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Apr 9, 2019

Top Albums of 2019 - First Quarter Report



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1. Vandoliers - Forever

2. Charles Wesley Godwin - Seneca

3. Joshua Ray Walker - Wish You Were Here

4. Molly Tuttle - When You’re Ready

5. Austin Meade - Waves

6. Kalyn Fay - Good Company

7. Dee White - Southern Gentleman

8. Jenny Lewis - On the Line

9. Yola - Walk Through Fire

10. Flatland Cavalry - Homeland Insecurity

11. Robert Ellis - Texas Piano Man

12. Reba McEntire - Stronger Than the Truth

13. Mary Bragg - Violets as Camouflage

14. Rod Melancon - Pinkville

15. Quaker City Night Hawks - QCNH

16. Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow

17. George Strait - Honky Tonk Time Machine

18. Hayes Carll - What It Is

19. Karly Driftwood - Too Mean to Die

20. Jimbo Mathus - Incinerator

21. Liz Brasher - Painted Image

22. Charlie Shafter - When I Was Yours and You Were Mine

23. Randy Houser - Magnolia

24. The Steel Woods - Old News

25. Rob Baird - After All

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*there are a few recent and forthcoming albums I haven't listened to enough to rank yet

**this is just Trailer's top 25 - year end list will include all FTM contributors

Apr 3, 2018

Top 20 Albums of 2018 - First Quarter Report

1. Brandi Carlile - By the Way, I Forgive You

2. Caitlyn Smith - Starfire

3. Ashley McBryde - Girl Going Nowhere

4. Dallas Moore - Mr. Honky Tonk

5. First Aid Kid - Ruins

6. Courtney Marie Andrews - May Your Kindness Remain

7. Caleb Caudle - Crushed Coins

8. Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour

9. Courtney Patton - What It's Like to Fly Alone

10. Buffalo Tom - Quiet and Peace

11. Ruby Boots - Don't Talk About It

12. Wade Bowen - Solid Ground

13. Mike & The Moonpies - Steak Night at the Prairie Rose

14. Trixie Mattel - One Stone

15. Whiskey Wolves of the West - Country Roots

16. Anderson East - Encore

17. Josh Grider - Good People

18. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - Tearing at the Seams

19. Ross Cooper - I Rode the Wild Horses

20. Pedigo's Magic Pilsner - s/t

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*there are a few recent and forthcoming albums I haven't listened to enough to rank yet
**This is just Trailer's top 20 - year end list will include all contributors

Apr 1, 2015

Best Albums of 2015 So Far: 1st Quarter Report

My actual "Best of 2015" list includes four albums not yet released, but since this is labeled as the "1st Quarter Report," I decided to stay true to the title and not include those four. However, you should know that my favorite album I've heard this year is actually Whitey Morgan's Sonic Ranch ...and by a long shot. It comes out in May. But here's the list of my favorite albums released thus far in 2015.



10. Butch Walker - Afraid of Ghosts

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12. Earl Sweatshirt - I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside

13. Houndmouth - Little Neon Limelight

14. The Delta Routine - You and Your Lion

15. The Lone Bellow - Then Came the Morning

16. The Mavericks - Mono

17. Aaron Watson - The Underdog

18. Ryan Bingham - Fear and Saturday Night

19. Striking Matches - Nothing But the Silence

20. Gurf Morlix - Eatin' at Me

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Yet to hear or need to hear more of: Gretchen Peters - Blackbirds, Jackson Taylor - Cantina del Diablo, Haley Cole - Illusions, Great Lake Swimmers - A Forest of Arms, Joe Pug - Windfall, Willie & the Giant - s/t, JJ Grey & Mofro - Ol' Glory, Brandi Carlile - The Firewatcher's Daughter, No Dry County - The Night Before, Cody Jinks - Adobe Sessions.

Mar 30, 2012

Favorite Albums of 2012 So Far: March

I was originally going to call this the "first quarter report," but since two of these will be released in the 2nd quarter, but they're too good to exclude... that wouldn't do.


Favorite Albums of 2012 (So Far)

1. Darrell Scott - Long Ride Home $5.00 at this link!


3. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls (Due Out April 10)

4. Lucero - Women and Work $5.99 at this link!

5. Shooter Jennings - Family Man $5.99 at this link!

6. Kathleen Edwards - Voyageur


8. Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker & Yim Yames - New Multitudes

9. The Deadfields - Dance in the Sun


Strong new releases that I've not had time to completely digest yet: 
Justin Townes Earle - Nothing's Going to Change the Way You Feel About Me Now
Cary Hudson - Mississippi Moon
Sons of Bill - Sirens

Mar 31, 2011

Best Songs of 2011: 1st Quarter Report

Click the song titles to listen.

