Phil’s Faves: Songs, April 23, 2017

This is a weekly Top Ten list of what I consider to be the best songs that I listened to the previous week. Most songs will be current, but there are no boundaries. I’ve already stated on this web site that I am obsessed with music. I am constantly hunting it down whether it’s online, on CD, from my personal collection, from a library (Yes, I think the library is a great source of music–especially for music that you aren’t sure about.), TV, or radio. Since most of these sources mostly emphasize new music, the odds are pretty good that most of the songs on this list will be new. But in my search, I don’t use any boundaries for the other sources. I am just looking for good music that I haven’t heard, or happened to forget about. Everyone, including myself, has forgotten way more great music than they can ever remember-even if they are also music fanatics.
Also, there will be no rules concerning songs on this list. A song can show up or drop off a number of times. This will be the most volatile of my lists. It all depends on how much music I am exposed to during the week and what I find interesting. On really obscure stuff, I will try to include the source, if I know it.
Most of the songs heard on this list have been played on my radio shows, “Theme Attic,” heard Wednesdays, 10A-12N ET, or “Prime Time Theme Attic,” heard Mondays, 8P-11P ET!

This list forms the basis of my countdown list on the “Top 9 at 9:09” segment of my “Prime Time Theme Attic Show” on alternating weeks, along with my “Phil’s Faves, Albums” lists!

Here’s a link:

Listen live: www.whfr.fm/images/stream_audio.html

If you like what you see, don’t forget to spread the word by hitting the “like” button on my Facebook page, Phil Maq!

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“Queen Isabella” reigns supreme for a second week!!

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Top Ten Songs for the Week of April 23, 2017

1. Queen Isabella—The Garden of Soul
2. Love Refrigerator—Mark Jewett
3. Hallelujah—Andy and The Pandys
4. Try to Make It—Gretchen’s Wheel
5. River of Time—Ian McFeron
6. If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home Now—Emmylou Harris [Hall of Fame] and Rodney Crowell
7. Detroit Boulevard—Ray Kaan’s Detroit Trouble (David Lee Caincross)
8. Don’t Let Me Win—Kate Jablonski
9. Discrepancies—Mental Health Day
10.Don’t Let the Green Grass Fool Ya—George Stephen Kelly

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Phil’s Faves: Albums, April 16, 2017

Over time, my listening habits have changed and at the moment I usually listen to albums completely through. I haven’t done that in years, but it’s actually very rewarding—particularly when the album is good. Every album that will be on this list will fit that category.

Songs from the albums on this list forms the basis of my countdown list for the “Top 9 at 9:09” segment of my “Prime Time Theme Attic Show,” (Mondays, 8P-10P ET) on alternating weeks, along with my “Phil’s Faves, Songs” lists!

They may also turn up on my “Theme Attic Show,” (Wednesdays, 10A-12N ET)

Here’s a link:

Listen live: www.whfr.fm/images/stream_audio.html

It’s another peak into my listening habits—which is a goal of mine. If you want to know where I’m heading or what I think about some new music, you will find it here.

I honestly don’t expect there to be much volatility on this list because these albums are what I have been basing many of the sets on my show.

Once again, there will be no boundaries. I will go wherever my musical muse takes me.

If you like what you see, don’t forget to spread the word by hitting the “like” button on my Facebook page, Phil Maq!

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We don’t want any trouble here unless it’s Ray Kaan’s Detroit Trouble sitting on top of the albums list!

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Top 10 Albums for the Week of April 16, 2017

1. Detroit City Made—Ray Kaan’s Detroit Trouble (David Lee Caincross)
2. Tending the Fire—Mark Jewett
3. Shake Your Faith—The Steepwater Band
4. You Could Be Anywhere —Mental Health Day
5. Dollar Store Nation—Jo Serrapere and The LaFawndas
6. Awkward Stage—Bill Berry
7. Live at Callahan’s II—Jim McCarty and Mystery Train
8. Look Both Ways—Olivia Millerschin
9. Forsaken—The Garden of Soul
10.If It Feels Good, Do It: A Sloan Tribute—Various Artists
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Phil’s Faves: Songs, April 16, 2017

