We begin the best of 2005 shows today with a rundown of some of the best roots & Americana singles of the year. It was a great year for music in general, and certainly a more than solid one for music of the country-tinged persuasion.
It was a year that saw a welcome return from Jay Farrar's Son Volt, the Knitters, and the venerable Bobby Bare Sr. who, produced by his son, recorded an album with the look and feel of something outta Nashville's hey-day.
Bobby Bare Sr.
The recently-maligned Ryan Adams reasserted his talents with two solid albums with his band the Cardinals, while his former Whiskeytown partner Caitlin Cary turned out an excellent collaboration with fellow singer-songwriter Thad Cockrell.
We also witnessed the passing of some greats this year, among them giants like R.L. Burnside, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown and Chris Whitley. Other highlights and oddities? Willie Nelson turned in a reggae album, Bloodshot Records trumped nearly everyone else with another brilliant compilation, the gap between depth and mainstream Nashville widened even more, Johnny Cash enjoyed his 75th wave of fame (60th since his death) and In House, for better or worse, kept on truckin'.
In House #1521.
Focus: Best of 2005: Roots and Americana Singles.
BONUS MP3s from today's show:
Abigail Washburn: "Coffee's Cold" (MP3)
Robbie Fulks: "Georgia Hard" (MP3)
Son Volt: "Gramophone" (MP3)