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ALBUM OF THE YEAR

  1. Starline Rhythm Boys: Masquerade For Heartache (Cow Island)
  2. Dave Alvin & The Guilty Women (Yep Roc)
  3. Eilen Jewell: Sea Of Tears (Signature Sounds)
  4. Sam Baker: Cotton (Music Road)
  5. Cornell Hurd Band: American Shadows; The Songs Of Moon Mullican (Behemoth)
  6. Buddy & Julie Miller: Written In Chalk (New West)
  7. Slaid Cleaves: Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away (Music Road)
  8. Arty Hill & The Long Gone Daddies: Montgomery on My Mind (Cow Island)
  9. Wayne Hancock: Viper Of Melody (Bloodshot)
  10. Carolyn Mark & NQ Arbuckle: Let's Just Stay Here (Mint [Canada])

DEBUT ALBUM

  1. Teri Joyce: Kitchen Radio (Girl Friday)
  2. Sarah Jarosz: Song Up In Her Head (Sugar Hill)
  3. Dave Rawlings Machine: A Friend Of A Friend (Acony)
  4. Fill ’Er Up With... Ethyl & The Regulars (Sweet Crude)
  5. Beth McKee: I’m That Way (SwampGirl)
  6. The Del Moroccos: Blue Black Hair (Hi-Style)

VARIOUS ARTISTS/TRIBUTE ALBUM

  1. The Man of Somebody’s Dreams; A Tribute To The Songs Of Chris Gaffney (Yep Roc)
  2. Keep Your Soul: A Tribute To Doug Sahm (Vanguard)
  3. Steve Earle: Townes (New West)
  4. Singing Through the Hard Times; A Tribute To Utah Phillips (Righteous Babe)
  5. Things About Coming My Way: A Tribute To The Music Of The Mississippi Sheiks (Black Hen)
  6. Cornell Hurd Band: American Shadows: The Songs Of Moon Mullican (Behemoth)

REISSUE/HISTORIC ALBUM

  1. Hank Williams: Revealed: The Unreleased Recordings (TimeLife)
  2. Neil Young: Archives Vol 1 (Reprise)
  3. Charlie Feathers: Can’t Hardly Stand It (El Toro [Spain])
  4. Collectors Choice Vols 1-4 (El Toro [Spain])
  5. Woody Guthrie: My Dusty Road (Rounder)

FEMALE ARTIST

  1. Eilen Jewell
  2. Jo Serrapere
  3. Teri Joyce
  4. Rosie Flores
  5. Betty Soo
  6. Gretchen Peters
  7. Amanda Shires
  8. Sarah Borges

MALE ARTIST

  1. Dave Alvin
  2. Slaid Cleaves
  3. Drew Nelson
  4. Levon Helm
  5. Wayne Hancock
  6. Sam Baker
    Corb Lund
    Gurf Morlix

SONGWRITER

  1. Tom Russell
  2. Sam Baker
  3. Slaid Cleaves
  4. Chip Taylor
  5. Bap Kennedy
  6. Danny Schmidt
  7. Eilen Jewell
  8. BettySoo
  9. Drew Nelson
  10. Jo Serrapere

INSTRUMENTALIST

  1. Gurf Morlix
  2. Jerry Miller
  3. Sam Bush
  4. Buddy Miller
  5. Jorma Kaukonen
  6. Elana James
  7. Amanda Shires

DUO/GROUP

  1. Starline Rhythm Boys
  2. Arty Hill & The Long Gone Daddies
  3. Eric Brace & Peter Cooper
  4. Dave Alvin & The Guilty Women
  5. Band Of Heathens
  6. Cornell Hurd Band
  7. Ethyl & The Regulars

BEST IN THE INDUSTRY

  1. Bill Hunt (Cow Island)
  2. Joe Swank (Bloodshot)
  3. Jenni Finlay (Jenni Finlay Promotions)
  4. Ellen Stanley (Red House)
  5. Gurf Morlix
  6. Jay Lewis (Yep Roc)
    3CMM Editor's Picks - John Conquest's Best of 2009  

ALBUM

  • Gurf Morlix: Last Exit to Happyland (Rootball)
  • Jo Serrapere: Love Going South (Detroit Radio Co.)
  • Phil Lee: So Long, It’s Been Good To Know You (SteadyBoy)
  • Kendel Carson: Alright Dynamite (Train Wreck)
  • Carrie Rodriguez: Live in Louisville (Luz)
  • BettySoo: Heat Sin Water Skin (Sweet Papaya)

DEBUT ALBUM

  • Amanda Shires: West Cross Timbers (self)
  • Beth McKee: I'm That Way (SwampGirl)
  • Teri Joyce: Kitchen Radio (Girl Friday)

LIVE ALBUM

  • David Olney & Sergio Webb: Live at Norm’s River Roadhouse Vol. 1 (Deadbeet)
  • Larry Lange & His Lonely Knights: Live at Evangeline Cafe (My Tee Fine)
  • James McMurtry: Live In Europe (Lightning Rod)

VARIOUS ARTISTS/TRIBUTE ALBUM

  • VA: The Man of Somebody’s Dreams: A Tribute to the Songs of Chris Gaffney (Yep Roc)
  • VA: Wild Thing: The Songs of Chip Taylor (Ace [UK])

REISSUE/HISTORIC ALBUM

  • The Pirates: Live in America (Goofin' [Finland])
  • Charlie Feathers: Can’t Hardly Stand It (El Toro [Spain])
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival: The Concert (Concord/Fantasy)

FEMALE ARTIST

  • Eilen Jewell
  • Rita Hosking
  • Rosi Flores

MALE ARTIST

  • Arty Hill
  • Tim Carroll
  • Phil Lee

INSTRUMENTALIST

  • Mick Green (The Pirates)
  • Marvin Dykhuis
  • Gurf Morlix

DUO/GROUP

  • Starline Rhythm Boys
  • Arty Hill & The Long Gone Daddys
  • Daddy

SONGWRITER

  • Sam Baker
  • Nathan Moore
  • Grant Peeples

BEST IN THE INDUSTRY

  • Bill Hunt (Cow Island)
  • Fred Krc (SteadyBoy)
  • Jenni Finlay
  • Rich Brotherton

SPECIAL MENTIONS

  • Elijah Wald: How The Beatles Destroyed Rock & Roll (Oxford UP)
  • Henry Owings (ed.): The Rock Bible (Quirk)

FAR is compiled by John Conquest for 3rd Coast Music Magazine.   ©2009-2010 John Conquest


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