Best CDs of 2012
Best CDs of 2012

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Listed below are the past finalists and award winners of the Indie Acoustic Project's Best CDs of the Year Awards.

Also included are the winners of the Indie Acoustic Porjects "Best Songs of the 1990s".

Scroll down (or click on a year) to view past finalists and winners!

Enjoy! Thanks for supporting independent music!



BEST CDs of 2012: WINNER AND FINALISTS
(winners are listed in green)

Artist Title Label

White Horse: "Fate of the World"
"The Fate of the World" 

Acoustic Ensemble

Dala 
Elephant Revival
Whitehorse

 

********

Best Day
It’s Alive
The Fate of the World

********

Compass 
Elephant Revival
Six Shooter



The Olllam: "The Olllam"
"The Olllam"

Instrumental

Paolo Fresu & Omar Sosa
Anders Hagberg Quartet 
The Olllam 

 

********

Alma 
Stories of Now
The Olllam

 

********

Ota 
Footprint
Compass

 

Darryl Purpose: "The Next Time Around""Next Time Around"

Lyrics

Lucy Kaplansky 
Darryl Purpose
Melody Walker

 

********

Reunion
Next Time Around
Gold Rush Goddess

 

********

Red House
Blue Rock
Self-Produced

 

Surkalen: "Essence de Lumiere"
"Essence de Lumiere"

Mutli-Genre

Roberto Lopez 
Surkalen
Trio Bravo

 

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Azul 
Essence de Lumiere 
Trio Bravo

 

********

Curura
Self-produced
Ozella

 

Red Cardell: "Falling In Love"
"Falling In Love"

Progressive Edge

Red Cardell 
Amelia Curran 
Paper Bird 

 

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Falling in Love
Spectators 
Carry On 


********

Keltia
Six Shooter
Self-Produced 

Elin Furubotn: "Heilt Nye Vei"
"Heilt Nye Vei" 

Rock

Del Barber 
Elin Furubotn
Michelle Malone
********

Headwaters 
Heilt Nye Vei
Day 2

********

Six Shooter
Ozella
SBS



Infamaous Stringdusters: "Silver Sky"
"Silver Sky" 

Roots

Balsam Range
Chris Daniels
Infamous Stringdusters 


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Papertown
Better Days
Silver Sky


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Mountain Home
Moon Voyage
HIgh Country/Sci Fidelity


Two CD Covers

"New Siberia"
"Change The Ending" 

Singer-Songwriter

Antje Duvekot * 
Elliot Morris
Maia Sharp *

*Indicates tie

********

New Siberia
As The Waves Come In
Change The Ending
********

Self-Produced
Self-Produced
Blix Street


Ramzi Aburedwan: "Reflections of Palestinne"
"Reflections of Palestine"

World Music

Ramzi Aburedwan
Moh Alileche
Armel An Hejer


********

Reflections of Palestine
When The Dust Settles
Boked An Euredenn



********

Riverboat/WMN
Flag od Freedom
Kelita


 


BEST CDs of 2011: WINNERS AND FINALISTS
(winners are listed in red)


 


  Artist Title Label

Acoustic Ensemble
Dala
Fiske & Herrera
The Wailin Jennys
********
Everyone Is Someone
Till the Sea Disappears
Bright Morning Stars

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Compass
Self-produced
Red House

Best Lyrics
Charlie Dore
Eliza Gilkyson
Elena Klaver

********
Cheapskate Lullabyes
Roses at the End of Time
Promise of Spring
********
Black Ink
Red House
Self-produced


Instrumental
Acoustic Trio 3000
Maz
Rakish Angles


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Yo Ho
Telescope
Cottonwood Moon

********
Riva Sound
Self-produced
Self-produced


Progressive Edge
Elephant Revival
Trampled by Turtles
Tristen

********
Break in the Clouds
Palomino
Charlatans at the Garden Gate

********
Ruff Shod
Six Shooter
American Myth


Rock
Kyler England
Colin Hay
Ariana Gillis

********
Electric Hum
Gathering Mercury
Forget Me Not

********
Gypsy Rock
Compass
Self Produced


Singer-Songwriter
Christine Fellows
Rachel Harrington
Massiel Yanira
********
 Femmes de Chez Nous
 Celilo Falls
 Una Voz    

********
Six Shooter
Skinny Dennis
Self-produced



World Music
Kiran Ahluwalia
Bachata Legends
Samba Toure

********
Aam Zameen
Bachata Legends
Crocodile Blues

********
Avokado Artists
iASO
Riverboat/World Music Network


BEST CDs of 2010: WINNERS AND FINALISTS
(Winners are listed in red)



  Artist Title Label


Acoustic Ensemble
Altan
Chapin Sisters
Red Horse
********
25th Anniversary
Two
Red Horse

