100 Favorite Albums of the Year 2020 – Part Six

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Austin Lucas – Alive in the Hot Zone (Cornelius Chapel Records / Sabotage Records)

And here we go again. Kicking things off with one of my favorite songwriters Austin Lucas and his new wonderful album Alive in the Hot Zone.

Lilly Hiatt – Walking Proof (New West Records)

There’s actually a long run of long time favorites on this chapter of the year-end story. Next we have great new album Walking Proof from Lilly Hiatt.

Andrew Bryant – Sentimental Noises

Andrew Bryant is also a regular visitor on my lists and he released a fabulous southern burner called Sentimental Noises.

American Aquarium – Lamentations (New West Records)

And well same can be said about American Aquarium and its songwriter BJ Barham. Another really powerful collection of songs from the band.

Arlo McKinley – Die Midwestern (Oh Boy Records)

Arlo McKinley hasn’t been on my eoty lists since 2014 for the sole reason that he didn’t release anything until now in 2020 when he was signed to John Prine’s Oh Boy Records. The album was totally worth the wait and contains magnificent songwriting.

Zephaniah OHora – Listening to the Music (Last Roundup Records)

Then some country gold from Brooklyn, NY. Zephaniah OHora wrote the songs, Neal Casal produced, I listened and loved.

Damien Jurado – What’s New, Tomboy? (Loose Music / Mama Bird Recording Co)

More and more long time favorites. Damien Jurado seems to release a great album every year and how sweet is that.

Andy Shauf – Neon Skyline (ANTI-)

How about writing whole album about one bar night. An idea bound to fail. Well unless you are Andy Shauf, because of course he can make it work perfectly. Superb stuff once again.

Hello Emerson – How To Cook Everything (Anyway Records / K & F Records)

Hello Emerson is a big new favorite and I really love this album. May 2018 and Seat 14B are just perfect story songs and the highlights for me.

Felix Hatfield – False God

One of mymore recent favorites has been this excellent and unique folk album from Portland-based Felix Hatfield.

Bill Callahan – Gold Record (Drag City)

Here’s one that doesn’t need an introduction. Everybody loves Bill Callahan.

Chloe Alison Escott – Stars Under Contract (Chapter Music)

I’m not the expert on the Tasmanian music scene nor do I usually listen to solo piano albums, but I really like this new album from Chloe Alison Escott.

Kacey Johansing – No Better Time (Night Bloom Records)

Kacey Johansing released something rather magical late in the year. What a beautiful album.

Brigid Mae Power – Head Above Water (Fire Records)

More magical wondrous folk beauty. This time from Galway, Ireland by singer-songwriter Brigid Mae Power.

Jennifer Castle – Monarch Season (Idee Fixe Records / Paradise of Bachelors)

Canadian Jennifer Castle has become one of my favorites during the past five years or so and her new album is again something that I hold very dear. The beautiful ending song of her new album wraps the sixth part of this roundup. Last ten tomorrow and then I’ll add links for easier browsing, make insta photos plus a spotify playlist.

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100 Favorite Albums of the Year 2020 – Part Five

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Maxwell Stern – Impossible Sum (Lauren Records)

Another chapter and kicking it off in Philadelphia with a brilliant album from Maxwell Stern. Totally my kind of record that would have fitted in also during the early days of this blog. Such a perfect pop record.

Ian Daniel Kehoe – Charging the Stone / Rock & Roll Illusion / Disco Body Buzz (Tin Angel Records)

Canadian songwriter Ian Daniel Kehoe released three albums on one Bandcamp day. They are all great and can share one spot on this little list. Tin Angel Records are putting them out more officially. At least Rock & Roll Illusion is already out there and rest will follor.

MAITA – Best Wishes (Kill Rock Stars)

Back in Portland, Oregon once again. MAITA was on the EP list few years back and now they have a great album out too. And on the legendary Kill Rock Stars label.

Talitha Ferri – Get Well Soon (Soulpod Collective)

The only visit to Denmark on this year-end galore. Talitha Ferri released a dazzlingly beautiful debut album.

Adam Selzer – Slow Decay (Jealous Butcher Records)

Then we return to Portland. I’m a long time fan of Adam Selzer. I loved those Norfolk & Western records in the early 00s. It was pleasant surprise that he released a great new solo record in 2020.

David Dondero – The Filter Bubble Blues (Fluff & Gravy Records)

David Dondero’s new record was one of the early highlights of the year. Powerful and important.

I’m Kingfisher – The Past Has Begun (Fading Trails Records)

This roundabout has already visited Denmark and Norway, so it’s about time to hit the Swedish shores as well. The new I’m Kingfisher album is gorgeous and a perfect follow-up to Transit. He is on a roll.

