The Roots Music Report's
Top Alternative Folk Album Chart
for the Year of 2021

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Be Here Instead
by: Parker Millsap

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Label: Oklahoma/Thirty Tigers
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Friend of the Sky
by: Cej

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Label: Gnosong
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Asterisk the Universe
by: John Craigie

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Label: Thirty Tigers
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Time out Session 1
by: The Accidentals

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Label: Self-Release
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These Walls
by: Linda Sussman

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Label: Sing Out Proud
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Revolutionary Love
by: Ani DiFranco

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Label: Righteous Babe
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Brother Sister
by: Watkins Family Hour

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Label: Family Hour
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That Spell
by: Andrea von Kampen

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Label: Fantasy
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I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself
by: Colin Hay

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Label: Compass
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Cycles
by: Rachel Baiman

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Label: Signature Sounds
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A Dark Murmuration of Words
by: Emily Barker

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Label: Thirty Tigers
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Whoa!
by: Strung Like a Horse

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Label: Transoceanic
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Girl I Used to Be
by: Garrison Starr

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Label: Soundly Music
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Vessel
by: The Accidentals

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Label: Self-Release
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Quietly Blowing It
by: Hiss Golden Messenger

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Label: Merge
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Bucket List
by: John McCutcheon

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Label: Appalseed
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Shore
by: Fleet Foxes

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Label: Anti
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How Many Times
by: Esther Rose

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Label: Father/Daughter
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Who Cares
by: David G Smith

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Label: Hey Dave
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No Cactus
by: Jackdaw

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Label: Cutthroat
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Matamoros
by: James Kahn

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Label: Words and Music
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There for You
by: Steve Free

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Label: Fraternity
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Wonderland
by: Martha Renaud

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Label: Self-Release
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A Place Beyond Belief
by: SLPSTRM

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Label: 941048 Records DK
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Shall We Hope
by: Tony Trischka

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Label: Shefa
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You, Yeah, You
by: Tre Burt

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Label: Oh Boy
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Mondegreens
by: Rachel Garlin

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Label: Self-Release
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Eiderdown
by: Gordon Thomas Ward

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Label: Trespass Music
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The State That We Are in
by: Rachel Garlin

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Label: Self-Release
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Hoosier National
by: Otis Gibbs

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Label: Self-Release
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It's a Beautiful Day and I Love You
by: Jillette Johnson

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Label: Moss Rose
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On the Wings of the Wind
by: Alec Fraser Jr

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Label: Circus Bass
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Highway Troubadour
by: Jesse Colin Young

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Label: BMG
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Cabin Fever: Songs from the Quarantine
by: John McCutcheon

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Label: Appalsongs
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Geist
by: Shannon Lay

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Label: Sub Pop
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Carolina Child
by: Ric Robertson

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Label: Free Dirt
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How to Break a Fall
by: Maya De Vitry

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Label: Mad Maker Studio
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Namesake
by: Them Coulee Boys

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Label: Some Fun
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No. Blood
by: Reid Parsons

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Label: Unsigned Seats
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Shadow of the Cyclone
by: Aaron Nathans & Michael G. Ronstadt

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Label: Trespass Music
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Changemakers
by: Crys Matthews

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Label: Self-Release
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We Imagined an Ending
by: Matt The Electrician

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Label: Self-Release
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Things Are Great
by: Band Of Horses

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Label: BMG
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Ghost Folk
by: Allysen Callery

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Label: Self-Release
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The Canvas Before Us
by: Joy Zimmerman

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The Ocean Wide
by: Sussex

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Label: Lucky Bear
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Age of Apathy
by: Aoife O'Donovan

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Label: Yep Roc
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Within
by: Michelle Qureshi

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Label: myndstream
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Jake & Friends
by: Jake Shimabukuro

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Label: Music Theories
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What Keeps the Heart Afloat
by: Garrett Wieland

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Label: Self-Release
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Waysides
by: Bedouine

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Label: Self-Release
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Springshine
by: Debbie Cushman

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Label: Self-Release
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The Light We Bring
by: Trout Steak Revival

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Label: Tsrecords
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Now and the Evermore
by: Colin Hay

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Label: Compass
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Hooptie
by: Derek Bodkin

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Label: Self-Release
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Speed, Sound, Lonely KV
by: Kurt Vile

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Label: Matador
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Epic Journey
by: Lucas Imbiriba

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Label: Self-Release
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Without Susie
by: James Lee Stanley

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Label: Beachwood
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Year of the Spider
by: Shannon & The Clams

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Label: Easy Eye Sound
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Mortal Flames
by: John Dennis

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En Masse
by: Mike Edel

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Label: Pennant
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Old Future
by: Norma MacDonald

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Label: Noyes
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Unfollow the Rules (The Paramour Session) [Live]
by: Rufus Wainwright

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Label: BMG
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Songs of Our Native Daughters
by: Our Native Daughters

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Label: Smithsonian Folkways
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Pseudonymous
by: WhiteWater Ramble

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Label: Self-Release
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Sage
by: Michelle Qureshi

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Label: Self-Release
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We Go On: Si Kahn's Songs of Hope in Hard Times
by: Katie Oates

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Label: Self-Release
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Terms of Surrender
by: Hiss Golden Messenger

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Label: Merge
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I'd Rather Lead a Band
by: Loudon Wainwright III

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Label: Search Party
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Rewrite the Ending
by: Ina May Wool

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Label: Self-Release
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Lucky Enough
by: Reed Foehl

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Label: Green Mountain
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Lighten Up
by: Erin Rae

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Label: Thirty Tigers
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Circles
by: Jeremy Garrett

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Label: Organic
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Honest
by: Ordinary Elephant

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Label: Self-Release
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The Greatest Part
by: Becca Mancari

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Label: Captured Tracks
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Scatter the Light
by: Eileen Ivers

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Label: Musical Bridge
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Empathy and Comedy
by: Jay Brown

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Label: Self-Release
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And Laurie Lewis
by: Laurie Lewis

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Label: Spruce And Maple
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Ghost Hotel
by: Karen Morand & The Bosco Boys

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Label: Trespass Music
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The Light at the End of the Line
by: Janis Ian

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Label: Rude Girls
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81
Low Flyin' Planes
by: Adam Klein

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Label: Broken Hill Songs
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Any Kind of Weather
by: The River Arkansas

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Label: Mike Clark
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Chasing the Sun
by: Bobtown

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Label: Self-Release
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84
Bonny Light Horseman
by: Bonny Light Horseman

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Label: 37d03d
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85
Between the Tracks
by: Steve Eulberg

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Label: Owl Mountain
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Snake Creek
by: Pixie and The Partygrass Boys

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Label: Self-Release
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Winter is for Lovers
by: Ben Harper

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Label: Anti
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Eno Axis
by: H.C. McEntire

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Label: Merge
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Blue 50 (Demos & Outtakes)
by: Joni Mitchell

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Label: Rhino
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