Voted Albums of 2001
NetRhythms people have compiled their Top 5 albums of 2001.
I'll nail my colours to the mast; these are the albums which have had the most rotation in my car. There the acoustics are fantastic and it's the best place to turn the volume up to 11 without bothering the neighbours!
- The Sorentinos - The End Of The Day (The Major Label)
- Steve Tilston - Life By Misadventure (Market Square)
- Hamell on Trial - Choochtown (Evangeline)
- Rainer - Live At The Performance Center (Glitterhouse)
- St Agnes Fountain - Acoustic Carols For Christmas (Folk Corporation)
Close runners up are Thea Gilmore's Rules For Jokers (Flying Sparks), Blues CDs from Michael Messer (King Guitar on Catfish Records), Kevin Brown (Mojave Dust on Doodah Records), R.L. Burnside's Burnside on Burnside (Fat
Possum) and, from the Charts, The Charlatans' Wonderland!
My most enjoyable gig of the year would have to be Bap Kennedy @ The Kashmir Klub in June. His version of Hey Joe must be 'best encore of the year'! Bap's 1998 CD, Domestic Blues (E-Squared), continues to be one of my
all-time 'perfect' albums. 'Venue of the year' prize goes to The Borderline for consistently great gigs!
- 5. Thea Gilmore - Rules For Jokers (Shameless/Flying Sparks)
- 4. Oh Susanna - Sleepy Little Sailor (Square Dog/Stella/Hot Records)
- 3. Manu Chao - Proxima Estacion... Esperanza (Virgin)
- 2. Alejandro Escovedo - A Man Under The Influence (Bloodshot Records)
- 1. REM - Reveal (Warner Bros)
Webmaster of this website, Booking Agent (with east central one) and presenter on SpydaRadio. Regular gig go-er and occasional reviewer. Honourable also rans, albums by: Drugstore (best of their career), Echo and The Bunneymen (still knocking out great albums), Antonia, 'Brand New Boots and Panties', Tom Russell (the best of his career), Jim White and Dar Williams. Here's to 2002.
- Nick Lowe - The Convincer (Proper)
- Mary Gauthier - Drag Queens In Limousines (Munich)
- Orchestra Baobab - Pirates Choice (World Circuit)
- Orlando Cahaito Lopez - .. (World Circuit)
- James Carr - The Complete Goldwax Singles (Kent)
Host of The Global Jukebox on SpydaRadio and Radio Caroline.
- 1. Daniel Ash - Daniel Ash (Psychobaby Records)
- 2. Ryan Adams - Gold
- 3. Mary J Blige - No More Drama
- 4. John Oszjaca - John Oszjaca
- 5. Travis - Invisible Band
- ***also...my fav. record that was supposed to come out
this year and didn't... NOOGIE (Trauma Recs). Terrific
young, melodic, punk rockers from Down Under.
Sara Qazi, personal manager, Brundlefly http://www.brundlefly.net.
Watch for Brundlefly's 2002 release, "By The Way" in Canada and the US!
- 1. Spiritualized - Let It Come Down (Spaceman sounds - deliciously well fashioned tunes to float away to)
- 2. Basement Jaxx - Rooty (downright good beats and a freaky monkey video - I love em!)
- 3. Pulp - We Love Life (probably just for the anthemic 'Sunrise' which makes me feel 16 years old again)
- 4. Gorky's Zygotic Mynci - How I Long To Feel Summer (gig at Shaw Theatre possibly best of 2001)
- 5. New Order - Get Ready
- Recommendations for 2002:
- Tanya Donelly - Beautysleep Album due out in February 2002. Tanya's new work has an incredible depth to it - heartbreaking vocals, haunting guitars and a very lovely lady to boot.
- Little T And One Track Mike (US only) - Fome Is Dape A bit of fun from Georgias hippest export right now..although this might not be everyones cup of tea, it'll have you laughing and I'll put a tenner on it that Radio 1 will 'discover' it next year.
