Top 20 (die ersten 5 stehen ziemlich sicher dort, danach mag die Tagesstimmung auch mal anders entscheiden):

1. Decemberists - The King Is Dead
2. Gillian Welch - The Harrow And The Harvest
3. Cody Canada & The Departed - This Is Indian Land
4. Dave Alvin - Eleven Eleven
5. Band Of Heathens - Top Hat Crown & The Clapmaster's Son
6. Bill Callahan - Apocalypse
7. Warren Haynes - Man In Motion
8. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - Here We Rest
9. Jeffrey Foucault - Horse Latitudes
10. Cowboy Junkies - Demons
11. Low - C'mon
12. Israel Nash Gripka - Barn Doors And Concrete Floors
13. Eleventh Dream Day - Riot Now!
14. Walkabouts - Travels In The Dustland
15. North Mississippi Allstars - Keys To The Kingdom
16. Eilen Jewel - Queen Of The Minor Key
17. Old Californio - Sundrunk Angels
18. Dawes - Nothing Is Wrong
19. Stephen Simmons - The Big Show
20. Scotland Barr & The Slow Drags - We Will Be Forgotten

Nicht weit dahinter (20 weitere "better than the rest"-Titel in zufälliger Reihenfolge):

Gregg Allman - Low Country Blues
Drive-By Truckers - Go-Go Boots
Low Anthem - Smart Flesh
Middle Brother - Middle Brother
Feelies - Here Before
Oh Susanna - Soon The Birds
Old Calf - Borrow A Horse
Sarah Jarosz - Follow Me Down
Civil Wars - Barton Hollow
Vetiver - The Errant Charm
Ry Cooder - Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down
Sarabeth Tucek - Not So Loud
Maria Taylor - Overlook
Reckless Kelly - Good Luck True Love
Richmond Fontaine - The High Country
Bangles - Sweetheart Of The Sun
Ryan Adams - Ashes & Fire
Deep Dark Woods - The Place I Left Behind
Marketa Irglova - Anar
Fred Eaglesmith - 6 Volts

Auch noch unbedingt erwähnenswert in 2011:

JD Malone & The Experts - Avalon
Amanda Shires - Carrying Lightning
Owen Temple - Mountain Home
Buddy Miller - The Majestic Silver Strings
Iron And Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean
Markus Rill - Wild Blue & True
Dolorean - The Unfazed
Amos Lee - Mission Bell
Rural Alberta Advantage - Departing
Gurf Morlix - Blaze Foley's 113th Wet Dream
J Mascis - Several Shades Of Why
Ron Sexsmith - Long Player Late Bloomer
Silos - Florizona
Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion - Bright Examples
Hot Tuna - Steady As She Goes
Robbie Robertson - How To Become Clairvoyant
kd Lang And The Siss Boom Bang - Sing It Loud
Exene Cervenka - The Excitement Of Maybe
Alison Krauss & Union Station - Paper Airplanes
Patrick Sweany - That Old Southern Drag
Zoe Muth Abd The Lost High Rollers - Starlight Hotel
Chip Taylor, John Platania, Kendel Carson - R&R Joe
Laura Cantrell - Kitty Wells Dresses
Ray Manzarek & Roy Rogers - Translucent Blues
Ha Ha Tonka - Death Of A Decade
Tedeschi Trucks Band - Revelator
Howe Gelb And A Band Of Gypsies - Alegrias
Tara Nevins - Wood And Stone
My Morning Jacket - Circuital
Matraca Berg - The Dreaming Fields
Black Swans - Don't Blame The Stars
Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
Peter Case - Case Files
Joe Ely - Satisfied At Last
Wooden Birds - Two Matchsticks
Bazan - Strange Negotiations
Foster & Lloyd - It's Already Tomorrow
Jimbo Mathus - Confederate Buddha
Way Goners - Hella' Highway
Sam Mellon & The Skylarks - Listen To The Birds
Tom Morello The Nightwatchman - World Wide Rebel Songs
Steve Cropper - Dedicated
Glen Campbell - Ghost On The Canvas
Stoney LaRue - Velvet
Jonathan Edwards - My Love Will Keep
Lindsey Buckingham - Seeds We Sow
Speed The Plough - Shine
Ray Bonneville - Bad Man's Blood
Catherine MacLellan - Silhouette
Jonathan Wilson - Gentle Spirit
Ana Egge - Bad Blood
Blitzen Trapper - American Goldwing
Amy LaVere - Stranger Me
Feist - Metals
Pieta Brown - Mercury
Matthew Sweet - Modern Art
Gourds - Old Mad Joy
Screaming Trees - Last Words
David Grissom - Way Down Deep
Rich Robinson - Through A Crooked Sun
Cuff The Duke - Morning Comes
Tyler Ramsey - The Valley Wind
Five Eight - Your God Is Dead To Me Now
Dirt Drifters - This Is My Blood

Die beste EP/Mini-CD in 2011:

Decemberists - Long Live The King

10 herausragende Live-Alben in 2011:

Todd Snider - Live/Storyteller
Levon Helm - Ramble At The Ryman
Bottle Rockets - Not So Loud
Israel Nash Gripka - 2011 Barn Doors Spring Tour, Live In NL
Guy Clark - Songs And Stories
Slaid Cleaves - Sorrow & Smoke/Live At The Horseshoe Lounge
Grateful Dead - Europe '72 Vol.2
JJ Grey & Mofro - Brighter Days
Hank Shizzoe - Live At The Blue Rose Christmas Party 2010
Kate Campbell - Two Nights In Texas

10 Enttäuschungen & Flops (gemessen am Standard, an den Erwartungen oder am Hype):

Paul Simon - So Beautiful Or So What
Emmylou Harris - Hard Bargain
Okkervil River - I Am Very Far
Felice Brothers - Celebration, Florida
Eddie Vedder - Ukulele Songs
Neil Young & The International Harvesters - A Treasure
Steve Earle - I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive (die CD, das Buch liest sich gut)
Nick Lowe - The Old Magic
Wilco - The Whole Love (die reguläre CD, die Bonus-CD mag ich)
Nils Lofgren - Old School