Here’s a selection of vaguely Americana-themed albums that made the grade this year.
Miranda Lee Richards – Echoes of the Dreamtime
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
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
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
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
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.