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Monday, December 19, 2011

Uprooted Music Revue's Favorite 50 Audio Releases of 2011

2011 has been a year that has been absolutely flooded with a staggering number of memorable releases. I can recall many instances throughout the year when I wish there were more hours in the day, as well as more money in my pocket, in order to give all of these records the time and attention they so rightfully deserved.

This list of my favorite 50 audio releases breaks down between 40 new releases, and 10 reissue/ archival recordings. With so many great albums released in 2011, I am very thankful for such an enriching year of music. I would like to celebrate and share these releases with you as 2011 winds down, and as we prepare to welcome another year of sure-to-be-great music that will begin to accompany our lives in 2012.


UMR's 40 Favorite New Recordings of 2011:

Pokey La Farge & The South City Three
Middle of Everywhere
(Free Dirt)

Pharis & Jason Romero
A Passing Glimpse

Chris Thile & Michael Daves
Sleep With One Eye Open

Richard Buckner
Our Blood 

The Low Anthem
Smart Flesh

The Black Swans
Don't Blame The Stars

Frank Fairfield
Out In The Open West
(Tompkins Square)

Lucinda Williams
(2-CD Deluxe Edition w/ The Kitchen Tapes)
(Lost Highway)

Drive-By Truckers
Go-Go Boots

Preservation Hall Jazz Band &
The Del McCoury Band:  
American Legacies
(McCoury Music)

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
Here We Rest
(Lightning Rod)

Gillian Welch
The Harrow & The Harvest

Daniel Martin Moore
In The Cool Of The Day
(Sub Pop)

Maggie Bjorklund
Coming Home


 Sarah Jarosz
Follow Me Down
(Sugar Hill)

Steve Earle
I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive
(New West)

William Elliott Whitmore
Field Songs

Sean Rowe

The Del McCoury Band
Old Memories: The Songs of Bill Monroe
(McCoury Music)

Bill Callahan
(Drag City)

Ralph Stanley
A Mother's Prayer

Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers
Rare Bird Alert

Nothing Is Wrong

 Tom Waits
Bad As Me 

Middle Brother
Middle Brother

Ryan Adams
Ashes & Fire
(PAX-AM/ Capitol)

Noam Pikelny
Beat The Devil And Carry A Rail

Levon Helm
Ramble At The Ryman

Bonnie Prince Billy
Wolfroy Goes To Town
(Drag City)

Dex RomweberDuo
Is That You In The Blue?

Neil Young
A Treasure

 Joe Henry

Glenn Jones 
The Wanting 
(Thrill Jockey)

Jimmie Dale Gilmore & The Wronglers
Heirloom Music

Foghorn Trio
Sud De La Louisiane

Brown Bird
Salt For Salt 
(Supply and Demand)

Abigail Washburn
City of Refuge

(Ernest Jenning)

Luke Roberts
Big Bells and Dime Songs
(Thrill Jockey)

Maiden Radio
(Ol' Kentuck)

UMR's 10 Favorite Reissues & Archival Releases of 2011: 

I Listen To The Wind That Obliterates My Traces (Dust to Digital)

O Brother Where Art Thou? 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Lost Highway)

Louvin Brothers: Satan Is Real/ Handpicked Favorites 1955-62 (Light In The Attic)

Never A Pal Like Mother (Dust to Digital)

John Prine: The Singing Mailman Delivers (Oh Boy)

John Fahey: Your Past Comes Back To Haunt You Box Set (Dust to Digital)

Robert Johnson: The Centennial Collection (Sony Legacy)

Jayhawks: Tomorrow The Green Grass Legacy Edition (Sony Legacy)

Hank Williams: The Legend Begins: Rare & Unreleased Recordings (Time Life)

Michael Chapman: Trainsong: Guitar Compositions 1967-2010 (Tompkins Square)


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