As is always the case, the close of each year heralds a slew of “Best Of” lists of every imaginable description. They are a staple in all sorts of news and entertainment media (see our Favorite Bluegrass Recording of 2008 poll), and in addition to filling space in print and online, provide helpful tips for folks looking hunting Christmas gifts for friends and family with specific tastes.
We found a couple recently with bluegrass themes or content.
One of the most expressive singers in Nashville, and not merely in bluegrass circles, Cannon compels you to listen to these stories of everyday life, whether she’s consoling a new friend or stumbling into love after swearing it would never happen.
Dave Royko has also submitted his annual list of the top bluegrass/newgrass releases of the year for The Chicago Tribune, published yesterday (12/14).
- Abigail Washburn and the Sparrow Quartet, self-titled
- Punch Brothers: Punch
- Corbett/Chrisman/Tice, self-titled
- Ralph Stanley: Old-Time Pickin’‚ÄîA Clawhammer Banjo Collection
- Bela Fleck & the Flecktones: Jingle All the Way
You can read Dave’s comments about each project online.