Freight Train Boogie Best Music of 2014

cash-r-7As always, it’s tough to narrow it down to only 10… my list could change day to day, especially as the more recent releases “settle in.”  Rosanne’s album has held firm for the whole year. I’ve always been a fan but husband John Leventhal’s guitar and songwriting contributions make this a masterpiece, in my humble opinion. I love Sturgill Simpson’s work and I applaud his success and Grammy nod but I wasn’t knocked out by his psychedelic experiments, so he’s in the bottom 5.

  1. Rosanne Cash – The River & The Thread
  2. gibbs-o-youthParker Millsap – Parker Millsap
  3. Otis Gibbs – Souvenirs Of A Misspent Youth
  4. Lucinda Williams – Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone
  5. Doug Seegers – Going Down To The River
  6. Nikki Lane – All Or Nothin
  7. Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
  8. Jesse Winchester – Reasonable Amount of Trouble
  9. Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives – Saturday Night/Sunday Morning
  10. seegers-doug-river (200x200)JP Harris & The Tough Choices – Home Is Where The Hurt Is

Honorable mentions…

Cory Branan – The No-Hit Wonder

The Earls Of LeicesterThe Earls of Leicester

frontcountry-1Front Country – Sake Of The Sound

Hiss Golden Messenger – Lateness of Dancers

Hurray For The Riff Raff – Small Town Heroes

Cahalen Morrison & Country Hammer – The Flower of Muscle Shoals

Doug Paisley – Strong Feelings

Freight Train Boogie Show #281 (Best of 2014) podcast

Happy holidays!

Bill Frater
Twitter: @Fratrain
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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











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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
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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




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Freight Train Boogie




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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 (, 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
THE CIVIL WARS –  Barton Hollow
RY COODERPull Up Some Dust and Sit Down

Top 10 Independent Releases

OLD CALIFORNIO – Sundrunk Angels
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
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 and click the Top 100 Albums link.
Happy Holidays!

Bill Frater
Freight Train Boogie

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Freight Train Boogie podcast #100, The Best of 2010

FTB Show #100 features song selections from my Best of 2010 list.   My full in-order list is posted here.  Some of the CD’s on the bigger labels have not given me permission to use their music so they are not included here.  These artsits include JAMEY JOHNSON,CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS and ELVIS COSTELLO.  our input is always encouraged and appreciated. Please email me with any questions or suggestions for the podcasts.  frater(at)

The full playlist is posted below.  Check the artist’s websites and order their CD’s or downloads and tell ’em you heard the songs on the Freight Train Boogie podcast.  Here’s the iTunes link to subscribe to the FTB podcasts.  Here’s the direct link to listen now!  And this is the RSS feed for non-iTunes listeners:

Also, starting the first of the year, all FTB podcast playlists with players and iTunes links will be posted at

Show #100 Best of 2010

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE – Ain’t Waitin’ Harlem River Blues
YVETTE LANDRY –  Growing Old Should Have Known
PETER ROWAN BLUEGRASS BAND – Turn the Other Cheek Legacy
ERIC BRACE & PETER COOPER –  I Wish We Had Our Time Again Master Sessions
(mic break)
SHELBY LYNNE – Old #7 Tears, Lies, and Alibis
WILLIE NELSON – House of Gold Country Music
ELIZABETH COOK – Yes To Booty Welder
WILL KIMBROUGH – Open to Love Wings
(mic break)
ZOE MUTH & THE LOST HIGH ROLLERS – The Running Kind Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers
ELLIOT RANDALL – Chasing My Tail Caffeine & Gasoline
SHINYRIBS – East TX Rust Well After Awhile
ROMAN CANDLE – Eden Was a Garden Oh Tall Tree in the Ear
(mic break)
PATTY GRIFFIN – Never Grow Old Downtown Church

Bill Frater
Freight Train Boogie

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DJ’s and FTB Fans Best Music of 2010 lists

Here are some Top Ten Lists from Freight Train Boogie readers and fans and DJ’s BILL BOWKER, DAN FERGUSON and MARTIN ANDERSON… please allow for a variety of fonts and formats…

JOHN HOWE from Norwich, Connecticut
Here are my Top-Ten picks in alphabetical order:

1. PETER CASE – Wig! (Yep Roc)
2. CHATHAM COUNTY LINE – Wildwood (Yep Roc)
3.  COLIN GILMORE Goodnight Lane (self)
4.  PATTY GRIFFIN Downtown Church (Credential)
5. MUMFORD & SONS – Sigh No More (Glassnote)
6. JOE PUGMessenger (Lightning Rod)
7. KIM RICHEYWreck Your Wheels (Thirty Tigers)
8. THE SADIESDarker Circles (Yep Roc)
9. DARRELL SCOTTA Crooked Road (Full Light)
10. KEVIN WELCHA Patch of Blue Sky (Music Road)

Honorable Mention:
PIETA BROWNOne and All (Red House)

MARTIN ANDERSON –  Music Director and Morning Host at WNCW, a public radio station from North Carolina