- Neil Halstead - Sleeping On Roads OKay, I'm cheating putting recommendations in - but Neils new album is so good.
Contrary to the popular rumour that Jo Tyler was actually raised by gibbons in the Amazon basin, she has has in fact spent the last 6 years fashioning a career in radio that has had her touching the hallowed faders of Jo Whiley, Annie Nightingale and Gideon Coe among others. Never keen to get on mike, Jo was unwillingly tested in the on air market by performing as 'Sideshow Jo' (Gary Crowley, GLR) amd as a member of Simon Mayo's R1 Confessions team.
Obviously no threat to presenters worldwide, presently she is behind the scenes at Network Y - the BBC's new digital station due to launch in 2002 - as a producer and occasionally scribes for a website or two.
- Bob Dylan - Love And Theft (Columbia CK 86076)
- Neilson Hubbard - Why Men Fail (Parasol CD 063)
- The Walkabouts - Ended Up A Stranger (Glitterhouse GRCD 538)
- Steve Wynn - Here Come The Miracles (Blue Rose BLU DP 0237
- Tandy - The Bloodroot Transcriptions (Yellow Slipper YSRCD 003)
Nick West is one of the editors of Bucketfull Of Brains magazine (www.bucketfullofbrains.com) and contributor to various other obscure organs. Occasional DJ at Come Down And Meet The Folks at the Golden Lion, Camden. Co-conspirator in the Bucketfull
Of Brains nights at the Verge, Kentish Town (next show - 14 Feb 2002 - features Florida - contender for Album Of The Year 2002). Habitue of the Borderline and 12-Bar Clubs, wanna-be habitue of the Continental Club, Austin, Texas.
- 1. Mercury Rev - All Is Dream
- 2. The Strokes - This Is It
- 3. Sparklehorse - It's a Wonderful Life
- 4. Eels - Souljacker
- 5. The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
- 6. Ryan Adams - Gold
- 7. Elbow - Asleep In The Back
- 8. Ash - Free All Angels
- 9. Stephen Malkmus - Stephen Malkmus
- 10. Chris TT - The 253
- For good measure, here are my best gigs as well:
- 1. Mercury Rev, Anson Rooms, Bristol
- 2. Peter Bruntnell, Railway Inn, Winchester
- 3. The Strokes, Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
- 4. Grandaddy, Southampton University
- 5. The Soft Boys, Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
- 6. Eels, Brixton Academy
- 7. PJ Harvey, Reading Festival
- 8. Joe Jackson, Royal Festival Hall
- 9. Heather Nova, Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
- 10. Ash, The Pyramids, Portsmouth
Oliver Gray, rock and travel writer, is the author of VOLUME - A Cautionary Tale of Rock and Roll Obsession. His new book, out this month, is V.A.C.A.T.I.O.N. - Cautionary Tales of Travelling Without Style. Both books are heavily music-oreintated.
Oliver claims to be the UK Gig-Going Champion. Do you know better? Check out Oliver's gig list at http://www.olivergray.com.
Revilo / The Gray Family: PO Box 71, Winchester SO21 1ZE. Phone: 01962-714520
New REVILO website: http://www.revilolang.com.
- Tony Allen - Psycho On Da Bus (Comet)
- Fundamental - There Shall Be Love (Nation)
- Orlando Cachaito Lopez - Cachaito (World Circuit)
- Nitin Sawhney - Prophecy (V2)
- Gillian Welch - Time (The Revelator) Acony
- 1. Hem - Rabbit Songs
- 2. R.E.M. - Reveal
- 3. Young Fresh Fellows/Minus 5 - Because We Hate You/Let The War Against Music Begin
- 3. Kelly Hogan - Because It Feel Good
- 3. Ballboy - Club Anthems 2001
Best Re-issue - Soft Bouys - Underwater Moonlight. Compilation - A Wish On A Star (Dreamy records)
How evil can you be, make people choose 5 records!
