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Here's what the FTB readers voted for their Best of the Year...

1. LORETTA LYNN - Van Lear Rose (Interscope)
2. SLAID CLEAVES - Wishbones (Philo/Rounder)
3. BUDDY MILLER - Universal United House of Prayer (New West)
4. MOOT DAVIS- Moot Davis (Little Dog)
5. WILCO- A Ghost is Born (Nonesuch)
6. ALLISON MOORER - The Duel (Sugar Hill)

7. JOHN FOGERTY- Deja Vu All Over Again (Geffen)

8. GREY DE LISLE - The Graceful Ghost (Sugar Hill)
9. CHARLIE ROBISON - Good Times (Dualtone)
10. JIM LAUDERDALE- Headed For The Hills (Dualtone)
11. RAY LAMONTAGNE - Trouble (RCA)
12. JOLIE HOLLAND - Escondida (-Anti)
13. JAMES McMURTRY - Live in Ought-Three (Sugar Hill)
14. STEVE EARLE - The Revolution Starts...Now (Artemis)
15 WILLIE NELSON- It Always Will Be (Lost Highway)
16. ALLISON KRAUSS & UNION STATION - Lonely Runs Both Ways (Rounder)
17. BLANCHE - If We Can't Trust The Doctors (V2)
18. JOE WEST - South Dakoto Hairdo (Frogville)
19. NEKO CASE- The tigers Have Spoken (-Anti)
20. BR549 - Tangled in the Pines (Dualtone)
many other interesting CD's recieved votes including...

DOLOREAN - Violence In The Snowy Fields
(Yep Roc)
MARTIN SIMPSON - Righteousness & Humidity
(Red House)
TIM HUS - Alberta Crude
(Saved By Radio)
JAMES HAND - Recorded Live at the Saxon Pub
(Knight Klub)
KID LIGHTNING - Her Smallest Breath Is Full of Grace
I SEE HAWKS IN L.A. - Grapevine
(Western Seeds)
DOC & MERLE WATSON - Sittin Here Pickin the Blues (Rounder)
Best New Artist
MOOT DAVIS- Moot Davis
(Little Dog)
JOE WEST - South Dakoto Hairdo (Frogville)
Best Various Artist's Release
Enjoy Every Sandwich: The Songs of Warrren Zevon


Here's what FTB reviewers Bill Frater, Don Grant, Kay Clements, Michael Meehan and Kevin Russell chose for their favorites or 2004.


Here's FTB Editor Bill Frater's Top 10 CD releases of 2004

1. BUDDY MILLER - Universal United House of Prayer (New West)
2. ELIZA GILKYSON - Land Of Milk & Honey (Red House)
3. MARK ERELLI - Hillbilly Pilgrim (Signature Sounds)

4. POLECAT CREEK - Leaving Eden (Yodel-Ay-Hee)

5. STEVE EARLE - The Revolution Starts...Now (Artemis)
6. GURF MORLIX - Cut 'n Shoot (Blue Corn)
7. SLAID CLEAVES - Wishbones (Philo)
8. NOTORIOUS CHERRY BOMBS - Notorious Cherry Bombs (Universal South)
9. JESSE DAYTON - Country Soul Brother (Stag)
10. GERAINT WATKINS - Dial ‘W' For Watkins (Bluefive/Yep Roc)
plus 10 more good ones...
11. GRAHAM PARKER - My Country (Bloodshot)
12. LORI McKENNA - Bittertown (Signature Sounds)
13. TODD SNIDER - East Nashville Skyline (Oh Boy)
14. CHARLIE ROBISON - Good Times (Dualtone)
15. JON LANGFORD - All the Fame of Lofty Deeds (Bloodshot)
16. ELVIS COSTELLO - The Delivery Man (Lost Highway)
17. JULIE LEE - Stillhouse Road (Compadre)
18. DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS - The Dirty South (New West)
19. LORETTA LYNN - Van Lear Rose (Interscope)
20. DAVE ALVIN - Ashgrove (Yep Roc)
Favorite "Various artists" CD's of 2004
Touch My Heart: Tribute to Johnny Paycheck (Sugar Hill)
Hard headed woman – Tribute to Wanda Jackson (Bloodshot)
Favorite New Artist
Favorite individual songs of 2004
eliza Gilkyson- "Highway 9"
Notorious Cherry Bombs- "It's Hard To Kiss The Lips At Night (That Chewed Your Ass Out All Day Long)"
Drive-By Truckers- "Carl Perkins' Cadillac"
elvis Costello- "Monkey To Man"
Keiran Kane & Kevin Welch- "Everybody's Workin' For The Man Again..."

FTB reviewer Kay Clements' Top 10 CD releases of 2004

1. Moot Davis – Moot Davis – Little Dog

2. Buddy Miller – Universal United House of Prayer – new West
3. Chris Stuart & Backcountry – Mojave River – Backcountry Music

4. Sean Doyle – The Light and the Half Light - Compass

5. Skeeter Truck – Skeeter Truck - self Released
6 . Greencards – Movin on – self Released

7. Korby Lenker- Bellingham - self Released

8. Nathan – Jimson Weed – Nettwerk America
9. Fred Eaglesmith – dusty – a Major Label
10. Polecat Creek – Leaving Eden – Yodel-ay-hee

and not only that, but I Also liked:

I See Hawks In LA – Grapevine – Western Seeds
Jolie Holland – Escondida - Anti
Terry Pinnegar – Expeditions – Clairetunes Music
Hoyle Brothers – Back to the Door – Loose Boot Music
Hopped Up – Get Gone – Rhythm Bomb
Old Crow Medicine Show - O.C.M.S - nettwerk

