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December 24, 2006

Darlin's Top 10 - er, 20 - of 2006

I started out with a "Top 10," but was excited about too many albums - so I extended it to a Top 20. Sue me.

1. Dixie Chicks - Taking the Long Way
Is it country? Is it not? I don't know; actually I don't really care. It's brilliant.
2. Rosanne Cash - Black Cadillac
I dare you not to listen to it again.
3. Johnny Cash - American V
The album Cash was working on with Rick Rubin at the time of his death.
4. Various Artists - Pilgrim: A Celebration of Kris Kristofferson
Gretchen Wilson's version of "Sunday Morning Coming Down" is just KILLER.
5. Radney Foster - This World We Live In
See if you can't relate to "Half of My Mistakes."
6. Kasey Chambers - Carnival
A definite departure from last year's Wayward Angel. Kasey's happy again - for the most part.
7. Mark Knopfler / Emmylou Harris - All the Roadrunning
Oh! is all I can say.
8. Shawn Mullins - 9th Ward Pickin’ Parlor
Brilliant writing, brilliant playing.
9. Mindy Smith - Long Island Shores
The girl who did that cover of "Jolene" that everyone was talking about comes back with her autobiographical sophomore CD.
10. The Wreckers - Stand Still, Look Pretty
Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp team up for an album that's rich in harmonies and gems like "Tennessee" and "Cigarettes."
11. Trent Summar - Horseshoes and Hand Grenades
You'll either love or hate what he's done to "He Stopped Loving Her Today," but either way, you'll be jealous of his red pants.
12. Jack Ingram - Live: Wherever You Are
Technically a re-issue of his Live at Gruene Hall CD (with a couple of studio tracks), but still a great album.
13. Randy Rogers Band - Just a Matter of Time
Another Texas band that makes it big without selling it.
14. The Duhks - Migrations
Old-timey, bluegrassy, Grammy-nominated!
15. Bruce Robison - Eleven Stories
Eleven great songs - um, stories, from a crazy-talented (and very tall) songwriter. Who hasn't lived "All Over but the Cryin'"?
16. No Justice - No Justice
Why do so many great bands come from Texas?
17. Darrell Scott - The Invisible Man
An unintentionally successful Nashville songwriter who gets unintentionally political while trying to find his own place in the world.
18. Garrison Starr - The Sound of You and Me
This album got me through a terrible breakup. She rocks.
19. Solomon Burke - Nashville
The King of Soul goes country - and well!
20. Carrie Rodriguez - Seven Angels on a Bicycle
The debut solo effort from Chip Taylor's prodigy. He helps her out, but she holds her own.

Posted by darlin at December 24, 2006 8:23 PM