PopMatters : The Best Bluegrass of 2013

solivanPop culture media site PopMatters has published their year in review articles, including The Best Bluegrass of 2013.

You may not agree with the Top 10 choices, but, with another perspective, the list (with reviews) may provide impetus to buy if you are missing any of the albums mentioned.

In reverse order, PopMatters Best Bluegrass for 2013 is as follows ….

10 Alan Jackson The Bluegrass Album 

9 The Boxcars It’s Just a Road 

8 Steep Canyon Rangers Tell the Ones I Love 

7 The Steeldrivers Hammer Down

6 Dailey & Vincent Brothers of the Highway

5 Claire Lynch Dear Sister

4 Del McCoury Band Streets of Baltimore

3 Della Mae This World Oft Can Be

2 Gibson Brothers They Called It Music

1 Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen On the Edge 

The full article can be found on the PopMatters’ website.

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About the Author

Richard Thompson

Richard F. Thompson is a long-standing free-lance writer specialising in bluegrass music topics.

A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe.

He wrote the annotated series I’m On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.

  • Dick Bowden

    Actually I was surprised how much I agreed with the listing. Not the order, but the general representation.

  • Donald Teplyske

    Agreed, Dick. Seven of the albums received consideration when I was creating my list of favourite roots albums of the year for FervorCoulee. I found this concise list of ten from Popmatters to be more indicative of the year in bluegrass than that posted to the 145. A banner year by any measure, I would suggest. I did notice that I listened to fewer independent albums this year than previous years, perhaps a measure of the market. I was disappointed that I didn’t include Blue Mafia’s album in my list- disappointed in myself that I crossed it off; listening to it today, I realize I made an error and should have included it.