Top 20 (die ersten 10 sind schon wirklich vorn, danach mag es auch mal wechseln):

1. Patterson Hood - Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance
2. Chris Knight - Little Victories
3. Angus Stone - Broken Brights
4. Lincoln Durham - The Shovel Vs. The Howling Bones
5. John Fullbright - From The Ground Up
6. Tift Merritt - Traveling Alone
7. Don Gallardo & How Far West - The Art Of Troublesome Times
8. American Aquarium - Burn.Flicker.Die
9. I See Hawks In L.A. - New Kind Of Lonely
10. Beachwood Sparks - The Tarnished Gold
11. Kevin Gordon - Gloryland
12. Leeroy Stagger - Radiant Land
13. Sons Of Bill - Sirens
14. Darrell Scott - Long Ride Home
15. Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Americana
16. Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Psychedelic Pill
17. Black Swans - Occasion For Song
18. Matraca Berg - Love's Truck Stop
19. Trapper Schoepp & The Shades - Run, Engine, Run
20. Johnny Hickman - Tilting

Knapp hintendran und sicher nicht "schlechter":

Kathleen Edwards - Voyageur
Mad Buffalo - Red And Blue
Old Crow Medicine Show - Carry Me Back
Catherine Irwin - Little Heater
Kevn Kinney & The Golden Palominos - A Good Country Mile
Chuck Prophet - Temple Beautiful
Carolina Chocolate Drops - Leaving Eden
Refugees - Three
Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys - Back At The Quonset Hut
Ray Wylie Hubbard - The Grifter's Hymnal
New Riders Of The Purple Sage - 17 Pine Avenue
Shooter Jennings - Family Man
Chip Taylor & The New Ukrainians - Fuck All The Perfect People
Nels Andrews - Scrimshaw
Kate Campbell - 1000 Pound Machine
McEuen Sessions - For All The Good
Shawn Colvin - All Fall Down
Giant Giant Sand - Tucson
Glen Hansard - Rhythm & Repose
Maldives - Muscle For The Wing
Caroline Herring - Camilla
Skydiggers - Northern Shore
Malcolm Holcombe - Down The River
Kevin Deal - There Goes The Neighborhood
Trishas - High, Wide & Handsome
Greg Brown - Hymns To What Is Left
Dirty River Boys - Science Of Flight
Trevor Alguire - Till Sorrow Begins To Call
Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale - Buddy & Jim
Calexico - Algiers
Rachel Harrington & The Knock-Outs - S/T
Paul Thorn - What The Hell Is Going On?
Turnpike Troubadours - Goodbye Normal Street
Waco Brothers & Paul Burch - Great Chicago Fire
Trampled By Turtles - Stars And Satellites
Chris Robinson Brotherhood - Big Moon Ritual
Ryan Bingham - Tomorrowland
Dwight Yoakam - 3 Pears

Gute Newcomers:

Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
Buxton - Nothing Here Seems Strange
Shovels & Rope - O' Be Joyful
Lumineers - S/T
Royal Southern Brotherhood - S/T
Father John Misty - Fear Fun

Wichtige Schatzhebungen von verschollenem Kulturgut:

Merl Saunders / Jerry Garcia - Keystone Companions / The Complete 1973 Fantasy Recordings
Flatlanders - The Odessa Tapes
Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer - Little Blue Egg
Plainsong - Fat Lady Singing
Waylon Jennings - Goin' Down Rockin' / The Last Recordings

Herausragende Live-Alben:

Widespread Panic - Wood
Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott - Live / We're Usually A Lot Better Than This
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - Live From Alabama
Colin Linden - Still Live
Decemberists - We All Raise Our Voices To The Air
Tedeschi Trucks Band - Everybody's Talkin' - Live
Mary Gauthier - Live At Blue Rock
James Luther Dickinson & North Mississippi Allstars - I'm Just Dead I'm Not Gone
Chatham County Line - Sight & Sound
NRBQ - We Travel The Spaceways
Jeff Finlin - Live Songs For The Ice Age
Sun Kil Moon - Among The Leaves

Starke Rückmeldungen nach längerer Pause:

Martin Zellar & The Hardways - Roosters Crow
Bonnie Raitt - Slipstream
Little Willies - For The Good Times
Guided By Voices - Let's Go To The Eat Factory
Counting Crows - Underwater Sunshine
dB's - Falling Off The Sky
Susanna Hoffs - Someday
Blasters - Fun On Saturday Night
Leftover Salmon - Aquatic Hitchhiker
Marvin Etzioni - Marvin Country
Donald Fagen - Sunken Condos
Iris DeMent - Sing The Delta
Ian Hunter & The Rant Band - When I'm President