EOY List Aggregate: 2016 New Music: Country/Americana/Folk

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  1. Sturgill Simpson: A Sailor's Guide to Earth (Atlantic) {172}: AJ:3, AS:4, BB:45, BS:4, BtL:9, BV:27, Ch:26, ClR:30, Df:18, Dr:95, Dv:26, Eb:21, EM:18, EW:5, FN:19, Fp:44, FTW:25, GC:42, Gf_D:10, Gg:16, JG:+, LA:21, Mc:14, MO:26, Ms:32, N:24, Ne:39, NH:68, NoD:1, NPR:49, OS:16, OTR:30, P:19, PA:12, Pf_r:36, PM:26, RS:26, RS_A:26, RS_c:5, RT:92, S:50, SE:63, Sg:26, Si:20, Sl:15, So:4, Thr:6, TL:7, Top:34, Tr:31, Trk:9, U:7, Upr:17, Upr_h:16, Va:11, VMP:11; ab:+, af:1, al:1, am:+, ax_a:3, b_a:2, cu:3, df:+, ew_c:1, ex_c:1, fws:6, ge:6, gl:++, go:1, gq:10, hp_c:2, kq:+, la_l:2, lfl:+, ljs:5, npr_d:2, nrd:13, mf:+, ny_c:4, pi:+, phw:15, pj:2, pm_a:8, sal:7, scm:++, sdu:7, sg_c:3, sl:+, stt:6, tns:+, ub:+ -- AY:20, V:16-558-58, MT:***, TH:***
  2. Margo Price: Midwest Farmer's Daughter (Third Man) {122}: AJ:42, AS:3, BS:11, BtL:22, BV:23, ClR:+, Crh:37, DJ:48, Dr:90, Dv:23, DW:38, EW:15, Fld:25, Fp:14, G:32, Gf_N:19, Gg:19, IT:47, JG:+, Mc:+, NME:33, NoD:4, NPR:20, OTR:18, P:12, PM:30, Ri:16, RM:84, RS:1, RS_c:3, RT:3, Rx:67, SE:16, Sl:17, SR:18, TL:6, Top:37, Trk:25, U:23, Va:22, Wat:29, YW:7; a_b:4, ac:5, al:7, am:+, ax_a:8, b_c:3, blg:+, cos:11, cu:15, df:+, ew_c:2, ex_c:3, fl:+, g_e:3, gl:++, hp_c:3, jy:48, la_l:8, ljs:8, mac:+, mf:+, n_c:7, pj:3, pm_a:3, scm:+, sdu:16, sg_c:7, sjm:6, sl:+, sl_w:+, tns:+, yh:10 -- AY:72, V:26-293-30, MT:B-, RC:A-, TH:A-
  3. Miranda Lambert: The Weight of These Wings (Sony Music Nashville) {104}: AJ:+, AS:28, BB:14, BtL:8, DW:+, EW:16, Glm:10, HV:4, LP:4, N:52, NH:42, NPR:9, PO:38, RS:16, RS_c:2, S:40, SE:4, TG:62, Thr:10, TL:4, Top:44, Upr_c:1, Upr_h:44, Va:13; am:+, aol:4, ax:1, b_c:1, bg_j:5, cos:4, cu:1, ew_c:3, glm:10, n_c:2, npr_t:+, ny:7, pi:9, sfj:+, sg_c:1, sdu:15, sl:+, sl_w:++, sln:1, tc:4, tns:+, usw:2, v:4, vu:7 -- AY:87, V:23-330-33, RC:B+, TH:A-
  4. Maren Morris: Hero (Columbia Nashville) {84}: AS:40, BB:9, DW:32, HV:17, JG:+, LP:15, N:44, Nc:2, NH:53, OTR:17, Ps:2, RS:13, RS_c:1, S:47, SE:1, TL:5, Upr:14, Va:16; am:+, aol:7, ap_f:7, b_c:2, ew_c:5, fws:3, hp_c:+, kq:+, la_w:2, n_c:1, npr_s:10, ny_c:9, p:10, pb:+, pj:+, sg_c:12, sfj:+, sjm:1, sln:7, stt:3, tbt:3, tc:5, tel:+, tns:+, v:7, wi:+, wp:2, yh:9 -- V:28-283-27, TH:B