Will Johnson – El Capitan (Keeled Scales)

And well if Will Johnson puts out a record, I’m going to listen to it and I’m going to love it.

Possessed By Paul James – As We Go Wandering

Another from the early parts of the year. I’ve been following Possessed By Paul James (aka Konrad Wert) since the The Folk Singer movie and it was great to finally get a new album from him.

Skyway Man – The World Only Ends When You Die (Mama Bird Recording Co)

Next an extraordinary genre-hopping sonic adventure with Oakland’s Skyway Man.

Becky Warren – The Sick Season

And then some american countrified rock’n’roll from Becky Warren. Lots of gems here like Appointment with the Blues, Me and These Jeans and Birmingham.

Lydia Loveless – Daughter (Honey, You’re Gonna Be Late records)

Lydia Loveless also released a new album and a damn good one too.

Lucinda Williams – Good Souls, Better Angels (Highway 20 Records)

Well she definitely doesn’t need an introduction. Powerful songs again from Lucinda Williams.

Otis Gibbs – Hoosier National

Otis Gibbs, the master of podcasts and front porch videos also released a mighty good album.

Drive-By Truckers – The Unraveling / The New OK (ATO Records)

Drive-By Truckers can do the honors and wrap up this chapter of this saga. They released two excellent records this year. I have no idea, which one is better so these powerful albums can share this spot on the list. Here’s Thoughts and Prayers from Unraveling.

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100 Favorite Albums of the Year 2020 – Part Four

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Matthew ’Doc’ Dunn – Rain, Rain, Rain (Cosmic Range Records)

Onwards to the next chapter of the neverending virtual year-end journey. This one starts in Canada with cosmic cowboy Matthew Doc Dunn.

Matthew McNeal – Good Grief (Matte Black Sound Company)

Next up is another Matthew, this time from Fort Worth, Texas. Matthew McNeal has had more than his share of bad luck during the recent years, but made a really good album in the midst of it all.

Sam Burton – I Can Go With You (Tompkins Square)

Moving on to Los Angeles for this timeless beauty from Sam Burton. I fell for this when the first single arrived and the full-length lived up to the sky high expectations.

Kathleen Edwards – Total Freedom (Dualtone)

A bit of surprise return from Canadian songwriter Kathleen Edwards, but I couldn’t be happier about it. The new album is gorgeous.

Malin Pettersen – Wildhorse (Die With Your Boots On Records)

A brief visit to Norway in order to spend some time with country singer-songwriter Malin Pettersen and her beautiful new album Wildhorse.

Caleb Caudle – Better Hurry Up (Baldwin County Public Records)

Back across the pond for the new album from long time favorite Caleb Caudle.

Joshua Ray Walker – Glad You Made It (State Fair Records)

And continuing with great country singer-songwriters. Joshua Ray Walker’s sophomore album is excellent as a whole plus has this one hell of a song called Voices.

Justin Wells – United State (Singular Recordings)

Then off to Lexington, Kentucky to meet up with Justin Wells and his awesome new album United State. Bonus thanks to Justin for introducing Abby Hamilton to me.

Jaime Wyatt – Neon Cross (New West Records)

More country greats from Nashville, Tennessee. New Jaime Wyatt album is excellent.

Colter Wall – Western Swing & Waltzes and other Punchy Songs (La Honda Records)

This lovely Canadian man also released a new collection of songs. Some gorgeous originals mixed up with selected cuts from the previous eras of country music.

Brennen Leigh – Prairie Love Letter

Oh and here’s a real stunner from Brennen Leigh. A lot of remarkable songs on this album and it would have easily made the cut even on a much shorter year-end list.

Juliet McConkey – Disappearing Girl

A marvellous debut album from Austin-based Juliet McConkey. I had heard whispers about her somewhere and therefore I was ready when the first single arrived. I instantly loved it and the feeling only grew stronger when the album arrived a while later.

H.C. McEntire – Eno Axis (Merge Records)

Moving on to Durham, North Carolina for the second solo album from Mount Moriah’s H.C. McEntire. It’s mighty good of course.

Waxahatchee – Saint Cloud (Merge Records)

More gold from the Merge Records vaults. Quite a spectacular album from Waxahatchee that has deservably been the top pick (or one of them) on several aoty lists I’ve seen.

Samantha Crain – A Small Death (Real Kind Records)

And what about this beauty from Oklahoma-based Samantha Crain. I’ve been following since the debut and this might even be my favorite album from her. Wonderful record. Oh and this song called Joey. Oh my heart. Just wow. A perfect end to this part of the year-end story.

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