First broadcast January 7, 2000

A Baker's Dozen of Our North American Favorites of 1999

This is my annual sampling of a baker's dozen of albums I enjoyed and found myself listening to a good deal during the past year, including the landmark folk opera, "The Man From God Knows Where" by Tom Russell. The choices are arbitrary but also with an eye to quality, listener response and historical context. These days such a list is a essentially an exercise in futility because of the vast numbers of excellent albums being produced. This show is restricted to albums from America and Canada. Next week, there will be a cursory glimpse at favorites from across the Atlantic although it will be shortened because an in-studio guest, singer/songwriter Kevin Briody, will be appearing on the show.

    Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Bela Fleck et al, "Blue Mountain Hop", The Bluegrass Sessions, Warner Brothers


  • Tom Russell, "The Man From God Knows Where", "Patrick Russell", "Throwin' Horseshoes At The Moon", "Love Abides", The Man From God Knows Where, Hightone


  • Skip Gorman, "A Cowboy's Wild Song To His Herd", A Cowboy's Wild Song To His Herd, Rounder

  • Jody Stecher, "John Detroy", Oh The Wind And The Rain, Appleseed

  • Bela Fleck et al, "Buffalo Nickel", The Bluegrass Sessions,Warner Brothers


  • Ed Trickett, "Lonesome Robin", Echo On The Evening Tide, Azalea City

  • Rick Fielding, "Patrick Spencer", This One's The Dreamer, Borealis


  • Finest Kind, "April Morning", "Homeless Wassail", Heart's Delight, Fallen Angle

  • Garnet Rogers, "Cricket Dance", "All That Is", Sparrow's Wing, Snowgoose Songs

  • James Keelaghan, "Mirabeau Bridge", Road, Hightone


  • Stuart Whitford, "Vertical Land", Vertical Land, independent

  • Guy Clark, "Cold Dog Soup", Sis Draper", Cold Dog Soup, Sugar Hill

  • Stuart Whitford, "Riverboat Life", Vertical Land, independent


  • Ricky Skaggs, "Pig In A Poke", "Walls Of Time", Ancient Tones, Skaggs Family Records

  • Del McCoury Band, "Get Down On Your Knees And Pray", "Red Eyes On A Red Dog", The Family, Ceili Music