  5. Brandy Clark: Big Day in a Small Town (Warner Bros) {66}: AJ:43, AS:21, BS:6, BtL:17, DW:23, HV:16, JG:9, LP:7, RS:27, RS_c:6, Rx:21, SE:12, TL:1, Upr_c:7, Va:50; am:+, b_c:8, cu:2, ew_c:8, hp_c:4, jy:38, la_l:7, mw:7, n_c:5, pb:9, scm:++, sfj:+, sg_c:4, sl_w:+, sln:2, smh:10, tc:2, tns:+ -- V:33-237-21, RC:A-, TH:A-
  6. Case/Lang/Veirs: Case/Lang/Veirs (Anti-) {59}: ABC:30, AJ:38, Al:2, AS:5, BG:83, Df:23, Fp:33, G:37, Gf:16, Hi:24, Mc:31, Mg:3, Mj:27, MO:22, NoD:20, NR:25, Or:15, OTR:7, P:32, Rdx:33, Ri:27, RM:39, RS_c:26, SC:18, SE:91, SOp:38, Spk:15, U:28, YF:30; a_b:6, d_jc:+, ex_c:4, fru:27, gl:+, npr_f:8, npr_s:4, rc:++, ub:+ -- AY:52, V:77-96-9, TH:**
  7. Lori McKenna: The Bird & the Rifle (CN/Thirty Tigers) {44}: AJ:44, Ch:30, CM:15, DW:13, HV:24, JG:+, NoD:50, NPR:34, OTR:16, RS_c:8, Rx:5, TL:17; ew_c:10, ge:+, jy:10, npr_f:1, ny_c:6, scm:+++, sg_c:2, sln:10, tns:+ -- V:62-116-11, RC:A-, TH:A-
  8. Lucinda Williams: The Ghosts of Highway 20 (Highway 20) {40}: AJ:7, AS:15, BS:5, ClR:+, Fp:62, Mc:33, Mg:8, Nd:5, NoD:3, OTR:53, PM:24, RS_c:21, Sl:12, SOp:32, U:34; cu:13, phw:18, pm_a:2, sg_c:16, ub:+ -- AY:38, V:70-108-10, MT:*, RC:*
  9. Lydia Loveless: Real (Bloodshot) {37}: ABC:24, AJ:12, AS:26, AV:15, Bc:60, Df:26, FB:+, NH:52, NoD:14, PM:59, RS_c:12, SE:98, Sg:47, SOp:22, Upr_c:8; a_b:5, al:4, cho:1, ct:19, gl:++, rec:+, sg_c:5, ub:+ -- AY:116, V:71-106-10, TH:B
  10. William Tyler: Modern Country (Merge) {36}: AJ:+, Btz:3, Dr:46, EM:9, Mg:4, Mw:41, Pc:32, Pf:45, RM:35, RS_c:37, RT:54, TG:22, TL:11, TN:15, U:21, Upr_h:32; am:+, aqd:+, d_im:+, fl:+, la_r:6, rc:+, tns:+ -- AY:77, V:73-99-11, TH:*
  11. Loretta Lynn: Full Circle (Legacy) {29}: AJ:+, BS:19, EW:42, Mc:24, PO:+, RS_c:9, SE:84, TG:94, TL:37, Upr_c:16; ac:10, cu:11, ew_c:4, hp_c:7, sg_c:14, sl:+ -- AY:114, MT:**, RC:***, TH:**
  12. Parker Millsap: The Very Last Day (Okrahoma) {28}: AJ:+, AS:11, BS:10, BtL:12, NoD:11, NPR:43, RS_c:32, TL:2; a_b:+, b_a:8, cu:17, la_l:6, npr_f:2, pm_a:4, scm:+, sl:+ -- V:259-30-3, TH:*
  13. Brothers Osborne: Pawn Shop (EMI Nashville) {25}: AS:48, LP:13, Nc:16, Nd:25, RS_c:7, SE:14, Upr_c:4; b_c:5, ew_c:7, hp_c:+, n_c:4, sln:3 -- V:317-25-3, TH:*
  14. John Prine: For Better or Worse (Oh Boy) {25}: BS:13, BtL:13, NoD:5, PO:39, TL:49, Upr_c:11; ax_a:2, cu:8, sl:+, tns:+, ub:+ -- V:394-20-2, RC:**, TH:A-
  15. Hayes Carll: Lovers and Leavers (Highway 87) {21}: AS:17, BtL:7, NoD:7, RS_c:16; cu:7, hp_c:8, npr_f:4, pm_a:7, scm:+, sg_c:15 -- V:678-10-1, TH:***
  16. Dori Freeman: Dori Freeman (Free Dirt) {20}: AJ:20, AS:10, Upr_c:6; d_jc:+, ny_c:6, scm:+++ -- V:236-35-3, MT:**, TH:A-
