Best of 2020

Episode 285 – Best of 2020

Americana sounds from this past year. We’re going to take our annual look back at the very best of the last 365 days even though it’s a year we’d like to forget. Thing is, there was some unforgettable music that blossomed as a backdrop to what was otherwise a difficult year for performers. In fact, devastating for so many. Dave Stroud walks through the Top 25 best (well, favorite) albums of this past year, finding the very listenable among the hundreds of listenables. Tune in for the music you’ve been hearing on the show as well as on the Americana Hours over the past year hear on Sonoma County Community Radio. The memories are in the music; not so much the days.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Swamp Dogg Sleeping Without You Is a Dragg (feat. Justin Vernon & Jenny Lewis) Sorry You Couldn't Make It Amazon
3Cindy Cashdollar Foggy Mt. Rock (feat. Albert Lee) Waltz for Abilene Amazon
4Puss N Boots Angel Dream Sister Amazon
5Sarah Peacock Mojave Burn the Witch Amazon
6Sara Evans She's Got You Copy That Amazon
7Robert Plant Too Much Alike (with Patty Griffin) Digging Deep: Subterranea Amazon
8John Craigie Don't Ask Asterisk The Universe Amazon
9Colter Wall Cowpoke Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs Amazon
10Frank & Allie Lee When I Was a Cowboy Treat A Stranger Right Amazon
11Trish Cramblet Safe To Say The Margins Amazon
12Raye Zaragoza He Calls Me River Woman In Color Amazon
13Matt Costa Avenal Yellow Coat Amazon
14Pokey LaFarge End Of My Rope Rock Bottom Rhapsody Amazon
15Dan Bern Ticket Out Ivan's Barber Shop Amazon
16Dirk Powell Olivia When I Wait For You Amazon
17Otis Gibbs Nine Foot Problem Hoosier National Amazon
18Larkin Poe Easy Street Self Made Man Amazon
19Chris Stapleton You Should Probably Leave Starting Over Amazon
20Sturgill Simpson Life of Sin Cuttin' Grass – Vol. 1 (Butcher Shoppe Sessions) Amazon
21Chuck Prophet Marathon The Land That Time Forgot Amazon
22Margo Price Stone Me That's How Rumors Get Started Amazon
23Charley Crockett The Poplar Tree Welcome To Hard Times Amazon
24Lucinda Williams When the Way Gets Dark Good Souls Better Angels Amazon
25Logan Ledger (Im Gonna Get Over This) Some Day Logan Ledger Amazon
26Bob Dylan I've Made Up My Mind To Give Myself To You Rough And Rowdy Ways [Disc 1] Amazon
27Ray Wylie Hubbard Drink Till I See Double Co-Starring Amazon
28Phoebe Bridgers Kyoto (Radio Edit) Punisher Amazon
29Jesse Daniel Tar Snakes Rollin' On Amazon

A Century of America's Music