AllMusic 2016 Year In Review
Favorite Folk and Americana Albums - The latest releases from Lydia Loveless, Hiss Golden Messenger, Luke Bell and Aoife O'Donovan headline our list of the best folk and Americana albums of the year.
Dylan's second Sinatra tribute record functions as a lighter counterpart to Shadows in the Night.
The Austin-based singer, songwriter, and violinist formed an all-star band to record "culturally blended music for a culturally blended world."
On his eighth LP, the refreshingly renegade songwriter takes on life's messiness and timely sociopolitical topics with a smooth '70s veneer.
Exodus of Venus
On her first full-length in six years, the songwriter aggressively alters her sound in cathartic, unapologetic new songs.
Their first album in over a decade shows Catherine Irwin and Janet Bean are still writing and singing with moody down-home genius.
Sixth solo full-length from the master neo-traditional folk guitarist, recorded at a creekside house in New Jersey.
Relocating to Tennessee prompts the singer/songwriter to record an engaging and evocative album about California life.
Ten evocative songs of life under the big bright sun of the West; a superior solo effort from the co-founder of X.
Kacy & Clayton
Outstanding second album from this Canadian duo combines '60s-style North American folk and British folk-rock traditionalism.
The singer/songwriter's third album benefits from the expansive production by Yellowbird's Sam Cohen.
You Want It Darker
On his 14th album, the 82-year-old singer/songwriter looks into the void, wrestles with himself, God, and love with unflinching honesty.
Outstanding fourth album from the singer/songwriter adds a dash of pop gloss, but still feels as powerful and honest as ever.
The acclaimed vocalist delivers an intimate set of covers recorded with her trio at the Parish Church of Saint Mary the Virgin in England.
How to Dance
Third album from this rootsy North Carolina trio spotlights articulate, passionate songwriting and Heather McEntire's superb voice.
Norah Jones returns home to the jazzy singer/songwriter style of her debut Come Away with Me.
The sullen, sweet, and soulful eighth album from the Will Sheff-led ensemble rewards a patient ear.
This follow-up to the outstanding Gone Away Backward is another spare, subtly brilliant set of stories of life in the South.
The Houston songwriter returns home and extends his musical reach in a striking, confessional song cycle about divorce.
The guitarist's instrumental reflection on America is ambitious, tightly written, and expertly performed with a full band.