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23 Favorite Albums of the Decade (2010-2019)
I meant to post this at the end of last year with blurbs and whatnot, but it did not happen.
1. Jason Isbell - Southeastern
2. Lori McKenna - The Bird and the Rifle
3. Tyler Childers - Purgatory
4. The Damn Quails - Down the Hatch
5. Father John Misty - I Love You Honeybear
6. John Moreland - In the Throes
7. The National - Trouble Will Find Me
9. Jamey Johnson - The Guitar Song
10. Brandy Clark - 12 Stories
11. Run the Jewels - RTJ
12. James McMurtry - Complicated Game
13. The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream
14. Kendrick Lamar - good Kid, M.A.A.D. City
15. Turnpike Troubadours - Goodbye Normal Street
16. Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
17. Jamie Lin Wilson - Jumping Over Rocks
18. Run the Jewels - RTJ2
19. Lydia Loveless - Somewhere Else
20. Chris Stapleton - Traveler
21. Cody Jinks - Adobe Sessions
22. Ashley McBryde - Girl Going Nowhere
23. Pallbearer - Foundations of Burden
Honorable Mentions: Sturgill Simpson - High Top Mountain, Kacey Musgraves - Same Trailer Different Park, Cody Jinks - I’m Not the Devil, Turnpike Troubadours - A Long Way From Your Heart, Kellie Pickler - 100 Proof, Mike & The Moonpies - Cheap Silver, Turnpike Troubadours -s/t, Miranda Lambert - The Weight of These Wings, Ruston Kelly - Dying Star, Brandi Carlile - By the Way I Forgive You, Sturgill Simpson - A Sailor’s Guide, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires - There is a Bomb in Gilead, Charlie Robison - Beautiful Day, Lucero - Among the Ghosts, Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial, Gojira - Magma, Colter Wall -s/t.
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|And.. Reba. Sorry Reba.|
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Curmudgeonly country fan Carl Outlaw says that not a single good country song or album has been released since 1979. Despite the fact that Outlaw was born in the early 90s, he feels confident in his oblivious statement.
“There ain’t been no good country since the heyday of Merle and Willie and Coe, and you can put that in your pipe and smoke it.” said the idiot, shuffling through his playlist that managed to exclude the likes of Johnny Cash, Dwight Yoakam, and The Judds.
According to Carl, though not specifically mentioned, Patty Loveless sucks. He also believes, based on his time limits, that Jamey Johnson, Tyler Childers, Kelsey Waldon, and Turnpike Troubadours have all released subpar music unworthy of his attention.
When asked about Johnny Cash’s renewed output from the nineties, he says “hipster bullshit…anything that snooty college kids like, I don’t like.” “If it doesn’t have a steel guitar, fiddle, acoustic guitars, and sad lyrics about dying of cirrhosis in a flophouse, it’s not good country,” continued Outlaw. “There have been no songs that fit that description in my entire lifetime and it makes me sad for the future of America.”
The fool thinks Chris Stapleton and Sunny Sweeney are just awful, if we go by his own misguided cutoff date. Jason Boland and the Stragglers, Jamie Lin Wilson, Dale Watson, Cody Jinks, and Miranda Lambert are terrible as well.
When asked what he thought of Luke Bell’s self-titled traditional country gem from just a couple years ago, Outlaw replied “Luke Bryan, who’s she?”
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Last one! I promise. ~Trailer
by Scott Colvin
1. Larkin Poe – Venom & Faith
Rebecca and Megan Lovell (formerly of the bluegrass band The Lovell Sisters with older sister Jessica) are mostly “known” as touring musicians for the likes of Kristian Bush and Elvis Costello…among others. On their fourth full-length album, the sisters absolutely hit the sublime with their powerful brand of roots rock and blues. Rebecca’s sultry and soulful vocals blend perfectly with Megan’s hot bluesy slide guitar licks for one of the finest albums in recent memory.
2. Brandi Carlile – By The Way, I Forgive You
Brandi’s finest album since The Story (which will always be in my Top 10 of all-time). “The Joke” is simply gorgeous and a song of the year contender. This Dave Cobb produced platter got some serious Grammy nom love and for good reason.
3. Jamie Lin Wilson – Jumping Over Rocks
4. Whitey Morgan and the 78s – Hard Times and White Lines
5. Lindi Ortega - Liberty
6. Joshua Hedley – Mr. Jukebox
7. Ashley McBryde – Girl Going Nowhere
8. Superchunk – What a Time to Be Alive
9. Shooter Jennings – Shooter
10. Blackberry Smoke – Find a Light
11. Sarah Shook & the Disarmers – Years
It’s not often I can look to my hometown for music pride. Let’s be honest, until Sarah Shook came around Foreigner’s Lou Gramm might be Rochester, NY’s most notable artist (C’Mon, admit it, “Jukebox Hero” and “Urgent” were freaking awesome). Shook is a total badass and this album proves it.
12. Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour
13. Dillon Carmichael – Hell on an Angel
14. Eric Church – Desperate Man
15. I’m With Her – See You Around
16. Muncie Girls – Fixed Ideals
17. Thunderpussy – S/T
This female foursome delivers with some serious 70s rock goodness. To be honest their debut EP Greatest Tits was a tighter effort, but since those songs are all on this LP it makes my list.
18. Rhett Miller – The Messenger
19. Cody Jinks - Lifers
20. Holly Golightly – Do the Get Along