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The Music of 2011: The Complete List

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Amazing albums were released this year - powerhouse works by Adele, Arcade Fire, BeirutBon Iver, Burlap to Cashmere, Coldplay - as well as great albums by Brett Dennen (fun!), Feist, Fleet Foxes, Gomez, Lisa Hannigan, Mumford & SonsPaul Simon, and more! All of these should lead a list of favorites of 2011.

Weeding further: I loved the latest Eric Bibb, David Bromberg, City and Colour, Farewell Drifters, Katie Herzig, Jason Isbell, Imelda May, Benny Marchant, Sarah McLaughlan, Ollabelle, Justin Roth, and the Rifters. Rj Cowdery, The Head and the Heart, and Madeleine Peyroux, were ALL wonderful. Honorable mention to the great work of Katey Laurel, Katya Chrover, and Matracea Berg. ( … who did I miss? I feel as if I missed someone…)

Given this huge quantity of great music,  I chose to reflect upon works I feel were equally as strong, but perhaps did not have a huge media machine behind them. Selections that just might slip under your radar, but certainly should not! I hope you enjoyed the selections.

The Full List:
Editor's Note: 01.02.2012 - this list was published in the reverse order of what was intended and has been corrected. We regret the error.

  1. The Civil Wars - Barton Hallow
  2. Red Molly - Light In The Sky
  3. Chuck Pyle - The Spaces In Between
  4. Driftwood Fire - How to Untangle A Heartache
  5. Vanessa Lively - Uncovering Stones
  6. Jonathan Edwards - My Love Will Keep
  7. Kathryn Mostow - Rich Girl
  8. Blame Sally - Speeding Ticket and a Valentine
  9. SHEL - When The Dragon Came Down
  10. Annie Wenz - Ride The Sky

That's all for my list of 2011! I don't have to tell you what a struggle it was to whittle it all down, so many wonderful and delightful releases this year! If you have a favorite, or heaven forbid, I missed something feel free to let me know in the comments section below. Peter's list of 2011 favorites premieres here on Monday.

Though the majority of my radio experience has been in the commercial sector (from Colorado to Utah to Alaska), my radio was always tuned to the public station... I am an NPR junkie. I was blessed to work with some truly amazing and creative people in radio since my first professional job in the industry during my freshman year in college. That blessing has continued by being part of the family of one of the most incredible radio stations (and staff) in the country - KUNC.
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