  • Diana Jones: High Atmosphere
  • Ray Bonneville: Bad Man’s Blood
  • The Gibson Brothers: Help My Brother
  • Jonathan Byrd: Cackalack

As you can see, there’s a high Old-Timey level in my top 10!
Furthermore, also top 10 worthy: Putnam Smith, Eilen Jewell, April Verch, Downtown Ramblers, Paul Geremia, Scott Cook, Nell Robinson, Jason Isbell, Kyle Carey, BettySoo and Doug Cox, Rod Picott and Tom Russell (and I probably forget some others).

Wim Tijskens
The Netherlands




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, (http://freighttrainboogie.com), and does a weekly podcast show on http://FTBpodcasts.com.
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