The Roots Music Report's
Top Alternative Folk Album Chart
for the Year of 2023

Album Title Band/Artist Name Label
1Yellow PerilNat MyersEasy Eye Sound
2Witness TreesDavid G SmithHey Dave
3Wide Open LightBen HarperChrysalis
4Jump for JoyHiss Golden MessengerMerge
5Emotional ContractsDeer TickATO
6Lay Your Darkness DownMark ErelliSoundly
712th of JuneLyle LovettVerve
8Safe to RunEsther RoseNew West
9Dang FoolEric SelbySelf-Release
10Dark Enough to See the StarsMary GauthierSelf-Release
11There is So Much HereGlen PhillipsCompass
12A Murder of SongsGrant PeeplesSelf-Release
13Moving on SkiffleVan MorrisonVirgin Music
14Shake It Loose TodayLinda SussmanSing Out Proud
15Arsonist DaughterAspen JacobsenSelf-Release
16Everyday LegendsLinda MarksSelf-Release
17Now and the EvermoreColin HayCompass
18Whispers from the WoodsGordon Thomas WardTrespass Music
19OutpouringsCraig BickhardtSelf-Release
20How Can I Say This?Annie CappsSelf-Release
21Accentuate the PositiveVan MorrisonExile
22Where ZatJohn Roy ZatFlyin Bayou
23I'm Your HuckleberryTommy GoucherSelf-Release
24There for YouSteve FreeFraternity
25All Souls HillThe WaterboysCooking Vinyl
26BonesMelissa RuthSelf-Release
27Come Back to MePeter OneVerve Forecast
28Make Myself Me AgainCristina VaneRed Parlor
29Mermaid SaltJohn CraigieSelf-Release
30Man with the MuseBryce Ernest TaylorSelf-Release
31Meantime's UpJon Stickley TrioOrganic
32Big TalkJarrod DickensonHooked
33Rolling Golden HolyBonny Light Horseman37d03d
34What You Feel is RealNina De VitrySelf-Release
35Phil Lee and Other Old Time FavoritesPhil LeeSelf-Release
36Uncertain CountryGreat Lake SwimmersPheromone
37Southern SunJohn DonovanSelf-Release
38Blue-Twangled Folk N RollReckless SaintsShiny Gnu
39Snake CreekPixie and The Partygrass BoysSelf-Release
40A Place Beyond BeliefSLPSTRM941048 Records DK
41WhiplashJobi RiccioYep Roc
42Age of ApathyAoife O'DonovanYep Roc
43The Rainbow Wheel of DeathDougie PooleWharf Cat
448th WonderThe National ParksSelf-Release
45Seek the Love You're YearningBrian Gore Guitar PoetSelf-Release
46LifelineLaura ZuckerSelf-Release
47ShufflemaniaRobyn HitchcockTiny Ghost
48CloudsThe Ballroom ThievesNettwerk
49From Self, with LoveLowland HumTone Tree
50Blurry VisionShred KellySelf-Release
51The Darkest BrillianceCoastwest UnrestReclaim
52At the RoadhouseThe Paper KitesNettwerk
53Breaking the ThermometerLeyla McCallaAnti
54GoldCarter SampsonHorton
55Quietly Blowing ItHiss Golden MessengerMerge
56WithinMichelle Qureshimyndstream
57HomemakerJill BarberOutside
58Love is the Only ThingPeter MulveyRighteous Babe
59Sem Olhar Ao TempoManuel MaioSons Vadios
60HalfsiesLizzie NoThirty Tigers
61WintertideBrittany JeanSelf-Release
62Something from NothingChris Williams & Kid ReverieGray Sun
63Beyond the Great PauseDoug Cox & Linda McRaeSelf-Release
64Paint HorseBenjamin Dakota RogersGood People
65John 20:20Reid JamiesonSelf-Release
66Is This Now?Rena GuinnSelf-Release
67AgnesKeegan McInroeSelf-Release
68HonestOrdinary ElephantSelf-Release
69Leap!John McCutcheonAppalsongs
70Wherever You Aren'tElizabeth MoenSelf-Release
71Acoustic CrossroadsBrad StrangSelf-Release
72Colors & CoversBrittany JeanSelf-Release
73Much Further out Than Inevitable: a Fiddle and Banjo Tribute to Some Music of John HartfordJohn ShowmanSelf-Release
74Carving CanyonsLissieLionbo
75Cat Power Sings Dylan: the 1966 Royal Albert Hall ConcertCat PowerDomino
76Dusty HighwayDavid GelmanSelf-Release
77Le OlemAlex KrawczykMTS
78Ultraviolet Battle Hymns and True ConfessionsThe Dream SyndicateFire
79Joni Mitchell at Newport (Live)Joni MitchellRhino
80Trevor Hall and the Great In-BetweenTrevor Hall3 Rivers
81I Can Face the TruthDana CooperSelf-Release
82Gold on the HorizonOur Man in the FieldIn the Field
83Walk AloneJosh GraySelf-Release
84A Beautiful WorldCalista GarciaSelf-Release
85Two Singing SongsBen GageSelf-Release
86How Many TimesEsther RoseFather/Daughter
87A Very Lonely SolsticeFleet FoxesAnti
88About the WinterBarbaroStorySound
89Revolutionary Love Ani DiFrancoRighteous Babe
90Lucky EnoughReed FoehlGreen Mountain
91PseudonymousWhiteWater RambleSelf-Release
92Pagan ChurchJohn CraigieLeslie/Songlines
93Day by DayTimothy B. SchmitSelf-Release
94The Light at the End of the LineJanis IanRude Girls
95The Past is Still AliveHurray for the Riff RaffNonesuch
96Watkins Family Hour Vol. IIWatkins Family HourFamily Hour/Thirty Tigers
97Blow My CoverAjay MathurYakketeeyak
98The Long GameJohnathan RiceMano Walker
99Truth isVanessa LivelySelf-Release
100Don't Be DiscouragedPeter LehndorffSelf-Release
101Brother SisterWatkins Family HourFamily Hour
102Gravity, Wings, and Heavy ThingsChuck BrodskySelf-Release
103Year of the SpiderShannon & The ClamsEasy Eye Sound
104That Was You and MeFortunate OnesSonic
105JabberwockiesWes CollinsSelf-Release
106Terms of SurrenderHiss Golden MessengerMerge
107We Imagined an EndingMatt The ElectricianSelf-Release
108Whoa!Strung Like a HorseTransoceanic
109Bucket ListJohn McCutcheonAppalseed
110The State That We Are inRachel GarlinSelf-Release
111Floating on a DreamAvi KaplanFantasy
112Asterisk the UniverseJohn CraigieThirty Tigers
113That SpellAndrea von KampenFantasy
114Jake & FriendsJake ShimabukuroMusic Theories

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