********
Compass
Lake Bottom
Red House


Americana
Asleep at the Wheel
Fruition
FS-Chris Pureka           

********
It’s a Good Day
Fruition
How I Learned to See in the Dark

********
Bismeaux         
Self Produced
Sad Rabbit



Best Lyrics
Kamm & MacDonald
Meg Hutchinson
Kate Isenberg

********
From the Fire
The Living Side
Gold Rush Town
********
Freewheel
Red House
Three Roads



Celtic
Grada
Old Blind Dogs
Solas

********
Natural Angle
Wherever Yet May Be
The Turning Tide

********
Compass
Compass
Compass



Instrumental
California Guitar Trio
John McSherry
Peter Ostroushko


********
Andromeda
Soma
When the Last Morning Glory Blooms

********
Inner Knot
Compass
Red House



Multi -Genre
Ellery
Michael McGoldrick
Heidi Talbot

********
This Isn’t Over Yet
Aurora
The Last Star


********
Set Adrft
Compass
Compass



Progressive Edge
Citay
El Hijo
Peter Wolf Crier

********
Dream Get Together
Madrilena
Inter Be

********
Dead Oceans
Acuarela
Jagjaguwar



Rock
Carrie Rodriguez
Railroad Earth
Spring Standards

********
Love & Circumstance
Railroad Earth
Would Things Be Different

********
9th Street Opus
One Haven
Self Produced


Roots
Karan Casey & John Doyle
Les Tireux d’Roches
Otis Taylor

********
Exiles Return
Ce Qu Esse
Clovis People

********
Compass
CFM
Telarc



Singer-Songwriter
Ellen Cherry
Ruth Moody
Chuck Pyle
********
New Years
The Garden
The Spaces In Between

********
Wrong Size Shoes
Red House
Zen Cowboy




World Beat
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba
Joan Soriano
Various
********
I Speak Fula
El Duque de la Bachata
Listen to the Banned


********
Subpop
IASO
Valley Entertainment
Freemuse



World Music
Oswin Chin Behilia
Ali Khattab
Various

********
Liber
Al Zarqa
Yoga

********
Otrabanda
Nuevos Medios
Putumayo



BEST CDs of 2009: WINNERS & FINALISTS
(Winners are listed in magenta)


 
Artist
Title
Label
The Wailing Jennys: Live at the Mauch Chunk Theater
Live At The Mauch Chunk Theater
********
Some Assemby Required
Doors & Windows
Live at the Mauch Chunk Theater

Alison Brown: The Company You Keep
The Company You Keep
********
The Company You Keep
Rakish Angles
Mistico


Miguel Espinoza: Guitarra en Mano
Guitarra en Mano
********
Guitarra en Mano
Soy Panamericano
Casita de Campo

********
Mountain Music River           
Curura
IASO

Purple Notes
Best. Concert. Ever.
********
Best. Concert. Ever.
Crucible
Instead the Forest Rose to Sing
Black Notes
Postcards
********
Postcards
Inside Out
Transmutacion


Pink Notes
Mountain Meadows
********
Mountain Meadows
Hunter Hunter
Live

Green Notes
To Make It Make Sense
********
To Make It Make Sense
These Days
Release

Purple NotesBuckaroo Blue Grass II
********
Ships in the Forest
American Sunshine
Buckaroo Blue Grass II

Black Notes
Silent Sky
********
100 Photographs
Silent Sky
Inland Territory

Pink Notes
Solidago
********
Her
Solidago
Open Hand

Green Notes
Tres Tres Fort
********
In Memory of a Hero
Immortal Franco
Tres Tres Fort

Black Notes
Trova
World Music: Eurasia
He Xuntian
Marta Topferova
Various
********
Tathagata
Trova
Rough Guide to Gypsy Music


 


BEST CDs of 2008:WINNERS & FINALISTS
(Winners are listed in red)


 

  Artist Title   Label
Moreland & Arbuckle: 1861
"1861"


Acoustic Ensemble
Etran Finatawa
Moreland & Arbuckle
Toumast
********
Desert Crossroads
1861
Ishumar

  ********
Riverboat/World Music
Northern Blues
Real World//Ryko
South Austin Jug Band: Strange Invitation
"Strange Invitation"


Alt Country
Biscuit Burners
South Austin Jug Band
Chris Stuart

********
Firey Mountain Music
Strange Invitation
Crooked Man

  ********
Indidog
Self-Produced
Backcountry

Wadirum: Letters I Never Plan To Mail
"Letters I Never Plan To Mail"

Alt Rock
Bittersweets
Nadas
Wadirum

********
Goodnight, San Francisco
Ghosts Inside These Halls
Letter I Never Plan to Mail

  ********
Compass
Authentic
Self-Produced

Capercallie: Roses & Tears
"Roses & Tears"


Celtic
Capercaillie
Lunasa
Solas
********
Roses &Tears
The Story So Far
For Love & Laughter

  ********
Vertical/Compass
Compass
Compass
Helge Lien Trio: Hello Troll
"Hello Troll"


Instrumental
Debashish Bhattacharya
Helge Lien Trio
Aidan O’Rourke


********
Calcutta Chronicles
Hello Troll
Sirius


  ********
World Music Network
Ozella Music
Compass

Debajo del Agua: World Upside Down
"World Upside Down"


Latin
Debajo del Agua
Various
Various

********
The World Upside Down
Bachata Roja
Café Cubano

  ********
Self-produced
IASO
Putumayo

Jez Lowe: Northern Echos
"Northern Echoes"


Lyrics
Chumbawamba
Jez Lowe
Rupert Wates

********
The Boy Bands Have Won
Northern Echoes
Dear Life
  ********
Trade Root
Tantobie
Bite


Ryan Cavenaugh: Songs for the New Frontier
"Songs For The New Frontier"