  17. Amanda Shires: My Piece of Land (BMG) {20}: AJ:47, AS:43, NoD:10, TL:36; ax_a:1, b:a:3, cho:3, npr_p:+ -- V:317-25-3, RC:**, TH:***
  18. BJ Barham: Rockingham (self-released) {18}: AJ:9, BS:12, N:96, NoD:45, Trk:40; b_a:4, cho:5, scm:+ -- V:502-15-2, TH:A-
  19. Elizabeth Cook: Exodus of Venus (Agent Love) {17}: AJ:30, ClR:+, CM:43, NoD:21, PO:15, TL:15; cu:16, fru:9, sg_c:10, tns:+ -- V:394-20-2, TH:A-
  20. Courtney Marie Andrews: Honest Life (Mama Bird) {15}: ABC:37, AJ:+, AS:38, Or:18, P:50, RS_c:36; d_jc:+, npr_f:10, scm:+++, sg_c:6 -- V:595-13-2, TH:*
  21. Aubrie Sellers: New City Blues (Warner Nashville) {15}: RS_c:13, SE:9, TL:44, Upr_c:15, YW:21; am:+, cu:12, sln:16, tc:6 -- V:317-25-3, TH:*
  22. Karl Blau: Introducing Karl Blau (Raven Marching Band/Bella Union) {14}: AJ:+, BS:8, Dr:78, LBF:28, LR:42, RM:78, RT:91; aqd:+, rc:+, te:+ -- AY:161, V:678-10-1, TH:B
  23. Shovels & Rope: Little Seeds (New West) {14}: AJ:+, Gf_N:50, NoD:16, RS_c:22, U:39; al:8, ax_a:6, lfl:+, pm_a:1, sg_c:11 -- V:201-40-4
  24. Aaron Lee Tasjan: Silver Tears (New West) {13}: AJ:27, AS:18, BtL:30, NoD:25, NPR:40; a_b:+, b_a:9, gl:++, tns:+ -- AY:200, V:502-15-2, TH:B
  25. Becky Warren: War Surplus (self-released) {13}: AJ:17, BS:16, TL:43 -- RC:A-, TH:A-
  26. Del McCoury Band: Del and Woody (McCoury Music) {12}: PO:+, Rx:84; cst:10, jy:34 -- RC:A-, TH:A-
  27. Keith Urban: Ripcord (Capitol) {12}: RS_c:19, SE:86, Upr_c:20; b_c:4, sln:6, tc:1, tns:+
  28. Vince Gill: Down to My Last Bad Habit (MCA Nashville) {11}: Nd:21, RS_c:18, SE:53, TL:51, Upr_c:5; sg_c:19 -- TH:*
  29. Sarah Jarosz: Undercurrent (Sugar Hill) {11}: NoD:17; a_b:9, ax_a:4, cu:14, npr_f:3 -- V:317-25-3, TH:**
  30. Cody Jinks: I'm Not the Devil (Cody Jinks Music) {11}: AJ:15, RS_c:34; hp_c:1, scm:+++ -- TH:**
  31. Richmond Fontaine: You Can't Go Back if There's Nothing to Go Back To (Fluff & Gravy) {11}: AJ:+, BtL:29, EM:+, Fp:86, U:63; avr:16, lhb+ -- AY:33, TH:***
  32. Kelsey Waldon: I've Got a Way (Monkey's Eyebrow) {11}: AJ:24, AS:32, TL:32; npr_t:+, scm:+++ -- TH:A-
  33. The Cactus Blossoms: You're Dreaming (Red House) {10}: AJ:+, OTR:46, SE:54, TL:46; b_c:6, scm:+++ -- V:317-25-3, TH:*
  34. Carrie Rodriguez: Lola (Luz) {10}: BS:9, NPR:16, RS_c:20; fru:11 -- V:1389-5-1, TH:*
  35. The Avett Brothers: True Sadness (Republic) {8}: NoD:19, PM:50; b_a:5, ge:+, pj:6 -- V:377-21-2
  36. Buddy Miller & Friends: Cayamo: Sessions at Sea (New West) {8}: NoD:48, Rx:59; jy:41 -- RC:A-, TH:*
