Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Best of 2009 So Far ...

There is no better way to return and get things kicked up again than with a best of list. But a little healthy debate never hurt anything. I actually have fun doing it but the truth is rankings can change with moods or the weather. Plus the music industry is so prolific these days with all of the new media it is difficult to choose. So I just assembled the necessary tools and started ranking. In case you are wondering the essential tool needed for such an endeavor as this are, Shiner Bock Beer, Blanton's Bourbon, a dartboard, little pieces of paper in a hat, Corn Nuts, and a Moon Pie for energy. The results of this combination are below for you to read and then tell me what the hell I missed:

1) Ryan Bingham and the Dead Horses - Roadhouse Sun
2) Buddy & Julie Miller - Written in Chalk
3) M. Ward - Hold Time
4) Wilco - The Album
5) Roman Candle - Oh Tall Tree in the Ear
6) Justin Townes Earle - Midnight at the Movies
7) Elvis Costello - Secret, Profane and Sugarcane
8) Sarah Borges & the Broken Singles - The Stars are Out
9) Charlie Robison - Beautiful Day
10) The Decemberists - The Hazards of Love
11) Slaid Cleaves - Everything You Love Will be Taken Away
12) Bob Dylan - Together Through Life
13) Deer Tick - Born on Flag Day
14) Scot Miller & the Commonwealth - For Cryin' Out Loud
15) Hill Country Review - Self Titled
16) Bruce Springsteen - Working on a Dream
17) Conor Oberst & the Mystic Valley Band - Outer South
18) Donna Ulisse - Walk this Mountain Down
19) Gina Villalobos - Days on Their Side
20) The Gourds - Haymaker!
21) Derek Trucks - Already Free
22) The Flatlanders - Hills and Valleys
23) Dallas Wayne - I'll Take the Fifth
24) Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit - Self Titled
25) Son Volt - American Central Dust
26) Chuck Mead - Journeyman's Wager
27) Todd Snider - Excitement Plan
28) Red Stick Ramblers - My Suitcase is Always Packed
29) Sarah Jarosz - Song Up in Her Head
30) Old Californio - Westering Again
31) Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
32) Sara Watkins - Self Titled
33) Pter Holsapple and Chris Stamey - Here and Now
34) Kendal Carson - Alright Dynamite
35) Cracker - Sunshine in the Land of Milk and Honey
36) Mark Olson & Gary Louris - Ready for the Flood
37) Sam Roberts - Love at the End of the World
38) The Greencards - Fascination
39) U2 - No Line on the Horizon
40) Dierks Bentley - Feel that Fire
41) Wayne Hancock - Viper of Melody
42) Otis Gibbs - Grandpa Walked a Picket Line
43) Dave Matthews Band - Big Whiskey and the Gru Grux King
44) Fiction Family - Self Titled
45) The Damnwells - One Last Century
46) Romi Mayes - Achin' in Yer Bones
47) Webb Wilder - More Like Me
48) Michelle Malone - Debris
49) Great Lake Swimmers - Lost Channels
50) Patteron Hood - Mudering Oscar

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

What about Dale Watson Truckin' Sessions 2 ??? ....John Doe and the Sadies Country Club ??? ...Tribute to Chris Gaffney: Man of Somebody's Dreams ??? Those are 3 that turns in my machine at the moment...definitely worth mentioning.

Chip Frazier said...

I agree that the truckin' sessions was an omission. as I was ranking it was a recent purchase that somehow I overlooked but I will correct that on future lists.

I am ahuge John Doe fan and a Sadies fan and it was a cool release but just didn't quite make it.

I havee been meaning to get the Chris Gaffney but haven't listened to it yet. I will give it a shot thoguh.

ManJoseman said...

Nice list. I only recognize a few. I'll work on it.

timsored said...

Hey. there are so many acts here that i don't know. I won't mind checking some out though. thanks for all the new ideas.

Tom said...

do not overlook Terry Anderson & The Olympic Ass Kicking Team's "National Champions". Three minute rock tunes done right.

SEM1956 said...

I WANT SOME TRUE COUNTY, TIRED OF ALL THE GIRLS SOUNDING ALIKE, TIRED OF ALL THE GUYS SOUNDING ALIKE, WHAT HAPPENED TO THE REAL COUNTRY GALS AND GUYS SINGING? NO CITY GIRLS OR GUYS WANTED HERE, MAKE THEM EARN IT, DONT JUST GIVE IT TO THEM ON A SHOW, LISTEN,LISTEN REAL HARD, YOU CAN TELL WHO ARE TRUE COUNTRY,

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