The February 2010 issue of Acoustic Guitar magazine has a year-by-year listing of what they deem to be the finest acoustic music of the past two decades. It’s part of the magazine’s 20th Anniversary issue, billed as a collector’s edition.
They call the list 20 Years of Essential Acoustic Albums, and it can be found on their web site. Of course, bluegrass and bluegrassy albums are included, taking up a substantial percentage of the total.
Unsurprising titles include the Nickel Creek debut, the Alison Krauss Live CD, Bryan Sutton’s Bluegrass Guitar, Tone Poems from Tony Rice and David Grisman, and Slide Rule from Jerry Douglas. We were also pleased to find Blue Highway’s Midnight Storm and Tim Stafford’s Endless Line make the list, along with Cherryholmes’ Don’t Believe, Alison Brown’s Simple Pleasures, and Bluegrass Rules from Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder.
Read the complete list online.