2018 has been quite a banner year for all things country and Americana. It seems as mainstream radio country keeps getting worse and worse, the grassroots “traditional” stuff keeps getting better and better. I won’t get into the argument about whether or not we should even be using the term “Americana”, you can someone’s opinion on that here. For me it is a nice catch-all for the various forms of American Roots music that is being played out there from country to folk, blues to western, and all forms in between. “Country” has become kind of a bad word of late, and until it is taken back by the real traditionalists I think Americana will have to due.
So with that said I’d like to share a list of my favorite Americana songs from 2018:
What you’ll find on here is a mix of established artists: John Prine, Willie Nelson, some new kids on the block: Charley Crockett, Colter Wall, some people taking their sound in a new direction: Parker Milsap, and some artists who have crossed over to the big time: Kacey Musgraves, Brandi Carlile. Most of all I think this has been a rather momentous year for the female Americana artist. Often ignored and overlooked by the country music establishment (See tomato-gate), 2018 has seen some of the best music recorded this century made by females. Kacey Musgraves “Golden Hour” has been on continuous repeat for me all year, Rosanne Cash’s “She Remembers Everything” is hauntingly powerful and really should have been the anthem for the “me too” movement. Ashley McBride is someone who I think will be around for a long long time. And Courtney Marie Anderson released what I think is the most overlooked album of if not 2018, the last ten years.
Take a listen, I hope you enjoy, and let me know what you think or if I missed anything in the comments section.