Kay Brown Your email address will not be published. Again. I love the rockin’ song I’ll Keep Ramblin. Cody Jinks Even with 10 nominees, it still feels like numerous albums got shorted, which is just the way it is when you have to cut the amount of candidates off at some point. December 16, 2018 @

She is a remover of obstacles, a doer of the demanding. Shook, Shiny Top and the Boys! 5:43 pm. Find A Light is the band unsheathing the guitars and going for it. If radio ever wakes up to this man, he could save country music. Bill from Wisconsin Hands down… Blackberry Smoke! With the power conjoined female voices can bring to the hopeful and heartbreaking sentiments of country and roots songs, you can’t have enough of this audio virtue. But the music is good. December 6, 2018 @ And as Euro South mentioned, Barabbas is an unbelievably good tune as well with phenomenal lyrics. The live contrast between Sidelong and Years strongly indicated to me a woman with an undeniably rough diamond voice. I was surprised how much I enjoyed Colter Wall’s Songs of the Plans, and it may well have got my vote had it made the top ten. December 10, 2018 @ But putting your finger on the actual embodiment of a Texas two-step honky tonk band who can play covers and originals for four hours non stop and make it look easy—and all while looking cool themselves—is a little more myth than reality. January 29, 2019 @ Rob Roberts

American aquarium is a close second. Musiccityman

American Aquarium has definitely received the most listens from me in this year’s group. Hip Hop Awards 2018. December 4, 2018 @ 8:50 pm, Nathan Kalish “I want to believe” Screw talk of saving country music, or even notions of “Southern rock.” With their latest album Find A Light, Blackberry Smoke prove they’re singlehandedly saving rock and roll and everything that stands for—Southern, countrified, and everything in between. Shook and the Disarmers in a small venue this summer. Pat Reedy & the Longtime Goners – That’s All There Is (And There Ain’t No More) — Childish Gambino 4:44 — Jay-Z DAMN. I almost forgot about that record. Brandi Carlile – By The Way, I Forgive You, BobbyG December 4, 2018 @

Left Arm Tan Everybody I’ve played Years for agrees it’s something special! The above selection is a great start. 7. The only thing keeping Caitlyn Smith from being a household name is simply the lack of knowledge to her existence. Phil Oxford Pat Reedy and the Longtime Goners It’s an album where every song begs to be heard, and not one gets passed over.

December 4, 2018 @ December 5, 2018 @ Thanks, I was just thinking the same thing. 11:47 pm, Mike Butler December 4, 2018 @ But as long as Whitey Morgan and the 78’s are still around, they will be offering a true compass of what real country music is, and give the fans of real country a home, and a voice. ), Shakes

This includes Lori McKenna’s The Tree, and John Prine’s The Tree of Forgiveness—both songwriting tour de forces.

I have listened to this album over and over and over again and it never gets old.

4:17 pm. I’m split between Courtney Marie Andrews, Jamie Lin Wilson and Sarah Shook, and I also really liked Jason Boland (funny he doesn’t even get honorably mentioned, and yet his album received a higher rating than some of the nominees) and Cody Jinks. (read full review). December 6, 2018 @ This resonated well with the performance. What other artists could you recommend with a similar sound ? Trigger Urban Pioneers December 4, 2018 @ December 7, 2018 @ Close second is Jason Eady. Personally I would give the award to Brent Cobb’s Providence Canyon. Eady’s approach to country music has always been a measured one. Definitive #1 on this list. Mother Mountain gives you all the feels. December 5, 2018 @ Definitely agree Western Centuries is a great 2018 album. I’ll nominate “Solid Ground” — the latest by Wade Bowen, one of so many excellent artists this website has introduced me to. December 6, 2018 @ 4. Discovering Sarah Shook in 2018 is why this website is so important to me. Richard Pattison

December 3, 2018 @ Sarah Shook and the Disarmers December 4, 2018 @ She once penned a mega hit for Meghan Trainor called “Like I’m Gonna Lose You.” If there was any justice in the world, the tiers that Trainor has attained would be waiting for Caitlyn Smith as a reward for what she’s accomplished on Starfire. Christian H.

8. (Is it just me, or does Carryin’ On sound like Bandy the Rodeo Clown, which sounds like Gentle on My Mind? Drew Moreland 6:12 pm. William Clark Green, Non-country album of the year: Blockman Obviously, I am voting for Ms. Pound of pound, my favorite this year is Brent Cobb’s Providence Canyon. Ancient jukebox Hank I was the entry ambient music.

She can play the guys off the stage and drink them under the table, all on a half night’s sleep and her eyelids at half mast. Jason Eady and Caitlyn Smith are tied for my #1! He is the voice of the whiskey drunk, the working man, and the weary country music listener, and he wears that badge proudly. Moonpie Johnson 4. Jumping Over Rocks is Jamie Line Wilson’s second official solo release to go along with her early work with The Gougers, and later with the Texas music supergroup The Trishas. Fan from the UK. 4:28 pm, Lucas Revens Alexander Barton 3:10 am. The Record Company, SayHowdyScott Another name I wanna mention from outside Country (but still very close) is Adrianne Lenker, who released the beautiful abysskiss.

