The Best Albums of 2021-2022: Finalists and Winners!

The Finalists in each of 11 categories were selected from the multitudes of CDs that were considered.

**Winners are bounded by stars**

For those of you who submitted recordings for the awards, thank you for your excellent work. It is our hope that these awards will help all indie artists by generating increased awareness of independently produced music from around the world.
ArtistTitleLabel
Album of the Year
RosierLégèrementSteeplejack
AAA (Adult Album Alternative)
HuDost
**Rosier**
Molly Tuttle
Anthems of Home
Légèrement
But I’d Rather Be With You
Self-Produced
Steeplejack Music
Compass
Americana
Tony Furtado
Her Silo
**James McMurtry**
Decembering
Don’t Forget The Heart That’s Beating
Horses and Hounds
Self-Produced
Self-Produced
New West
Best Lyrics (tie)
**Charlie Dore**
**The Nields**
Suzanne Santo
Like Animals
November
Yardsale
Black Ink
Self-Produced
Self-Produced
EP
**My Sister, My Brother**
Danny Schmidt
Sarah Walk
My Sister, My Brother
The 2020 Singles
Simply
Soundly
Self-Produced
One Little Independant
Jazz
**Miguel Espinoza**
Alvaro Rojas
Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita
Veneta
Gran Kasa
Suba
Mountain River
Self-Produced
bendigedig
Modern Roots/Revival
**Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno**
The McDades
Bella White
Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno
The Empress
Just Like Leaving
Free Dirt
Self-Produced
Self-Produced
Multi-Genre Fusion
**Flairck**
Kendall Street Company
Ley Line
Back Alive
Stories We Write for Ourselves
We Saw Blue
Homerecords
Self-Produced
Self-Produced
Progressive Edge
Augustus Band
**Klo Pelgag**
They Might Be Giants
Color TV & Tall Tales
Notre Dame des Sept Douleurs
Book
Self-Produced
Secret City
Self-Produced
Rock
Big Little Lions
K.C. Jones
**Billie Marten**
Are We There Yet
Queen of the In Between
Flora Fauna
Self-Produced
Self-Produced
Imperial/Fiction
Singer-Songwriter
Emily Barker
Jesse Terry
**Beth Whitney**
A Dark Murmuration of Words
When We Wander
Into the Ground
Thirty Tigers
Self-Produced
Self-Produced
World Music
**Ara Dinkjian**
Kateřina Göttlichová
Yellow Sisters
Live at Princeton University
Zimnice
Zvěřinec 3
Krikor
Indies Scope
Indies Scope

Songs of Note             (Other Great Songs from 2020-21)

ArtistSongAlbumLabel
Danny BurnsGoldenHurricaneBonfire
CalimaVente ConmigoCAution LIve aniMAlsVentilador
Pepino D’AgostinoHigh Plains GuitarraConnexionSelf-Produced
Deer FellowLet It BreatheWords UnsaidSelf-Produced
Dobet GnahoreLeve ToiCouleurCumbancha
Sunny JainWild Wild EastWild Wild EastSmithsonian
Lauren MannDear ForeverMemory & DesireSelf-Produced
Justin MosesWalking to LebanonFall Like RainMountain Fever
Israel NashCanyonheartTopazSelf-Produced
Nell and JimBy Stars & SunriseWestern SunSelf-Produced
Laurel PremoCallowayGolden LoamSelf-Produced
Pressing StringsThe WorkSettle InSelf-Produced
SangitMa MamusoLibrarCumbancha
Star HarborLittle Gunpowder FallsThe Sun, the Moon & the Open RoadSelf-Produced
David StarrLauraBeauty and RuinSelf-Produced