This is a weekly Top Ten list of what I consider to be the best songs that I listened to the previous week. Most songs will be current, but there are no boundaries. I’ve already stated on this web site that I am obsessed with music. I am constantly hunting it down whether it’s online, on CD, from my personal collection, from a library (Yes, I think the library is a great source of music–especially for music that you aren’t sure about.), TV, or radio. Since most of these sources mostly emphasize new music, the odds are pretty good that most of the songs on this list will be new. But in my search, I don’t use any boundaries for the other sources. I am just looking for good music that I haven’t heard, or happened to forget about. Everyone, including myself, has forgotten way more great music than they can ever remember-even if they are also music fanatics.
Also, there will be no rules concerning songs on this list. A song can show up or drop off a number of times. This will be the most volatile of my lists. It all depends on how much music I am exposed to during the week and what I find interesting. On really obscure stuff, I will try to include the source, if I know it.
Most of the songs heard on this list have been played on my radio shows, “Theme Attic,” heard Wednesdays, 10A-12N ET, or “Prime Time Theme Attic,” heard Mondays, 8P-11P ET!

This list forms the basis of my countdown list on the “Top 9 at 9:09” segment of my “Prime Time Theme Attic Show” on alternating weeks, along with my “Phil’s Faves, Albums” lists!

Here’s a link:

Listen live: www.whfr.fm/images/stream_audio.html

If you like what you see, don’t forget to spread the word by hitting the “like” button on my Facebook page, Phil Maq!

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The Garden of Soul’s “Queen Isabella” takes her rightful place on the throne at the top of this week’s songs!

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Top Ten Songs for the Week of April 16, 2017

1. Queen Isabella—The Garden of Soul
2. Love Refrigerator—Mark Jewett
3. Detroit Boulevard—Ray Kaan’s Detroit Trouble (David Lee Caincross)
4. Hallelujah—Andy and The Pandys
5. Try to Make It—Gretchen’s Wheel
6. Discrepancies—Mental Health Day
7. River of Time—Ian McFeron
8. If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home Now—Emmylou Harris [Hall of Fame] and Rodney Crowell
9. Don’t Let Me Win—Kate Jablonski
10.Miles Below—Oak City Roots

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Scott Ainslie: The Best Concert I’ve Ever Seen?!

Over the years, I have been lucky enough to see so many great artists. They range from stadium acts like Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, and The Rolling Stones, to local legends like The MC5, Savage Grace, and SRC, in their heyday, and tons of acts in between those two categories. I keep thinking about doing a post about the best concerts I have ever seen, and maybe some day I will. However, until I find that time, and since singer/songwriter Scott Ainslie is coming to Trinity House Theater this Friday, this column will have to do.

Mind you, I’m not settling on him. In fact, a Scott Ainslie concert may be the best performance I’ve ever seen.

I’ve been playing his music on my shows now for several years. I was fascinated with his most recent release, “The Last Shot Got Him.” It’s a collection of several songs that his most recent addition to his personal guitar “family,” a 1934 Gibson L-50 Acoustic Archtop, personally selected as the songs it wanted to play. Of course, almost all of them are from 1934. Even during his performance, Scott would say something like, “Now I wouldn’t have chosen this song to play, but the guitar thought differently about it!”

There is one exception on the album that isn’t from 1934. It is a song that he wrote called, Late Last Night,” and it’s written in a style that complements the other songs from the 30’s. It is one of the “Greatest Songs Ever Recorded” (GSER) The populist lyrics fit the politics of any time frame you’d like to pick, from way before 1934 to the robber baron era of the Industrial Age to our present day situation where elites steal from working people.

Anyway, I found out Scott Ainslie was coming to town to perform! There wasn’t anyway that I wasn’t going to see him. His appearance was on April 15, 2016 at The Green Wood Coffee House in Ann Arbor. It’s a wonderful place that puts artists in very close quarters with the audience. Even on the day of the performance, he posted some pictures to show his latest guitar its birth surroundings by stopping at the Gibson factory (now Heritage Guitar), in Kalamazoo, MI, where it was “born.”  Now I’m really ready!

 

After working all day, I zipped over to Green Wood and waited for the show to start. Scott started on time and proceeded to not only play his music, but he talked and demonstrated with his rudimentary instruments about the history of the blues. Along the journey, he threw in personal stories of meeting and playing with blues legends and family members of those legends.

