The Roots Music Report's
Top Folk Album Chart
for the Year of 2017

1
Freedom Highway
by: Rhiannon Giddens

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Label: Nonesuch
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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Where the River Meets the Road
by: Tim O'Brien

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Label: Howdy Skies
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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3
Prisoner
by: Ryan Adams

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Label: Blue Note 
Sub Genre: Folk Rock
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4
Down Hearted Blues
by: Eilen Jewell

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Label: Signature Sounds
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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5
Close Ties
by: Rodney Crowell

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Label: New West     
Sub Genre: Folk Rock
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Tell the Devil I'm Gettin' There As Fast As I Can
by: Ray Wylie Hubbard

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Label: Thirty Tigers
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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7
Brand New Day
by: The Mavericks

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Label: Mono Mundo              
Sub Genre: Folk Rock
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8
Let Them Know I'm from Virginia
by: Big Country Bluegrass

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Label: Rebel
Sub Genre: Traditional Folk
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9
No Rain, No Rose
by: John Craigie

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Label: Zabriskie Point
Sub Genre: Alternative Folk
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10
Shame
by: Rachel Baiman

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Label: Free Dirt
Sub Genre: Traditional Folk
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11
Everything
by: Darden Smith

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Label: Compass
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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12
The Order of Time
by: Valerie June

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Label: Concord
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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13
Silence in These Walls
by: Flatt Lonesome

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Label: Mountain Home Music
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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14
Workin's Too Hard
by: Rayna Gellert

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Label: StorySound        
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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15
T Sisters
by: T Sisters

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Label: Self-Release
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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16
Poor David's Almanack
by: Dave Rawlings

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Label: Acony
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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17
Letters Never Read
by: Dori Freeman

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Label: Free Dirt
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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18
Same As I Ever Have Been
by: Matt Patershuk

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Label: Black Hen
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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19
Bone on Bone
by: Bruce Cockburn

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Label: True North
Sub Genre: Folk Rock
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20
Before I Go
by: Ordinary Elephant

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Label: Berkalin
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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21
Redemption & Ruin
by: The Devil Makes Three

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Label: New West
Sub Genre: Folk Rock
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22
A Stranger in This Time
by: Tim Grimm and the Family Band

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Label: Cavalier Recordings
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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23
The Dustbowl Revival
by: The Dustbowl Revival

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Label: Signature Sounds
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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24
Small Believer
by: Anna Tivel

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Label: Fluff & Gravy
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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25
My Daddy's Grass
by: Mickey Galyean

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Label: Rebel
Sub Genre: Traditional Folk
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26
Spades and Roses
by: Caroline Spence

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Label: Self-Release
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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27
City Painted Gold
by: The Brothers Comatose

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Label: Swamp Jam
Sub Genre: Traditional Folk
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28
Not Dark Yet
by: Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer

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Label: Thirty Tigers
Sub Genre: Folk Rock
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29
You Don't Own Me Anymore
by: The Secret Sisters

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Label: New West
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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30
Trolling for Dreams
by: John McCutcheon

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Label: Appalseed
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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31
Turn Your Face to the Sun
by: I Draw Slow

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Label: Compass
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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32
Fifteen
by: The Wailin' Jennys

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Label: Red House
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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33
Natural Conclusion
by: Rose Cousins

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Label: Old Farm Pony       
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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34
Fierce Mercy
by: Colin Hay

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Label: Compass
Sub Genre: Alternative Folk
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35
Uneven Ground
by: Lynne Hanson

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Label: Continental Song City
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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36
While We're Here
by: Catie Curtis

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Label: Megenta
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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37
My Piece of Land
by: Amanda Shires

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Label: Silver Knife           
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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38
Ironbark
by: The Waifs

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Label: Compass
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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39
Poets, Philosophers, Workers & Wanderers
by: Joe Jencks

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Label: Turtle Bear Music
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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40
The Navigator
by: Hurray for the Riff Raff

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Label: ATO
Sub Genre: Traditional Folk
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41
Eastside Bulldog
by: Todd Snider

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Label: Aimless
Sub Genre: Folk Rock
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42
Life Between the Lines
by: Fireside Collective

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Label: Self-Release
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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43
Play One More - the Songs of Ian and Sylvia
by: Tom Russell

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Label: True North
Sub Genre: Traditional Folk
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44
Further Down the Line
by: Scott Cook

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Label: Self-Release
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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45
Gathering
by: Josh Ritter

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Label: Pytheas
Sub Genre: Alternative Folk
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46
The Hammer & the Heart
by: Susan Cattaneo

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Label: Jersey Girl
Sub Genre: Traditional Folk
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47
Mockingbird Soul
by: Brigitte DeMeyer

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Label: MRI
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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48
Universal Favorite
by: Noam Pikelny

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Label: Rounder
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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49
Solidarity
by: Bill & Joel Plaskett

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Label: Pheromone
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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50
Penny's Farm
by: Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur

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Label: Kingswood
Sub Genre: Traditional Folk
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51
City Lights
by: Driftwood

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Label: Self-Release
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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52
Cider
by: Gwyneth Moreland

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Label: Blue Rose Music
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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53
Find a Way
by: Bill Abernathy

