The Real Mr Heartache Recommends: Favorite Albums of 2011

What follows is a narrow list of somewhat similar sounding Americana recordings released in 2011, listed in no particular order, which I’ve played often (as often is on community radio) over the KBCS airwaves. I like them. They are well written and well played albums worthy of hard earned money and multiple spins.

The Officially Sanctioned and Published KBCS List

Brennen Leigh – The Box

Buddy Miller – Buddy Miller’s Majestic Silver Strings

Gregory Paul – Little Black Train

Jesse Lége, Joel Savoy and the Cajun Country Revival – The Right Combination

Jimmie Dale Gilmore and the Wronglers – Heirloom Music

Laura Cantrell – Kitty Wells’ Dresses

Low Anthem – Smart Flesh

Nick13 – Nick13

Sweetback Sisters – Looking for a Fight

Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers – Starlight Hotel

Favorite Re-releases and Re-issues

The Beach Boys – The Smile Sessions

Charlie Rich – It Ain’t Gonna Be That Way: The Complete Smash Recordings

Everly Brothers –

Gene Clark – White Light

Hank Williams – The Complete Mother’s Best Recordings…Plus!

Jim Ford – Harlan County

John Prine – The Singing Mailman Delivers

Kathy Kallick –

Pastor T.L. Barrett and the Youth For Christ Choir – Like a Ship (Without a Sail)

Various Artists – Sweet Inspirations: The Songs of Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham

The Rolling Stones – Some Girls

And finally, in no particular order, 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 and better yet dollars.

Amber Digby –  Live at Swiss Alp Dance Hall

Rachel Brooke – Down in the Barnyard

Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside – Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside

Carper Family – Back When

Paul Burch – Words of Love: Songs of Buddy Holly

Willy Tea Taylor – 4 Strings

Bonnie Prince Billy – Wolfroy Goes To Town

Cahalen Morrison & Eli West – The Holy Coming of the Storm

Wilders – Broken Pieces

Tilford Sellers – What You’re Doing To Me

Chuck Ragan – Covering Ground

Connie Smith – Long Line of Heartaches

Dale Watson – The Sun Sessions

Decemberists – The King Is Dead / Long Live the King

Dehlia Low – Ravens & Crows

Eddie Spaghetti – Sundowner

Nikki Lane – Walk of Shame

Eilen Jewell – Queen of the Minor Key

Frank Fairfield – Out On the Open West

Gillian Welch – Harrow & Harvest

Jason Boland & the Stragglers

Joe Ely – Satisfied at Last

Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice – The Heart of a Song

Landon Dodd – Call of the Wine

Laurie Lewis – Skippin’ & Jumpin’

Merle Haggard – Working in Tennessee

Middle Brother – Middle Brother

Nick Lowe – The Old Magic

David Francey – Late Edition

Pokey LaFarge – Middle of Everywhere

Southern Culture on the Skids – Zombified

Steve Earle – I’ll Never Get Out of the World Alive

Tom Waits – Bad Like Me

Willie Nelson – Remember Me, Vol. 1

Various Artists – Rave On Buddy Holly

The Black Keys – El Camino

And Really Finally the Albums I missed from 2010 (I know this is getting freaking ridiclous – but hey, you’re the one still reading.)

Jim Faddis

Roger Alan Wade

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About Iaan Hughes

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