For his first appearance to the Ann Arbor area, he wasn’t greeted by a large crowd. But that didn’t matter to Ainslie. He is hard to categorize because his musical choices straddle a line of blues, folk, gospel, and even jazz. His powerful, soulful voice probably didn’t need any amplification, either, and his warm personality came shining through, since he tends to smile often. His attention to detail in his finger picking was incredible!

Normally, the customary pattern for these shows is two sets with a break in between. When Scott started, he asked the audience if it was ok with them if he played all the way through without an intermission. No one objected, so he did a two hour set. Those two hours passed by like five minutes!

Moving from story to story and song to song, he performed a “musical seance” where he became a conduit for all of his blues legend idols. As the show continued on its sojourn, it seemed like the spirits of Robert Johnson, Son House, and so many others filled the room with their presence! And, of course, they were there because when a living artist sings a dead artist’s song, they do live again!

I have always liked the blues, but Ainslie’s insights brought me to a new level of appreciation! I couldn’t put my finger on it until I started thinking of writing this blog, but I know I have been playing more blues on both of my radio shows, “Prime Time Theme Attic” on Monday nights from 8PM-10 PM ET, and “Theme Attic” on Wednesday Mornings from 10A-12 Noon ET.

Here’s a link:

Listen live: www.whfr.fm/images/stream_audio.html

It can easily be traced to his performance.

So, Scott Ainslie will be back in the Detroit area this Friday night, April 21, when he performs at Trinity House Theater in Livonia. If you go see him, will you have this same other worldly experience? Well, I can’t promise that. Everyone’s life is a whole different set of variables, and music is also very personal. But I will be there. And I don’t even know if it will happen that way again for me. But isn’t it worth that chance? At the least, I know it will be another superb, personal, performance, because I’ve already seen him give his all!

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Phil’s Faves: Albums, April 9, 2017

Over time, my listening habits have changed and at the moment I usually listen to albums completely through. I haven’t done that in years, but it’s actually very rewarding—particularly when the album is good. Every album that will be on this list will fit that category.

Songs from the albums on this list forms the basis of my countdown list for the “Top 9 at 9:09” segment of my “Prime Time Theme Attic Show,” (Mondays, 8P-10P ET) on alternating weeks, along with my “Phil’s Faves, Songs” lists!

They may also turn up on my “Theme Attic Show,” (Wednesdays, 10A-12N ET)

Here’s a link:

Listen live: www.whfr.fm/images/stream_audio.html

It’s another peak into my listening habits—which is a goal of mine. If you want to know where I’m heading or what I think about some new music, you will find it here.

I honestly don’t expect there to be much volatility on this list because these albums are what I have been basing many of the sets on my show.

Once again, there will be no boundaries. I will go wherever my musical muse takes me.

If you like what you see, don’t forget to spread the word by hitting the “like” button on my Facebook page, Phil Maq!

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Ya gotta have faith to hit #1!

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Top 10 Albums for the Week of April 9, 2017

1. Shake Your Faith—The Steepwater Band
2. Detroit City Made—Ray Kaan’s Detroit Trouble (David Lee Caincross)
3. Awkward Stage—Bill Berry
4. Tending the Fire—Mark Jewett
5. Dollar Store Nation—Jo Serrapere and The LaFawndas
6. You Could Be Anywhere —Mental Health Day
7. Forsaken—The Garden of Soul
8. Live at Callahan’s II—Jim McCarty and Mystery Train
9. Look Both Ways—Olivia Millerschin
10. If It Feels Good, Do It: A Sloan Tribute—Various Artists
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Phil’s Faves: Songs, April 9, 2017

This is a weekly Top Ten list of what I consider to be the best songs that I listened to the previous week. Most songs will be current, but there are no boundaries. I’ve already stated on this web site that I am obsessed with music. I am constantly hunting it down whether it’s online, on CD, from my personal collection, from a library (Yes, I think the library is a great source of music–especially for music that you aren’t sure about.), TV, or radio. Since most of these sources mostly emphasize new music, the odds are pretty good that most of the songs on this list will be new. But in my search, I don’t use any boundaries for the other sources. I am just looking for good music that I haven’t heard, or happened to forget about. Everyone, including myself, has forgotten way more great music than they can ever remember-even if they are also music fanatics.
Also, there will be no rules concerning songs on this list. A song can show up or drop off a number of times. This will be the most volatile of my lists. It all depends on how much music I am exposed to during the week and what I find interesting. On really obscure stuff, I will try to include the source, if I know it.
Most of the songs heard on this list have been played on my radio shows, “Theme Attic,” heard Wednesdays, 10A-12N ET, or “Prime Time Theme Attic,” heard Mondays, 8P-11P ET!