Another long December... so I'm choosing my Top 5... oh, the hell. Apologies to those I missed out, Ken Stringfellow, Jim Yoshii Pile-Up, Buddy Revelles, Clem Snide, David Kitt oh, the list is endless. In case you're wondering who
I am, well, I host a show on SpydaRadio called Caffeine Buzz and also write reviews for Comes With A Smile magazine. Other than that, I have a day job. I'll be glad to see the back of 2001, but the music was good, from gigs in Trafalgar Square (R.E.M. and Nelson Mandela in the same place), the Notting
Hill Arts Club, most venues in London to Maxwells in Hoboken and the Hideout in Chicago. I said farewell to James and hello to a Pegoretti and saw too many people leave. I still haven't got a cat, but i was given a fluffy bat recently (it's called Hoffy), so things are looking up. Thanks to all those who gave me music, live or on CD, to all those that made me dance, I'm sorry! "Here's to the future"... well said Ken.
- 1. Clangers - Original Television Music. OK, I have a vested interest in this, as I did the press for it, but it is
a beautiful oddity. Languid, mysterious, wonderfully weird relaxing sounds from bassoonist beekeeper Vernon Elliot.
- 2. Radiohead - Amnesiac. Thom and co. continue to forge their own musical furrow whilst their legions of imitators re-make "The Bends".
- 3. Ryan Adams - Gold. Bloody brilliant - truly excellent songs, rock n' roll spirit lives (thank god).
- 4. Radiohead - I Might Be Wrong - Live Recordings. Short & sweet reminder of their stunning shows this year. The electronica of "Kid A" and "Amnesiac" takes on a more organic, frazzled hue live, and is even better as a result.
- 5. Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed. Well, can't I pretend it came out this year? "Gimme Shelter".... need I say
A vintage year for me, I've bought 3 new albums this year, beating my 2 last year! Hurrah!
- My most loathed acts/songs/albums of the year....
- 1. Hearsay (if I see that grinning ape Danny one more time on TV, there's going to be trouble.)
- 2. Wheatus - Teenage Dirtbag (Teenage Shitebag more like, you whiney git.)
- 3. Stereophonics - Have A Nice Day (I would if you lot announced your immediate retirement.)
- 4. Limp Bizkit/Blink 182/OPM/Bloodhound Gang/Papa Roach (stop shouting and sod off, you talentless no hopes)
- 5. Jennifer Lopez (not only does the latin lass have a big arse, she IS arse. Of the highest order)
Ahhhhhh, good to get that off my chest,
- Amelie - Music By Yann Tierson
- Loyko - Gypsy Times For Nunja
- Baaba Maal - Missing You (mi Yeewnii)
- Sanscapes - Various
- Mari Boine - Remixed
- 1651 - Cast a Bell
- Nic Jones - Unearthed
- Martin Simpson - The Bramble Briar
- Bill Jones - Panchpuran
- June Tabor - Rosa Mundi
- 1. Thea Gilmore - Rules For Jokers (Flying Sparks)
- 2. Ryan Adams - Gold (Lost Highway)
- 3. Mary Coughlan (Long Honeymoon)
- 4. Carina Round - The First Blood Mystery (Animal Noise)
- 5. Pierce Pettis - State of Grace (Compass)
And honourable mentions to Dar Williams (The Green World), The Handsome Family (Twilight), Lucinda Williams (Essence), Leonard Cohen (Ten New Songs), Gillian Welch (Time), Trish Murphy (Captured), and Jolene (The
Ageing Birmingham based music and movies pundit and unreconstructed avid Crosby lookalike without the benefit of the drugs and a worrying disposition to be found playing the odd Steps record alongside White Stripes, Michael Nyman and June Tabor!
