Freight Train Boogie Favorite Music Releases of 2011

Here’s my Top Ten plus Ten list for calender year 2011. I say calender year because the awards shows like to break up the year for some reason.  Keep in mind that this is just my opinion, and there have been more great new releases this year by so-called big Americana artists that it’s a difficult and sometimes random task. I only have so much time to really listen to new music and there are some albums that I’ve heard are great that I either never received or haven’t gotten into yet (Gillian Welch).  So here ya go, I’d love to hear what your picks are.  Send them to me (frater@freighttrainboogie.com), and I’ll post some here and put you in the hat to win 3 grab-bags of extra rootsy CD’s that I have around here… And you can listen to the podcast of the Freight Train Boogie #143, Favorite Music Releases of 2011 from this link.

Top 10 Major Label Releases

JASON ISBELL & THE 400 UNIT – Here We Rest
DEEP DARK WOODS – The Place I Left Behind
STEVE EARLEI’ll Never Get of This World Alive
TARA NEVINS –  Wood and Stone
BLACKIE AND THE RODEO KINGS –  Kings & Queens
THE CIVIL WARS –  Barton Hollow
THE DECEMBERISTS The King Is Dead
EMMYLOU HARRISHard Bargain
RY COODERPull Up Some Dust and Sit Down
BUDDY MILLER’s THE MAJESTIC SILVER STRINGS – The Majestic Silver Strings

Top 10 Independent Releases

JUBAL LEE YOUNG – Take It Home
OLD CALIFORNIO – Sundrunk Angels
JONATHAN BYRD – Cackalack
ROD PICOTT – Welding Burns
THE BLACK LILLIES –  100 Miles of Wreckage
CAM PENNER – Gypsy Summer
GREG TROOPER –  Upside-Down Town
TED RUSSELL KAMP –  Get Back To The Land
POKEY LAFARGE AND THE SOUTH CITY THREEMiddle of Everything
NELL ROBINSONOn The Brooklyn Road

Various Artist’s and Tribute Releases

Various Artists – The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams
Various Artists – I Love: Tom T. Hall’s Songs of Fox Hollow

 

The Americana Music Association has announced its year-end Top 10 & Top 100 Albums of the Year.  The Top 100 albums are based on those records reported to the Americana Airplay Chart during the period of November 16, 2010 through November 14, 2011.

This years’ Top Ten most played albums are:

1) Hayes Carll, KMAG YOYO / Lost Highway
2) Lucinda Williams, Blessed / Lost Highway
3) Steve Earle, I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive / New West
4) Alison Krauss & Union Station, Paper Airplane / Rounder
5) Emmylou Harris, Hard Bargain / Nonesuch
6) Gregg Allman, Low Country Blues / Rounder
7) Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, Here We Rest / Lightning Rod
8) John Hiatt, Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns / New West
9) Decemberists, The King Is Dead / Capitol
10) Band of Heathens, Top Hat Crown & The Clapmaster’s Son / BOH Records
To view the full 2010-2011 Top 100 Albums, visit  http://www.americanamusic.org and click the Top 100 Albums link.
Happy Holidays!

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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