Mayer’s Picks: The Best of 2015, So Far (the Songs), Part 2

Everybody Talkin’ ’bout the All American, JD McPherson (from the Rounder Records release Let The Good Times Roll) Let’s just call this the dance hit of the year. One listen and you’ll know what I mean. You Got To Me, James McMurtry (from the Complicated Game Records release Complicated Game) On a given day I’d […]

Readers’ Pick: Best of Spring 2015

Neil Young and Promise of the Real, The Monsanto Years (cover art)

THE SIDESHOW TRAGEDY, Capital beats out RAY WYLIE HUBBARD, Ruffian’s Misfortune by 28 votes as your favorite for the Spring of 2015. Readers’ Official Top 25 – Spring 2015 THE SIDESHOW TRAGEDY, Capital (50) RAY WYLIE HUBBARD, Ruffian’s Misfortune (22) DWIGHT YOAKAM, Second Hand Heart (21) EILEN JEWELL, Sundown Over Ghost Town (20) THE GRAHAMS, […]

Todd’s Best of 2014

I make lots of lists. Mostly lists of things I have to get done. It calms me to do this and makes anything seem possible if I put it on a list. It’s even more satisfying when I get to scratch something off the list.  In keeping with that, here’s my Best of 2014 list, […]

Chip’s Best of 2014


As usual it was a tough year to pick the top albums. This year was particularly tough; in that there were a number of top notch releases, but no clear standouts. Thus the conundrum, how to separate albums that are all deserving and uniquely their own. Here is an attempt to rank my top ten. […]

Covers and Tributes of 2014

As we wait for 2015 to gain steam, enjoy a playlist of cover songs and tributes from 2014 which includes a Sturgill Simpson cover of When in Rome’s 1998 hit The Promise and a Lydia Loveless cover of Kirsty MacColl’s 1979 hit They Don’t Know. Sturgill Simpson, The Promise Lydia Loveless, They Don’t Know (live) Covered Dishes (2014), […]

Editors’ Pick: Best Album of 2014: Joe Fletcher, “You’ve Got The Wrong Man”… Plus More

Joe Fletcher, You Got The Wrong Man album cover

Official Twangville Album of 2014: Joe Fletcher, You’ve Got The Wrong Man It’s official. Joe Fletcher‘s You’ve Got the Wrong Man edges out Lydia Loveless‘s Somewhere Else for the Twangville best album of 2014. This list combines best of year picks from our Twangville authors plus the Readers’ Tops which you helped us create. Congrats […]

Mayer’s Picks – Best Songs of 2014

I posted a best songs list for the first half of 2014 back in July (here). Rather than replicate that list for my full year review, consider this the continuation — the best songs from the second half of the year. An Anthem for the Broken and A Song to Learn and Sing (Until Kingdom […]

Readers’ Pick: Best Album of 2014: Sturgill Simpson, “Metamodern Sounds in Country Music”

And so it has been decided. With 30 votes out of a total of 93, Sturgill Simpson‘s “Metamodern Sounds in Country Music” beat out Lydia Loveless‘s “Somewhere Else” for the official Twangville readers favorite album of 2014. Thanks to all who participated. We’ll include your picks into our fancy algorithm for the soon to be released […]

Shawn’s Picks – Best Albums Of 2014

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 1. Parker Millsap – Parker Millsap This album wasn’t Millsap’s first, but nonetheless it was twenty-some years in the making.  Full of stories tied to his roots in Oklahoma, his self-titled second album is a microcosm of Americana.  2. Old Crow Medicine Show – Remedy Although it’s hard for me to put my finger on […]

Mayer’s Picks – Best Albums of 2014, Boston Edition

This has been a great year for music in and around Boston. I hesitate to break these out into a separate regional list as they would all feature prominently on my overall Best of 2014. That said, taken together they make a great statement on the vibrancy of the Boston music scene. GIRLS GUNS AND […]