100 Favourite Albums of the Year 2019 – Part Six

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And here’s the 25 in some sort of vague order. However, the numbers are mostly arbitrary and just helping me to count to 25 with mu limited math skills. It might make just as much as sense after a vertical flip. Music is love, not a competition.

25. Kacy & Clayton – Carrying On (New West Records, 2019)

The journey starts from Wood Mountain Uplands, Saskatoon with the new beautiful and timeles folk, psych folk record from Kacy & Clayton.

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24. TK & The Holy Know-Nothings – Arguably OK (Mama Bird Recording Co, 2019)

Again this year-end review finds its home in Portland, Oregon. This time enjoying the debut album from Taylor Kingman’s new band TK & The Holy Know-Nothings. Rowdy rock’n’roll, Gritty boogie and captivating storytelling.

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23. Yola – Walk Through Fire (Easy Eye Sound, 2019)

Heading over to Europe and more precisely Bristol, UK. Yola Carter released an album full of extremely enjoyable country soul songs and carries them into your heart with outstanding vocal delivery.

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Yola Website

22. Kassi Valazza – Dear Dead Days (independent, 2019)

Kassi Valazza from Portland, Oregon is one of my big new favorites. This is such a magnificent album. Country, psych, folk and Hazlewoodism. Who wouldn’t love that.

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21. Jason Hawk Harris – Love & The Dark (Bloodshot Records, 2019)

Off to Los Angeless via Houston. Very fond of this powerful debut album from americana/country songwriter Jason Hawk Harris. A fair bit of rock’n’roll here too. Dark but also really enjoyable.

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20. Damien Jurado – In The Shape of a Storm (Mama Bird Recording Co / Loose Music, 2019)

Just the fact that new Damien Jurado’s new album came out on Mama Bird Recording Co was pretty damn cool on its own, but even more important is that it’s again a really beautiful record. This time a sparse solo acoustic kind of beauty.

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19. Shane Leonard – Strange Forms (Wayward Chicken, 2019)

Shane Leonard had a big part on at least five albums that I really enjoyed during 2019. One of them is this wonderful solo album that he released under his own name this time. If you remember seeing the name Kalispell here or elsewhere, this is the same man. An excellent songwriter and one of my favorite producers too.

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Shane Leonard Website

18. Will Johnson – Wire Mountain (Keeled Scales, 2019)

Again in Austin, Texas and this time for the wonderful new Will Johnson album. Need of Trust and Thunder is one of my songs of the year and the rest of the album is almost equally amazing.

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17. Julia Jacklin – Crushing (Transgressive Records, 2019)

One more from Australia too. After hearing the stunning single Body in 2018, the expectations were almost unfair but somehow Julia Jacklin managed to meet them. An incredible record. Body and Don’t Know How to Keep Loving You standout, but the rest of is also magical.

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16. John Calvin Abney – Safe Passage (Black Mesa Records, 2019)

Next we are back in Oklahoma for the beautiful, hopeful and kindhearted album from long time favorite John Calvin Abney.

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15. Sidney Lindner & Silver Wilderness Collective – Summer Ghosts / Night Falls (Burst & Bloom Records / Broken Sparrow, 2019)

Getting a new album from Sidney Lindner was one of the best surprises of the year. Long time readers might remember my love for The Hotel Alexis and it turns out that I still love his songwriting just as much.

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14. Ian Noe – Between the Country (National Treasury Recordings, 2019)

This Ian Noe album was one of the most anticipated releases of the year. The EP was already wonderful and a couple of those songs reappear on the album too. Along with a whole lot of new exceptional ones. Strong, heavy and captivating songwriting.

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Ian Noe Website

13. Erin Durant – Islands (Keeled Scales, 2019)

Back to the Keeled Scales treasure vaults, but this time to Brooklyn, NY instead of Austin, TX. Songwriter Erin Durant has written such a compelling and heavenly beautiful album.

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12. Joanna Sternberg – Then I Try Some More (Team Love Records, 2019)

The most moving album of the year on a personal level. This resonates deep within my soul, because I’m shy man with a low self-esteem. This beautiful and courageous album fills my heart with warmth and hope.

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11. Micah Schnabel – The Teenage Years Of The 21st Century (independent, 2019)

Wrapping this second to last entry in this year end story with a new album from long time favorite Micah Schnabel. This one probably doesn’t appear on many of these EOTY lists because it came just a while ago in December 2019. Thankfully I’m making mine a bit later this time, because it would have hurted to miss this one. A really powerful album that tries to find ways to cope in this messed up world. There’s anger and frustration, but also hope and empathy. It encourages to be resilient instead of silent.

