Freeform American Roots Chart #218
- 1 Eilen Jewell, Down Hearted Blues, Signature Sounds
- 2 Ray Wylie Hubbard: Tell The Devil I'm Getting There As Fast As I Can
- 3. Greg Allman, Southern blood, New Rounder
- 4. Chris Hillman: Bidin' My Time (Rounder Records)
- 4. Lukas Nelson and Promise of the real, Self titled, Fantasy
- 5. The Sweetback Sisters: King Of Killing Time
- 6. David Rawlings - Poor David's Almanack
- 7. Mary Battiata & Little Pink, The Heart, Regardless , Independent
- 8. Dan Whitaker & The Shinebenders: Anything You Wanted To
- 8. Tom Russell; Folk Hotel (Frontera)
- 9. Ryan Koenig: Two Different Worlds (Big Muddy)
- 10. Emi Sunshine, Ragged dreams, Independent
- 11. Rick Shea & The Losin' End, The Town Where I Live, Tres Pescadores
- 12. Johnny Bush, The Absolute Johnny Bush (self)
- 13. Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer, Not Dark Yet (Silver Cross)
- 14. Matt Patershuk, SameAs I Have Ever Been, Black Hen Music
- 15. Jeremy Pinnell, Ties of blood and affection, Sofaburn
- 16. Barbara Jo Kammer: One Song At A Time
- 17. Radney Foster - For You To See The Stars
- 18. Lucinda Williams: This Sweet Old World
- 19. Zephaniah Ohora and the 18 Wheelers: This Highway
- 20. Jim Lloyd: Play Guitar In 7 Days (Self)
The Freeform American Roots (FAR) Chart is reprinted with permission from John Conquest of 3rd Coast Music.
Dang. Look, I've always been a fan of the Freeform Americnaa Roots Chart. I think no other chart represents the spirit of indie americana. But even though I'm a huge fan, there are lots of months I'm left scratching my head, wondering, "huh, what'd I miss in that album?"
Not this month.
I don't think there has ever been a FAR chart I felt more in tune with than this month's chart. Eilen Jewel''s album has top ten of the year written all over it. It is so captivating from beginning to end, not a weak track on it. And to be followed by Ray Wylie Hubbard going strong in the #2 spot just goes to show you the diversity in Americana, and how much americana overlaps with the blues. Because his album is a blues album as far as I am concerned.
Happy happy to see Lukas Nelson going strong too. I'm not going to say he's gonna be the new Tom Petty. I don't think he's quite going after that vibe. But I will say there's a vacuum, IMHO, in the rock & roll space these days and Lukas Nelson fits the bill nicely.
I was late to the party on the David Rawlings album, but I dig it. It's got an interesting tone in the sound which I always appreciate from him. And yeah, it's his folksiest yet, but it's not some tired folk-rock effort.
Ryan Koenig is new (to me at least) and I think he's a strong songwriter along with Jeremy Pinnell (also on the chart). Due to travel I have not yet heard the Matt Patershuk album, but I dug his previous one and I am glad to see him on the chart too. So there's at least three up and coming, strong songwriters on this month's chart in addition to the old familiar names, and that my friends is why I like the FAR chart so much.
Special note: Last month I mistakenly posted the August FAR chart as the September FAR chart. I've corrected that. This is the real September FAR chart.