Readers’ Pick

Readers’ Pick: Best Album of 2012: I See Hawks In L.A., “New Kind of Lonely”

Congratulations to I See Hawks in L.A. for winning the annual Twangville Readers’ Pick award for 2012. This always turns out to be a bit of a popularity contest which is fine by us and why we follow up with our Editors’ Picks so that everyone gets a fair shot. The nominees this year were […] more »


What’s The Best Album of 2012?

As we begin to gather our Editors’ Picks for best of the year, we’d love to hear from you first. Throughout the year we host a weekly poll in which you can vote for your favorite new release of the week. From that list we’ve taken the albums that you voted for the most plus […] more »


Readers’ Pick: Best Album of 2011: Jason Isbell’s “Here We Rest”

With 65 of 300 total votes Twangville readers picked Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit‘s “Here We Rest” as their favorite album of 2011. Rounding out the top five were albums from Matthew Ryan, The Decemberists, Ryan Adams, and Gillian Welch. Congratulations to all the nominees which were based on our monthly Readers’ Pick poll. […] more »


Readers’ Pick: John Hiatt, “Dirty Jeans & Mudslide Hymns”

John Hiatt, Dirty Jeans & Mudslide Hymns

READERS PICK: AUGUST 2011 Twangville readers picked Dirty Jeans & Mudslide Hymns by the John Hiatt as their favorite album of July 2011. Two things ring true about John Hiatt’s 20th solo album, Dirty Jeans And Mudslide Hymns… 1) he makes a less than perfect world lovable and 2) he’s still a badass – no […] more »


Readers’ Pick: BoDeans, “Indigo Dreams”

BoDeans, "Indigo Dreams"

READERS PICK: JULY 2011 Twangville readers picked Indigo Dreams by the BoDeans as their favorite album of July 2011. If you’ve never heard the 90s hit wonder “Closer To Free” you must be living on Mars or a country awfully close to the red planet. Featured as the theme song to Fox’s hit show “Party […] more »


Readers’ Pick: Gillian Welch, “The Harrow & The Harvest”

Gillian Welch, The Harrow & The Harvest

READERS PICK: JUNE 2011 Twangville readers picked Gillian Welch‘s The Harrow & The Harvest as their favorite album of June 2011. A harrow is a heavy, machine-size rake that drags over plowed land to remove weeds and break up lumps of earth and clay. There’s no doubt careful thought was put into the title of […] more »


Readers’ Pick: My Morning Jacket, “Circuital”

My Morning Jacket, Circuital

READERS PICK: MAY 2011 Twangville readers picked My Morning Jacket‘s Circuital as their favorite album of May 2011. If there’s anyone out there redefining classic rock it’s Jim James and My Morning Jacket. Circuital the band’s sixth LP takes me back to 70′s era Pink Floyd where sound was used to paint vivid pictures of […] more »


Readers’ Pick: Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, “Here We Rest”

Jason Isbell, Here We Rest

READERS PICK: APRIL 2011 Twangville readers picked Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit‘s Here We Rest as their favorite album of April 2011. His third album since parting ways with the Drive-by Truckers and second with band The 400 Unit. The album title, Here We Rest, takes it’s name from the original Alabama state motto […] more »


Readers’ Pick: Lucinda Williams, “Blessed”

Lucinda Williams, Blessed

READERS PICK: MARCH 2011 Twangville readers recently picked Lucinda Williams Blessed as their favorite album of March 2011. It seems like each time Williams releases a new album critics call it the best since Car Wheels On A Gravel Road. I guess that’s the consequence of having a Grammy-winning album. While comparisons will forever be […] more »


Readers’ Pick: The Wailin’ Jennys, “Bright Morning Stars”

Wailin' Jennys, Bright Morning Star Album Cover

READERS PICK: FEBRUARY 2011 Twangville readers recently picked The Wailin’ Jennys Bright Morning Stars as their favorite album of February 2011. Jazz vocalist Heather Masse joins Ruth Moody and Nicky Meht as the third Jenny in their first studio album in 5 years. Each contributed 4 songs each for a total of 12 original songs […] more »


Readers’ Pick: The Decemberists, “The King Is Dead”


READERS PICK: JANUARY 2011 Twangville readers recently picked The Decemberists‘ The King is Dead as their favorite album of January 2011. To record album number six The Decemberists shacked up in a remote barn outside of their Portland, OR base. For this release, the band shied away from their common concept album format to do […] more »


Readers’ Pick: Scott Miller, “Christmas Gift”

Scott Miller, Christmas Gift

READERS PICK: DECEMBER 2010 Twangville readers recognized Scott Miller’s “Christmas Gift” as their favorite holiday album of 2010 which also makes it our Readers’ pick for the month of December. When Miller was asked about it he plainly said “Why a Christmas record? Because I like Christmas, that’s why.” That seems like a good enough […] more »


Readers’ Picks: Best Albums of 2010 (Plus a Giveaway)

Paul Thorn, Pimps and Preachers

Twangville readers rallied to give Paul Thorn‘s ‘Pimps and Preachers’ an overwhelming victory for album of the year. An interesting fact about the album is that Thorn himself painted the album cover. He painted the preacher to be his father and the pimp to be his uncle. You don’t have to look much further to […] more »


Readers’ Pick: Top 10 Favorite Albums of 2009

Your picks are in! There were some surprises and several picks that you’ll see repeated among the Twangville Editors’ Picks of 2009. The votes started diminishing after the Top 10 so we’ve capped it at that. Well, technically 11 due to a tie at number 10. The initial list of candidates was chosen from our […] more »


Slipping Through the Cracks 2009 (Round Up and Downloads)

All these records came out this year and have been piling up on my digital nightstand.  They’re all good too.  Enjoy the downloads, graciously provided by the artists/labels involved. Zach Seibert & the Red Wagon An Americana dream of atmospheric folk and country inspired rock and roll, Learning to Drown is Zach Seibert’s first real […] more »


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