Ann VerWiebe – Folk Alley’s Website & Newsletter Editor – Top 10 CD List for 2007
Susan Werner – The Gospel Truth
Werner uses her singer/songwriter talents to create an unusual collection of ruminations on faith told from an agnostic’s point of view. A CD that makes you think while you’re enjoying the well-crafted songs.
Favorite Song – “Probably Not”
Josh Ritter – The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter
A large, wonderful CD filled with humable melodies and powerful storytelling – stretching Ritter’s acoustic roots. Some have criticized Ritter for his Dylanesque sound on a few numbers, but if we had to silence every neo-folkie who had Dylan moments, it would be a very quiet room.
Favorite Song – “Rumors”
Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby – Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby
An unexpected acoustic collaboration that draws on the strengths of two talented musicians. Skaggs has long been the master of the trad bluegrass revival and he uses his instrumentation to blend with the versatile Hornsby.
Favorite Song – “Mandolin Rain”
Uncle Earl – Waterloo, Tennessee
A more than convincing example of the good that comes from groups comprised of legitimate solo artists – here KC Groves, Abigail Washburn, Rayna Gellert and Kristin Andreassen – as they combine their musical parts to create an engaging whole.
Favorite Song – “Streak o’ Lean, Streak o’ Fat”
Mountain Heart – Road That Never Ends: The Live Album
Mountain Heart’s first CD with new lead singer, Josh Shilling, demonstrates the roots rock side of bluegrass with high energy live cuts. One of the rising young bands in bluegrass nearly crackles in its natural setting – live performance.
Favorite Song – “While The Getting’s Good”