Saturday, December 27, 2014

Routes & Branches 12/27/14

It has been another big year in Americana music with new releases from many known bands, some new groups as well as an emergence of several new super-groups including The Hard Working Americans, Trigger Hippy and The New Basement Tapes. In an effort to select my favorites of the year I am recapping my monthly choices for the Freeform American Roots chart. Since I try to not repeat an album from one month to the next, there are far too many cd's to fit into one show. This week I focused on the first half of the year along with my choices for the month of December (numbered) since I felt the need to feature them this month. Next week I will focus on the second half of the year.

Lucinda Williams - The Nights Too Long - Lucinda Williams 
(5)Willie May - Everybody But Me - Shaken Tree Blues
Blackie And The Rodeo Kings - Gotta Stay Young - South 
Railroad Earth - Monkey - Last of the Outlaws 
Grant Peeples and the Peeples Republik - Who Woulda Thunk It? (feat. Gurf Morlix) - Punishing the Myth
Matt Andersen - Alberta Gold - Weightless
(6)The Kinks - Alcohol - Muswell Hillbillies + Katalog
Drive-By Truckers - Primer Coat - English Oceans
The String Cheese Incident - Colorado Bluebird Sky - Song in My Head
Shook Twins - Shake - What We Do
Rodney Crowell - Fever On The Bayou - Tarpaper Sky  
Johnny Cash - Baby Ride Easy - Out Amoung The Stars 
(4)Steve Earle - Custer - Look Again to the Wind: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited

John Fullbright - Until You Were Gone - Songs
Dave & Phil Alvin - I Feel So Good - Common Ground
Grant Farm - Song of the Wayword Son - Plowin' Time 
The Howlin' Brothers - Monroe - Trouble
(3)Marc Ford - Blue Sky - Holy Ghost 
Shoebox Letters - Crash - Honest Truth
Bruce Robinson and Kelly Willis - Motor City Man - Our Year
Zoe Muth - Mama Needs a Margarita - World of Strangers
Willie Nelson - Wives and Girlfriends - Band Of Brothers 
Yvette Landry - Misery Loves Company - Me & T-Coe's Country
(2)Thompson - Careful - Family
Corb Lund - Truck Got Stuck - Counterfeit Blues
The Mastersons - Closer To You - Good Luck Charm
(1)The New Basement Tapes - Kansas City - Lost On the River

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