Hi everyone, this is my first post after recently signing up.

I watched a few weeks back the documentary Down from the Mountain (2000) and was completely bowled over by the music.  American folk, Bluegrass, and Americana were all types of music that I knew very little about but when I heard Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings sing 'I want to sing that Rock and Roll' I was hooked!

I immediately bought Time (The Revelator), Revival, and The Harrow & The Harvest by Welch along with Dave Rawlings' Dave Rawlings Machine - A Friend of Mine.  A couple days ago, Steve Earle's Train a Comin' arrived through the post.   I can't stop listening to these recordings.

I just thought I 'd ask for some pointers: which ten albums should I buy next?  Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

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Okay, asking too much for suggestions on my next TEN albums I know! How's about the next one then? 

Thinking of getting something by Justin Townes Earle...

since you liked the movie, Allison Krauss and Union Station.. the Jerry Douglas CDs...that Dave Rawlings Machine is great...check out Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit; John Prine; I agree on Justin Townes Earle...lots of Dylan, John Hiatt;  and of course Emmy Lou Harris, Gram Parsons; lots of Willie Nelson... see other postings  on various lists etc for some great lists from others who post on these boards.

 I don't know anything about Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit or John Prine so I'll be checking them out for sure.  Many thanks for the suggestions, I appreciate it. 

Randy S, it's Emmylou Harris, not Emmy Lou Harris.

Sooo many my friend but Justin Townes Earle's album Harlem River Blues , you will love.

Then , if you like that Steve Earle one, you'll enjoy Uncle Tupelo's March 16-20, 1992.

Two superb albums , you can't go wrong.

Get back to me after those and i'll tell you the next two ....................... !

I'll definitely get back in touch after listening to your suggested albums.  Looking forward to hearing about the next two!

Many thanks.

What can I say?  They're both absolutely brilliant.  The base playing on JTE's album is extraordinary and then I discover that the guy's  called Bryn Davies - that's a Welsh name!

The first thing that struck me about Uncle Tupelo's album were the thought-provoking lyrics e.g. the song about the coal miners (another possible Welsh connection seeing that there's a town called Swansea near Belleville, Illinois, which could suggest that Welsh miners moved there for work) but also their remarkable ability to change the tempo backwards and forwards within songs but without it sounding too contrived - seriously good. 

Many thanks

As a sampler of many, many good artists you'd be hard-pressed to beat The Executioner's Last Songs vol. 1. Details here: http://www.bloodshotrecords.com/album/executioners-last-songs-volum....

That and Dave Alvin's Public Domain (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Public-Domain-Songs-Wild-Land/dp/B00004UDE4...) got me started on Americana many years ago, and I've been following the roads they sent me on ever since.

Also, you should buy almost anything by Steve Earle. Guitar Towns and Transcendental Blues are particularly good. 

Some greats of the genre: (although this is by no means an exhaustive list)

Uncle Tupelo - Anodyne

 -In my opinion their finest work, although every one of their albums is great.

Gillian Welch - Revival

-Her and Dave's first album, which is a killer debut. "One More Dollar", "Anabelle", and "Only One and Only" are some of the two's best songs.


Steve Earle - El Corazón

-In my opinion his best work. "Tanneytown", "Ft. Worth Blues", "Somewhere Out there", and "Telephone Road" are all winners, but on the whole there is no bad song.

Son Volt - Trace

-A great album from Jay Farrar and co. following the breakup of Uncle Tupleo. Son Volt hasn't made a better album since.

Lucinda Williams - Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
- Lucinda's best album,  it is on many critics' best of lists that include all genres of music. Every song is strong. "2 Kool 2 be 4-gotten" and "Jackson" get me every time.

Old 97s - Too Far to Care
Old 97s are rock 'n roll for people who like country, or country for people who like rock 'n roll. Not as old timey as Gillian Welch or Alison Krauss & Union Station, but the songwriting is there and it is solid. Too Far to Care is their best album.


yes, Lucinda - all albums, but particularly Car Wheels...thanks for that one...Patty Griffin also great...Dave Alvin, really terrific...

Thank you very much for replying Kurt - I appreciate it.

I have the Gillian Welch album - which is superb - but all the others are new to me and I'll be sure to check them out.  I'll let you know how I get on.





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