1. Kasey Anderson and the Honkies - Exit Ghost
(tie) Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - Codeine (free & legal mp3 download of this song at the link)

3. Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears - She's So Scandalous

4. Hayes Carll - Bottle in My Hand

5. Left Lane Cruiser - Pig Farm

6. Chris Young - Tomorrow

7. Raphael Saadiq - Stone Rollin'

8. Alison Krauss & Union Station - My Love Follows You Where You Go

9. Austin Lucas- Thunder Rail

10. Ponderosa - Devil on My Shoulder

11. Sunny Sweeney - Staying's Worse Than Leaving

12. Amos Lee - Flower

13. Drive-by Truckers - Mercy Buckets

14. John Popper & the Duskray Troubadors - Champipple

15. The Decemberists - Don't Carry It All

Mar 26, 2010

Best of 2010 So Far: 1st Quarter Report

It's been a good year for music so far. I always say that though. If you look (listen) hard enough, there's plenty of great stuff to listen to out there... and most of it isn't played on your local country or rock station.

What's this list missing? Let me know in the comments!

01. Joe Pug - Messenger
02. Austin Collins - Wrong Control
I've been playing this one about twice a day since I got it. Great great stuff!
03. Kasey Anderson - Nowhere Nights
04. Drive-by Truckers - The Big To-Do
I wasn't that impressed with this after a few listens but it's really growing on me.
05. Great American Taxi - Reckless Habits
06. Retribution Gospel Choir - 2
07. Surfer Blood - Astro Coast
08. Tim Barry - 28th & Stonewall
09. Johnny Cash - American VI: Ain't No Grave
10. Hellbound Glory - Old High and New Lows
Country songs about heroin and heartbreak, chock full of profanity. I like it!
11. Reckless Kelly - Somewhere in Time
12. Butch Walker and the Black Widows - I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart
13. Drew Kennedy - Alone, But Not Lonely (Free here!)
14. Dirty Sweet - American Spiritual
15. Ray Wylie Hubbard - A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There Is No C)
16. Gary Allan - Get Off on the Pain
17. The Brothers Comatose - Songs from the Stoop
18. Carolina Chocolate Drops - Genuine Negro Jig
19. Whispering Pines - Family Tree
20. Murder By Death - Good Morning, Magpie
21. Freedy Johnston - Rain on the City
22. Rogue Wave - Permalight
23. I See Hawks in L.A. - Should've Been Gold
24. Gil Scott-Heron - I'm New Here
25. Easton Corbin - s/t

Mar 27, 2009

Favorite Albums of '09 - First Quarter Report

Click on underlined artist names for their Myspace pages to listen! (Ben doesn't have a solo Myspace, but you can listen to samples on the Amazon link)

Feel free to comment on any of these, or to suggest some other great albums of early 2009!

1. Ben Nichols - The Last Pale Light in the West
A collection of gritty narratives based on Cormac McCarthy's gore-soaked epic, "Blood Meridian," it's as passionate and powerful as anything I've heard this year (and much of last), despite the narrow focus. I'm a huge fan of Ben's full-time gig, Lucero, and looking forward to their major label debut later this year, but it'll have to really be something to top this.
Prime track: "Toadvine"

2. Justin Townes Earle - Midnight at the Movies
This is the one where son overtakes father. Justin's warm, reedy vocals and classic country sound with a modern feel make this quite an engaging album.
Prime track: "Mama's Eyes"

3. The Gourds - Haymaker!
Ridiculously fun as always, but the song-craft never suffers for the sake of party and vice versa. Not quite up to the high bar set by their previous release, Noble Creatures, but still a very strong effort.
Prime track: "Shreveport"

4. Phosphorescent - To Willie
A loving ode to a legend. Nelson's songs retold through a filter of reverent indie folk sound great and remind you that Willie's not just an entertainer and troubadour, but a songwriter of the highest order. Phosphorescent's not bad either, putting their own stamp on the songs, not just performing rote covers.
Prime track: "The Last Thing I Needed (First Thing This Morning)"

5. Great Lake Swimmers - Lost Channels
An indie-folk band with some of the most beautiful vocals you'll ever hear, Great Lake Swimmers take a step in a new direction on this outing, upping the tempo a bit and eschewing the stripped down approach for an array of new instruments, to nice effect. "Pulling on a Line" is my favorite song of the year thus far.

6. Mastodon - Crack the Skye
Metal! Smart, masterfully technical and fairly innovative, but still headbangingly hard, Mastodon's beast of a record should appeal to fans of anybody from Iron Maiden and Metallica to Coheed and Cambria. Great music for working out, or washing the dishes.
Prime track: "Oblivion"

7. The Deep Dark Woods - Winter Hours
Prime track: "All the Money I Had is Gone"

8. Scott Miller - For Crying Out Loud
Prime track:
"Sin in Indiana"

9. Eric Church - Carolina
Prime track: "Where She Told Me to Go"

10. Strand of Oaks - Leave Ruin
Prime track:
"End in Flames"

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