I’m stopping 20 miles short of calling this list a “best of” list. As the stacks upon stacks of cds in my computer room will prove, there is so much music from 2010 that I didn’t hear that it’s impossible for me to gloss this list anything other than a collection of some my favorite albums from the year. Everything on the Essential Listening list is worthy of your money and ears but as a blog owner I am obligated to bring you one of these lists at the end of every year so here is mine as I felt the order would be, today:
20. Root Jack – In The Pines
19. Truckstop Darlin’ – Truckstop Darlin’
18. The Fox Hunt – Long Way To Go
17. .357 String Band – Lightning from the North
16. American Graveyard – Hallelujahland
15. The Steeldrivers – Reckless
14. Possum Jenkins – Collection of Bad Habits
13. Joseph Huber – Bury Me Where I Fall
12. Justin Townes Earle – Harlem River Blues
11. Possessed By Paul James – Feed The Family
Top 10 (with mp3s) are under the cut…
One of those albums that I really don’t listen to nearly enough but every time I play a single song from it I end up having to listen to the entire thing. To quote the original review, “This album is fucking fantastic. I wanna be more “professional” about it, but I can’t. It’s stupid how good it is.”
Otis Gibbs – Kansas City
To think about how close this album was to never seeing the light of day is both amazing and depressing. I mean, how many other fantastic albums are sitting on shelves for various reasons? Anyhow, ICLASOB rise from the ashes with their best effort to date and we’re the beneficiaries. The album has the perfect mix of ICLASOB bravado and Micheal Den Damron’s sensitivity that pushes the whole band to a different level.
I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In The House – Ghost
Gill returns with a perfect follow up to the equally perfect Ballad of Lawless Soirez. Saying Gill’s music is a mixture of old country blues and jazz, with the songster sounds of the 30’s as garnish to Gill’s magnificent voice is a long winded way of saying you need to pour a tumbler of whiskey neat and listen to this cd.
Gill Landry – Careless Love
It took 8 years and 5 albums, but Two Cow Garage has finally decided to shrug the jacket of discontent and plant their flag firmly at the 50 yard line of rock and roll’s home turf. These guys are getting better and better with every album and Sweet Saint Me was no different. It’s defiant, it’s angry and it could be looked at as a band’s personal mantra.
Two Cow Garage – My Great Gatsby
This album exploded out of my speakers, slapped my ass and called me Sally. More so than any other album I heard this year, the moment I heard this album I knew I loved it. Victims, Enemies & Old Friends has an excellent mix of songs you can bounce and sing along to and songs you can drink and plot the murder of a loved one too. Sometimes, it’s the same song.
Doc Dailey & Magnolia Devil – Prove Me Wrong
Some bands hang their hat on their ability to make beautiful metaphores that rhyme but that ain’t Tim. Tim speaks the truth according to Tim in various degrees of rhyme. Some people find it too simple, I find it personal mantra affirming.
Tim Barry – (Memento Mori)
These guys may have surprised me more so than any other band this year. I mean, I was expecting a good album from the band but I was presented with a great album. An album that, honestly, will be tough to live up to. That said, I can’t wait for the next one.
Glossary – Through The Screen Door
Is there a better pure songwriter in this poorly defined Americana genre? I don’t think so. This kid probably has better songs wasting away in his lyrics book than some bands I love will ever produce.
Joe Pug – Unsophisticated Heart
It was a tough choice for my favorite album of the year. Pug, the Keys, Pug, the Keys. In the end, the fact that you can fuck to this album was the decider. I wasn’t sure I’d ever love these guys like I had in the Big Come Up era again and then they dropped Brothers on my face. For my tastes, this album is perfect in almost every way. It’s like the band finally made the sound they were fishing for with Magic Potion and Attack & Release, and it took them finally spreading their wings a little under solo albums and projects like Blakroc for it to finally be realized.
Seriously, this album can be summed up in two words; “Pure Butter”.
Paula Dean knows what I’m talking about.
The Black Keys – Ten Cent Pistol