Best of 2016 – 3/4

Here’s a selection of vaguely Americana-themed albums that made the grade this year.

Miranda Lee Richards – Echoes of the Dreamtime

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If you like your Americana to take you on a trip, then Miranda Lee Richards is for you. Echoes of the Dreamtime was a sublime mix of moods, styles, and continents.

Bob Weir – Blue Mountain

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Talking of taking a trip, Bob Weir released a beautiful album this year. Largely written with or by Josh Ritter, the songs were wistful and the voice was wonderfully earthy.

Hard Working Americans – Rest in Chaos

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The Todd Snider-led supergroup released their second album. This time, the songs were mainly self-penned. Good choice. These guys work hard and play loud.

Hiss Golden Messenger – Heart Like A Levee

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HGM just get better and better. Perhaps it’s because MC Taylor writes from such a personal place. But then the songs sound gorgeous too. Good combination.

Treetop Flyers – Palomino

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Treetop Flyers wear plenty of influences on their sleeve, but Palomino weaved them together in a very satisfying way. And the lyrics were striking too. Looking forward to more.

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