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Label: Self-Release
Sub Genre: Traditional Folk
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54
The Siren's Song
by: Kacy & Clayton

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Label: New West
Sub Genre: Traditional Folk
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55
Through These Waves
by: Bill Scorzari

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Label: Self-Release
Sub Genre: Traditional Folk
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56
Dark Matter
by: Randy Newman

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Label: Nonesuch
Sub Genre: Folk Rock
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57
Beulah
by: John Paul White

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Label: Single Lock
Sub Genre: Folk Rock
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58
The Willow Collection
by: Cassie and Maggie

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Label: Self-Release
Sub Genre: Traditional Folk
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59
Shake Me Now
by: Quiles & Cloud

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Label: Compass
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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60
Hallelujah Anyhow
by: Hiss Golden Messenger

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Label: Merge
Sub Genre: Alternative Folk
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61
Grimshaw Road
by: Durham County Poets

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Label: Self-Release
Sub Genre: Alternative Folk
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Up Ahead
by: Travis Linville

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Label: Self-Release
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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63
I Go Where You Go
by: Tomato/Tomato

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Label: 622976 Records
Sub Genre: Traditional Folk
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64
Reach for the Stars
by: Elaine Mahon

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Label: Gatorbone
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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65
Against All Tides
by: Harpeth Rising

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Label: Self-Release
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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66
God Bless the Grass
by: The Malvinas

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Label: Soona Songs
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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67
How It All Goes Down
by: The Show Ponies

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Label: Free Man  
Sub Genre: Traditional Folk
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68
Hide nor Hair
by: Abigail Lapell

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Label: Coax
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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69
Know the Mountain
by: Hannah Shira Naiman

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Label: Merriweather
Sub Genre: Traditional Folk
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70
The Bedroom Sessions
by: The Ormewoods

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Label: Self-Release
Sub Genre: Traditional Folk
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71
Mother Lion
by: May Erlewine

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Label: Earthwork Music
Sub Genre: Alternative Folk
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72
Fall Away Blues
by: Red Tail Ring

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Label: Earthwork
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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73
Jayme Stone's Folklife
by: Jayme Stone

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Label: Borealis
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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74
Cold Spring
by: The Barrel Boys

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Label: Self-Release
Sub Genre: Alternative Folk
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75
Rise Up
by: Erika Kulnys

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Label: Self-Release
Sub Genre: Alternative Folk
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76
Magic Fire
by: The Stray Birds

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Label: Yep Roc
Sub Genre: Folk Rock
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77
The Suffering Stage
by: Joseph Huber

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Label: Self-Release
Sub Genre: Traditional Folk
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78
New Shoes
by: The Bombadils

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Label: Borealis
Sub Genre: Alternative Folk
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79
Chase the Sun
by: The Early Mays

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Label: Self-Release
Sub Genre: Traditional Folk
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80
The Road We Once Knew
by: The Eisenhauers

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Label: Black Hen Music
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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81
Tell Me True
by: Cory Chisel

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Label: Refuge Foundation for the Arts
Sub Genre: Traditional Folk
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82
Schmilco
by: Wilco

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Label: dBPM
Sub Genre: Alternative Folk
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83
California Calling
by: Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards

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Label: Compass
Sub Genre: Alternative Folk
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84
Long List of Priors
by: Kenny White

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Label: MVP
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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85
Here We Go 1, 2, 3
by: Heidi Talbot

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Label: Under One Sky
Sub Genre: Alternative Folk
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86
Can You Hear Me
by: Ashley Condon

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Label: Self-Release
Sub Genre: Traditional Folk
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87
Honest Life
by: Courtney Marie Andrews

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Label: Mama Bird
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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88
Wondrous Traveler
by: The Small Glories

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Label: Self-Release
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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89
Capricorn in Retrograde... Just Kidding... Live in Portland
by: John Craigie

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Label: Self-Release
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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90
Millers Creek
by: The Belle Hollows

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Label: Self-Release
Sub Genre: Traditional Folk
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91
Semper Femina
by: Laura Marling

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Label: More Alarming            
Sub Genre: Folk Rock
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92
Folksinger Vol. 2
by: Willie Watson

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Label: Acony
Sub Genre: Traditional Folk
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93
My Spirit Sister
by: Joshua James

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Label: MTN Recordings
Sub Genre: Traditional Folk
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94
Daybreak over Jackson Street
by: Steph Cameron

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Label: Pheromone
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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95
Wow and Flutter
by: Amilia K Spicer

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Label: Free Range             
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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96
Man in a Neon Coat: Live from Cambridge
by: Aoife O'Donovan

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Label: Yep Roc
Sub Genre: Alternative Folk
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97
The Gypsy Moon - Volume II
by: Daniel Champagne

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Label: Self-Release
Sub Genre: Folk Rock
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98
Cost of the Cold
by: Joan Shelley

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Label: No Quarter
Sub Genre: Contemporary Folk
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99
This Island
by: Alejandra Ribera

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Label: Pheromone Recordings
Sub Genre: Alternative Folk
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Carl Sandburg’s American Songbag 2.0
by: Dean Gitter and The Ute Mountain Gang

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Label: Questa
Sub Genre: Celtic
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