A List of Lists - Our featured bloggers' favorite albums of 2012

As you know, we asked our most frequently featured bloggers to cast their ballots for a bit of a "critics poll". Since No Depression doesn't employ a staff of writers, these are all folks who post here on their own, because they like to. They just happen to all have a taste in music and writing style which we recognize as being the cream of the ND community crop. We'd like to thank them for not only submitting their lists for this Featured Blogger Top 10, but also for taking the time out of their busy lives to frequently post great blogs on this site.

We thought folks in the community would be interested to read the full lists submitted for our Featured Bloggers Year-End Poll. So, in no particular order, here are the top picks of all the featured contributors who submitted lists for our Best of 2012 count: 

HOLLY GEORGE-WARREN (blog)

  1. Jack White - Blunderbuss
  2. The Avett Brothers - The Carpenter
  3. Wanda Jackson - Unfinished Business
  4. Dwight Yoakam - 3 Pears
  5. Rodney Crowell & Mary Karr - Kin
  6. Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson - Wreck & Ruin
  7. Iris DeMent - Sing the Delta
  8. Chuck Mead & the Grassy Knoll Boys - Back at the Quonset Hut
  9. Marty Stuart - Nashville, Vol. 1: Tear the Woodpile Down
  10. Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale - Buddy & Jim

 

BIG BOY (blog)

  1. Omar & the Howlers - Too Much Is Not Enough
  2. Jimmy Cliff - Rebirth
  3. Los Lobos - Kiko Live
  4. Sam Lewis - Self-titled
  5. Paul Thorn - What the Hell Is Going On
  6. James Luther Dickinson - I'm Just Dead, I'm Not Gone
  7. Magic Slim - Bad Boy
  8. Meena - Try Me
  9. Michael Burks - Show of Strength
  10. Rolling Stones - GRR!

 

TWANG NATION  (blog)

  1. Chris Knight - Little Victories
  2. Malcolm Holcombe - Down the River
  3. Darrell Scott - Long Ride Home
  4. Corb Lund - Cabin Fever
  5. Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale - Buddy & Jim
  6. Iris DeMent - Sing the Delta
  7. Dwight Yoakam - 3 Pears
  8. Turnpike Troubadours - Goodbye Normal Street
  9. John Fullbright - From the Ground Up
  10. Shovels & Rope - O Be Joyful

 

EASY ED (blog)

  1. Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas
  2. Antje Duvekot - New Siberia
  3. Anais Mitchell - Young Man in America
  4. The Avett Brothers - The Carpenter
  5. Tift Merritt - Traveling Alone
  6. Amelia Curran - Spectators
  7. Sun Kil Moon - Among the Leaves
  8. Laneway - Turn Your Love Up
  9. Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson - Wreck & Ruin
  10. Joe Pug - The Great Despiser

 

JOANNA COLANGELO (blog)

  1. Brandi Carlile - Bear Creek
  2. John Hiatt - Mystic Pinball
  3. Bob Dylan - Tempest
  4. Grace Potter - The Lion, the Beast, the Beat
  5. David Wax Museum - Knock Knock Get Up
  6. Alabama Shakes - Boys and Girls
  7. Gary Clark Jr - Blak & Blu
  8. Joan Osborne - Bring It On Home
  9. Dr John - Locked Down
  10. Chris Smither - Hundred Dollar Valentine

 

CHRIS MATEER (blog)

  1. Father John Misty - Fear Fun
  2. Carolina Chocolate Drops - Leaving Eden
  3. Trampled by Turtles - Stars and Satellites
  4. Old Crow Medicine Show - Carry Me Back
  5. Hurray for the Riff Raff - Look Out Mama
  6. Bettye LaVette - Thoughtful n' Thankful
  7. Two Man Gentleman Band - Two at a Time
  8. The Wandering - The Wandering (Songs of the South)
  9. Elephant Micah - Louder Than thou
  10. Hiss Golden Messenger - Poor Moon

 

KATHY SANDS BOEHMER (blog)

  1. Barnaby Bight - The Longest Day
  2. The Lumineers - The Lumineers
  3. The Vespers - The Fourth Wall
  4. Pesky J Nixon - Red Ducks
  5. Tim Gearan - Riverboat
  6. Anthony Da Costa - Secret Handshake
  7. The Honey Dewdrops - Silver Lining
  8. First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar
  9. Nels Andrews - Scrimshaw
  10. John Fullbright - From the Ground Up

 

DAN KING (blog)

