Best Americana Music of 2012

knight-c-7It’s the end of another year and time to collect our thoughts and memories and favorite songs and albums…

Here’s Freight Train Boogie editor Bill Frater’s list for 2012… subject to change…

1. IRIS DeMENT – Sing The Delta  (Flariella)
2. CHRIS KNIGHT – Little Victories (Drifter’s Church)
4. JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE – Nothing’s Going to Change The Way You Feel About Me Now … (Bloodshot)
5. CORB LUND – Cabin Fever (New West)
6. WORLD FAMOUS HEADLINERS – World Famous Headliners (Big Yellow Dog)
7. CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS – Leaving Eden (Nonesuch)
scott-d-58. DARRELL SCOTT – Long Ride Home (Full Light)
9. Phil Madeira and Friends – Mercyland: Hymns for the Rest of Us (Mercyland/Tone Tree)
10. SAM LEWIS – Sam Lewis (self released)
11. THE TIME JUMPERS – The Time Jumpers (Rounder)
12. MALCOLM HOLCOMBE – Down the River  (self released)
13. BRANDI CARLILE – Bear Creek (Columbia)
14. JOHN FULLBRIGHTFrom the Ground Up (12th Street)
15. JP HARRIS & THE TOUGH CHOICES – I’ll Keep Calling  (Cow Island)
16. FIRST AID KIT – The Lion’s Roar (Wichita)
17. THE TRISHAS – High, Wide & Handsome (self released)
18. MOOT DAVIS – Man About Town (Highway Kind)
19. THE WANDERING – Go On Now, You Can’t Stay Here (Songs Of The South)
20. KASEY CHAMBERS & SHANE NICHOLSON – Wreck & Ruin (Sugar Hill)

You can also listen to my Spotify Best Americana music of 2012 playlist with many of my favorite tunes from the year.

timejumpers-1Here’s a nice list from Portland FTB reviewer Brad Price

  • The Time JumpersThe Time Jumpers
  • Bonnie RaittSlipstream
  • Dr. JohnLocked Down
  • First Aid KitThe Lion’s Roar
  • Abigail WashburnCity of Refuge
  • Tedeschi/Trucks Band Everybody’s Talkin’
  • Anais MitchellYoung Man In America
  • Bruce SpringsteenWrecking Ball
  • Bob DylanTempest
  • The LumineersThe Lumineers

Dan Ferguson, host of Boudin Barndance on WRIU-FM in Kingston, Rhode Island contributes the occasional fine review to the FTB site… Here are his favorite new releases & reissues of 2012…

hogan-k-3 mcpherson-jd-1Kelly Hogan – I Like to Keep Myself in Pain (Anti)
Heartless Bastards – Arrow (Partisan)
J.D. McPherson – Signs & Signifiers (Rounder)
Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls (ATO)
First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar (Wichita)
John Fullbright – From the Ground Up (Blue Dirt)
Winterpills – All My Lovely Goners (ATO)
Patterson Hood – Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance (ATO Records)
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Meat + Bone (Boombox)
Dead Fingers – self-titled (Big Legal Mess)
Mark Cutler – Sweet Pain (75orless)
Lambchop – Mr. A (Merge)
Amy Allison & David Scott – Turn Like the World Does


Here’s a list from FTB fan Don Parsons from Spring Valley, MN

fullbright-1!.  John  FullbrightFrom the Ground Up
2.  Shovels and RopeO’ Be Joyful
3.  Justin Townes EarleNothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now
4.  Sons of BillSirens
5.  Uncle LuciusAnd You Are Me
6.  Chris RossHalfway to Wonderland
7.  WhitehorseThe Fate Of The World Depends On This Kiss
8.  Jason Isbell And The 400 UnitLive From Alabama
9.  Ray Wylie HubbardThe Grifter’s Hymnal
10.  Otis GibbsHarder Than Hammered Hell

Wim Tijskens checks in from The Netherlands

herring-c-41. Caroline Herring: Camilla
2. Cahalen Morrison & Eli West: Our Lady of the Tall Trees
3. Darrell Scott: Long Ride Home
4. John Wort Hannam: Brambles and Thorns
5. The Pines: Dark So Gold
6. Iris DeMent: Sing The Delta
7. Old Man Luedecke: Tender is the Night
8. Ben Bedford: What We Lost
9. Black Prairie: A Tear in the Eye is A Wound in the Heart
10.The Stray Birds: The Stray Birds
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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