The Roots Music Report's
Top Contemporary Bluegrass Album Chart
for the Year of 2021

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Distance and Time
by: Becky Buller

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Label: Dark Shadow
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Fall Like Rain
by: Justin Moses

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Label: Mountain Fever
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Things She Couldn't Get over
by: Dale Ann Bradley

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Label: Pinecastle
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Renewal
by: Billy Strings

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Label: Rounder
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Brand New Good Old Days
by: Leftover Salmon

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Label: Compass
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Sundrops on the Water - Reflections
by: The Sharp Flatpickers

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Label: Mountain Fever
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Roundtable
by: Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

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Label: Billy Blue
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Chicago Barn Dance
by: Special Consensus

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Label: Compass
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Up All Night
by: The Grascals

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Label: Mountain Home
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Swing for the Fences (feat. Steve Gulley, Alan Bibey, Jason Burleson & Robert Hale)
by: Phil Leadbetter and the All Stars of Bluegrass

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Label: Pinecastle
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Where the Trees Know My Name
by: Larry Cordle

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Label: Self-Release
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With You
by: Kenny & Amanda Smith

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Label: Farm Bot
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+ 1
by: Mike Barnett

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Label: Compass
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Freedom, Love, and the Open Road
by: Lindley Creek

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Label: Pinecastle
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Ordinary Soul
by: Stephen Mougin

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Label: Dark Shadow
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Banjo Player's Blues
by: High Fidelity

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Label: Rebel
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Tina Adair
by: Tina Adair

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Label: Engelhardt Music
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Bad for You
by: The Steeldrivers

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Label: Rounder
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This Life We're Livin'
by: Darin & Brooke Aldridge

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Label: Billy Blue
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Bluegrass Troubadour
by: Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass

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Label: Pinecastle
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Still Here (With Tim Stafford)
by: Steve Gulley

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Label: Mountain Home
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The Secret of Life
by: Daryl Mosley

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Label: Pinecastle
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Blues Around My Cabin
by: Flashback

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Label: Pinecastle
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Make Each Second Last
by: Chris Jones & the Night Drivers

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Label: Moutain Home
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Cuttin' Grass, Vol. 2 (Cowboy Arms Sessions)
by: Sturgill Simpson

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Label: High Top Mountain
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Bill Monroe’s Ol’ Mandolin
by: Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road

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Label: Pinecastle
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Bridges and Backroads
by: Jerry Salley

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Label: Very Jerry
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Early in the Morning
by: Byron Berline

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Label: Double Stop Music
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A Miner's Life
by: Stoney Creek Bluegrass Band

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Label: Calv'ry
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Family Reunion
by: Della Mae

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Label: Soundly
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The Next Mountain
by: Rick Faris

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Label: Dark Shadows
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Music is What I See
by: Rhonda Vincent

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Label: Upper Management
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Tall Fiddler
by: Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper

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Label: Compass
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How I Hear It
by: Jeremy Stephens

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Label: Rebel
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Narrowing the Gap
by: Amanda Cook

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Label: Mountain Fever
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No Headlights
by: Kristy Cox

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Label: Mountain Fever
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I'll Come Back
by: AJ Lee & Blue Summit

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Label: Old White Horse
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Authentic
by: Band Of Ruhks

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Label: Rebel
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Straighten the Curves
by: The Grascals

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Label: Crossroads
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Fast Track
by: Fast Track

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Label: Engelhardt Music Group
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Undeniable
by: Nothin' Fancy

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Label: Mountain Fever
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Inner Journey
by: Darin & Brooke Aldridge

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Label: Rounder
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Waiting out the Storm
by: Billy Droze

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Label: Self-Release
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To Live in Two Worlds, Vol. 1
by: Thomm Jutz

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Label: Mountain Home
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25 Trips
by: Sierra Hull

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Label: Rounder
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Blue Haze (feat. Scott Vestal, Missy Raines & Shawn Lane)
by: Robert Hale & the 8th Wonder Band

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Label: Pinecastle
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Renaissance
by: Billy Droze

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Label: Rural Rhythm
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Breaking in Lonesome
by: Rick Faris

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Label: Dark Shadow
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Wings of a Jetliner
by: Nate Lee

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Label: Adverb
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My Remedy
by: Missy Armstrong

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Label: Melton & Miller
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Elements
by: Fireside Collective

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Label: Mountain Home
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Oh Darlin'
by: Bradley & Adair

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Label: Pinecastle
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Renaissance
by: Valerie Smith

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Label: Bell Buckle
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The Lonesome Season
by: Andrew Crawford

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Label: Bonfire
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Small Town Dreamer
by: Daryl Mosley

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Label: Pinecastle
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The Goodwin Bros.
by: The Goodwin Brothers

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Label: The 615 Hideaway
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Leave the Porch Light on
by: Kim Robins