  1. Ry Cooder - Election Special
  2. Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas
  3. Lightnin Hopkins - The Very Best of Lightnin' Hopkins
  4. Waylon Jennings - Goin Down Rockin
  5. Tony Rice - The Bill Monroe Collection
  6. Tedeschi Trucks Band - Everybody's Talkin'
  7. Jerry Douglas - Traveler
  8. The Grascals - Life Finds a Way
  9. Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Del McCoury Band - American Legacies
  10. Special Consensus - Scratch Gravel Road

 

KEVIN OLIVER (blog)

  1. Various - This One's For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark
  2. Various - Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash
  3. Jamey Johnson - Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochrane
  4. Iris DeMent - Sing the Delta
  5. Tedeschi Trucks Band - Everybody's Talkin'
  6. Kathy Mattea - Calling Me Home
  7. Dr John - Locked Down
  8. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do
  9. Justin Townes Earle - Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now
  10. Field Report - Self-titled

 

PRESCRIPTION BLUEGRASS (blog)

  1. Detour - A Better Place
  2. Ricky Skaggs - Music to My Ears
  3. Grascals - Life Finds a Way
  4. The Hillbenders - Can You Hear Me
  5. Tony Rice - The Bill Monroe Collection
  6. Old Crow Medicine Show - Carry Me Back
  7. Bob Amos - Borrowed Time
  8. Bill Evans - In Good Company
  9. Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys - Release Your Shrouds

 

JELA WEBB (blog)

  1. John Fullbright - From the Ground Up
  2. Jimmy LaFave - Depending on the Distance
  3. Anais Mitchell - Young Man in America
  4. Malcolm Holcombe - Down the River
  5. Nels Andrews - Scrimshaw
  6. Gretchen Peters - Hello Cruel World
  7. Rose Cousins - We Have Made a Spark
  8. Joel Rafael - America Come Home
  9. Grace Pettis - Two Birds
  10. Otis Gibbs - Harder Than Hammered Hell

 

MANDO LINES (blog)

  1. Jason Eady - AM Country Heaven
  2. Gretchen Peters - Hello Cruel World
  3. Shooter Jennings - Family Man
  4. Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson - Wreck & Ruin
  5. Ray Wylie Hubbard - The Grifter's Hymnal
  6. The Departed - Adventus
  7. Punch Brothers - Who's Feeling Young Now?
  8. Marty Stuart - Nashville Vol 1: Tear the Woodpile Down
  9. Iris DeMent - Sing the Delta
  10. Corb Lund - Cabin Fever

 

HEARTH MUSIC (blog)

  1. Rayna Gellert - Old Light
  2. Jenny Ritter - Bright Mainland
  3. Le Vent Du Nord - Tromper le Temps
  4. O'Brien Party of 7 - Reincarnation Songs
  5. Martha Redbone's Roots Music Project - Garden of Love: The Songs of Wiliam Blake
  6. The New Young Fogies - Volume One
  7. Zoe Muth & the Lost High Rollers - Old Gold
  8. Black Prairie - A Tear in the Eye is a Wound in the Heart
  9. Eric Bibb - Deeper in the Well
  10. John Doyle - Shadows & Light

 

JUSTIN WESLEY (blog)

  1. The Walkmen - Heaven
  2. Japandroids - Celebration Rock
  3. Zeus Busting - Visions
  4. Titus Andronicus - Local Business
  5. Cat Power - Sun
  6. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do
  7. Beach House - Bloom
  8. Robert Francis - Strangers in the First Place
  9. Dr Dog - Be the Void
  10. Sharon Van Etten - Tramp

 

musicJJMG (blog)

  1. Trombone Shorty - For True
  2. Alabama Shakes - Boys and Girls
  3. Various - The Descendents
  4. Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas
  5. ahab - Live in London

 

BILL FRATER (blog)

  1. Iris DeMent - Sing the Delta
  2. Chris Knight - Little Victories
  3. Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale - Buddy & Jim
  4. Justin Townes Earle - Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now
  5. Corb Lund - Cabin Fever
  6. World Famous Headliners - World Famous Headliners
  7. The Trishas - High, Wide and Handsome
  8. Darrell Scott - Long Ride Home
  9. The Time Jumpers - The Time Jumpers
  10. Various - Mercyland: Hymns for the Rest of Us

 

AMOS PERRINE (bl0g)

  1. Justin Townes Earle - Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now
  2. Martha Wainwright - Come Home to Mama
  3. Leonarrd Cohen - Old Ideas
  4. Bob Dylan - Tempest
  5. Patti Smith - Banga
  6. Cat Power - Sun
  7. Iris DeMent - Sing the Delta
  8. David Byrne & St Vincent - Love This Giant
  9. Kelly Hogan - I Like to Keep Myself in Pain
  10. Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson - Wreck & Ruin

