Country music, bluegrass, folk, and Americana fans have had a lot to be happy bout in 2020. That is because the genres, which are so closely related to one another, have seen a lot of enjoyable new albums released. Bluegrass fans saw Steep Canyon Rangers release its new album Arm in Arm. The country music world saw Chris Stapleton’s new album Starting Over, which is some of his best work to date in his still young career. Steve Earle and his fellow musicians The Dukes released a new album that audiences can easily put into the Americana category while the folk world while Delta Rae’s new album The Light can just as easily be added to the folk/neo-folk category just as much as the Americana category. All three albums are featured in this year’s Phil’s Picks 2020 Top 10 New Country/Bluegrass/Folk/Americana Albums list along with lots of others, including Chatham County Line’s new album Strange Fascination and the recently released independent band Royal Horses’ new album A Modern Man’s Way To Improve. That album crosses the border of country, bluegrass and Americana.
As with each year’s past lists, this year features the year’s Top 10 best new albums from the noted genres along with five additional honorable mentions for a total of 15 albums. Without any further ado, here is PHIL’S PICKS 2020 TOP 10 NEW COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS/FOLK/AMERICANA ALBUMS.
PHIL’S PICKS 2020 TOP 10 NEW COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS/FOLK/AMERICANA ALBUMS
- Chris Stapleton – Starting Over
- The Okee Dokee Brothers – Songs For Singin’
- Josh Turner – Country State of Mind
- Delta Rae – The Light
- Reckless Kelly – American Girls/American Jackpot
- Steve Earle & The Dukes – The Ghosts of West Virginia
- Chatham County Line – Strange Fascination
- Jack The Radio – Creatures
- Royal Horses – A Modern Man’s Way To Improve
- Steep Canyon Rangers – Arm in Arm
- Brothers Osborne – Skeletons
- Bruce Springsteen – Letter To You
- Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – Reunions
- Mile Twelve – Roll The Tapes All Night Long
- Special Consensus – Chicago Barn Dance
Next up from Phil’s Picks is 2020’s Top 10 New Rap & Hip-Hop Albums. Stay tuned for that.
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