  • THE SECRET SISTERSThe Secret Sisters (In today’s heavy times, we need a healthy respite of sweet, worry-free innocence once in a while. This Muscle Shoals-to-Nashville duo evokes the Andrews Sisters with an early-Americana background. Also one of the Top 20 albums produced by T Bone Burnett this year)
  • ELEVEN HUNDRED SPRINGS This Crazy Life (Honky-tonk at it’s best, with catchy guitar hooks and clever lyrics)
  • RYAN MONTBLEAU BAND –  Heavy On the Vine (A clear voice, optimistic outlook, and nice blend of pop and other styles)
  • MAVIS STAPLESYou Are Not Alone (inspiring gospel soul, with help from Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, as if she needed any help, but it works!)
  • ANDREW AND NOAH VAN NORSTRANDAll the Good Summers (clawhammer banjo, Celtic, folk from these two brothers)
  • THE LIVING SISTERS – Love To Live (Inara George, Eleni Mandell, & Becky Stark blend jazz, folk, pop, and more sweet harmonies)
  • HUGH MORRISON – Robert Burns Rocks (accordion-punk-rock versions of the great 18th Century Scottish bard’s poems.  Aye lad!)
  • JOHNNY FLYNN – Been Listening (indie-folk-rock from this clever English singer/songwriter, this time with tastefully placed horns)
  • ANAIS MITCHELL – Hadestown (a folk-rock opera of Orpheus & Eurydice, set in a post-apocalyptic U.S. town.  With Ani DiFranco, Greg Brown, Justin Vernon, Ben Miller)
  • CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS – Genuine Negro Jig (the African-American tradition in Southeastern fiddle music is no longer forgotten!  And given a modern twist with help from Joe Henry)
  • “Tied for 11th”
    Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can, Jackson Browne & David Lindley – Love Is Strange, Dr. Dog – Shame, Shame, Dawn Landes – Sweetheart Rodeo, Infamous Stringdusters – Things That Fly, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen – Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Great American Taxi – Reckless Habits, Shannon Whitworth – Waterbound, Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba – I Speak Fula, Toubab Krewe – TK2, Lucky Peterson – You Can Always Turn Around, Darren Hanlon – I Will Love You At All, Bei Bei and Shawn Lee – Into the Wind


    1- Gary Bennett – My Ol’ Guitar
    2- Adam Carroll & Michael O’Connor – Hard Times
    3- Mike Stinson – The Jukebox In Your Heart
    4.  Justin Townes Earle – Harlem River Blues

    5. Peter Cooper – The Lloyd Green Album
    6.  Alejandro Escovedo – Street Songs of Love
    7. Joe Pug – Messenger
    8. Jenny Whiteley – Forgive or Forget
    9. Will Kimbrough – Wings
    1.- Ike Reilly – Hard Luck Stories

    BILL BOWKER, afternoons,  KRSH, Santa Rosa.  Also hosts ” Blues With Bowker”, “Krush Americana”, producer/booker of  Sonoma County Blues Festival, Earlefest &  other Sonoma County Roots shows

    LUCKY PETERSON –  You Can Always Turn Around
    PETER WOLF –  Midnight Souvenirs
    JOHN MELLENCAMP – No Better Than This
    MAVIS STAPLESYou Are Not Alone
    PATTY GRIFFIN Downtown Church
    STEVE JUDKINSBourbon, Sin & Cigarettes

    DAN FERGUSON AKA Boudin Dan has been the host of The Boudin Barndance broadcast on WRIU-FM in Kingston, Rhode Island since 1987. Here are his Favorites of 2010 along with his Compact Capsule reviews.

    Phosphorescent – Here’s to Taking It Easy (Dead Oceans) Songs aglow with snapshot quality and warm cosmic country dressing. Be it broken heart ballads or swirling honky tonk rambles, Phosphorescent radiates.

    The Mynabirds – What We Lose in the Fire.. (Saddle Creek) A striking voice landing somewhere between Dusty Springfield and Chan Marshall, Laura Burhenn and her band The Mynabirds deliver a gem knee deep in white-laced, Brill-styled soul.

    Mavis Staples – You Are Not Alone (Anti)You Are Not Alone is from the unlikely combo of the mighty-voiced Staples with Wilco-ite Jeff Tweedy in producer role teaming up to deliver a stirring and ever-soulful collection of spirituals and secular numbers.

    Limes – Rhinestone River (Goner) Ramshackle roots music from Memphis mired in a garage punk ethos that’s as noisy as it is twangy and not far removed from fellow Memphians The Oblivians and The Grifters.

    Charlie Musselwhite – The Well (Alligator)Veteran bluesman’s first full-band release of original material ever is all about the groove and damn if he doesn’t cop a soulful one playing and singing like the ultra-seasoned vet he is.

    Sonny & the Sunsets – Tomorrow Is Alright (Fat Possum) Like some long lost Southern California folk-pop artifact, Sonny Smith’s set of offbeat, beachy nuggets demonstrate his gift for crafting tantalizing melodies with high listener appeal.

    Deer Tick – Black Dirt Sessions (Partisan) Local Hero #1: This slower-paced, mellow affair heavy on the balladry sinks its teeth deeper with each listen.

    Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons – White Lighter (self-released) Local Hero #2: With local all-star accompaniment, Fletcher’s roots-fueled tunes demonstrates a songwriting breadth that spans the gut-bucket hard stuff of George Jones to the wordsmithing of Dylan.

    Justin Townes Earle – Harlem River Blues (Bloodshot) No staidness whatsoever on the talented Earle’s 3rd album in three years which moves from country-up swing to ramblin’ rock & rollers to a dash or two of New Orleans.

    The Sadies – Darker Circles (Yep Roc) A psychedelic haze hangs over much of this intricate gem from arguably the most talented band playing today.

    Tier 2 of Favorites: Strange Boys – Be Brave (In the Red); Ty Segall – Melted (Goner); The Parting Gifts – Strychnine Dandelion (In the Red); Marty Stuart – Ghost Train (Sugar Hill); Peter Case – Wig! (Yep Roc); Stone River Boys – Love On the Dial (Cow Island); The Black Keys – Brothers (Nonesuch); Jamey Johnson – The Guitar Song (Mercury Nashville); Mark Cutler – Red (75orless); Old 97s – The Grand Theatre Vol. 1 (New West); Jenny & Johnny – I’m Having Fun Now (WB).

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    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)

    12. PETER ROWAN BLUEGRASS BAND – Legacy (Compass)

    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

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