Multi - Genre
Ryan Cavanaugh
Blair Douglas
Various

********
Songs for the New Frontier
Stay Strong
Klezmer Revolution


  ********
Self-Produced
Ridge
World Music Network


Slim Cessna's Atuo Club:  Cipher
"Cipher"


Progressive Edge
Horse Feathers
Nethers
Slim Cessna's Auto Club

********
House with No Home
What the Wind Will Never Tell
Cipher

  ********
KillRockStars
Izniz
Alternative Tentacles

The Rescues: Crazy EverAfter
"Crazy Ever After"


Rock
Leroy Bell
Mark Geary
The Rescues

********
A Change Is Coming
Opium
Crazy Ever After

  ********
Martez
Sonablast
Red Wind

Kara Grainger: Grand& Green River
"Grand & Green River"

Roots
Ray Bonneville
Melonie Cannon
Kara Grainger

********
Goin by Feel
And the Wheels Turn
Grand & Green River

  ********
Red House 
Rural Rhythm 
Craving

Meg Hutchinson: Come Up Full
"Come Up Full"


Songwriter: Female
Kyler England
Meg Hutchinson
Brooke Miller


********
Simple Machine
Come Up Full
You Can See Everything

  ********
Gypsy Rock
Red House
Hickory

Peter Bradley Adams: Leavtaking
"Leavetaking"


Songwriter: Male
Peter Bradley Adams
Archie Fisher
Reg Meuross
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Leave Taking
Windward Away
Edge of the World
  ********
Sarathan
Red House
Hatsongs


Various Artitists: African Party
"African Party"


World Music: Africa
Various
Ablaye Cissoko & Volker Goetze
Various

********
African Party
Sira
Rough Guide to the Music of Mali

  ********
Putumayo
ObliqSound
World Music Network

Jamshied Sharfiri: One
"One"


World Music: Eurasia
Riikka
Jamshied Sharifi
Various
********
Kaenkukuntayot
One
Acoustic Arabia


  ********
Aito
Ceres
Putumayo


BEST CDs of 2007: Winners & Finalists
(Winners are listed in green)


  Artist Title Label

Story Hill
"Storyhill"

Acoustic Ensemble
Darol Anger & Mike Marshall
Storyhill
Corinne West
********
Woodshop
Storyhill
Second Sight
********
Adventure
Red House
Self-Produced

Laura Love- NeGrass
"NeGrass"

Alt Country
Drew Gibson
Nathan Hamilton
Laura Love
********
Letterbox
6 Black Birds
NeGrass
********
Cragmont
On the Corner
Octoroon Biography

Runrig-" Everything You See"
"Everything You See"

Alt. Rock
The Actual
Runrig
Tara Fuki
********
In Stitches
Everything You See
Auris
********
Soft Drive
Ridge
Indies Scope
Infamous String Dusters
"Fork In The Road"
Americana
Russ Barenberg
Infamous Stringdusters
Rich McCulley
********
When At Last
Fork in the Road
Cerro Gordo
********
Compass
Sugar Hill
Self-Produced

Old Blind Dogs: Four On The Floor
"Four On The Floor"

Celtic
Garcia
Old Blind Dogs
Tiller’s Folly

********
Woven Ways
Four on the Floor
A River So Wide
********
Supraphon
Compass
Self-Produced


"Two Guitars, One Heart"
Instrumental
Bellar & Neilson
Creaking Tree String Quartet
Ola Gjeilo

********
Two Guitars, One Heart
The Soundtrack
Stone Rose
********
New Harmony
Self-Produced
2L
puerto_plata
"Mujer De Cabaret"
Latin
Johannes Linstead & Nicholas Gunn
Andy Palacio
Puerto Plata
********
Encanto
Watina
Mujer de Cabaret
********
Gemini Sun
Cumbancha
IASO
Corb_Lund_Horse_Soldier
"Horse Soldier, Horse Soldier"
Best Lyrics
Steve Earle
Jez Lowe
Corb Lund
********
Washington Square Seranade
Jack Common’s Anthem
Horse Soldier, Horse Soldier
********
New West
Tantobie
Stony Plain
Latin Jazz: Various Artists
"Latin Jazz"
Multi- Genre
Steve Dyer
Superstring Theory
Various
********
Native Art
Goes to Senegal
Latin Jazz
********
Sony Africa
Worldsoul
Putumayo

Cary Borthers: Who You Are
"Who You Are"
Rock
Ben Lee
Cary Brothers
Steven Mark
********
Ripe
Who You Are
Racing Grey
********
New West
Bluhammock
Basset
Black Snake Moan/Various
"Black Snake Moan"
Roots
Black Snake Moan/Various
Kort McCumber
Jake Schepps
********
Black Snake Moan
Lickskillet Road
Ten Thousand Leaves
********
New West
Lucky Nugget
Fine Mighty

Heidi_Talbot
"In Love & Light"

Songwriter: Female
Kate Isenberg
Laura Marie
Heidi Talbot
********
Time Comes on Humming Tracks
Drawn
In Love & Light
********
Three Roads
Self-Produced
Compass
Buddy Mondlock: Edge of The World
"Edge of the World"
Songwriter: Male
Jake Armerding
John Batdorf
Buddy Mondlock
********
Walking on the World
Home Again
Edge of the World
********
Self-Produced
Self-produced
Sparking Gap

