AllMusic 2015 Year In Review

Favorite Americana Albums -

 This year's top Americana outings included another collaboration between Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, new records from Steve Earle, Rhiannon Giddens, Jason Isbell and Rhett Miller of the Old 97's, plus the latest from Oscar-winner Ryan Bingham.
All These Dreams

Andrew Combs

All These Dreams

The Nashville-based singer/songwriter's sophomore studio long-player is a winning pastiche of '70s soft rock and modern Americana.

If I've Only One Time Askin'

Daniel Romano

If I've Only One Time Askin'

Fourth solo album from the Canadian singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist is a splendid exercise in updated countrypolitan.

Lost Time

Dave Alvin / Phil Alvin

Lost Time

The brothers who formed the Blasters return with a fun, passionate set of acoustic and electric blues classics.

Nashville Obsolete

Dave Rawlings Machine / David Rawlings

Nashville Obsolete

Rawlings' strong second outing as frontman is filled with brooding grandeur.

Blackbirds

Gretchen Peters

Blackbirds

After entering the Nashville Songwriter's Hall of Fame, the artist delivers a wide-ranging, career-defining album.

Something More Than Free

Jason Isbell

Something More Than Free

The singer/songwriter's follow-up to Southeastern is another triumph of smart, nuanced songs about hard-won life lessons.

Panhandle Rambler

Joe Ely

Panhandle Rambler

The veteran alt-country troubadour delivers 12 wonderfully evocative sketches of the Texas Panhandle.

The Spirit Moves

Langhorne Slim & the Law

The Spirit Moves

Rootsy songwriter picks up a regular band that helps him sort out his ideas on one of his most satisfying albums to date.

Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams

Larry Campbell / Teresa Williams

Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams

After nearly three decades of marriage, this professional couple delivers a honey of debut album.

Royal Blue

Lilly Hiatt

Royal Blue

Second album from this born songwriter is looser, rocks harder, and better suits her free-spirited personality.

Tracker

Mark Knopfler

Tracker

An understated, resonant interweaving of Knopfler's past and present anchored in pub rock and accentuated by British folk.

Servant of Love

Patty Griffin

Servant of Love

The singer/songwriter's first album for her own PGM label features 13 personal songs about the many guises of love.

For Use and Delight

Promised Land Sound

For Use and Delight

The Nashville indie combo's excellent sophomore LP ripples with a rambling country-folk feel and psych-rock spirit.

The Ruffian's Misfortune

Ray Wylie Hubbard

The Ruffian's Misfortune

The veteran Texas singer and songwriter delivers a tough, soulful set that mixes up blues, rock, and country.

Imaginary Man

Rayland Baxter

Imaginary Man

Swampy but sophisticated sounds from the Tennessee singer and songwriter as he spins evocative tales of love and life.

The  Traveler

Rhett Miller

The Traveler

Sixth solo effort from the Old 97's frontman, who is joined in the studio by members of the Decemberists and R.E.M.

Tomorrow Is My Turn

Rhiannon Giddens

Tomorrow Is My Turn

The Carolina Chocolate Drops leader goes solo with a handsome, slyly inventive interpretation of female-fronted American roots music.

The Traveling Kind

Rodney Crowell / Emmylou Harris

The Traveling Kind

The second duets album from these longtime friends and collaborators is sweet, heartfelt, and just rough enough to satisfy.

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Ryan Bingham

Fear and Saturday Night

Ragged, hard-fought ballads from the craggy-voiced singer/songwriter.

Terraplane

Steve Earle / Steve Earle & the Dukes

Terraplane

The acclaimed singer-songwriter gets the blues, and the result is his most easygoing and satisfying album in years.

Gone Like the Cotton

The Cox Family

Gone Like the Cotton

The family band's long-shelved 1998 album finally sees a belated (and most welcome) release.

The Deslondes

The Deslondes

The Deslondes

Engaging mix of high-lonesome country and laid-back New Orleans atmosphere on this group's debut album.

Mono

The Mavericks

Mono

The band sidesteps country and revels in Latin music, ska, rock & roll, romantic moods, and much more to impressive effect.

Heartbreaker of the Year

Whitney Rose

Heartbreaker of the Year

On her second outing, the Canadian singer/songwriter and producer Raul Malo redefine classic country.

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Will Hoge

Small Town Dreams

The Nashville singer/songwriter delivers a poignant, rocking set about memory and coming to terms with the past.