This list forms the basis of my countdown list on the “Top 9 at 9:09” segment of my “Prime Time Theme Attic Show” on alternating weeks, along with my “Phil’s Faves, Albums” lists!

Here’s a link:

Listen live: www.whfr.fm/images/stream_audio.html

If you like what you see, don’t forget to spread the word by hitting the “like” button on my Facebook page, Phil Maq!

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“Detroit Boulevard” is the place to be!

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Top Ten Songs for the Week of April 9, 2017

1. Detroit Boulevard—Ray Kaan’s Detroit Trouble (David Lee Caincross)
2. Queen Isabella—The Garden of Soul
3. Discrepancies—Mental Health Day
4. Losin’ You—Roy Rogers (Blues Guitarist)
5. Love Refrigerator—Mark Jewett
6. Miles Below—Oak City Roots
7. Try to Make It—Gretchen’s Wheel
8. Hallelujah—Andy and The Pandys
9. River of Time—Ian McFeron
10.Don’t Let Me Win—Kate Jablonski
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Phil’s Faves: Albums, April 2, 2017

Over time, my listening habits have changed and at the moment I usually listen to albums completely through. I haven’t done that in years, but it’s actually very rewarding—particularly when the album is good. Every album that will be on this list will fit that category.

Songs from the albums on this list forms the basis of my countdown list for the “Top 9 at 9:09” segment of my “Prime Time Theme Attic Show,” (Mondays, 8P-10P ET) on alternating weeks, along with my “Phil’s Faves, Songs” lists!

They may also turn up on my “Theme Attic Show,” (Wednesdays, 10A-12N ET)

Here’s a link:

Listen live: www.whfr.fm/images/stream_audio.html

It’s another peak into my listening habits—which is a goal of mine. If you want to know where I’m heading or what I think about some new music, you will find it here.

I honestly don’t expect there to be much volatility on this list because these albums are what I have been basing many of the sets on my show.

Once again, there will be no boundaries. I will go wherever my musical muse takes me.

If you like what you see, don’t forget to spread the word by hitting the “like” button on my Facebook page, Phil Maq!

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This isn’t really awkward: Bill Berry hits #1!

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Top 10 Albums for the Week of April 2, 2017

1. Awkward Stage—Bill Berry
2. Dollar Store Nation—Jo Serrapere and The LaFawndas
3. Shake Your Faith—The Steepwater Band
4. Forsaken—The Garden of Soul
5. Tending the Fire—Mark Jewett
6. Detroit City Made—Ray Kaan’s Detroit Trouble (David Lee Caincross)
7. You Could Be Anywhere —Mental Health Day
8. If It Feels Good, Do It: A Sloan Tribute—Various Artists
9. Live at Callahan’s II—Jim McCarty and Mystery Train
10.Look Both Ways—Olivia Millerschin
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Phil’s Faves: Songs, April 2, 2017

This is a weekly Top Ten list of what I consider to be the best songs that I listened to the previous week. Most songs will be current, but there are no boundaries. I’ve already stated on this web site that I am obsessed with music. I am constantly hunting it down whether it’s online, on CD, from my personal collection, from a library (Yes, I think the library is a great source of music–especially for music that you aren’t sure about.), TV, or radio. Since most of these sources mostly emphasize new music, the odds are pretty good that most of the songs on this list will be new. But in my search, I don’t use any boundaries for the other sources. I am just looking for good music that I haven’t heard, or happened to forget about. Everyone, including myself, has forgotten way more great music than they can ever remember-even if they are also music fanatics.
Also, there will be no rules concerning songs on this list. A song can show up or drop off a number of times. This will be the most volatile of my lists. It all depends on how much music I am exposed to during the week and what I find interesting. On really obscure stuff, I will try to include the source, if I know it.
Most of the songs heard on this list have been played on my radio shows, “Theme Attic,” heard Wednesdays, 10A-12N ET, or “Prime Time Theme Attic,” heard Mondays, 8P-11P ET!

