Freeform American Roots Chart #217
1 Ray Wylie Hubbard: Tell The Devil I'm Gettin' There As Fast As I Can
2 David Rawlings - Poor David's Almanack
3. Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer: Not dark Yet (Silver Cross)
4. Sweetback Sisters, "King of Killin Time" (Signature Sounds)
4. Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real
5. Susan Cattaneo: The Hammer & The Heart (Jersey Girl)
5. Jeremy Pinnell - Ties Of Blood & Affection
6. Eilen Jewel, "Down Hearted Blues", Signature Sounds
6. Tyler Childers: Purgatory
7. Emi Sunshine - Ragged Dreams
7. Steve Earle & the Dukes - So You Wannabe An Outlaw
8. Johnny Bush - The Absolute Johnny Bush
8. White Owl Red, Naked and Falling, Independent
9. Shoebox Letters - Keep It Simple
9.. Sam Baker- Land Of Doubt
9.. Glen Campbell-Adios
10. Zephania Ohora with the 18 Wheelers: This Highway
11. Willie Nelson: God's Problem Child ( Legacy)
12. Rick Shea & The Losin’ End
13. Craig Cassler, Find My Way
14. Justin Trevino - A Tribute To Ray Price
15. Amber Cross, Savage On The Downhill, Independent
16. Mark Heyes: Outlaw On The Run (self)
17. Slaid Cleaves - Ghost on the car radio
18. Gregg Allman: Southern Blood (Rounder)
19. Moot Davis - Hierarchy Of Crows
20. Joe West: Rodeo of the soul
20.Jack Tempchin: Peaceful Easy Feeling: The Songs Of Jack Tempchin (BlueElan20.)
The Freeform American Roots (FAR) Chart is reprinted with permission from John Conquest of 3rd Coast Music.
I always fear that Ray Wylie Hubbard's music isn't going to do well on the roots music charts. Lots of people write negative reviews about him lately along the lines of being in a rut. I think Hubbard has more than demonstrated his ability to move his music in different directions. So maybe he's sticking to his current mood these past few albums because he wants to. So I was of course relieved and very happy to seem him take top honors this month. I really dig this down and out blues he's exploring, you know, the way the blues used to be.
I was also glad to see Jeremy Pinnell taking the number 5 spot. I think he's been relatively unknown. But I dug his previous album (OH/KY?) and was impressed with the songwriting on this one too Unpretentious, plain spoken, but telling it like it is.
And yes, oh yes, super excited to Eilen Jewell's album on the list. The only reason I didn't vote for it is because I didn't think it was officially out yet at the time they called for votes. Embargo dates, anyone? But Down Hearted Blues has Top 10 for the year written all over it.
Beyond that, no super big surprises. There are a few albums on the list I passed on, but hey, thats why they call it a free country. No album I especially disliked, but I was kinda "meh" on several of them.