  37. Mudcrutch: 2 (Reprise) {8}: AS:13, RS:29, SE:74; ge:+, pj:+ -- AY:51, V:1389-5-1, TH:B
  38. Willie Nelson: Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin (Legacy) {8}: JG:+ -- RC:**, MT:A, TH:B
  39. Jon Pardi: California Sunrise (Capitol Nashville) {8}: RS_c:10, SE:77, Upr_c:17; sln:14, wp:7
  40. Luke Bell: Luke Bell (Bill Hill) {7}: Upr_c:14; scm:++ -- TH:***
  41. Dierks Bentley: Black (Capitol Nashville) {7}: SE:49; b_c:7, ew_c:6, sln:4, tc:3 -- TH:B
  42. Hard Working Americans: Rest in Chaos (Melvin) {7}: AJ:+, NoD:27, Upr_h:14 -- V:1276-8-1, TH:**
  43. Mandolin Orange: Blindfaller (Yep Roc) {7}: NoD:29, RS_c:38; a_b:+, gl:++, sl:+ -- V:678-10-1
  44. Willie Nelson: For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price (Legacy) {7}: RS_c:33, SE:39; fru:25, sg_c:18 -- V:678-10-1, RC:*, TH:*
  45. Dwight Yoakam: Swimmin' Pools Movie Stars . . . (Sugar Hill) {7}: NoD:24, RS_c:40, SE:37; cu:20, go:+, scm:+ -- V:678-10-1
  46. Frankie Ballard: El Rio () {6}: SE:99, TL:52; n_c:9, sln:5, tc:9
  47. Kenny Chesney: Cosmic Hallelujah (Blue Chair/Sony Nashville) {6}: SE:57, Upr_c:18; n_c:8, sln:11, tns:+
  48. Charles Kelley: The Driver (Capitol Nashville) {6}: Upr_c:3; n_c:3
  49. Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands: The Hazel & Alice Sessions (Spruce and Maple) {6}: cst:1 -- TH:***
  50. Randy Rogers Band: Nothing Shines Like Neon (Tommy Jackson) {6}: AJ:22, RS_c:25; hp_c:5, scm:+ -- TH:*
  51. Walter Salas-Humara: Explodes and Disappears (Sonic Pyramid) {6}: -- RC:B+, TH:***
  52. Ryan Beaver: Rx (St Beaver) {5}: Upr_c:2; b_c:6
  53. Big Smoke: Time Is Golden (Remote Control/Barely Dressed) {5}: DJ:34, Upr_c:10 -- V:1389-5-1
  54. Brent Cobb: Shine on Rainy Day (Elektra) {5}: AJ:23, RS_c:11; npr_d:7, scm:+
  55. Jonny Fritz: Sweet Creep (ATO) {5}: RS_c:14, TL:13 -- TH:*
  56. Jack Ingram: Midnight Motel () {5}: hp_c:9, scm:+++ -- V:678-10-1
  57. William Michael Morgan: Vinyl (Warner Nashville) {5}: RS_c:17, SE:69; scm:+ -- V:502-15-2
  58. Kacey Musgraves: Very Kacey Christmas (Mercury Nashville) {5}: SE:13, TL:62 -- RC:**
  59. Tami Neilson: Don't Be Afraid (self-released -15) {5}: cu:10, d_jc:9, scm:++ -- V:498-16-3, [TH:**]
  60. Daniel Romano: Mosey (New West) {5}: RT:69; ex_c:5 -- MT:**, TH:B-
  61. Sara Watkins: Young in All the Wrong Ways () {5}: NoD:37; b_a:7, cu:6, sdu:11 -- V:181-45-3
  62. Wynonna & the Big Noise: Wynonna & the Big Noise () {5}: SE:61; cu:5, hp_c:10, scm:+
