Unofficial Philby Best Albums of 2020 Countdown #8!!!

The Philby Award

The cliché states that all good things must come to an end.

Well, it holds true for “unofficial” Philby lists, too.

Today’s post will be the last unofficial list for both songs or albums.

Anything posted after today will be complete and official!

Wednesday’s “Theme Attic” with Phil Maq from 2PM-4PM EDT, will be The Grand Finale for the Philbys, as I count down the Top 20 Philby Albums of 2020!

The show can be heard on WHFR 89.3 FM in the Dearborn-Detroit area of Michigan, or it can be streamed with this link:!

The song list should be published prior to the show!

Here’s the last unofficial update of the Pandemic Philby 100 Best Albums of 2020!:

21.Out of the Blues—Boz Scaggs

22.Prophetstown—The Joedai Warriors

23.All That’s Real—Gathering Sparks

24.Grievous Angel—Grievous Angel

25.Everyone Comes From Somewhere—Don Arbor

26.Echoes: Remembering The Music of Tom Petty—Various Artists

27.Steady Heart—Vicky Emerson 

28.NOLA to New York—Jeff Scott 

29.Please Yourself—Michael on Fire

30.Almost Ready for the Future—Tom Curless and The 46%

31.These Are Vitamins—Gladshot

32.Lines and Spaces—Heather Pierson

33.Asilomar—Fathom Lane

34.Can’t Take My Soul—Kelly’s Lot

35.High Times in the Dark—The Claudettes 

36.The Landing—Katie Pederson

37.Silver City—Sarah Borges and The Broken Singles

38.Indian Summer/Greater Heights—Walrus

39.Good Fortune—The Forty Nineteens

40.All Mine—Sarah Morris

41.The Way It Rolls—Michael Kelsey

42.Songs of Hope in a Changing World—Eric Gnezda

43.A Fragile Peace— Lucky Jr.

44.Quarantine Dream—Scott Martin

45.We Get By—Mavis Staples [Hall of Fame]

46.Red Sky Remembers—Gary Browe 

47.Ultra Cloud—Xposed 4Heads

48.Toward Home—Ellie Zwart

49.Addicted—Will Ludford

50.Singin’—The Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio

51.Boomerang—Your Gracious Host  

52.Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basketcase—Eliott Schneider

53.We Won’t Get Out of Here Alive—Transit Method

54.Never Trust the Living—Johnny Mastro and Mama’s Boys

55.No Control—Alex Little and The Suspicious Minds

56.Peculiar—The Slackers  

57.Tales of Whoa—Michael Snyder—Barker

58.November Rain—Steve Sterner and Sundown

59.Fight Another Day—Heathcote Hill

60.String Theory 2.0—Greezy Wheels

61. Wanderlust—Jillian Rae

62.Spirit of the Island—Makoto 

63.Time Hasn’t Changed You—Altameda


65.Copper Rooster and Other Tunes and Tales—Gina Forsyth

66.My Own Magic—Liz E. Brooks 

67.Hollowed Sigh—Scott Baker

68.The Emmylous—The Emmylous 

69.So Many Stars—Friction Farm

70.The Ballad of Billy Bob and Other Generic American Folklore—Barker and Broski

71.Don’t Look Back—Merlot Embargo

72.Simple Life—Nick Carter

73.Don’t Worry, It’s Not Contagious—Jeremy Porter

74.Light Magic—Strawberry Heritage 

75.Now—A— Daze—Caleb Nettles

76.Cut Loose, Vol. 2—Mick Clarke 

77.Bloodshot Red—Popular Creeps 

78.Dancing Through the Storm—Amy Dixon—Kolar

79.Almost Extinct—Dirty Mind Detroit

80.The Open Sea Before Me—Joanna and The Jaywalkers

81.Revolutions and Romantics—Biltmore

82.Fun and Fancy—Sundae and Mr. Goessl

83.The 7 Melodies—The Silver Snails

84.Waterbound—Kevin Lockhart and Bill Bosler

85.The Quietest Place—Hannah Baiardi

86.Time and Truth—Joel Mabus

87.Fantastic Plastic—Flamin’ Groovies 

88.Kill or Be Kind—Samantha Fish 

89.Sundown Over Ghost Town—Eileen Jewell

90.Route 5—Jehova Waitresses 

91.Blink—Rebecca Loebe

92.The Day After the Night Before—Terri Binion 

93.No Drop of Love Is Ever Wasted—Valerie JanLois 

94.1932—Davy Knowles 

95.In My Element—George Heritier

96.Transitions de Vie—Mary Ann Kirt

97.Ask Yo’ Mama—The Groovalottos 

98.Lonesome City—Dave Karchner

99.Wading in the Lesser Middle—Tom Alter 

100.Struggles and Love—Wattle and Daub 


Here’s a section on submissions:

I am accepting entries for Philby consideration!

The album selections are made from a sliding four year pool of music.

The pool for 2021 is 2018-2021.

One of the reasons that I use a multiple year submission scale is that just getting music out to the world is sometimes difficult for an artist.

A lot of them are not really wired for self promotion.

Making music is totally different than drumming up interest in it, especially for independent musicians.

Yes, there are promoters that can help with that. And nothing against promoters because they have a role to play. But they cost money, and the artist already had to pay to record the music, and may not be prepared for the process of promoting it.

After looking at how some other independent awards are handled, I figured a four year window allows me enough time to serendipitously run across someone’s music.

I have told this story several times, but I try very hard to listen to everything that is submitted.

Although I work on my list, starting literally on January 1st, using a four year sliding window, I carry over some of what would qualify from the prior years.

So, if you’ve made some music dating back as far as 2018, I will accept that music for consideration.

If you have something older than 2018, send that, too, but identify the release date. I’m always looking for GREAT music.

For the Philbys, I’m looking for full albums.

However, if you only have a single, I’ll accept that, too. Don’t forget that I also have a Philby Hot Songs list, and more artists are releasing singles these days.

But please don’t send me an incomplete album if you have one.

So, please don’t edit for me.

I hate that and I might not even check out the item. I don’t know why anyone would only send selected songs instead of their whole work of art for consideration.

Please don’t send me links to listen to music. That’s not how I listen to music.  And I probably won’t listen to it if you send me a link to stream it. Either send me the album to download or request my mailing address to send a physical copy.

Every year I say that if your item came out later than May, it may not end up on this year’s list. So it’s possible that submissions entered now may only be considered for 2021. (It sounds so good to think of 2020 being finished!)

However, this year will be totally different than other years. I have not received any where near the amount of releases that I normally do.

It might be an excellent year to send a submission.

I will accept any genre of music. I like a variety of styles, even on the same album!

So, please e-mail your mp3s, and please make sure it is an mp3 only, to

If you want a physical address or have other questions, please e-mail me at the same address. Because selections will be considered for more than a single year, there isn’t an expiration date at the present.

If you want someone who will actually listen to your music, I am that person.

If you want some recognition for working hard and baring your soul, that might be me, too. I can’t make any promises, but I will listen to your music.

If you are reading this and are not a musician but know someone who is, please forward this to them.

Good luck to all who participate!

My weekly radio show “Theme Attic,” can be heard Wednesdays, 2P-4P ET!

The show can be heard on WHFR 89.3 FM in the Dearborn-Detroit area of Michigan, or it can be streamed with this link:!

It almost always includes a weekly countdown of my favorite albums or songs  and some shows feature two countdowns!

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