"By no means an exhaustive and in no particular order
Green On Red - Scapegoats/This Time Around
Son Volt - Trace
Silver Jews - Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea
Lucinda Williams - self titled third album
The Handsome Family - In The Air
"Long Before Tupelo (no particular order) :
THE BYRDS - Sweetheart Of The Rodeo
NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND - Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy
DOUG DILLARD & GENE CLARK - The Fantastic Expedition Of ...........
"I had to include blues. I guess Dobson's the sleeper. All Music Guide has never reviewed any albums by "The Hemingway of country music," as Nanci Griffith calls him. His Townes disc is fabulous but among his albums of originals try…"
"I can't believe until Rys comment this thread was dead. pretty rich territory. i like someones idea of before uncle tupelo and after uncle tupelo,(who were game changers. hard to think of of a band that broke up and actually heralded a new…"
"Old 97's -- Too Far To Care, Fight Songs, Wreck Your Life
Ryan Adams -- Heartbreaker, Gold
Whiskeytown -- Stranger's Almanac
Drive By Truckers -- Decoration Day
Kelly Willis -- Easy
Mandy Barnett -- Got A Right To Cry
Cracker -- Medicine…"
"Having read through the entire thread this afternoon I'm a little surprised nobody has mentioned Rod Picott. For those who love Fred Eaglesmith and Slaid Cleaves, Rod is a shoo-in. Try his debut "Tiger Tom Dixons' Blues", the…"
"Since "Bring The Family" John Hiatt has produced a body of work which matches that of virtually any artist during that time. His recent run with "Mudslide Hyms" and "Mystic Pinball" continues his littany of work."
Chuck Prophet's "Brother Aldo" is at the top of my list. Followed not far behind by "Stranger's Almanac" and take-you-pick of the Al Escovedo albums that made him ND's Artist of the Decade at the turn of the century.
It remains baffling to me how little rewarded Mr. Prophet is for the richness and sublime generosity of his work. What he accomplished with his heavy lifting for Alejando with "Real Animal" was something I hope and pray I'll never stop admiring: he co-wrote (at least) every song on the record, tore the mortal frenzy out of every stringed instrument, penned frighteningly subtle lyrics -- and even managed to tolerate Tony Visconti at the production helm.
Hey! You heard it here first: Chuck Prophet will quite likely be the last of the huge-beast epoch of rock and roll stars. And it'll happen soon.
Betting against me is almost as bone-headed as pushing me in my own bar. Only the uninformed don't delight in Chuck Prophet's great talent and his incomparable career.
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