A few surprises and a
few expected entries.
By Blurt Staff
Music Association recently announced its year end Top 100 Albums
of the Year – as expected, Buddy & Julie Miller and Steve Earle topped the
chart, but among the surprises lurking in the Top 10 listings were Slaid
Cleaves, the Tejas Brothers and Earle’s kid Justin Townes Earle.
It’s been a good year for Americana, and things will get
even better next year, in a sense, when the Grammys formally recognize
Americana as a bonafide musical genre rather than trying to shoehorn some of
those types of artists into other categories.
The Top 100 albums are based on those
records reported during the period of November 17, 2008 through November 16,
2009. (Note that a number of them also made the BLURT Top 50 for 2009.) The Top
Ten most played albums, as charted on the Americana Airplay Chart are:
1. Buddy & Julie Miller
2. Steve Earle
3. Slaid Cleaves
5. Willie Nelson and Asleep At The Wheel
7. Tejas Brothers
8. Levon Helm
9. Justin Townes Earle