Episode 92 – Best of 2016

It’s that time of year again…our last show of the year and we look back at some of the very best Americana albums of 2016. Dave Stroud runs down the list…from bottom to top and even takes a little time to share the runners-up. This was a year of tribute albums (Dr. John, Emmylou, Charlie Rich, Jerry Garcia, and others) and some incredible blues and soul that made the list. Indies, outliers, Canadian songwriters, and breakout traditional revelries abound. Be sure to tune in for a look back at the music of the ‘year of darkness’…2016.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Colvin & Earle You Were On My Mind Colvin & Earle Amazon
3Dwight Yoakam I Wouldn't Put it Past Me Swimmin Pools Movie Stars. Amazon
4Lucinda Williams Place In My Heart The Ghosts Of Highway 20 (Disc 1) Amazon
5Bob Weir One More River to Cross Blue Mountain Amazon
6Jim Lauderdale This Changes Everything This Changes Everything Amazon
7Sean McConnell Queen Of Saint Mary's Choir Sean McConnell Amazon
8Bill Kirchen Somebody's Going Home Transatlanticana Amazon
9Mudcrutch I Forgive It All Mudcrutch 2 Amazon
10Bonnie Raitt Need You Tonight Dig in Deep Amazon
11Buddy Miller & Friends/Nikki Lane Just Someone I Used To Know Cayamo Sessions at Sea Amazon
12The Earls of Leicester All I Want Is You Rattle & Roar Amazon
13Loretta Lynn Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven Full Circle Amazon
14Cyndi Lauper Detour (Featuring Emmylou Harris) Detour Amazon
15Sturgill Simpson In Bloom A Sailor's Guide to Earth Amazon
16Eric Clapton Can't Let You Do It I Still Do Amazon
17Southern Culture On The Skids Freak Flag The Electric Pinecones Amazon
18Brothers Comatose City Painted Gold (feat. T Sisters) City Painted Gold Amazon
19Levi Parham These American Blues These American Blues Amazon
20Tom Waits The Soul Of A Man God Don't Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson Amazon
21William Bell The Three Of Me This Is Where I Live Amazon
22Parker Millsap Pining The Very Last Day Amazon
23Drive-By Truckers What It Means American Band Amazon
24Hayes Carll Love Is So Easy Lovers and Leavers Amazon
25Holly Williams/John Prine I'm Telling You For Better, Or Worse Amazon
26The Devil Makes Three Come On Up to the House Redemption & Ruin Amazon
27Frankie Lee Where Do We Belong American Dreamer Amazon
28John Doe Get On Board The Westerner Amazon
29Colin James Bad Bad Whiskey Blue Highways Amazon
30Carrie Rodriguez & The Sacred Hearts Perfidia Lola Amazon
31The Linemen Picture Of The Two Of Us Close The Place Down Amazon

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