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100 Favourite Albums of the Year 2019 – Part Five

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A new day and a new chapter in this never-ending year-end story. This one is the last that is in random order. So all albums on this post and on the earlier ones are sort of on the tied 26th place on this list. Not that the numbers really matter one damn bit. Music is love and not a competion. All albums on this list are great and dear to me. And the list could have been twice as long. I’ll never understand when folks say that there’s no good new music. There’s more than ever.

Robert Ellis – Texas Piano Man (New West Records, 2019)

This chapter starts with the Texas Piano Man aka Robert Ellis. I’m especially fond of Fucking Crazy and Father. Not that there’s anything wrong with the rest of it either. I don’t have any clue what to expect next from Robert Ellis, but I know it’s going to be awesome.

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Erin Enderlin – Faulkner County (Blaster Records, 2019)

Back in Nashville for some of the finest country music of the year. Erin Enderlin first released four EPs and then put the songs out a full-length album too. A very engaging album full of wonderful classic country ballads.

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Erin Enderlin Website

Fernando Viciconte – Traitors Table (Fluff & Gravy Records, 2019)

Next stop Portland, Oregon and the powerful new album Fernando Viciconte. He collaborated with Luther Russell and created a really strong and important album. Also reminds me a bit of Big Star in a couple of songs and that’s never a bad thing. I’m loving it more with each and every listen. Instantly catchy, but forever growing too.

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Fernando Viciconte Website

Clara Baker – Things to Burn (independent, 2019)

Sticking in Portland for the time being (one could create a top 50 with just using Portland and Austin). I knew nothing about songwriter Clara Baker before 2019 started, but I immediately fell for the advance singles and the full record turned out to be equally strong. Fabulous songs and some additional magic from producer Shane Leonard to make them shine as brightly as possible.

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Clara Baker Website

Katie Spencer – Weather Beaten (independent, 2019)

Going to Kingston upon Hull, UK for the next one. Folk musician and songwriter Katie Spencer was one of my favorite new finds of the year. Such an excellent songwriter and guitarist.

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Katie Spencer Website

M. Lockwood Porter – Communion in the Ashes (Black Mesa Records, 2019)

Heading over to Oklahoma for the new album from long time favorite M.Lockwoord Porter. Gorgeous americana and rock’n’roll and powerful social commentary about this messed up world.

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M. Lockwood Porter Website

Mike and the Moonpies – Cheap Silver and Solid Country Gold (Prairie Rose Record, 2019)

I hope nobody does the math, because I think I fucked up somewhere along the way there’s actually 101 albums on this. Mike and the Moonpies was always supposed to be here, but somehow I had failed to type it on my draft. Well I have to include it and it’s too late and difficult to drop anything out either. Country music with London Symphony Orchestra. Everything could go wrong with that, but nothing did. Especially You Look Good In Neon and the cover If You Want a Fool Around are just fantastic and nothing wrong with rest of it either.

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The Moonpies Website

Emily Scott Robinson – Traveling Mercies (2019)

Next off to Greensboro, North Carolina and an album full of excellent songwriting from Emily Scott Robinson. The Dress, Ghost in Every Town, Borrowed Rooms and Old Floors or well actually all of the songs.

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Emily Scott Robinson Website

Craig Finn – I Need a New War (Partisan Records, 2019)

I still haven’t spent enough time with the latest The Hold Steady album. If I had, that probably would have made the cut too. However, this solo album from steady Craig Finn is very special and on another day it could have easily ended up on my top 10. An exceptional songwriter.

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Craig Finn Website

Tiny Ruins – Olympic Girls (Marathon Artists, 2019)

Finally this year-end review ends up in Auckland, New Zealand. The new Tiny Ruins album is simply amazing. There’s two versions of this one. I don’t really know which one is better, because I really like the solo versions too. You really can’t go wrong with either.

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Tiny Ruins Website

Charles Wesley Godwin – Seneca (independent, 2019)

The story continues in West Virginia with captivating storytelling from songwriter Charles Wesley Godwin. This one has ruled the year-end lists of americana blogs and rightfully so. A really impressive album.

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Charles Wesley Godwin Website

Florist – Emily Alone (Double Double Whammy, 2019)

Next up is the poignant but beautiful album from Florist. According to wrapped stats from the controversial app, Florist was among my top 5 listened artists. It was maybe mildly surprising to me that I had been listening to this that much, but I do think it’s magnificent. So then again, maybe it was not at all suprising.

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China – And Then Nothing Happened (Royal Oakie, 2019)

Moving to San Francisco for the new album from China. I’ve been a fan of this Bay-Area folk rock band since the first EPs and they are just getting better all the time.

