The Rocking Magpie Top 10 Albums of 2015

The Rocking Magpie Top 10 Albums of 2015

What a year 2015 has been for music! So far I have reviewed 147 albums and EP’s released this year .
Obviously some were better than others; but of the ones that made it onto the website (45 that didn’t make it !) the standard was exceptionally high; with some stunning new discoveries alongside some fabulous new albums from established artists.
With that staggering amount of reviews to choose from selecting a Top 10 has been very difficult; so I have gone with albums that ‘stuck in my mind’ and a couple that completely blew me away when I first heard them; and still sound great weeks and months later.
Sadly there are some wonderful albums that haven’t made this list but they get honourable mentions at the end.

10) Dave and Phil Alvin – Lost Time
09) Whitney Rose Band – Heartbreaker of the Year.
08) Trevor Sewell – Hollow
07) Kinky Friedman – The Loneliest Man I Never Met
06)The Yawpers – American Man
05) Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – So Delicious
04) Danny and the Champions of the World – What Kind of Love?
03) John Moreland – High on Tulsa Heat

02) Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free
01) Tom Russell – The Rose of Roscrae

Honourable Mentions – Voo Davis, Graham Parker, Texas Martha, Peesh, Lake Poets, Malojian, Jas Patrick, Blinddog Smokin’, Nathanial Rateliff, Amphetameanies, Sam Lewis and a host of others.

Feel free to add your own favourite albums in the comment box below.

The Rocking Magpie leads……others follow!

4 thoughts on “The Rocking Magpie Top 10 Albums of 2015

  1. This was my submission to No depression and I don’t see any need to make any changes. As tough as ever, drilling down to just 10 Albums from so many quality releases. But Chris Stapleton was a run-away winner for me with the most refreshing set of heartfelt songs. It was a year when Soul crept a little more into Country and I still didn’t have room for Jim Lauderdale.

    1 Traveller
    Chris Stapleton

    2 Ten: The Songs of Ben Bullington
    Darrell Scott

    3 Watkins Family Hour
    Watkins Family Hour

    4 The Traveling Kind
    Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell

    5 Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
    Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

    6 Pompadour
    Tim O’Brien

    7 Tracker
    Mark Knopfler

    8 Rich In Love
    Colin Linden

    9 Crosseyed Heart
    Keith Richards

    10 Over and Even
    Joan Shelley

    Honourable mentions that didn’t quite make it – Jim Lauderdale (Soul Searching); Rhiannon Giddens (Tomorrow is my turn); Ian Siegal (Picnic Sessions); Don Henley (Cass County); The Wood Brothers (Paradise); Jason Isbell (Somewhere more than free).


  2. Isn’t it wonderful that all this music can not only bring people together, but it is so easy for us all who are so keenly interested and read + follow all sorts of news feeds in this technological age to miss some cracking music.

    Likewise, I knew most of yours but hadn’t heard of Whitney Rose Band / Trevor Sewell / The Yawpers, but coincidentally have just completed one of Kinky Freidmans novels.

    Chris Stapleton won several major awards at the recent CMA Awards (including best album). You need to check him out. He was previously in The Steeldrivers. Also Joan Shelley was one of the features of one of last weeks editions on No Depression.


  3. Hi Rocking Magpie, that was a great list and a fine show. Since you ask, here’s what I put up on No Depression and the Americana Music Show;

    1. High on Tulsa Heat
    John Moreland

    2. Terraplane
    Steve Earle & The Dukes

    3. Ashes and Dust
    Warren Haynes featuring Railroad Earth

    4. Into the Sea
    Dean Owens

    5. Down To Believing
    Allison Moorer

    6. Something More Than Free
    Jason Isbell

    7. Lights Along the River
    The Mallett Brothers Band

    8. Crazy Beautiful
    Tia McGraff

    9. The Day Ain’t Done
    Kevin Sekhani

    10. The Ruffian’s Misfortune
    Ray Wylie Hubbard

    But in the end it’s all good fun and about sharing fine music. I hope your recovery is progressing and here’s to a cracking music-filled 2016.

    All the best,


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