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TJ Music [Turnstyled, Junkpiled] Best of 2019

Another year of music is in the books. TJ’s best of 2019 celebrates the diverse work of artists we love, ranging from country legends to impressive newcomers. Thank you to all of our TJ family for contributing their time, taste, support and representing who we are as a publication.

Editor’s Top 10 Releases

By Courtney S. Lennon

1. Charley CrockettThe Valley 
2. Townes Van Zandt  Sky Blue 
3. Tyler ChildersCountry Squire
4. Ian NoeBetween The Country
5. Vincent Neil Emerson – Fried Chicken & Evil Women
6. Hayes CarllWhat It Is
7. Justin Townes EarleThe Saint of Lost Causes
8. Gurf MorlixImpossible Blue
9. Chris KnightAlmost Daylight
10. Folkfaces – Fat Ol’ Rat


TJ EAST Top 10

By Brian Rock

1. Tylor & The Train Robbers  Best of The Worst Kind
Brilliant debut from rising Americana stars

2. Davina & The Vagabonds  Sugar Drops
Irrepressibly joyful jazz

3. Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley  World Full of Blues
A master class in finger picking

4. Justin Townes Earle  The Saint of Lost Causes
Western/blues fusion with plenty of steel guitar

5. Charlie Parr  Charlie Parr
Master blues guitarist’s three-minute musical novels

6. Jared Deck  Bully Pulpit
Gospel tinged Americana that packs a punch

7. Holly Renee Allen  Appalachian Piecemeal
The unadulterated voice of Appalachia

8. Eilen Jewell  Gypsy
Queen of the minor key returns to her country roots

9. Jason James – Seems Like Tears Ago
Vintage honky tonk sounds from country’s golden age

10. Ted Russel Kamp – Walkin’ Shoes
Joe Walsh influenced guitar licks galore


TJ WEST Top 15

By Kim Grant

1. Aaron Lee TasjanKarma For Cheap: Reincarnated
2. Chip & Tony KinmanSounds Like Music
3. Chris Robinson BrotherhoodServants of the Sun
4. The Flesh EatersI Used to Be Pretty
5. LambchopThis (is what I wanted to tell you)
6. Leslie StevensSinner
7. The Wood BrothersLive at the Fillmore
8. YolaWalk Through Fire
9. WilcoOde to Joy
10. Alice WallaceInto the Blue
11. Liz BrasherPainted Image
12. Robert EllisTexas Piano Man
13. The HawtThornsMorning Sun
14. Amelia WhiteRhythm of the Rain
15. Damien JuradoIn the Shape of a Storm


Americana Top 10

By Terry Roland

1. Rodney Crowell  Texas
A major collaborative work by one of country music’s finest songwriters. It’s not the friends who turn out for the proceeding,s but the fact that Crowell is fully in touch with his songwriting gift and the joy it brings to those who love and appreciate him. Guests include Vince Gill, Ringo Star and John Prine.

2. Various  Come On Up To The House:  Women Sing Waits
Maybe one of the most ingenious albums ever conceived in paying tribute to an artist know on and loved for his eccentricities.

3. Rhiannon Giddens  there is no Other
Recorded with legendary Italian multi-instrumentalist, Francesco Turrisi, the music reaches across the ages and continents to reveal music of depth, soul, and mystery.

4. Gene Clark No Other (Re-issue 1974)
A forgotten and unacknowledged landmark album, No Other stands among the best of the glory days of rock masterpieces. It belongs in the company of Astral Weeks, Blue and After the Gold Rush. The most underrated artist of his era, his best work deserves his day in the sun with this album shining to show just how high he flew in his short life time.

5. The Highwomen The Highwomen
By approaching this project with no need to carry their legacies, super group quartet has produced an unpretentious, light-hearted and entertaining album that will no doubt find a broader audience than may have been expected.

6. Keb’ Mo’ Oklahoma
A move to Nashville and toward Americana has produced a place for this vital American artist to grow his music that simultaneously served to broaden the genre’s horizon.

7. Ikes Creek  Up, Rising
Korey Simone and company have released a self-assured collection of well-written songs recorded with a mind and heart toward the great tradition of the marriage between blues and bluegrass, mountain music and the Delta. The album has a solid uncompromising country feel.

8. The HawtThorns Morning Sun
Los Angeles has seldom had it as good when these two talented musicians came together. Johnny Hawthorn’s guitar and arrange perfectly match KP Profit’s vocals. They are dynamic and fill of the wonder of a new found musical chemistry.

9. Ana Egge – It is the Kiss
Simple and clear lyrical singer-songwriter. A haunting stirring collection of songs. A fresh and original talent.

10. Lukas Nelson – Turn Off the News (Build a Garden)
Lukas and band joined the rodeo of great country bands anchored by skilled musicianship and incisive songwriting long ago. This album finds them riding on new found energy and applying lessons learned from their years with Neil Young well.


Ameripolitan Top 10

By Mark W. Lennon

1. Tyler ChildersCountry Squire

2. Charley CrockettThe Valley

3. Steve Earle and the DukesGuy

4. Dale WatsonCall Me Lucky

5. Justin Townes EarleThe Saint of Lost Causes

6. Dallas MooreTryin’ To Be A Blessing

7. Mike and the MoonpiesCheap Silver and Solid Country Gold

8. Rodney CrowellTexas

9. Vincent Neil EmersonFried Chicken & Evil Women

10. Kinky FriedmanResurrection

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