- 1. Scott Miller & the Commonwealth - Thus Always to Tyrants (Sugar Hill)
- 2. Drive-By Truckers - Southern Rock Opera (self-released)
- 3. Ass Ponys - Lohio (Checkered Past)
- 4. Alejandro Escovedo - A Man Under the Influence (Bloodshot)
- 5. The Joel Plaskett Emergency - Down at the Khyber (Brobdingnagian)
Hillsborough, North Carolina's Rick Cornell has somehow tricked some reputable publications (NO DEPRESSION, AMPLIFIER, the Miles of Music MoMzine, central North Carolina's weekly INDEPENDENT -- even the OXFORD
AMERICAN once) into printing his reviews and articles. He also hosts two Saturday evening radio shows for Duke University's WXDU in Durham, NC: the alt-country show Border Radio (6-7 p.m.) and the power pop show Starry Eyes
(7-8 p.m.). Check it out on the Web at http://www.wxdu.duke.edu/.
- 5. Superchunk
- 4. Zen Guerrilla
- 3. Cannibal Ox
- 2. Princess Superstar
- 1. Gillian Welch
Single of the year - Ash 'Candy'
"I like countrymetalhiphoppop"
Top 5 albums - EASY !
- 5. Elbow - Asleep in the Back
- 4. Pink Floyd - Echoes
- 3. Radiohead - Amnesiac
- 2. White Stripes - White Blood Cells
- 1. Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks (best album every year)
Record company drone, one time XFM/Q DJ, teenage planespotter (dangerous sports)
I know it shows my slavish adherance to all things Bob (Harris and Windmill) but here goes in a sort of order but subject to change as the mood takes me.
- 1. Ryan Adams - Gold
- 2. Nadine - Lit up From the Inside
- 3. Hazeldine - Double Back
- 4. REM - Reveal
- 5. Oh Susanna - Sleepy Little Sailor
- 6. Thea Gilmore - Rules for Jokers
I Know it’s 6 but I couldn’t leave Thea off.
- 5. The Morells - The Morells
- 4. Ryan Adams - Gold
- 3. Rodney Crowell - The Houston Kid
- 2. Sonny George - Live At The Tennessee Prison For Women
- 1. Nick Lowe - The Convincer
All of these fine records you would be able to see tucked away at the end of TOTP2 every Wednesday & Saturday on BBC2 if any of them had bothered to make videos (apart from Ryan & the truly terrible one that is Rodney's...)
- 5. Richard Hawley - Late Night Final
- 4. John Hiatt - The Tikki Bar is Open
- 3. Susheela Raman - Salt Rain
- 2. Alison Krauss +US - New Favorite
- 1. Bob Dylan - Love and Theft
DB slots in some tunes and includes the young Richard Hawley from Pulp (is it only cos he's booked the band for a forest tour ) no............. it's a crackin album. Also, gob smacked Bob, Mr Dylan did not feature at all in your top 5. Therapy for you. Best etc David.
- REM - Reveal
- Muse - Origins Of Symmetry
- Travis - The Invisible Band
- Natalie Merchant - Motherland
- Starsailor - Love Is Here
And an extra in the Re-Released/Greatest Hits category I've just invented for you.
Bob Marley and the Wailers - One Love
I am a 44 year old father of two children (Michael 12 and Lucy 3) who works for an American Bank in the city. My hobbies include:- Watching Newcastle United - a true labour of love. Drink (those who know me will heartily agree with this one, although I don't think you can separate this from the above!!). Listening to and watching good music.
- Ryan Adams - Gold (Lost Highway)
- Carina Round - The First Blood Mystery (Animal Noise)
- Rodney Crowell - The Houston Kid (Sugar Hill)
- The Good Sons - Happiness (Floating World)
- Loudon Wainwright lll - Last Man On Earth (Evangeline)
Steve Morris is editor of www.roots-and-branches.com, a magazine dedicated to that impossible category, er, roots and branches. A category that happily embraces the obvious - Americana / country, folk, world and blues music - whilst merrily grabbing at many other genres less easily
From Tom Nelligan, of Waltham, MA, author of the Reel World column for Dirty Linen magazine www.dirtylinen.com.
Maybe we can all go back and start this millennium over again? So far the 21st century is leaving a lot to be desired. We really don't need to be so forcefully reminded that some humans are still capable of perpetuating evil as any of the previous centuries.
