Freight Train Boogie Best Music Releases of 2013

isbell-5Here’s FTB and Americana Boogie editor Bill Frater’s picks for the best music of 2013. The order is pretty flexible, all twenty albums are great. Click the artist or album links to find out more.  The artist’s names link to their websites and the CD title links go either Amazon or CD Baby for easy ordering.  I will post some of the reader’s Top Ten picks soon. Your comments and suggestions (and votes) are welcome!

1. JASON ISBELL – Southeastern

2. DELBERT McCLINTON & GLEN CLARK – Blind, Crippled and Crazy

willis-bruce-23. KELLY WILLIS & BRUCE ROBISON – Cheater’s Game

4. THE DEVIL MAKES THREE – I’m A Stranger Here

5. PATTY GRIFFIN – American Kid

6. STEVE EARLE – The Low Highway

7. THE BLACK LILLIES – Runaway Freeway Blues

8. blacklillies-3TIM O’BRIEN AND DARRELL SCOTTMemories & Moments

9. NICKI BLUHM AND THE GRAMBLERS – Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers

10. STURGILL SIMPSONHigh Top Mountain

11.  MANDO SAENZStudebaker

harris-rodney-112. EMMYLOU HARRIS & RODNEY CROWELL – Old Yellow Moon

13. PAUL BURCH – Fevers

14. WILLIE SUGARCAPPSWillie Sugarcapps

15. AUSTIN LUCAS – Stay Reckless

16. GUY CLARKMy Favorite Picture of You

simpson-s-117.ROBBIE FULKS – Gone Away Backward

18. Various Artists – The Big E: A Salute to Steel Guitarist Buddy Emmons

19. GREG TROOPERIncident on Willow Street

20. BRENNEN LEIGH & NOEL McKAYBefore The World Was Made

Below are a few of the Freight Train Boogie readers’ year-end lists…

Here are the albums I listened to most this year:

fulks-6Kenny Roby – Memories and Birds
Aoife O’Donovan – Fossils
Neko Case – The More….
Robbie Fulks – Gone Away Backwards
Kelly Willis/Bruce Robison – Cheater’s Game
Jason Isbell – Southeastern
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell – Old Yellow Moon
Chris Stamey – Lovesick Blues
Willie Sugarcapps
Bob Dylan – Another Self Portrait

(Mark Plott, Greensboro NC)

williesugarcapps-11) Willie Sugarcapps – Willie Sugarcapps
2) Darrell Scott & Tim O’Brien – Memories and Moments
3) Slaid Cleaves – Still Fighting The War
4) Sam Baker – Say Grace
5) Reckless Kelly – Long Night Moon<
6) Ned Van Go – Lost In The Trouble
7) D B Reilly – Cross My Heart and Hope To Die
8) Guthrie Kennard – Cross Your Heart
9) Holly Williams – The Highway
10) Steve Earle – The Low Highway

That’s a really difficult thing to do from so much great music. Thanks again for another great year of shows.
All the best,

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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