Episode 118 – July 13, 2017

Episode 118
Episode 118

We’ll be taking stock of the state of Americana this week, looking back at the best 25 albums  of the first  half of 2017. Dave Stroud brings you a subjective collection of the albums that best representative the genre: one that is both elusive as it is eclectic. Bluegrass, gospel, country, folk, blues, rock, and ‘alt Americana’ find their way into the genre, making it ever easier to discuss and pinpoint. It may not be published as Americana…but you know what it is when you hear it, right? Tune in for our look back.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Samantha Fish It's Your Voodoo Working Chills & Fever Amazon
3Hurray for the Riff Raff Hungry Ghost The Navigator Amazon
4Alison Krauss Poison Love Windy City Amazon
5Steve Forbert What If Her Love Should Fail? Flying At Night Amazon
6Bap Kennedy Nothing Can Stand in the Way of Love Reckless Heart Amazon
7David Olney Don't Try To Fight It Don't Try To Fight It Amazon
8Jake Xerxes Fussell Jump for Joy What in the Natural World Amazon
9Ray Davies Rock 'N' Roll Cowboys Americana Amazon
10The Band of Heathens Green Grass of California Duende Amazon
11Blackie & The Rodeo Kings Secret Of A Long Lasting Love (w/Nick Lowe) Kings And Kings Amazon
12Tim O'Brien Friday, Sunday's Coming Where the River Meets the Road Amazon
13Old Crow Medicine Show I Want You [Live] 50 Years Of Blonde On Blonde [Live] Amazon
14Rayna Gellert Grey Bird Workin's Too Hard Amazon
15Justin Townes Earle What's She Crying For Kids In The Street Amazon
16Bobby Bare Things Change Things Change Amazon
17The Secret Sisters He's Fine You Don't Own Me Anymore Amazon
18Chuck Prophet Bad Year for Rock and Roll Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins Amazon
19Joan Osborne You're Driving Me (To The Arms Of A Stranger) Mavis Staples I'll Take You There: An All-Star Concert Celebration Amazon
20The Mavericks Ride with Me Brand New Day Amazon
21Willie Nelson Still Not Dead God's Problem Child Amazon
22Nikki Lane Highway Queen Highway Queen Amazon
23Shannon McNally I Went To The Well Black Irish Amazon
24Pokey LaFarge Riot In The Streets Manic Revelations Amazon
25Keb' Mo' & Taj Mahal Squeeze Box TajMo Amazon
26Delbert McClinton & Self-Made Men Like Lovin' Used to Be Prick of the Litter Amazon
27Rhiannon Giddens Freedom Highway Freedom Highway Amazon
28Vandoliers Rolling Out The Native Amazon

A Century of America's Music