Most of this year's best musical moments seem to have come prior to September 11th. Afterwards, the combination of canceled tours and a generally gloomy mood took its toll, and even as I write this in early December it's hard to watch the news without a palpable uneasiness. It seems worthwhile these days to remember how the Solstice season traditionally celebrated the return of light and the hope for an end to darkness. It's not a bad symbol to grasp at the end of this year.
Stuff I Listened To A Lot in 2001
- William Pint & Felicia Dale - White Horses (Waterburg Records)
- Celtic Soul - Wee Blue Man (Self-produced)
- The Waifs - Sink or Swim (Self-produced)
- Sons of the Never Wrong - One If By Hand (Gadfly Records)
- The Mammals - Born Live (Self-produced)
- Annie Gallup - Swerve (Prime)
- Darryl Purpose - A Crooked Line (Tangible Music)
- Fairport Convention - XXXV (Woodworm Records)
- Sharon Shannon - The Diamond Mountain Sessions (Compass Records)
- Jiggernaut - In Search Of More (Off Hand Productions)
- Old Blind Dogs - Fit (Green Linnet)
- Mike Agranoff - Or Would You Rather Get A Job? (Self-produced)
- Whirligig - Spin (Prime)
PS Richard & Mimi Farina 'Children of Darkness' from Reflections In A Crystal Wind, Vanguard Records, 1965. Written during the Vietnam War era, it seemed to still offer comfort amid the madness of 2001
- 1. Gold - Ryan Adams
- 2. The Houston Kid - Rodney Crowell
- 3. This - Will Kimbrough
- 4. Drag Queens and Limousines - Mary Gauthier
- 5. Blue Horse - The Be Good Tanyas
- The Word - Joyful Sounds (Ropeadope) - fantastic collaboration featuring John Medeski, North Mississippi Allstars and Robert Randolph
- Boz Scaggs - Sarah
- The Proclaimers - How Many Times
- Prefab Sprout - Wild Card In The Pack
- The Chameleons - Anyone Alive?
- Ledisi - Good Lovin'
- Trilok Gurtu - Miya
- The Avalanches - Two Hearts In 3/4 Time
- Doudou Cissoko - Djoni
- Dave Matthews Band - The Space Between
- Gillian Welch...Time (The Revelator)
- Lucinda Williams....Essence
- Mary Gauthier...Drag Queens and Limousines
- Jim White....No Such Place
Jim...the only gent I could find amongst these ladies. It's been a good year for the ladies!
I have tried to break it down to my Top Five OF 2001, but as you can see I failed. So here's My Top 10 OF 2001
- 1. An Historic Recording of Irish Traditional Music from County Clare and East Galway. Paddy Canny/P Joe Hayes/ Peadar O'Loughlan and Bridie Lafferty
- 2. The Dandy Worhols. 13 Tales of Urban Bohemia
- 3. Sharon Shannon & Friends. The Diamond Mountain Sessions
- 4. Bob Dylan. Love & Theft
- 5. Various Artists. Avalon Blues, The Music of Mississippi John Hurt
- 6. Roger McGuinn Treasures of the Folk Den
- 7. Doc Watson at Gerdes Folk Centre
- 8. Ad Vanderveen/ Eliza Gilkysen/ Iain Matthews. More That A Song
- 9. Lee Roy Parnell. Tell the Truth
- 10. Dick Gaughan. Outlaws & Dreamers
Others worthy of consideration
It's No Secret by Hammy Hamilton/ Seamus Creagh/ Con O'Drisceoil
In Good Company: Kevin Crawford and friends
Patrick Street Live
Tony MacMahon. MacMahon from Clare
Oh Susanna (unsure if it was released in the year)
Robert Cray: I Shoulda Been Home
Various Artists: There is no Eye
You can hear some of these and others in my next two Spyda Radio shows. The Guest List.
