RMHQ Top 20 Albums of 2018

RMHQ Top 20 Album
2018.

This end of year Top 10 Albums malarkey is proving ever more difficult…….. so far we have posted 279 reviews covering Americana, Country, Alt. Country, Cow Punk, Soul, Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Rock, Blues Rock, singer-songwriters, Folk, Alt. Folk, Nu-Folk, Ska AND Reggae!
Each individual album is here on it’s very own merits and we wrote about them because we liked ’em and passionately believed they needed to be heard around the world (speaking of which…….. we had visitors from 371 different countries during 2018!!! 371???? I didn’t know that there was that many!)
At one stage the spreadsheet for my Top 10 featured over 50 titles; such has been the quality of releases in 2018; but after a lot of deliberation and heartache, here is my own personal Top 20 albums that were released this year and each ‘surprised or fascinated’ me when I first heard them……….. sorry if you aren’t included. 

  1. Kim Richey – Edgeland
  2. Malcolm Holcombe – Come Hell or High Water
  3. Big Boy Bloater – Pills
  4. Stephen Fearing – The Secret of Climbing
  5. Curse of Lono – As I Feel
  6. Gem Andrews – North
  7. Ruby Boots – Don’t Talk About It
  8. Bennett Wilson Poole – Bennett Wilson Poole
  9. Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite – No Mercy
  10. Prosecco Socialist – Songs From Behind Bars
  11. Kid Ramos – Old School 
  12. John Hiatt – Eclipse Sessions
  13. Susie Vinnick – Shake The Love Around
  14. Abe Partridge – Cotton Fields and Blood For Days
  15. Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore – Downey to Lubbock
  16. Rod Picott – Out Past the Wires
  17. Capone & The Bullets – Fusion 
  18. Ben Folke Thomas – Modern Man
  19. LeBarons Band – Summer of Death 
  20. Frankie Davies – Wherever I Go.

Song of the year……… Kim Richey 

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