  63. Wayne Hancock: Slingin' Rhythm (Bloodshot) {4}: fru:26, scm:+ -- TH:**
  64. Sierra Hull: Weighted Mind (Rounder) {4}: TG:19; tns:+ -- V:617-12-1
  65. Whiskey Myers: Mud () {4}: AJ:48, ClR:18; scm:+
  66. Dolly Parton: Pure & Simple (Sony) {4}: RS_c:39, Upr_c:12; hp_c:+
  67. John Paul White: Beulah (Single Lock) {4}: RS_c:27; sg_c:17, sl:+ -- V:394-20-2
  68. Mark Chesnutt: Tradition Lives () {3}: scm:+++
  69. The Devil Makes Three: Redemption & Ruin (New West) {3}: pm_a:5 -- V:394-20-2
  70. Ronnie Dunn: Tattooed Heart (Big Machine) {3}: Upr_c:19; tc:10
  71. Loretta Lynn: White Christmas Blue (Legacy) {3}: SE:84, YW:71; ab:+
  72. Miguel Mendez: Love Is for the Rich (Deathbomb Arc) {3}: Upr_c:9
  73. Justin Moore: Kinda Don't Care () {3}: Nc:30, SE:42; sln:9
  74. Jennifer Nettles: Playing With Fire (Big Machine) {3}: Upr_c:13; n_c:10
  75. Drake White: Spark () {3}: b_c:9, sln:15, tc:7
  76. Applewood Road: Applewood Road (Gearbox) {2}: TG:77, Trk:31
  77. Flatland Cavalry: Humble Folks () {2}: TG:84; scm:+
  78. Shooter Jennings: Countach (for Giorgio) () {2}: n_c:6 -- V:383-20-3
  79. Joey + Rory: Hymns That Are Important to Us () {2}: cu:4
  80. Cody Johnson: Gotta Be Me (Cojo) {2}: RS_c:24; scm:+
  81. Kacy & Clayton: Strange Country () {2}: aqd:+, b_a:10
  82. Lily & Madeleine: Keep It Together (New West) {2}: df:+, mf:+
  83. Jake Owen: American Love () {2}: SE:76; sln:13
  84. Hillary Scott & the Scott Family: Love Remains (Capitol Nashville) {2}: SE:80; tns:+ -- TH:B-
  85. Carrie Underwood: Storyteller (Arista Nashville -15) {2}: Rx:52; jy:83 -- [RC:A-, TH:B-]
  86. Billy Bragg & Joe Henry: Shine a Little Light: Field Recordings From the Great American Railroad (Cooking Vinyl) {1}: pm_a:10
  87. Garth Brooks: Gunslinger () {1}: SE:97
  88. Yola Carter: Orphan Offering (Ear Trumpet -EP) {1}: sg_c:9
  89. Florida Georgia Line: Dig Your Roots () {1}: b_c:10
  90. John Moreland: High on Tulsa Heat (Old Omens -15) {1}: RT:67 -- [TH:A-]
  91. David Nail: Fighter () {1}: sln:8
  92. Darrell Scott: Couchville Sessions (Full Light) {1}: RS_c:29
  93. Blake Shelton: If I'm Honest () {1}: tns:+
  94. Caitlyn Smith: Starfire (-EP) {1}: tc:8
  95. Watkins Family Hour: Watkins Family Hour (Family Hour -15) {1}: -- V:678-10-1, [TH:B]
  96. Hank Williams Jr: It's About Time () {1}: SE:64
  97. Luke Winslow-King: I'm Glad Trouble Don't Last Always (Bloodshot) {1}: pm_a:11

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