 

BEN BONIN (blog)

  1. Bob Dylan - Tempest
  2. JP Harris & the Tough Choices - I'll Keep Calling
  3. Cahalen Morrison & Eli West - Our Lady of the Tall Trees
  4. Dirty Three - Toward the Sun
  5. JD McPherson - Signs & Signifiers
  6. Tony Saviano - Guitaresque
  7. The Little Willies - For the Good Times
  8. Alabama Shakes - Boys and Girls
  9. Turnpike Troubadours - Goodbye Normal Street
  10. Bela Fleck & the Flecktones - Across the Imaginary Divide

 

JOE LEPPER (blog)

  1. First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar
  2. Darren Hayman and the Long Parliament  - The Violence
  3. Lambchop - Mr. M
  4. The Walkmen - Heaven
  5. The Mountain Goats - Transcendental Youth
  6. Bill Fay - Life Is People
  7. Andrew Bird - Hands of Glory
  8. Alex Highton - Wooditon Wives Club
  9. Various - Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain’s Visionary Music

 

ALAN HARRISON (blog)

  1. Bap Kennedy - The Sailors Revenge
  2. Matraca Berg - Love's Truckstop
  3. Lincoln Dunham - The Shovel v. the Howling Bones
  4. My Darling Clementine - How Do You Plead?
  5. Royal Southern Brotherhood - Self-titled
  6. Malcolm Holcombe - Down the River
  7. Gem Andrews - Scatter
  8. Otis Gibbs - Harder Than Hammered Hell
  9. Ian Segal and the Mississippi Mudbloods - Candy Store
  10. Awna Teixeira - Darkness

 

MICHAEL BIALAS (blog)

  1. The Vespers - The Fourth Wall
  2. Jack White - Blunderbuss
  3. Family of the Year - Loma Vista
  4. Sugar + the Hi-Lows - Self-titled
  5. First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar
  6. Mark Knopfler - Privateering
  7. Shovels & Rope - O' Be Joyful
  8. Kathleen Edwards - Voyageur
  9. Alabama Shakes - Boys and Girls
  10. Justin Townes Earle - Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now

 

JULIE WENGER WATSON (blog)

  1. John Fullbright - From the Ground Up
  2. JD McPherson - Signs & Signifiers
  3. Uncle Lucius - And You Are Me
  4. Paul Thorn - What the Hell Is Going On?
  5. Lincoln Dunham - The Shovel vs. the Howling Bones
  6. Wood Brothers - Live Vol 1: Sky High
  7. Steve Forbert - Over With You
  8. Royal Southern Brotherhood - Self-titled
  9. The Time Jumpers - Self-titled
  10. Chris Robinson - Big Moon Ritual

 

HAL BOGERD (blog)

  1. Chris Knight - Little Victories
  2. Michael Rank & Stag - Kin
  3. John Fullbright - From the Ground Up
  4. Kevin Gordon - Gloryland
  5. Chuck Prophet - Temple Beautiful
  6. Alejandro Escovedo - Big Station
  7. Ronnie Fauss - I Am the Man You Know I'm Not
  8. Sons of Bill - Siren
  9. Todd Snider - Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables
  10. Todd Snider - Time As We Know It: Songs of Jerry Jeff Walker

 

PAUL CANTIN (blog)

  1. Kathleen Edwards - Voyageur
  2. Sharon Van Etten - Tramp
  3. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
  4. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel…
  5. Cate Le Bon - Cyrk
  6. Beth Orton - Sugaring Season
  7. Patti Smith - Banga
  8. Metz - Self-titled
  9. Efterklang - Piramida
  10. Georgia Anne Muldrow - Seeds

 

RYAN MIFFLIN (blog)

  1. Bob Dylan - Tempest
  2. Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball
  3. Dr John - Locked Down
  4. Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas
  5. Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Psychadelic Pill
  6. Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Americana
  7. ZZ Ward - Til The Casket Drops
  8. Gary Clark Jr - Blak & Blue
  9. Dwight Yoakam - 3 pears
  10. Left Lane Cruiser & James Leg - Painkillers

 

GILLIAN TURNBULL (blog)

  1. Corb Lund - Cabin Fever
  2. Dwight Yoakam - 3 Pears
  3. Kathleen Edwards - Voyageur
  4. Lindi Ortega - Cigarettes and Truck Stops
  5. Calexico - Algiers
  6. Ian Tyson - Raven Singer
  7. Junior Brown - Volume Ten
  8. Scott MacLeod - Right as Rain
  9. Rose Cousins - We Have Made a Spark
  10. Various - Toronto Bound

