One of the first to do so and publish their list of favourites is PopMatters, the international magazine of cultural criticism.
PopMatters’ bluegrass Top Ten listing includes a good sample from mainstream bluegrass with albums from Lou Reid & Carolina, The Grascals, Town Mountain, Steep Canyon Rangers and Balsam Range among the favored few.
That said, PopMatters has a big tent philosophy, which is demonstrated by the inclusion in the Top 5 of Trampled by Turtles’ Stars and Satellites and, at No. 1, the Punch Brothers’ Who’s Feeling Young Now? album.
Here’s their Top Ten ….
10. Ricky Skaggs – Music to My Ears (Skaggs Family)
09. Lou Reid & Carolina – Calling Me Back Home (KMA)
08. The Boxcars – All In (Mountain Home)
07. The Grascals – Life Finds a Way (Mountain Home)
06. Town Mountain – Leave the Bottle (Pinecastle)
05. Trampled by Turtles – Stars and Satellites (Banjodad)
04. Bill Evans – In Good Company (Native and Fine)
03. Steep Canyon Rangers – Nobody Knows You (Rounder)
02. Balsam Range – Papertown (Mountain Home)
01. Punch Brothers – Who’s Feeling Young Now? (Nonesuch)
A critical review of each album can be found here.
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