Habib Koite- "Afriki"
"Afriki"

World Music: Africa
Dobet Gnahore
Habib Koite
Tinariwen
********
Na Afriki
Afriki
Aman Iman
********
Cumbancha
Cumbancha
World Village
Pharoh's Daughter- "Haran"
"Haran"
World Music: Eurasia
Pharaoh’s Daughter
Various
Yellow Sisters
********
Haran
Inspirations
Singalana
********
Oyhoo
Sona Rupa
Indies Scope

SONGS OF NOTE: 10 of the Best Songs from 2007




ARTIST SONG TITLE CD TITLE LABEL
Breabach "Rolling Hills" The Big Spree Vertical
Larry Cordle "I'm a Lie" Took Down and Put Up Lonesome Day
Free Hot Lunch "You're Eating For Two Now" Under The Big Top Waha Surf Shop
Sandrine Kimberlain "M'envoyer des Fleurs" Women of the World Acoustic Putumayo
Jimmy La Fave "This Land" Cimarron Manifesto Red House
Dwight McCall "Time of Our Lives" Never Say Never Again Rural Rhythm
Scott Miller "Still People Are Moving" Reconstruction Sugar Hill
Mozaik "Pigfarm Suite" Changing Trains Compass
Soul of John Black "The Hole" Good Girl BLues Yellow Dog
Chris Webster "Something in the Water" Something In The Water Digmusic

SONGS OF NOTE: 10 of the Best Songs from 2007




ARTIST SONG TITLE CD TITLE LABEL
Breabach "Rolling Hills" The Big Spree Vertical
Larry Cordle "I'm a Lie" Took Down and Put Up Lonesome Day
Free Hot Lunch "You're Eating For Two Now" Under The Big Top Whaha Surf Shop
Sandrine Kimberlain "M'envoyer des Fleurs" Women of the World Acoustic Putumayo
Jimmy La Fave "This Land" Cimarron Manifesto Red House
Dwight McCall "Time of Our Lives" Never Say Never Again Rural Rhythm
Scott Miller "Still People Are Moving" Reconstruction Sugar Hill
Mozaik "Pigfarm Suite" Changing Trains Compass
Soul of John Black "The Hole" Good Girl BLues Yellow Dog
Chris Webster "Something in the Water" Something In The Water Digmusic

 


BEST CDs of 2006: WINNERS & FINALISTS
(
Winners are listed in pink)


 

  Artist Title Label

The Wailing Jennies: Firecracker
"Firecracker"

Acoustic Ensemble
The Duhks
Wailin Jennys
Waybacks

********
Migrations
Firecracker
From the Pasture to the Future

********
Sugar Hill
Red House
Compass

Sean Watkins: Blinders On
"Blinders On"
Alt. Country
Railroad Earth
Sean Watkins
Yonder Mountain String Band
********
Elko
Blinders On
Yonder Mountain String Band
********
SCI
Sugar Hill
Vanguard
Anthill: Waiting For The Sun
"Waiting For The Sun "
Alt. Rock
Anthill
Rachel Sage
State of Man
********
Waiting For The Sun
The Blistering Sun
Both Sides of the Story
********
Self-Protected
Mpress
PolyPlat
Michelle Malone: Sugarfoot
"Sugarfoot"
Americana
Michelle Malone
Albert Lee
Carrie Rodriguez

********
Sugarfoot
Road Runner
7 Angels on a Bicycle
********
SBS/ Valley
Sugar Hill
Train Wreck/Back Porch
Cara Dillon: After The Morning
"After The Morning"
Celtic
Cara Dillon
Michael McGoldrick
Solas
********
After The Morning

Wired
Reunion
********
Compass
Compass
Compass  
David Grisman: Dawg's Groove
"Dawg's Groove "
Instrumental
David Grisman
Lynn Patrick
Johnny Whitehorse

********
Dawg's Groove
On The Wind
Johnny Whitehorse
 ********
Acoustic Disc
Self-Produced
Silver Wave
Lara & Reyes: Lara & Reyes
"Lara & Reyes "
Latin
Moises Gadea
Lara & Reyes
Roberto Lopez Project
********
Aitimaa
Lara & Reyes
Que Pasa
********
Moka
Fusion Acustica Music
Curura
Catie Curtis: Long Night Moon
"Long Night Moon"

Best Lyrics
Catie Curtis
Kobotown
Kris Kristofferson

********
Long Night Moon
Independence
This Old Road

********

Compass

Music Dish
New West
SArah Noni Metzner: DaybreakMourning
"Daybreak Mourning"
Multi- Genre
Kaki King
Sarah Noni Metzner
Gregory Page
********
Until We Felt Red
Daybreak Mourning
Love Made Me Drunk
********
Velour
Dog My Cat
Seedling / Redeye
The Bittersweets: The Life You Always Wanted
"Life You Always Wanted"
Rock
The Bittersweets
Ellery
The Mains
********
Life You Always Wanted
Lying Awake
The Higher You Get
********
Virt
Virt
Rock Show
Jim Van Cleve: No Apologies
"No Apologies"
Roots
Kane, Welch, Kaplin
Les Tireux d'Roches