This list forms the basis of my countdown list on the “Top 9 at 9:09” segment of my “Prime Time Theme Attic Show” on alternating weeks, along with my “Phil’s Faves, Albums” lists!

Here’s a link:

Listen live: www.whfr.fm/images/stream_audio.html

If you like what you see, don’t forget to spread the word by hitting the “like” button on my Facebook page, Phil Maq!

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This isn’t a discrepancy: Mental Health Day score their first #1!

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Top Ten Songs for the Week of April 2, 2017

1. Discrepancies—Mental Health Day
2. Queen Isabella—The Garden of Soul
3. Miles Below—Oak City Roots
4. Detroit Boulevard—Ray Kaan’s Detroit Trouble
5. Losin’ You—Roy Rogers (Blues Guitarist)
6. Love Refrigerator—Mark Jewett
7. Ain’t No Thinking When You’re Drinking—Pole Barn Rebels
8. Try to Make It—Gretchen’s Wheel
9. Hallelujah—Andy and The Pandys
10.Home—Building Birds

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Phil’s Faves: Albums, March 26, 2017

Over time, my listening habits have changed and at the moment I usually listen to albums completely through. I haven’t done that in years, but it’s actually very rewarding—particularly when the album is good. Every album that will be on this list will fit that category.

Songs from the albums on this list forms the basis of my countdown list for the “Top 9 at 9:09” segment of my “Prime Time Theme Attic Show,” (Mondays, 8P-10P ET) on alternating weeks, along with my “Phil’s Faves, Songs” lists!

They may also turn up on my “Theme Attic Show,” (Wednesdays, 10A-12N ET)

Here’s a link:

Listen live: www.whfr.fm/images/stream_audio.html

It’s another peak into my listening habits—which is a goal of mine. If you want to know where I’m heading or what I think about some new music, you will find it here.

I honestly don’t expect there to be much volatility on this list because these albums are what I have been basing many of the sets on my show.

Once again, there will be no boundaries. I will go wherever my musical muse takes me.

If you like what you see, don’t forget to spread the wor by hitting the “like” button on my Facebook page, Phil Maq!

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“Dollar Store Nation” makes it to the top for Jo Serrapere and The LaFawndas!

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Top 10 Albums for the Week of March 26, 2017

1. Dollar Store Nation—Jo Serrapere and The LaFawndas
2. Forsaken—The Garden of Soul
3. Awkward Stage—Bill Berry
4. Shake Your Faith—The Steepwater Band
5. Tending the Fire—Mark Jewett
6. If It Feels Good, Do It: A Sloan Tribute—Various Artists
7. You Could Be Anywhere —Mental Health Day
8. Detroit City Made—Ray Kaan’s Detroit Trouble (David Lee Caincross)
9. Live at Callahan’s II—Jim McCarty and Mystery Train
10.Limbo—Kristen Toedtman
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Philby Best Albums of 2016

It was an incredible year for music! Once again, I listened to thousands of albums and I had to trim several hundred of them to keep the list at 100! I also had two laptops, one personal PC, and two mp3 players quit on me throughout the year to add to the difficulty of completing my list. But as hard as fate worked against me, I had to overcome all of that to get my list out!  So without even further delay, these are the PHILBY ALBUM WINNERS for 2016. Just remember that even at album 100, there are thousands of albums on the other side of that number. Each one is an artistic work of art, no matter what the genre is. The musicians were artists at the top of their game! Hope you find something you enjoy! Let me know your thoughts!

Philby Best Albums of 2016

 

