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Slowcoustic’s Favourite Albums of 2011

Today sees the annual pilgrimage to that place where we throw caution to the wind and provide you dear readers with our opinions on what is our most bestest albums ever recorded in the current year.  Yes, the best by way of favourite releases that deserve recognition for their amazing talents in the art of folk and folk inspired music.  Some may not be your cup of tea and some are going to feel right at home – overall, I think they are all frickin’ fantastic albums and I whole heartily recommend every last one of them.

The numbering (as most year end list makers will indicate) is pretty accurate but each album had definitely fluctuated over the course of the year but overall they can easily settle at a +/- 3 spots.  So let’s get started!


~Slowcoustic’s Favourite Albums of 2011~


Mount Moriah - Mount Moriah

12.  Mount Moriah – Mount Moriah



11.  South of Lincoln (now The Great American Desert) – Homes

Man, Pt. I by South of Lincoln


BPB - Wolfroy Goes To Town
10.  Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Wolfroy Goes To Town


Bon Iver Bon Iver
9.  Bon Iver, Bon Iver



William Elliott Whitmore - Field Songs
8.  William Elliott Whitmore – Field Songs

William Elliott Whitmore – Field Song by antirecords


Chris Bathgate - Salt Year
7.  Chris Bathgate – Salt Year

“Salt Year”


6.  Frederick Squire – Sings Shenandoah and Other Popular Hits

“All Things Past Serve To Guide You On Your Way”


Tyler Butler - Winter King
5.  Tyler Butler – Winter King



Dolorean - The Unfazed
4.  Dolorean – The Unfazed

Dolorean – Country Clutter by Fargo Records


3.  The Deep Dark Woods – The Place I Left Behind

West Side Street by The Deep Dark Woods


Jeffrey Foucault - Horse Latitudes
2.  Jeffrey Foucault – Horse Latitudes

“Goners Most”


JTP - Last of the Country Gentlemen
1.  Josh T. Pearson – Last of the Country Gentlemen

Josh T. Pearson – Woman, When I’ve Raised Hell (Alternative Version) by Mute UK


There you have it.  Now…discuss!




8 responses to “Slowcoustic’s Favourite Albums of 2011”

  1. KOKOMO WebRadio Avatar

    Hello Smansmith,
    beautiful list here, beautiful musical year !
    I also enjoy Bill Callahan, Timber Timbre, Cass McCombs, Soley, Iron & Wine …

  2. Vesa Avatar

    Thanks for the great list. I really should properly check out Tyler Butler and Great American Desert. Thanks to you I’m somewhat familiar with them already and really like the songs I’ve listened to over the last few month. But so far I haven’t bought anything from them. Your list and Common Folk Music’s list shows that I really should pay more attention to them.

  3. mizzouvetmed Avatar

    Goners Most has to be my fav of the year by far. Tyler Butler was great as well! Good job as always

  4. e. Avatar

    great list. thanks for inspirations in the last year.

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  6. Chris Avatar

    Interesting compilation, have to check out Frederick Squire’s album, thanks for bringing it to my attention !
    Several of the artists here made it on to my year-end folk and acoustic lists.

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