Best records (5 most listened/liked albums of the moment 2001):
- 1. Scout Niblett - Sweetheart Fever
- 2. M. Ward - End of Amnesia
- 3. Migala - Arde
- 4. Bob Dylan - Love and Theft
- 5. Sparklehorse - Its a Wonderful Life
Here's my top albums for 2001 in no particular order. My album of the year is the timeless The World Won't End by the Pernice Bros but I've found it impossible to rank the rest. I can't guarantee you'll like any of them but they've sure given me immense amounts of pleasure during the past 12 months:
- The World Won't End - The Pernice Bros (Uncut called it a silken tapestry of to- die- for melody and classic sunshine pop. Nuff said)
- Lilac 6 - The Lilac Time (UK's best kept secret: acoustic guitars, pedal steel and a top, top folk-pop songwriter)
- Blue Boy - Ron Sexsmith (Steve Earle add his midas touch and a large shot of eclectism; great voice and songwriting as always)
- Whole New You - Shawn Colvin (No hits but far more consistent than A Few Small Repairs)
- Gold - Ryan Adams (The wonderboy; I don't love every track but 16 out of 21 is far more than you get with the average album)
- Pneumonia - Whiskeytown (What a great band; such a shame Ryan lost interest)
- Musicforthemorningafter - Pete Yorn (The best Tom Petty album since Wildflowers)
- One - Nil - Neil Finn (Beatle music 67 style for the 21st century; Elastic Heart is my song of the year)
- Just Like Gravity - Crosby, Pevar and Raymond (Who would have thought Crosby would still be alive yet alone creating arguably the best music of his career)
- The Pretty Dive - Jolene (Document vintage REM - my shot of Rickenbacker heaven for the year)
- A Man Under The Influence - Alejandro Escovedo (Thanks Windmill Bob - you came up trumps for the second year running. A fabulous combination of pedal steel and cello bring to life some great songs)
I bought 'Sweet Baby James' in '70 or '71 followed quickly by my first acoustic (Driftwood Special) and thus began a lifelong obsession with music (in general) and singer-songwriters (in particular). The lure of the music
scene brought me from Wales to London in '79 where I tried my luck as a musician in before finally throwing in the towel in '89, having kids, setting up my own business and slowly learning to love music again. Somewhere along the line excursions to the The 12-Bar and The Borderline began to outnumber those to Hammy Odeon and Wembley Arena, and friends began to scratch their heads when scouring my CD collection. I now share the running of a small weekly folk club in Twickenham (Sunday night, Cabbage Patch pub, all welcome) where I still regularly dig out the guitar for a floor spot and pretend I'm James Taylor. It's great to be able to stand up and admit to liking 'country' and 'folk' (instead of calling it 'roots' and 'acoustic') and immensely reassuring to meet more and more like-minded souls at gigs and through the internet.
- 1. Rodney Crowell "The Houston Kid". Cracking songs, sparkling playing, crunching production. I never liked RC much before but this autobiographical collection has changed all that...not a duff track in sight.
- 2. Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer "Drum Hat Bhudda" Carter's the best new writer I've heard in the last two years. All three C & G albums are littered with great songs but this is the best produced and their most assured to date with Grammer really coming into her own as a singer and accompanist.
- 3. Pierce Pettis "State Of Grace". I first heard him playing the title track live on R2 on one of Bob Harris' Nashville trips and it's just one of several gems on his recent CD. The album is a nostalgic celebration of his life and upbringing in Georgia.
- 4. Ryan Adams "Gold". I still prefer "Heartbreaker" overall but he has a great talent and if he doesn't burn himself out will soon join the big boys like Dylan, Young and Springsteen in the 'premier league'.
- 5. Tom Russell "Borderland". The songs starkly chart a marriage break-up and the texmex content reflects Tom's new home on the Rio Grande. It's very different to his 'Man From God Knows Where' but almost as good.
- 6. Crosby, Pevar and Raymond "Just Like Gravity". Proving there's still life in the old hippy. This, CPR's 2nd album may be Crosby's best work for 25 years. It's far from a one man show though....this five piece is as tight and rocking a band as you could wish to hear and their Jazz Café gig was one of the highlight's of the year.