Jim Van Cleve
********
Lost John Dean
Roches, Papier,Ciseaux
No Apologies
********
Compas
Outside
Rural Rhythm
Beth Waters: This Little Piggy
"This Little Piggy"
Songwriter: Female
Beth Amsel
Chris Pureka

Beth Waters
********
The Reverie
Dryland
This Little Piggy
********
Good Egg
Sad Rabbit
Memaid Mafia
Chuck Pyle: True Unity
"True Unity"
Songwriter: Male
LeRoy Bell
Corb Lund

Chuck Pyle
********
Two Sides to Every Story
Hair In My Eyes
True Unity
********
Self-Produced
Stony Plain
Stewart Management
Idan Raichel: The Idan Raichell Project
"Idan Raichel Project"
World Music: Africa
Idan Raichel
Various
Various
********
Idan Raichel Project
Acoustic Africa
One World, Many Cultures
********
Putumayo
Putumayo
Putumayo
Markku Lepisto: Polku
"Polku"
World Music: Eurasia/Global Beat
Calcuta Express
Bela Lakatos & The Gypsy Youth
Markku Lepisto
********


Calcuta Express
Introducing
Polku
********


Underscore
World Music Network
Aito

SONGS OF NOTE: 25 of the Best Songs from 2006


ARTIST SONG TITLE CD TITLE LABEL
Darol Anger When You Go Generation Nation Compass
Jerry Barlow Bring Down the Storm Bring Down the Storm Self-Produced
Greg Brown Kokomo The Evening Call Red House
Shauna Burns Ghosts & Vampires Every Thought Red Rock
Sam Bush (w/ Jean Luc Ponty) New Country Laps in Seven Sugar Hill
Ronnda Cadle The Hurt The River Runs Rince
Chookasian Armenian Ensemble Almastuh Shoghoom Eh Passage to Armenia Self-Produced
Jarabe de Palo La Flaca Blues Around the World Putumayo
William Lee Ellis God’s Tattoos God’s Tattoos Yellow Dog
Belinda Gillett Bite Back Someone Hates You Backwater
John Gorka Road of Good Intentions Writing in the Margins Red House
David Grisman & Andy Statman Anim Zemiros New Shabbos Waltz Acoustic Disc
Lynne Hanson Things I Miss Things I Miss Self-Produced
Carrie Hassler Sensabaugh Tunnel Carrie Hassler Rural Rhythm
Ilyaimy In the Water The Fifth Circle Self-Produced
The Jeff Jones Band Can’t Make You Proud Biscuits & Gravy Foursome
James Keelaghan My Blood A Few Simple Verses Jericho Beach
Lunasa Glentrasna Se Compass
Scott Miller Only Everything Citation Sugar Hill
Alison Moorer Work to Do Getting Somewhere Sugar Hill
Darrin Nauendorf Shipwrecked Rattling Wheel Rising
Dave Potts Twelve Ninety-Nine Twelve Ninety-Nine Looking Up
Michael Powers Goin’ Down Prodigal Son Baryon
Violet Sumudra Bliss Beyond Bliss Beyond Self-Produced
Patti Witten Encircled Tell the Wind Potent Folk

 


BEST CDs of 2005: Winners & Finalists
(
Winners are listed in Red)


 


Cover Art Artist Title Label
Clumsy Lovers: Smart Kid
"Smart Kid"
Acoustic Ensemble

The Bills
Clumsy Lovers
Vario

********
Let 'Em Run
Smart Kid
Hands Across The Water

********
Nettwork
Red House
Compass

Nickel Creek: Why Should The Fire Die
"Why Should
The Fire Die"
Alt. Country
Tim Current
Nickel Creek
Reckless Kelly
********
Convergence
Why Should The Fire Die
Wicked Twisted Road
********
Deaf Jim
Sugar Hill
Sugar Hill
Rolla
"La-La Land"
Alt. Rock
Gemini
David Meade
Rolla
********
Box of Poems
Wherever You Are
La La Land
********
Synched
Eleven Thirty
Rolla
Beth Winship & Brian Wicklund
"Big Twang"
Americana
Kate Campbell
Tiller's Folly
Ben Winship & Brian Wicklund
********
Blues & Lamentations
Buchan Blugrass
Big Twang
********
Large River
Tiller's Folly
Snake River
Dun An Doras: Rua
"Rua"

Celtic
Dun An Doras
Old Blind Dogs
Kate Rusby

********

Rua

Play Live
The Girl Who Couldn’t Fly
********

Indies

Green Linnet
Compass  
Peter Ostrushko: Minnesota
"Minnesota"
Instrumental
Carolyn Cruso
Lubos Malina & Martin Fridrich
Peter Ostroushko
********
Boundless
Dueling Fingers
Minnesota
********
Blue Heron
Good Day

Red House
Afro-Latin Party
"Afro-Latin Party"
Latin

Amir Beso
Marta Topferova
Various

********
Fatamorgana
La Marea
Afro-Latin Party

********

Kamala
World Village
Putumayo
Thea Gilmore
"Songs From The Gutter"

