The May 2017 Freeform Americana Roots Chart is out and reprinted below with permission from 3rd Coast Music
I've also inserted a few editorial comments along the way.
- 1. Willie Nelson God's Problem Child
- 2. Zephania O'Hora, "This Highway
Very happy to see this. I didn't vote for him in May because I thought he album was not released until June. But this is an awesome album. Check out Tony Ive's review.
- 3. Chris Stapleton, From a Room Vol 1
- 3. Justin Earle Townes – Kids in the Street
- 4. John Moreland Big Bad Love
This album moves John Moreland from "singer/songwriter" territory to "performer" territory. It's like he's blossomed as an artist.
- 5. Vandoliers The Native
I'm kinda surprised this album didn't do better. To my ears, this album is exactly the sort of thing FAR reporters would be into.
- 5. Slaid Cleaves, Ghost on the Car Radio
Another great album from a perpetually underappreciated songwriter.
- 5. Justin Trevino, A Salute to Ray Price And The Cherokee Cowboys
- 5. Sam Baker, Land of Doubt
- 6. L.A. RiverCatz: L.A. Rivercatz Andrew Lilly and the L.A. Rivercatz
- 7. David Childers: Run Skeleton Run
- 7. Dale Watson and Ray Benson: Dale and Ray
- 8. Robyn Ludwick: This Tall To Ride
- 9. Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives – Way Out West
- 10. Rodney Crowell, "Close Ties" New West
- 10. Colter Wall – s/t
- 10. Sunny Sweeney: Trophy
- 10. Justin Earle Townes – Kids in the Street
- 10. North Mississippi Allstars - Prayer For Peace, Songs of the South
- 10. Shannon McNally – Black Irish
So great to have Shannon McNally back! She's really hitting a good rock vibe on her latest. Read the review and enjoy the music.
- 10. Lesley Kernochan A Calm Sun
- 11. Sarah Shook & the Disarmers Sidelong
So proud to say she's from the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area!
- 11. Malcom Holcombe Pretty Little Troubles
- 11. Pokey LaFarge – Manic Revelations
- 11. Don Bryant Don’t Give Up On Love
- 12. Hannah Aldridge Gold Rush
- 12. Gerry Spehar, I Hold Gravity
- 12. Bumper Jacksons: I’ve Never Met A Stranger (Bumper Jacksons)
- 13. Brigitte DeMeyer & Will Kitr13. Jesse Dayton The Revealer
- 13. Sarah Jane Scouten: When the Bloom Falls From The Rose
- 13. Ray Davies, Americana
- 13. Nathan Bell, Love > Fear (48 hours in Traitorland)
- 13. The Jerry Cans
- 13. Jim Keaveny Put It Together
If I had an "emerging artist to watch" list, Jim Keavenywould be at the top of it.
- 13. Dion Kickin’ Child
- 13. Wes McGhee: Comala
- 13. Matt Urmy: Out Of The Ashes
- 13. Ani DiFranco, Binary, Righteous
- 13. Imelda May: Life Love Flesh Blood
- 13. Alison Krauss
- 13. Joe Jencks: Poets, Philosophers Workers & Wanderers
- 13. Sean Costanza: Silver City Drive
- 13. Johnny Bush, The Absolute Johnny Bush
- 13. Tom Russell Play One More The Songs of Ian & Sylvia
- 13. Harmonica Sam, A Drink After Midnight, El Toro
- 14. Blaze Foley: The Lost Muscle Shoals Recordings
- 15. Harpeth Rising, Against all tides
- 16. Leslie Tom: Leslie Tom
- 17. Sam Outlaw
- 18. Jake La Botz Sunnyside
I'm guessing I am the only one who voted for Jake LaBotz, which is a crying shame.
- 19. mavis staples-i'll take you there
- 20. Matthew Ryan: Hustle Up Starlingsfor