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Steven Lambke – Dark Blue (You’ve Changed Records, 2019)

Back to Canada and more precisely Toronto. You may know Steven Lambke from Constantines or from the records he released undet the moniker Baby Eagle. He has released the last two under his own given name and both of these records are marvellous.

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Steven Lambke Website

Pony Bradshaw – Sudden Opera (Rounder Records, 2019)

Over to Chatsworth, GA for an album that I had been for a few years. Absolutely fell for Pony Bradshaw a couple of years ago and bought the self-released Bad Teeth album. Then it sort of vanished, but thankfully the great reason for that was that he signed with Rounder Records and some of these same songs later appeared on his 2019 album Sudden Opera. Along with some new ones too.

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Heather Valley – Desert Message (independent, 2019)

Wrapping up this fifth chapter of this story in Hamilton, Ontario with one of the late diamonds of the year. I first found songwriter Heather Valley when the first single Lovejoy of her album premiered in the early November. I instantly loved it and the album that followed in late November was as great as I had hoped.

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100 Favourite Albums of the Year 2019 – Part Four

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Durand Jones & Indications – American Love Call (Dead Oceans, 2019)

A new chapter starts with an American Love Call from Bloomington, Indiana. Durand Jones & The Indications has been one of my favourite soul bands for a couple of years. Durand Jones and Aaron Frazer are quite a dream team.

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Michaela Anne – Desert Dove (Yep Roc, 2019)

Back to Nashville, Tennessee for Michaela Anne’s beautiful new americana record Desert Dove. She also played one of my favorite concerts of the year at STHLM Americana Festival.

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Michaela Anne Website

Hallelujah the Hills – I’m You (Discrete Pancreaty Records, 2019)

Albeit this list is loaded with country and americana, this rock thing ain’t so bad either. Especially if it’s done by one of the finest American rock bands, Hallelujah the Hills from Boston, Massachusetts. Such a great record.

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Esther Rose – You Made it This Far (Father/Daughter Records, 2019)

Next stop New Orleans and again one of those favorite new finds for me. I was immediately hooked when I heard Esther Rose’s song Don’t Blame It on the Moon and the album that followed met the sky high expectations.

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Daniel Norgren – Wooh Dang (Superpuma Records, 2019)

My favorite Swedish album of the year is this timeless rootsy beauty from Daniel Norgren. Why don’t we just let love run the game.

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Zachary Lucky – Midwestern (Wroxton Recordings, 2019)

Back on the Canadian soil in Saskatoon for the new album from country/folk singer-songwriter Zachary Lucky. Midwestern might well be his finest album to date.

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Zachary Lucky Website

Jeremy Squires – Poem (independent, 2019)

Taking this year in review over to New Bern, North Carolina. A long time favourite songwriter Jeremy Squires released a remarkable album called Poem.

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Jeremy Squires Website

Tyler Childers – Country Squire (RCA / Hickman Holler Records, 2019)

Next stop in Kentucky. This one doesn’t need even a short introduction. New Tyler Childers album is again a damn great one.

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Tyler Childers Website

Austin James Craig – Ghosts of Ohio (independent, 2019)

This was one of the best surprises of the year. I really loved Austin James Craig’s earlier EP and had been eagerly waiting for more of his songs for several years. Then they finally arrived out of the blue in a form of a new album called Ghosts of Ohio. And yeah, he is still a magnificent songwriter.

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Austin James Craig Website

Matt Harlan – Best Beasts (Eight 30 Records, 2019)

Going to Houston, Texas for a kindhearted and moving album Best Beasts from singer-songwriter Matt Harlan.

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Matt Harlan Website

Little Wings – People (2019)

Carrying on in So Cal with the wonderful new album from Kyle Field aka Little Wings. A beautiful addition to his impressive music vault.

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Little Wings Website

Small Houses – I Don’t Know What’s Safe (2019)

Back to those long time favourites and the latest one from Michigan songwriter Jeremy Quentin aka Small Houses. Last time I heard he was in Austin, Texas. Not sure what’s the location right this minute, but one this is sure, his records are still moving and beautiful.

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Bedouine – Bird Songs of a Kill Joy (Spacebomb Records, 2019)

Next the mesmerizing and quietly engaging new Bedouine album.

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Jordan Moser – Long Night (Keeled Scales, 2019)

A first dive into the Keeled Scales vaults on this year review. Jordan Moser is a folk-country songwriter from Austin, Texas and Long Night is an exceptional record.

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Beth Bombara – Evergreen (Lemp Electric, 2019)

Wrapping the part four of this 2019 story in St. Louis with the gorgeous double music video from the new Beth Bombara album Evergreen. A mighty good americana record with more than a bit of rock’n’roll too.

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