Best Lyrics
Thea Gilmore
Donal Hinely
Paul Kamm & Eleanore MacDonald

********

Songs From The Gutter

Giants
Like Water
********

Compass

Scuffletown
Freewheel
Alison Brown: Stolen Moments
"Stolen Moments"
Multi- Genre
Alison Brown
The Duhks
Shirly Jones & the Dap Kings
********
Stolen Moments
The Duhks
Naturally
********
Compass
Sugar Hill
Dap Tome
The Nadas: Listen Through The Static
"Listen Through The Static"
Rock
Arthur Lee Land
The Nadas
WadiRum
********
Dragonfly
Listen Through The Static
WadiRum
********
Perfect Groove
Authentic
Self-Produced
The Buscuit Burners: A Mountain Apart
"A Mountain Apart"
Roots
Biscuit Burners
Kort & Beth McCumber
Dan Treanor & Frankie Lee
********
A Mountain Apart
McCumberland Gap
African Wind
********
Indidog
Somewhere To Go
Northern Blues
Aimee Mnn: The Forgotten Arm
"Forgotten Arm"
Songwriter: Female
Anne Heaton
Aimee Mann
Cathie Ryan
********
Give In
The Forgotten Arm
The Farthest Wave
********
Spill
Super Ego
Shanachie

Dana Cooper: Made of Mud
"Made of Mud"

Songwriter: Male
Dana Cooper
Terrence Martin
Hans York
********
Made of Mud
Lost HIlls
Inside Out
********
King Easy
Good Dog
Hazzazar
Moh Alieleche: North Africa's Destiny
"North Africa's Destiny"
World Music: Africa
Various
Moh Alieleche
Various
********
Mali
North Africa's Destiny
North African Groove
********
Putumayo
Flag of Freedom
Putumayo
Wajdi Charif: Jasmine
"Jasmine"
World Music: Eurasia/Global Beat
Wajdi Cherif
Eric Kamen
Stabi, Hardelin, Herktzberg & Hallberg
********

Jasmine
Native Unit
Karleksbrev Och Ryska Satelliter
********

Wech
E-Traxxxx
Holmen Music

Songs of Note: 25 Other Great Songs From 2005

Artist Song Title CD Title Label
Terry Allen Rollback Silent Majority Sugar Hill
Celtic Fiddle Festival Itzikel Play On Green Linnet
Joshua Davis Delta 88 Fool Rooster Earthwork
Luke Doucet Emily Please Broken Six Shooter
Drive By Truckers Wifebeater Gangstabilly (re-relase New West
Drew Emmitt All Night Ride Across The bridge Compass
David Francey Sunday Morning The Waking Hour Red House
Susan Gibson Company Man Outer Space For The
Eliza Gilkyson Man of God Paradise Hotel Red House
Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion Gervais Exploration New West
Chris Hillman Eight Miles High The Other Side Sovereign Artists
Clay Jones BF05 Mountain Tradition Rural Rhythm
Arden Kaywin Me With Me QuarterLife Crisis Self Produced
Sonny Landreth Native Stepson Grant Street Sugar Hill
Doug Mallory The Way It Begins The Way It Begins CBC Maritimes
Tim O’Brien Fiddler's Green Fiddler's Green Sugar Hill
Old School Freight Train Lookee Here Run Acoustic Disc
Rebecca Oswald Periwinkle Blue October Wind Self Produced
John Pousette-Dart In The Pocket Heart & Soul Little Big Deal
Justin Roth Shine Shine Rothirric
Sharon Shannon Bonnie Mulligan Each Littel Thing Compass
Shooglenifty Arms Dealers' Daughter Radical Mestizo Compass
Simple Gifts My Horses Ain't Hungry Crossing Borders Purple Finch
Trampled By Turtles Codeine Blue Sky & The Devil Banjodad
The Waifs Take It In A Brief History Compass

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BEST CDs of 2004: Winners & Finalists
(Winners are listed in Green )


Cover Art Artist Title Label
Clumsy Lovers: After The Flood
"After The Flood "
Acoustic Ensemble

Clumsy Lovers

Mutual Admiration Society
Third Road Home

********
After The Flood
Mutual Admiration Society
Venus In Retorgrade

********
Nettwork
Sugar Hill
Excaligirl

Kyler Enland: A Flowers Grows In Stone
"A Flower Grows In Stone "
Alt. Rock

Jesse Dyen
Kyler
Variou

********
Contents Under Pressure
A Flower Grows In Stone
Blues Lounge

********

Self-Produced
Deep South
Putumayo

Acoustic Syndicate: The Long Way Round
"Long Way
Round "

Americana
Acoustic Syndicate
Kort & Beth McCumber
Stepping In It
********
Long Way Round
Until I Return
Hidden In The Lowlands
********
Sugar Hill
Somewhere To Go
Hippo Coop
Grada: The Landing Step
"The Landing
Step "
Celtic

Grada

Mozaik
Tiller's Folly
********

The Landing Step

Live From The Powerhouse
A Fine Kettle of Fish

********
Compass
Compass
Horizon

Creaking Tree Quartet: Side Two
"Side Two "
Instrumental
Creaking Tree Quartet
Johannes Linstead
Lunasa
********
Side Two
Mediterranea
The Kinnitty Sessions
 ********
Self-Produced
Earthscape
Compass
Darrell Scott: Theater Of The Unheard
"Theater of the Unheard "