Patty Griffin – Impossible Dream – ATO

Dirk Powell – Time Again – Rounder
Dave Alvin – Ashgrove – Yep Roc
Jim Lauderdale – Headed fo the Hills – Dualtone

Various Artists Favorites
Touch my Heart – Tribute to Johnny Paycheck – Sugar Hill
Hard headed woman – Tribute to Wanda Jackson - Bloodshot
Return to Cold Mountain – Songs Inpsired by the Film - Compendia
Beautiful Dreamer – songs of Stephen Foster -

Favorite New Artist - Moot Davis

favorite re-issues
Kay Adams – wheels and tears - Sundazed
Johnny Paycheck – More from the Little Darlin Years - Koch
George Jones - Live from Louisiana Hayride - Scena
Lloyd Green – Little Darlin Ayears - Koch
Jimmy Martin – Don't Cry to Me - Thrilljockey
Thomas Fraser – Lay down my old Guitar - self


FTB reviewer Michael Meehan's Top 10 CD releases of 2004

1. Jim Lauderdale    Headed For the Hills   (Dualtone)

2. Lori McKenna    Bittertown   (Signature)
3. Dave Alvin   Ashgrove       (Yep Roc)

4. Buddy Miller    Universal United House of Prayer  (New West)

5. Tom Waits   Real Gone     (Anti)
6 . Peter Rowan and Tony Rice    You Were There For Me    (Rounder)

7. Graham Parker   Your Country     (Bloodshot

8. Loretta Lynn  Van Lear Rose      (Universal)
9. Slaid Cleaves   Wishbones    (Philo)
10. Danny Barnes  Livin' Large (in a Little Bitty Room)     (Terminus)
Best Various Artists
Beautiful Dreamer   Songs of Stephen Foster (Emergent)
Best New Artist
Moot Davis/Moot Davis   (Little Dog Records)
Drew Landry and the Dirty Cajuns/ Keep What's Left     (Pailhorse Records)
Favorite Song - "I've Endured" (written by Ollabelle Reed, performed by Tim O'Brien) 
Songs of the Year
Paint and Glass      Robert Hunter/Jim Lauderdale
Bible Song       Lori McKenna
Gamblin' Shack      Drew Landry


FTB reviewer Don Grant's Top 10 CD releases of 2004

1. Joe West, South Dakota Hairdo (Frogville)

2. Geraint Watkins, Dial W For Watkins (Bluefive/YepRoc)
3. Corinne, Bound For The Living (Make Records)

4. Peter Rowan & Tony Rice-You Were There For Me (Rounder)

5. Loretta Lynn-Van Lear Rose (Universal)
6 . Will Webb-Name Of The Train (Will Webb/Wade Curtis)

7. Jason Ringenberg-Empire Builders (Yep Roc)

8. Eliza Gilkyson-Land Of Milk And Honey (Red House)
9. Tom Gillam-Shake My Hand (Hayden's Ferry)
10. Fred Eaglesmith-Dusty (AML)

also in the running...

Grey DeLisle-The Graceful Ghost (Sugar Hill)

Uncle Cuckleburr's Champion Possum Carvers-The Ozark Sheiks (May Apple)
Dave McCann and the Ten Toed Frogs-Country Medicine (Indie)

Ray Lamontagne-Trouble (RCA)

Blackie and the Rodeo Kings-Bark (True North)

Chris Richards-Tumblers And Grit (Lake Effect)

Lori McKenna-Bittertown (Signature Sounds)

Steve Earle-The Revolution Starts… Now (Artemis)
Dave Alvin-Ashgrove (Yep Roc)

I See Hawks In L.A.-Grapevine (Western Seeds)


VA Compilation- Enjoy Every Sandwich: The Songs Of Warren Zevon (Artemis)

New Artist For 2004 - Corinne Duskin


Good Individual Tunes
1. “Be More Right”, Melanie Hersch, Waiting For The Moment , (Senor Face Music)
2. “Why You Been Gone So Long”, Eleven Hundred Springs, Bandwagon , (Palo Duro)
3. “Video Taping Our Love”, Joe West, South Dakota Hairdo , (Frogville)


FTB reviewer Kevin Russell's Top 10 Bluegrass CD releases of 2004

1. Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum - Guest House

2. Tim O'Brien - Traveler (Howdy Skies)
3. Vern William's Band - Traditional Bluegrass (Arhoolie)

4. The Greencards - Movin' On (self Released)

5. Kane's River - Same River Twice
6 . Bill Monroe - Live at Mechanics Hall

7. The Stanley Brothers - an evening long ago

8. Mountain Heart - Force of Nature (Sugar Hill)
Dale Ann Bradley - Send the Angels
10. Doyle Lawson - A School of Bluegrass

FTB reviewer Kevin Russell's Top 10 "general" CD releases of 2004

1. Buddy Miller - United Universal House of Love
2. Patty Griffin - Impossible Dream
3. Mavis Staples - Have a Little Faith
4. Kasey Chambers - Wayward Angel
5. Kieran Kane & Kevin Welch - You can't Save Everybody
6. John Jorgensen - Franco American Swing
7. Time Jumper's - Live at the Station Inn
8. Kim Richey - Collection
9. Alison Krause & Union Station- Lonely Runs both Ways
10. Melissa Collard - Old Fashioned Love
Favorite Reissue CD's
Jimmy Bryant - Fretin' Fingers
Delmore Brothers (box) -  Classic Cuts 1933-41
Chet Atkins - Early Chet Atkins
Favorite New Artist - Ollabelle
Favorite Song - "I've Endured" (written by Ollabelle Reed, performed by Tim O'Brien) 
Favorite Various artists project
Various artists- Night Train to Nashville - Music City Rhythm & Blues 1945-1970 (Lost Highway)
Ben Harper & Blind Boys of Alabama -  There Will be a Light


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