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Interstate Top 10 Albums of 2010

1. Whitey Morgan & The 78's - Whitey Morgan & The 78's - Bloodshot
2. Ray Lamontagne & The Pariah Dogs - God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise - RCA
3. John Hiatt - The Open Road - New West
4. Blue Rodeo - The Things We Left Behind - Telesoul
5. Marty Stuart - Ghost Train, The Studio B Sessions - Sugar Hill
6. Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses - Junky Star - Lost Highway
7. Brothers Lazaroff - Give 'em What They Need - self
8. New Pornographers - Together - Matador
9. Various Artists - Crazy Heart (original motion picture soundtrack) - New West
10. John Mellencamp - No Better Than This - Rounder

Discussion started by KDHX , on 1874 days ago
Patrick Wolfe
As promised, I'm back with some comments on my Top Ten list. Each album was my favorite record at some point this year, and the criteria is simple: Will I still be putting these CD's into my player 10 years from now? The answer obviously is yes.

John Mellencamp - "No Better Than This" was recorded in mono and reminds me alot of Springsteen's "Nebraska". Stripped down and basic, with songs of hope and redemption (No Better Than This, Save Some Time To Dream), and songs of despair (The West End, No One Cares About Me). A perfect album for the Great Recession.

Crazy Heart soundtrack - Jeff Bridges, Ryan Bingham and T-Bone Burnett picked up Oscars (Jeff for Best Actor, Ryan and T-Bone for the song "The Weary Kind"), which was very satisfying to me. Ryan and his band The Dead Horses came by KDHX in 2009, shared some very funny stories and were incredibly cool. Who knew they were on the cusp of something so big? Jeff does a nice job singing as Bad Blake on several cuts (Hold On You, Somebody Else, Fallin' and Flyin"), and the soundtrack features many other classics from George Jones, Kitty Wells, Waylon Jennings, Lucinda Williams, and Townes Van Zandt.

The New Pornographers are my favorite rock band, so I may be a little biased here. However, I point you to Nick Acquisto's Top Ten which has this album at #1. Enough said.

Brothers Lazaroff - This album kicked my ass the first time I heard it. Then I listened to it again, and again, and again. Each time I liked it more. I don't know how the hell to describe them. A little Americana, rock, soul, and jam band sound mixed together. The best band in St. Louis. Seriously, this album is a life changer. Buy it NOW.

Ryan Bingham and The Dead Horses - After winning an Oscar, most artists would go in for the commercial kill. Not these guys. Another awesome Great Recession album.

More on the Top 5 albums tomorrow...

1865 days ago
Patrick Wolfe
So there you go, my Top 10 list for 2010. I have to say it was very difficult to winnow my list down to 10, and I could probably give you a different list a week from now, but I'm satisfied. It was very difficult leaving off some great albums, so here are some Honorable Mentions:

Bruce Springsteen - The Promise
Alejandro Escovedo - Street Songs of Love
Waco Brothers - Live & Kickin' at Schuba's Tavern Chicago
Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three - Riverboat Soul
Johnny Clegg - Human
Reckless Kelly - Somewhere In Time
Jamey Johnson - The Guitar Song

Next week I'll share my thoughts on the Top 10 list, and why I think they deserve to be there. Merry Christmas!!!

1873 days ago

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