Best Lyrics
Kate Campbell
The Machine Breakers
Darrell Scott

********
Portable Kate Campbell
The Bells Ring Anyway
Theatre of the Unheard

********

Compadre
Tinfoil
Full Light
Chirs Thile: Deceiver
"Deceiver"
Multi- Genre
Autorickshaw
Chris Thile
Various
********
Four Higher
Deceiver
Greece: A Musical Odyssey
********
Tala Wallah
Sugar Hill
Putumayo
Drive By Truckers: The Dirty South
"The Dirty South "
Rock
Ben Arnold
Drive By Truckers
Fairport Convention
********
Calico
The Dirty South
Over The Next Hill

********
Sci-FidelityGroove
New West
Compass
Tony Furtado: These Chains
"These Chains "
Roots
Tony Furtado
Alison Krauss
Ricky Skaggs
********
These Chains
Lonely Both Ways
Strings
********
Funzalo
Rounder
Skaggs Family
Vienna Teng: Warm Stangers
"Warm Strangers "
Songwriter:Female

Christine Kane
Sarah Sharp
Vienna Teng
********

Right Outta Nowhere
Fourth Person
Warm Strangers
********

Firepink
I Don't Mind
Virt / Deep South

Garrin Benfield: Where Joy Kills Sorrow
"Where Joy Kills Sorrow "

Songwriter: Male
Garrin Benfield
Jez Lowe
Simon Vincent
********
Where Joy Kills Sorrow
Doolally
Out of Here
********
Zack Songs
Lowe Life
Self-Produced
Tarika: Beasts, Ghosts and Dancing With History
"Beasts...Ghosts"
World Music: Africa

Tarika

Tinariwen
Wasis Diop
********

Beasts,Ghosts & Dancing With History

Amasskoul
Everything Is Never Quite Enough
********

Karuna/ Triloka

Triban-Union
Trioloka
Putumayo Records: South Pacific Islands
"South Pacific Islands "
World Music:
Europe, Asia & the Pacific

Sheetal
Various
Warsaw Village Band
********



Love of Ages
South Pacific Islands
People's Spring

********


Triloka

Putumayo
Jaro / World Village

Candido & Graciela: Inolvidable
"Inolvidable"
World Music: Latin

Candido & Graciela

Katia Cardenal
Sergio Lara

********
Inolvidable
Hojarasca
Con La Lluvia

********

Chesky

Majo
Fusion Acustica


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SONGS OF NOTE: 10 Other Great Songs from 2004

ARTIST

SONG TITLE

CD TITLE

LABEL 

Linda Bonadies

Doin’ Time

No Regret

Go For It

Sam Bush Mahavishnu Mt Boys King of My World Sugar Hill
Melonie Cannon Tennessee Roads Melonie Cannon Skaggs Family
Carolyn Currie Everything Kiss of Ghosts Etherean
Colin Gilmore Live Forever The World Stopped & Spun the Other Way Squirm
Kathy Kallick I Once Loved Reason & Rhyme Copper Creek
Steven Mark Beer & NyQuil Distraction Self-Produced
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Walkin in the Sunshine Welcome to Woody Creek Dualtone
Rise Both Sides of the Tweed Posing As Human Orissor
Taxi Chain James Brown Ate My Bagpipes

Smarten Up Northern Blues

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BEST CDs of 2001- 2003: WINNERS & FINALISTS
(
Winners are listed in pink)


 

Cover Art Artist Title Label
Chiltin Fooks: Did It Again
"Did It Again"
Acoustic Ensemble

Chitlin Fooks

Drew Emmitt
Jez Lowe
Shack  
Tiller's Folly


********
Did It Again
Freedom Ride
Honesty Box
Gypsy Heart
A Ripple In Time

********
Palomine/Hidden
Compass
Tantobie
Lovorama
Raincoast

The Levellers: Green Blade Rising
"Green Blade Rising"

Alt. Rock
Jeff Eilbel & Ping
Levellers
Tom Romero
Sukilove
Alex Woodard

********
No Outlet
Green Blade Rising
Bump
Sukilove
Saturn Returns

********

Marathon
Eagle
Tarecords
Hidden Agenda
Self-Produced

Rodney Corwell: The Houston Kid
"The Houston Kid"

Americana
Kate Campbell
Rodney Crowell
Donal Hinley
Irene Kelley
Andrea Zonn


********

Mounuments
The Houston Kid
We Built A Fire
Simple Path
Love Goes On
********

Large River
Sugar Hill
Scuffletown
Relentless
Compass
Cathie RYna: Somewhere Along The Road
"Somehere...Road"

Celtic
Old Blind Dogs
Rise
Kathryn Roberts/ Sean Lakeman
Kate Rusby
Cathie Ryan

********

Fit
Uncertain Wonders
"1"
Underneath The Stars
Somewhere Along The Road

********
Green Linnet
Shesheshe
I Scream
Compass
Shanachie


"Replay"

Instrumental
Bresh & Jones
Alison Brown Quartet
Wajdi Cherif
Incendio
Lunansa


********

Guts & Steel
Replay
Phrygian Istikbar
Incendio
Redwood

 ********

Solid Air/AMR
Compass
Wech
New World
Green Linnet
Ernie Payne: Coercion Street
"Coercion Street"

Lyrics/Social Commentary
Audrey Auld
Nathan Hamilton
Ernie Payne
Scott Sheldon
Michael Smith


