From collaborative outfits like The Gift Band, I'm With Her, and Luluc, to more solitary offerings from Amy Ray, Caroline Rose, and Alexander Tucker, there was much to enjoy about folk and Americana music in 2018.
A hushed, spare, engrossing set of solo songs from the Big Thief leader with production by Luke Temple.
Grumbling Fur member Alexander Tucker completes a trilogy of solo albums containing his most focused, fascinating work.
Splitting the difference between retro-Southern soul and Van Morrison, Anderson East comes up with a minor gem.
Solid debut album from this country-folk songwriter reveals its complexities and depth with repeat listens.
Widescreen ambient pop that demands both patience and, if available, a quality set of headphones.
Former folkie and roots rocker embraces dance-friendly pop and comes up with a smart and witty triumph.
Andrews establishes herself as a melancholy reflector of the common man with soulful Americana on her sixth album and Fat Possum debut.
Nearly two years in the making, the Virginia guitarist reveals himself as a provocative sound explorer, but doesn't lose his sonic accessibility.
A gorgeously rendered set of historical U.K. ballads from an inspired trio who bring the ancient past uniquely into the present.
The songwriter's 20th album unflinchingly examines soulful, vulnerable, humanist spirituality in beautiful, poignant secular hymns.
The folk icon records an autumnal album at the age of 77 that acknowledges time but confirms she's far from a spent force.
Veirs' understated vocals are paired with arrangements that are as pillowy and warm as they are spilling over with interesting ideas.
The Australian folk duo turn a bold corner on their more cinematic and neatly crafted third album.
With an all-star cast of vocalists, the guitarist delivers an album of angry, inspired topical songs to inspire political unity in a dark, difficult era.
A dusty and deeply satisfying union of American folk, blues, and West African influences from the acclaimed Portland guitarist and composer.
On her tenth album, the singer/songwriter collaborates with military veterans and their care givers in relating their poignant experiences.
The Scottish chamber pop quartet's ambitious sophomore set announces the full might of their communal power.
Even with its lyrical unease, the project's third LP confirms Jordan Lee's status as a leading architect of bucolic escapism.
The Louisville guitarist's gorgeous and earthy third outing features nothing but a solo acoustic guitar.
Working with producer Dave Cobb, Old Crow Medicine Show expand their sonic horizons and sharpen their focus.
The sophomore studio effort from the English folk singer is as compelling and powerful as it unwaveringly intimate.
The London-via-Cornwall folk outfit offers a warm and deeply reflective sequel to 2015's Tender Gold & Gentle Blue.
Jerry Lee's sister teams up with a gifted alt-country songwriter for a rollicking set of rockabilly, country, and boogie-woogie.
Second album of tough-as-nails honky tonk from this North Carolina tunesmith is rich, satisfying, and disarmingly honest.
The second release from the iconic U.K. folk mother-daughter duo is a poignant, playful, and gorgeously captured set from a nimble ensemble.
Compiled by Glenn Jones, this is an essential compendium of American Primitive guitar and banjo sources to be enjoyed, not just admired.
On their third album, the cross-continental duo place their abundant improvisational skills at the service of folk song and understatement.