The Best Albums of 2010; or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned To Pick 10 Albums

Herein is a narrow list of similarly sounding and themed Americana recordings released in 2010, listed alphabetically, which I’ve played often over the KBCS airwaves. I like them. They are well written and well played albums worthy of hard earned money and multiple listens. Further defense (of some) of my choices will follow. I know, I know, you can’t wait.

The Officially Sanctioned and Published KBCS List

The Blackberry Bushes; Little Bit of Grace
Dale Watson; Carryin’ On
Dan Reeder; This New Century
David Hildago & Louie Perez; The Long Goodbye
Ginny Hawker; After It’s Gone
Lindsay Fuller; The Light I See
Mary Gauthier; The Foundling
Phosphorescent; Here’s To Taking It Easy
The Secret Sisters; The Secret Sisters
The Starlings; Bright Light

The Best Re-releases and Rarities

Big Star; Keep An Eye On The Sky

The Blue Shadows; On The Floor of Heaven

Bob Dylan; The Witmark Demos and The Mono Recordings

Bruce Springsteen; Darkness On The Edge of Town

Elliott Smith; An Introduction To…

Elvis Presley; On Stage

Hank Williams; The Complete Mother’s Best…Plus!

Kris Kristofferson; Please Don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends

The Rolling Stones; Exile On Main St.

Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin; Jane Birkin et Serge Gainsbourg

Shannon Stephens; Shannon Stephens

Tom Petty; Damn the Torpedoes

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

Cahallen Morrison; Old Timey and New Fangled

Beverly Smith & Carl Jones; Glow

Magnetic Fields; Realism

Whitey Morgan & the 78’s; Self Titled

Molly Tenenbaum; Goose & Gander

Sufan Stevens; The Age of Adz

Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs; God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise

Moondoggies; Tidelands

Pokey LaFarge; Riverboat Soul

Carolina Chocolate Drops; Genuine Negro Jig

Tim Erikson; Soul of the January Hills

Gotan Project; Tango 3.0

John Mellancamp; No Better Than This

Caleb Klauder; Western Country

Eilen Jewell; Butcher Holler; A Tribute to Loretta Lynn

John Meeks; Old Blood

Steeldrivers; Reckless

Peter Case; Wig!

Marty Stuart; Ghost Train – The Studio B Sessions

Yvette Landry; Should Have Known

Pine Leaf Boys; Back Home

Dave McCann & The Firehearts; Dixiebluebird

Willie Nelson; Country Music

Justin Townes Earl; Harlem River Blues

Red Molly; James

Various Artists; Twistable, Turnable Man: A Musical Tribute To The Songs of Shel Silverstein

Robbie Fulks; Happy: The Songs of Michael Jackson


About Iaan Hughes

Iaan Hughes is a deejay on 91.3 KBCS in Seattle. He plays country & western music.
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One Response to The Best Albums of 2010; or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned To Pick 10 Albums

  1. chaseclef says:

    Great list, Iaan. Definitely some new ones in there for me to check out. Right on with the Dan Reeder.

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