  1. Subcontinental Drift—Sultans of String with Anwar Khurshid (BEST ALBUM; also BEST WORLD ALBUM)
  2. Homemade Vision—Angela Perley and The Howlin’ Moons (BEST ROCK ALBUM)
  3. Oak City Roots—Oak City Roots (BEST POP ALBUM) (BEST FEMALE VOCALS)
  4. Bad Church—Andy and The Pandys (BEST PUNK ALBUM)
  5. Are We There Yet? – The Turnback (BEST FORWARD LOOKING THROWBACK ALBUM)
  6. Fueled by Dreams of the Future—Dylan McDonald and The Avians (BEST FOLLOW UP ALBUM)
  7. The Traveling Kind—Emmylou Harris (Hall of Fame) and Rodney Crowell (BEST REAL COUNTRY ALBUM)
  8. American—Magic Kramer (BEST ROCK/POP/COUNTRY/BLUES ALBUM)
  9. Radio—Ian McFeron (BEST MALE SINGER/SONGWRITER ALBUM)
  10. Gold—Laura Rain and The Caesars (BEST R&B ALBUM)
  11. Blues of Desperation—Joe Bonamassa (BEST BLUES ALBUM)
  12. Moonkings—Vandenberg’s Moonkings (BEST CLASSIC ROCK ALBUM)
  13. Dig in Deep—Bonnie Raitt (BEST FEMALE BLUES ALBUM)
  14. Heal My Soul—Jeff Healey (Hall of Fame] (BEST ROCK/BLUES TIME CAPSULE ALBUM)
  15. If It Feels Good, Do It: A Sloan Tribute—Various Artists (BEST TRIBUTE ALBUM)
  16. Frankie and the No-Go Road—Rita Hosking (BEST CONCEPT ALBUM)
  17. The Album—Nikki James (BEST LOCAL BLUES ALBUM)
  18. If a Tree Falls…—Building Birds (BEST INDIE ROCK ALBUM)
  19. Mojo Deluxe—Bob Malone (BEST “MOJO” ALBUM)
  20. Limbo—Kristen Toedtman (BEST FEMALE POP/GOSPEL ALBUM)
  21. Red Letter Day—Courtney Yasmineh (BEST “ATTITUDE” ALBUM)
  22. Everything’s Beautiful Now—Christine Albert (BEST SONGS ABOUT LIFE AND DEATH ALBUM)
  23. Awkward Stage—Bill Berry (BEST COMEDY/POP ALBUM)
  24. Blizzard of Blues—Tommy Z (BEST BLUES GUITAR ALBUM)
  25. Everlasting Arms—Luke Winslow-King (BEST NEW ORLEANS FEEL BLUES ALBUM)
  26. World of Strangers—Zoe Muth and The Lost High Rollers (BEST FEMALE SINGER/SONGWRITER ALBUM)
  27. And Then There Were TrollZ—ShwizZ (BEST FUSION ALBUM)
  28. Hillbilly Zen-Punk Blues—Reverend Freakchild (BEST HILLBILLY ZEN-PUNK ALBUM)
  29. A Decade in the Shadows—These Curious Thoughts (BEST ANGLO/AMERICAN ALBUM)
  30. Into the Wild Blue—Roy Rogers (Blues Guitarist) (BEST WISH I’D KNOWN ABOUT HIM YEARS AGO ALBUM)
  31. From Prussia With Love—Nervous Germans (BEST GERMAN ROCK ALBUM, also BEST ALBUM TITLE)
  32. Give It Back to You—The Record Company (BEST ROOTS ALBUM)
  33. All Your Favorite Bands—Dawes (BEST MELLOW ALBUM)
  34. Revolutions—The Liquid Scene (BEST PSYCHEDELIC ALBUM)
  35. Lone Wolf—Jessica Lee Wilkes (BEST ROCKABILLY ALBUM)
  36. Midnight Mist—Voo Davis
  37. Shake It Up—Mick Clarke (BEST BRITISH BLUES ALBUM)
  38. Good Times! —The Monkees (BEST POP TIME CAPSULE ALBUM)
  39. Wampus Cat—Gigi Scott and Trouble Town
  40. Real—Laith Al-Saadi (BEST REDISCOVERY ALBUM)
  41. For Love and Spite—Latvian Radio (BEST BAND POWER POP ALBUM)
  42. Radio Sweetheart—Radio Borges and The Broken Singles (BEST FEMALE POWER POP ALBUM)
  43. Hold On a Little Longer—Eugene Hideaway Bridges (BEST “BLUES YOU CAN USE” ALBUM)
  44. Wild Heart—Samantha Fish (BEST HORIZON ARTIST ALBUM)
  45. Ragged and Dirty—Devon Allman
  46. Ashes and Dust—Warren Haynes and Railroad Earth (BEST GUITAR LICKS ON AN AMERICANA ALBUM)
