The Best Albums of 2009

Herein is a narrow list of similarly sounding and themed Americana recordings released in 2009 which I’ve played often over the KBCS airwaves and the podcast. I like them. They are well written and well played albums worthy of hard earned money and multiple listens and for me that’s the trick. Further defense (of some) of my choices will follow. I know, I know, you can’t wait.

The Top 10

Artist / Album / Label or Website

Allen Toussaint / The Bright Mississippi / Nonesuch

Avett Brothers / I and Love and You / American

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros / Up From Below / Fairfax

Eilen Jewell / Sea of Tears / Signature Sounds

The Gourds / Haymaker / Yep Roc

Loudon Wainwright III / High, Wide and Handsome / 2nd Story

Rita Hosking / Come Sunrise /

Songs from the Road Band / As the Crow Flies / Lucks Dumpy Toad

Wayne Hancock / Viper of Melody / Bloodshot

Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers / Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers /

The Next 10

Bonnie “Prince” Billy / Beware / Drag City

Buddy and Julie Miller / Written in Challk / New West

Cave Singers / Welcome Joy /Matador

Coty Hogue / Going to the West / Cello Room

Dry Branch Fire Squad / Echoes of the Mountain / Rounder

Elvis Perkins in Dearland / Elvis Perkins in Dearland / XL

Honeycutters / Irene / /

Pete Molinari / Today, Tomorrow and Forever / Damaged Goods

Red Stick Ramblers / Keep Your Suitcase Packed / Sugar Hill

Shannon Stephens / The Breadwinner / Asthmatic Kitty

And finally the ones that didn’t make the cut for no good reason except they didn’t and are still really good and worthy of attention

Amanda Shires / West Cross Timbers /

Amber Digby / Another Way To Live / Heart of Texas

Blue Giant / Target Heart / Amore! Phonics

Dave Rawlings Machine / A Friend of a Friend / Acony

Haints Old Time Stringband / Shout Monah / Hickory Jack

Hank Williams /Revealed

James Hand / Shadow on the Ground / Rounder

Justin Townes Earle / Midnight at the Movies / Bloodshot

The Low Anthem / Oh My God Charlie Darwin / Nonesuch

Marrying Type / The Hard Way

Neko Case / Middle Cyclone / Anti-

Red Rooster / Walk

Shout Sister Shout / Hit That Jive / M.C.

Tallboys / Around the Bend /

Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel / Willie and the Wheel / Bismeaux


About Iaan Hughes

Iaan Hughes is a deejay on 91.3 KBCS in Seattle. He plays country & western music.
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