1. I always discover new really really good country music through this site. Always a few classics, but just a bit too much filler. I think one of them truly deserves it, regardless of arguments such as “it’s time a woman wins it.” (Interestingly, these women’s records are followed for me as well by Boland [#5] and Jinks [#6]. 3:25 pm. Kansasboy 6:17 am, 1. ), Euro South THE CARTERS - EVERYTHING IS LOVE. In this calculating music world where so many bands are obsessed with their public perceptions, it’s refreshing, needed, well past due, and welcomed to have a band indulge their barbaric rock and roll masculinity and let the cards fall where they may.

December 5, 2018 @ 9:25 am. 10:36 am. To reflect that, the number of nominees for Saving Country Music’s vaunted Album of the Year recognition has been pushed to its capacity of 10 once again, with each selection worthy of the topmost recognition in 2018. A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships – The 1975 Everything is too damn slow in the best possible way, like the Southern drawl of your grandpa on a Sunday morning, graced with a familiarity that makes you feel like you’ve found home. We’re blessed to live in a time period when there are plenty of woman-led singing duos, trios, and quartets to peruse for your listening pleasure. That same feeling washes over you when listening to Dillon Carmichael’s Hell On An Angel, not just because the music is good, but because it assures you that country music is in good hands for the future, with young, impassioned artists keeping the sound alive, and showing sincere promise to help do so for many years to come. OK whiskey Good stuff. December 6, 2018 @ To reflect that, the number of nominees for Saving Country Music's vaunted Album of the Year recognition has … 12:27 am. December 3, 2018 @ Man this is hard. Marie/Lepanto “Tenkiller” Starfire – Caitlyn Smith No mention of Brandi Carlile’s “By The Way, I Forgive You”? 2018 Grammy nominations are here! Sarah Shook is the badass woman we’ve been waiting years for. Travelin' Jones I’ve got no doubts, though, who my number one is when it comes to the greater Country/Roots/Folk/Americana realm – or just music in general: That one is this year’s timeless masterpiece in my books, and “Wild Blue Wind” belongs in the Great American Songbook. He’s not looking to reinvent himself for the adulation of media critics. December 4, 2018 @ Plus all of these records and more will be included on Saving Country Music’s much more expansive Essential Albums List, which will be published later in December. December 9, 2018 @ No complaints with these selections!

Kacey Musgraves’ “Golden Hour” and Ruston Kelly’s “Dying Star” are also in my top this year. He knows who he is, and what he does. Joshua Hedley


5:52 am. Charley Crockett – “Wreck Me” (Official Live Video), Mike McClure Releases New Album “Looking Up”, New First Aid Kit Song “Come Give Me Love”, Blackberry Smoke w/ Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, Rachel Brooke – “The Loneliness in Me” (Official Video), Brandy Clark – “Same Devil” (ft. Brandi Carlile), Kenny Roby – “Silver Moon (For Neal)” – Official Video, Colter Wall | “Summer Wages” | Western AF, Amigo The Devil – Waiting Around To Die (Townes Van Zandt cover), New Terry McBride Song with Patty Loveless – “Rebels & Angels””, 2018 Saving Country Music Album of the Year Nominees. This is what makes us revere the old greats of country, and suspicious of fresh-faced newcomers, like some are sure to regard Dillon Carmichael. Glad to see Lori McKenna’s “The Tree” get mentioned. (read full review). 12:33 pm. December 31, 2018 @ ManBearPig So if you have an opinion, please leave it below in the comments section. 2. 7:18 am. 5:47 am. I have also enjoyed Gary P. Nunn and Friends. It’s a little lightweight, but got more spins from me than 90 percent of everything else.

December 4, 2018 @ Scotty McCreery December 5, 2018 @ I didn’t grow up listening to John Prine like a lot of lucky folks….but I think I have reached full Prine saturation now and loved this album. Jamie Lynn Wilson 9:33 pm. Whitey Morgan is also a perennial favourite, but I feel his records don’t quite reach the level of AOY greatness that we’re looking for. Good music really does break down walls.. Jimbo Earlier this year, at the 61st GRAMMY Awards, pop princess Ariana Grande won her first-ever GRAMMY, for Best Pop Vocal Album for her 2018 No.

Mitchctim Mike and the Moonpies WINNER. Late Night Diner December 5, 2018 @ JP Harris – Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing

Try telling that to Jamie Lin Wilson. Jamie Stepp Sarah Shook & the Disarmers – Years 9. 6.

Dirty River Boys With all the love in the world for the Pistol Annies. Whitey Morgan and the 78’s, Honorable mention to Jamie Lynn Wilson, Jason Eady, Western Centuries, El Coyote, John Prine, Cody Jinks, JP Harris, Brent Cobb and Adam Hood. Altaltcountry So if you feel something was left off here, be patient. 5. — Kendrick Lamar Melodrama — Lorde 24K Magic — Bruno Mars -- WINNER. John R. Miller Black Boots Some great YouTube videos of him spanning his career.