- 7.Gillian Welch "Time, The Revelator" I wasn't sure at first. It's bleaker and far more challenging than her first two, but after about ten plays the more 'difficult' songs began to unravel their charms. Her (and David Rawling's) SXSW concert in Austin was by some way my favourite live gig of the year.
- 8. Various Artists "Down From The Mountain". This live CD of a Grand Old Opry show by the artists who featured on the 'O Brother' Soundtrack provides a potted history of 20th century American roots music and simultaneously brings a smile to your face and a tear to your eye.
- 9. Magic Car "Yellow Main Sequence". The former 'Little Criminals' fulfill all the melodic promise of 'Night So Blue' which is just one of many excellent songs on this album.
- 10. Old 97's "Satellite Ride" Just to prove it doesn't have to be mellow and reflective singer- songwriters ALL the time this is a rock album full of crunching guitars from one of the most refreshing bands I've heard in years.
"Close but no cigar". Dolly Varden "The Dumbest Magnets", Dolly Parton "Little Sparrow", Robbie McIntosh "Wide Screen", Lucinda Williams "Essence", Jim Bryson "The Occasionals", Ron Sexsmith "Blue Boy", Chip Taylor "Black and Blue America", Oh Susanna "Sleepy Little Sailor", Toni Catlin "Heartache On The Run".
Others I think I'd like if/when I ever hear them include albums by Alejandro Escovedo, Alison Krauss, Hem, Jimmy LaFave, John Hiatt, Kevin Welch, Shawn Colvin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Myracle Brah, Whiskeytown and Rod Picott.
Disappointments....."Buddy & Julie Miller", Lucy Kaplansky "Every Single Day".
At the moment ("Love & Theft" and "Essence" are hopefully crossing the Atlantic as I type) my top 5 of 2001 are:
Contenders (though I don't actually own them yet):
- Cash Brothers - How Was Tomorrow
- Ryan Adams - Gold
- Whiskeytown - Pneumonia
- Oh Susanna - Sleepy Little Sailor
- Dean Owens - The Droma Tapes
- Rod Picott - Tiger Tom Dixon's Blues
- Eliza Gilkyson - Hard Times In Babylon
- Lori McKenna - Pieces Of Me
- Lynn Miles - Unravel
- Thea Gilmore - Rules For Jokers
- Alejandro Escovedo - A Man Under The Influence
- Lucinda Williams - Essence
- Bob Dylan - Love & Theft
- Pete Yorn - Music for The Morning After
- Runrig - The Stamping Ground
- Shawn Colvin - Whole New You
- Jim Bryson - The Occasionals
Steve Terry, "Whisperer" and list maker http://www.picture-house.demon.co.uk/classicalbums.html.
- 1. Rod Picott: Tiger Tom Dixon's Blues
- 2. Kevin Welch & The Danes: Millionaire
- 3. Oh Susanna: Sleepy Little Sailor
- 4. Dean Owens: The Droma Tapes
- 5. Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer: Drum Hat Buddha
So many great 2001 releases to choose from, those are just the pick of the bunch.
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The Cuban Hillbilly's Favorites of 2001
- Rodney Crowell - The Houston Kid
- Alejandro Escovedo - Man Under the Influence
- Kasey Chambers - Barricades and Brickwalls
- Joe Henry - Scar
- Eric Taylor - Scuffletown
The following have made me laugh, smile, sing and cry this year:
- 5. The Guthries: Off Windmill
- 4. One Nil: Neil Finn
- 3. Whiskeytown: Pneumonia
- 2. Mull Historical Society: Loss
- 1. Pernice Brothers: The World Won't End
- Ryan Adams - Gold
- Whiskeytown - Pneumonia
- Alan Tyler - Faithfull (not in shops just yet)
- Dolly Parton - Little Sparrow
- Alison Krauss and Union Station - New Favourite