Country California’s Best of 2011 Lists

  

Sick of lists yet? We’ll make this quick and dirty.

Best Country Albums of 2011
1. Pistol Annies – Hell on Heels
2. Hellbound Glory – Damaged Goods
3. Various Artists – This One’s for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark
4. Matraca Berg – The Dreaming Fields
5. Reckless Kelly – Good Luck and True Love
6. LeAnn Rimes – Lady and Gentlemen
7. Justin Haigh – People Like Me
8. Hayes Carll – KMAG YOYO
9. Miranda Lambert – Four the Record
10. Dirt Drifters – This Is My Blood

(Complete list with comments only at Engine 145.)

Best Country Songs of 2011
1. Ronnie Dunn – “Cost of Livin’”
2. Matraca Berg – “Your Husband’s Cheating on Us”
3. Hellbound Glory – “Better Hope You Die Young”
4. Miranda Lambert – “Same Old You”
5. Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit – “Codeine”
6. Randy Travis w/ Jamey Johnson – “A Few Ole Country Boys”
7. Pistol Annies – “Trailer for Rent”
8. Sunny Sweeney – “Staying’s Worse Than Leaving”
9. Justin Haigh – “In Jail”
10. Pistol Annies – “Lemon Drop”

Best Country Singles of 2011
1. Ronnie Dunn – “Cost of Livin’”
2. Kenny Chesney w/ Grace Potter – “You and Tequila”
3. Sunny Sweeney – “Staying’s Worse Than Leaving”
4. Dirt Drifters – “Always a Reason”
5. Billy Currington – “Love Done Gone”
6. Pistol Annies – “Hell on Heels”
7. George Strait – “Here for a Good Time”
8. Jacob Lyda – “I’m Doing Alright”
9. Taylor Swift – “Mean”
10. Bradley Gaskin – “Mr. Bartender”

Best Bluegrass Albums of 2011
1. Chris Thile & Michael Daves – Sleep with One Eye Open
2. Dale Ann Bradley – Somewhere South of Crazy
3. Jimmie Dale Gilmore & the Wronglers – Heirloom Music
4. Various Artists – I’ll Take Love (from the Pen of Louisa Branscomb)
5. Charlie Sizemore – Heartache Looking for a Home
6. Gibson Brothers – Help My Brother
7. Alison Krauss & Union Station – Paper Airplane
8. Del McCoury Band – Old Memories: Songs of Bill Monroe
9. Sierra Hull – Daybreak
10. Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice – The Heart of a Song

Best Live Albums of 2011
1. Todd Snider – The Storyteller
2. Byron Hill – Radio Songs
3. Slaid Cleaves – Sorrow and Smoke: Live at the Horseshoe Lounge
4. Newfound Road – Live at the Down Home
5. The Steel Wheels – Live at Goose Creek

Best Covers/Tribute Albums of 2011
1. Various Artists – This One’s for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark
2. LeAnn Rimes – Lady & Gentlemen
3. Chris Thile & Michael Daves – Sleep With One Eye Open
4. Chris Isaak – Beyond the Sun
5. Suzy Bogguss – American Folk Songbook
6. Jimmie Dale Gilmore & The Wronglers – Heirloom Music
7. Various Artists – I Love: Tom T. Hall’s Songs of Fox Hollow
8. Carrie Rodriguez & Ben Kyle – We Still Love Our Country
9. Willie Nelson – Remember Me, Volume 1
10. Del McCoury Band – Old Memories: Songs of Bill Monroe

(Hybrid covers or tribute albums containing a fair amount of new material, including those by Randy Travis and Nell Robinson, have been ruled out.)

Best Debut Albums of 2011
1. Pistol Annies – Hell on Heels
2. The Dirt Drifters – This Is My Blood
3. Erin Enderlin – Erin Enderlin (EP)
4. Andy Vaughan & the Driveline – Long Gone
5. Randy Montana – Randy Montana

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