 

KIM RUEHL (blog)

  1. Anais Mitchell - Young Man in America
  2. Iris DeMent - Sing the Delta
  3. Rose Cousins - We Have Made a Spark
  4. Carolina Chocolate Drops - Leaving Eden
  5. Rodney Crowell & Mary Karr - Kin
  6. Various - Mercyland: Hymns for the Rest of Us
  7. John Fullbright - From the Ground Up
  8. Justin Townes Earle - Nothing's Gonna Change
  9. Black Prairie - A Tear in the Eye Is a Wound in the Heart
  10. Avett Brothers - The Carpenter

 

KYLA FAIRCHILD (blog)

  1. First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar
  2. Shovels & Rope - O' Be Joyful
  3. Rayland Baxter - Feathers & Fishhooks
  4. The Shins - Port of Morrow
  5. Andrew Bird - Break It Yourself
  6. Sera Cahoone - Deer Creek Canyon
  7. Alabama Shakes - Boys and Girls
  8. Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson - Wreck and Ruin
  9. Mark Lanegan - Blues Funeral
  10. Of Monsters and Men - My Head Is an Animal

 

FAITH PHILLIPS (blog)

  1. Alabama Shakes - Boys and Girls
  2. Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Americana
  3. Jamey Johnson - Living for a Song
  4. John Fullbright - From the Ground Up
  5. JD McPherson - Signs & Signifiers
  6. Ry Cooder - Election Special
  7. Paul Thorn - What the Hell Is Going On?
  8. Todd Snider - Time As We Know It
  9. Joe Baxter & the Lost Cause - Soldier Creek Waltz
  10. Gary Clark Jr - Blak & Blu

 

FRANK GUTCH JR (blog)

  1. Picture the Ocean - Self-titled
  2. Alcoholic Faith Mission - Ask Me This
  3. Whispering Pines - Whispering Pines
  4. Research Turtles - Mankiller Part 2 of 2
  5. Ticktockman - Ticktockman
  6. Laurie Biagini - Go-Go Girl in a Modern World
  7. Tom House - Winding Down the Road
  8. Green Pajamas - Death by Misadventure
  9. Winterpills - All My Lovely Goners
  10. Dan Miraldi - Sugar & Adrenaline

 

LEE ZIMMERMAN (blog)

  1. Malcolm Holcombe - Down the River
  2. Steve Almaas - Trailer Songs
  3. Jason Collett - Reckon
  4. Matt Keating - Wrong Way Home
  5. Terrence Martin - Field Recordings
  6. Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale - Buddy & Jim
  7. Various - Get Quiet About It: A Tribute to Jesse Winchester
  8. Cary Hudson - Mississippi Moon
  9. Scott Miller & Rayna Gellert - CoDependents
  10. Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson - Wreck and Ruin

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Comment by Easy Ed on December 26, 2012 at 12:56pm

Wait a minute...Malcolm Holcombe released another album this past year? There goes the validity of my list.

Kudos to everyone who took the time to try and do the impossible. So much music, so little time. Nice to see both commonality and diversity in our little roots community. 

Comment by Jela Webb on December 28, 2012 at 3:59am

It's so interesting to see who/what my fellow bloggers voted for. There really is an eclectic range of music within the lists - so much good music, not enough time to appreciate it all. Looking forward to what 2013 brings...... 

Comment by Jim Moulton on December 28, 2012 at 4:59am

Wow,

   A lot more bluegrass bloggers than I thought were here, that's cool, Welcome Dan King and Presscription Bluegrass.

 

Comment by Harrisonaphotos on December 30, 2012 at 1:00am

How can so many people get their lists WRONG? HAHAHAHA....what a diverse lot we are and; apart from the Bluegrass Community within the ND Community, what eclectic and impeccable taste we all have.

    I'm still staggered that Iris DeMent was the overall ND 2012 winner but thrilled that she was - as it's two fingers to the rest of the Music Industry from people who genuinely know and care about Roots music.  

    I already have a pile of great music ready for release in early 2013 - bring it on.

Comment by Dan King on December 30, 2012 at 11:35am

Some great picks here! In fact, from a quick perusal of the whole article, I don't recognize a clunker in the bunch. The well of talent in the roots music universe is so very deep. Also, thanks for the nod Jim Moulton. My musical roots go in all directions, but my inspiration for writing about them was Brian McNeal at Prescription Bluegrass. I am proud to be associated with both he and the fine folks at ND.

When it comes to an individual's personal musical taste, there can be no wrong answer.

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