  47. Above the Sweet Tea Line—Jeremy Porter and The Tuccos
  48. The Road in Me—Sally Barris (BEST FEMALE SONGWRITER ALBUM)
  49. Relaxtronaut—The Effort Award (HONORABLE MENTION: ALBUM TITLE)
  50. Lollipop Motel—Jason Didner and The Jungle Gym Jam (BEST KINDIE ALBUM)
  51. Untethered Moon—Built to Spill (BEST GUITAR ROCK ALBUM)
  52. Black Moon Spell—King Tuff (BEST “SICK MIND” ALBUM)
  53. Wild Nights—PINS (BEST ALL FEMALE ROCK ALBUM)
  54. We Will Reign—The Last Internationale (BEST POLITICAL ROCK ALBUM)
  55. I’m the Boss—Rachel B (BEST “NEW” POP ALBUM)
  56. Dismal Swamp Lords—Dismal Swamp Lords (BEST SWAMP ALBUM)
  57. Window on the World—John McKinley (BEST CANADIAN BLUES ALBUM)
  58. Just for the Love of It—Happy Traum (BEST FOLK STANDARDS ALBUM)
  59. Walking into White—Sarah McQuaid (BEST BRITISH FOLK ALBUM)
  60. Sufficiently Rude—Million Sellers (BEST GARAGE ALBUM)
  61. Three Big Ones—The Secrets (Detroit Secrets) (BEST KEPT SECRET IN DETROIT ALBUM)
  62. Gravity—Arjun (BEST INSTRUMENTAL FUSION ALBUM)
  63. I Was Told There Would Be Pie—Jen Houston
  64. Aragon Mill—Si Kahn and The Looping Brothers (BEST BLUEGRASS ALBUM)
  65. Reign of the West—The Grave Jinglers (BEST OUTLAW ALBUM)
  66. Eventually—Super Heater (BEST ALBUM BY A BAND THAT BROKE UP IN 2016)
  67. Naturally—Raina Randolph
  68. Live at Roscoe’s—Detroit Johnny-O (BEST LIVE ROCK ALBUM)
  69. Highly Irregular—Whistler’s Father
  70. Little Vixen—Sigrid Christiansen (BEST LOCAL FOLK ALBUM)
  71. Leaving Boston—Christa Gniadek
  72. The Madcat Midnight Blues Journey—Peter Madcat Ruth, Drew Howard, Mark Schrock, Michael Shimmin (BEST LIVE BLUES ALBUM)
  73. Shadow Trails—Linda McRae (BEST CANADIAN FOLK ALBUM)
  74. California Nights—Best Coast (BEST POP/ROCK ALBUM)
  75. Good Luck, Bad Karma—Best Behavior (BEST KARMA ROCK ALBUM)
  76. Choose to Be Human—Xposed 4Heads (BEST “NORMAL” “OUT THERE” ALBUM)
  77. Dragonfly—Great Caesar’s Ghost (BEST DOUBLE ALBUM)
  78. Outskirts of Love—Shemekia Copeland
  79. 18th and Volstead—The Vaude Villains
  80. Talk—Jon Pousette-Dart (BEST ALBUM COVER)
  81. Capricorn—Happy Fangs
  82. Histories of Things—Calvin Becker
  83. Stumbling Towards the Light—Eric Banaan
  84. The Power, The Glory, and The Monkey Time—George Stephen Kelly (SECOND BEST ALBUM TITLE)
  85. Surf Noir—The 427s (BEST SURF ALBUM)
  86. Get Well—Birth of Joy (BEST POWER TRIO ROCK ALBUM)
  87. Multitudes—James Houlahan
  88. What I Did—Hey Mavis
  89. Pole Barn Rebels—Pole Barn Rebels (BEST “MITT” ALBUM)
  90. New Mexico Dirt—G.S. Harper (BEST SOLO ACOUSTIC ALBUM)
  91. World War Trio, Pts. 2 and 3—Consider the Source (BEST INSTRUMENTAL WORLD/FUSION ALBUM)
  92. Dr. Hyperstein—Redtenbacher’s Funkestra (BEST FUNK ALBUM)
  93. The Black Sky Sequined—Colorway
  94. Crazy Neighbors—Crazy Neighbors
  95. A Valentine to the Future—Telamor
  96. Up Close at Faraway Sound—The Brother Brothers (BEST HARMONIES ALBUM)
  97. Dirt—Lucid
  98. Weirdo Shrine—La Luz
  99. Waves—Big Brother Smokes (ALBUM WITH THE BEST BASS LINES)
  100. Beat the Champ—The Mountain Goats (BEST ALBUM ABOUT WRESTLING)

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