********

Losing Faith
All For Love & Wages
Coercion Street
Tickle
Such Things Are Finely Done

********

Reckless
Steppinstone
Hallenbeck's
Self-Produced
Tales From TheTavern
Vusi Mahlasela
"The Voice"
Multi- Genre

Vusi Mahlasela

Tarika
Rick Trevino
Various Artists
Ziroq


********
The Voice
Soult Makassar
Mi Son
Congo to Cuba
Ziroq

********

ATO

Triloka
Vanguard
Putumayo
Triloka
Run Rig: Proterra
"Proterra"
Rock

Nicki Barr
Equation
The Nadas
Sim Redmond
Runrig

********
The Other Side Of Me
First Name Terms
Transceiver
Life Is Water
Proterra


********

Nicki Barr
I Scream
Authentic
I Town
Ridge
Tony Furtado: American Gypsy
"American Gypsy"
Roots
Eric Bibb
Stephanie Davis
Tony Furtado
Chip Taylor & Carrie Rodriguez
Steppin In It
********
Painting In Sings
Crocus In The Snow
American Gypsy
The Trouble With Humans
Last Winter In The Copper Country

********
Earth Beat
Recluse
What Are Records
Lone Star/TMG
HippoCoup
Beth Waters: Beth Waters
"Beth Waters"
Songwriter: Female

Bonnie Barnard
Quincy
Noe Venable
Beth Waters
Patti Witten

********
Three Reasons
Also Known As Mary
Boots
Beth Waters
Sycamore Trust

********

Owl In
Dabnean
Petridish
Mermaid Mafia
I Town

Dana Cooper: Harry Truman Built A Road
"Harry Truman"

Songwriter: Male

Jake Amerding
Garrin Benfield
Dana Cooper
Buddy Mondlock
Darryl Purpose

********
Jake Armerding
Nowhere Is Brighter
Harry Truman Built A Road
Dressed Up
A Crooked Line


********

Compass
Eigth Note
Dog-Eared
Major Bob
Tangible
Inti-Illimani: Lugares Comunes
"Lugares Comunes"
World Music
Moh Alileche
Guardabarranco
Inti-Ilimani
Habib Koite
Oliver Mtukuzudi
********
The Source Of Water
Verdadero
Lugares Comunes
Baro
Vhunze Moto

********
Flag of Freedom
Mantica/Waid
Green Linnet
Putomayo
Putumayo

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50 Best CDs Of The 1990s
Click Here To Read Detailed
Reviews On These Albums


Purple Notes

Alt Rock

1. Nields
2. Rhino 2 Rhino
3. Jason and Alison
4. Aunt Pat
5. Equation



Gotta Get Over Greta
Rhino 2 Rhino
Woodshed
Patoo
The Lucky Few

Purple Notes
Green Notes Americana

1. Judith Edelman
2. Paul Kamm & Eleanore MacDonald
3. Three Twins
4. Toni Price
5. Robert Earl Keen



Only Sun
Game of Dances
Trinkets
Hey
Gringo Honeymoon
Green Notes
Pink Notes

Celtic

1. Capercaillie
2. Wolfstone
3. Maddy Prior
4. Runrig
5. David Wilkie



Delirium
The Half Tail
Year
Live at the Celtic Connections 2000
Cowboy Celtic
Pink Notes
Black Notes

Folk Rock

1. Donna the Buffalo
2. Druha Trava
3. Sally Taylor
4. Mojo Nixon
5. Free Hot Lunch



Positive Friction
Starodavny
Svet Apt. # 6s
Sock Ray Blue
Eat This
Black Notes
Purple Notes

Instrumental

1. Alison Brown
2. Emory Lester Set
3. Peppino D'Agostino
4. Peter Ostroushko
5. Carolyn Cruso & Robert Almblade


Quartet
Emory Lester Set
Venus Over Venice
Heart of the Heartland
Great Blue

Purple Notes
Green Notes

Multi-Genre

1. Curandero
2. Rosina de Pereira
3. Mugar
4. Joe Craven
5. Charming Hostess ;



Curandero
Anueit
Kabily-Touseg
Camptown
Eat
Green Notes
Pink Notes Singer-Songwriter: Female

1. Suzi Katz
2. Lynn Patrick
3. Gayla Drake Paul
4. Kate Campbell
5. Melissa Ferrick &



Suzi Katz
Natural Voice Inside
Gayla Drake Paul
Songs from the Levee
Freedom

Pink Notes
Black Notes Singer-Songwriter: Male

1. Keola Beamer
2. Ian Matthews
3. Electric Bonsai Band
4. Greg Brown
5. Eric Bibb


Wooden Boat
The Dark Ride
I Am Joe's Eyes
The PoetGame
Good Stuff
Black Notes
Purple Notes

Social Commentary

1. Jez Lowe
2. Joel Mabus
3. Leslie Smith
4. Annie Humphrey
5. Austin Lounge Lizards



Parish Notices
Promised Land
These Things Wrapped
The Heron Smiled
Never an Adult Moment

Purple Notes
Green Notes

World Beat

1. Habib Koite
2. Tarika
3. Lara & Reyes
4. Quetzalcoatl
5. Oscar Lopez



Maya
"D"
Guitarras Hermanas
Quetzalcoatl
Dancing on the Moon Contigo

Green Notes

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