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Label: Pinecastle
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Lonesome Riverboat Blues (feat. Jeff Autry)
by: Edgar Loudermilk

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Label: Rural Rhythm
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4.0
by: The Farm Hands Bluegrass Quartet

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Label: Pinecastle
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Inside the Lines
by: Nick Chandler & Delivered

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Label: The 615 Hideaway
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Twenty
by: Deeper Shade Of Blue

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Label: Pinecastle
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Arrows
by: Bowregard

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Label: Bowregard
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I Hope You Have a Good Life
by: The Gina Furtado Project

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Label: Mountain Home Music Company
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Imaginary Lines
by: Unspoken Tradition

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Label: Mountain Home
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Salem Town
by: Backline

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Label: Mountain Fever
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Chronicle: Friends and Music
by: Gena Britt

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Label: Pinecastle
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Route 3
by: Route 3

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Label: 7flat
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Where the Dogs Don't Bite
by: Old Salt Union

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Label: Compass
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Baby You're Gone
by: Tacie and the Sunshine Band

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Label: Self-Release
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Grass Stains
by: Carson Peters & Iron Mountain

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Label: FCP Productions
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Jake Eddy
by: Jake Eddy

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To Live in Two Worlds, Vol. 2
by: Thomm Jutz

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Label: Mountain Home
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Ronnie Bowman
by: Ronnie Bowman

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Label: Engelhardt Music Group
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Circle Up
by: Deanie Richardson

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Label: EMG
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Songs for the Sparrows
by: Nefesh Mountain

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Label: Eden Sky
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Waiting on a Ride
by: Songs From The Road Band

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Label: LDT
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Lovin' and Leavin' (A Bluegrass Tribute to Mickey Clark)
by: Aaron Bibelhauser

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Label: Self-Release
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Pieces
by: Jason Barie

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Label: Billy Blue
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Headed South
by: Crandall Creek

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Label: Bell Buckle
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Memories of Home
by: The Farm Hands Bluegrass Quartet

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Label: Pinecastle
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81
The Storyteller in Me
by: Daniel Crabtree

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Label: Codel
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Headlight
by: Della Mae

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Label: Rounder
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Destination Horizon
by: The Plate Scrapers

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Label: Self-Release
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84
With the Bass in Mind
by: Jeff Picker

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85
The Bull Mountain Moonshiners' Way
by: Jesse McReynolds

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Classy. Sassy. Bluegrassy.
by: Williamson Branch

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Label: Pinecastle
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Live in Prague, Czech Republic
by: Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

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Label: Billy Blue
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Dixieland for Me
by: Mikayla Burrows

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Love Somebody
by: The Goodfellers

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Label: Bell Buckle
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Hold on to Your Heart
by: Shannon Slaughter

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Label: Self-Release
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The Choosing Road
by: Chris Jones & the Night Drivers

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Label: Mountain Home
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Hindsight is 2020
by: Colebrook Road

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Label: Mountain Fever
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Story of a Beautiful Life
by: Nick Dumas

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Modern Old Time Sounds for the Bluegrass and Folksong Jamboree
by: The Lonesome Ace Stringband

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Label: Self-Release
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Swingbilly Swagger
by: Five Mile Mountain Road

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Label: Patuxent
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Surely Will Be Singing
by: Tammy Rogers & Thomm Jutz

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Label: Mountain Fever
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East Nash Grass
by: East Nash Grass

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Label: Lamb Lyfe
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Changes
by: The Seldom Scene

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Label: Rounder
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Pictures
by: Hammertowne

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Label: Mountain Fever
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Outside Looking in
by: The Lonesome River Band

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Label: Mountain Home
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Laysongs
by: Chris Thile

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Label: Nonesuch
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Timeless
by: Magnolia Drive

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Label: Mountain Fever
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McKay & Leigh
by: McKay & Leigh

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Label: Voxhall
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Rising Tide
by: Pert Near Sandstone

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B-Flat Earth
by: Swamptooth

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Label: Self-Release
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North Carolina Songbook (Live from Merlefest, April 28, 2019)
by: Steep Canyon Rangers

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Label: Yep Roc
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Man on the Radio
by: Wood Belly

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Label: 857910 Records
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Goin' Home Comin' on
by: Carley Arrowood

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Label: Mountain Home
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109
What Does Time Care?
by: Armchair Boogie

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Label: GlueBrass
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City on a Hill
by: Mile Twelve

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Label: Delores the Taurus
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A Tale to Tell
by: Rick Lang

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Label: Dark Shadow
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Hair & Hide
by: George Jackson

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Label: Self-Release
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Mountaintop
by: Don Schlitz

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Label: Engelhardt Music Group
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Brothersville
by: Doug Flowers

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Label: Self-Release
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Abilene
by: Jackson Melnick

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Where There's a Will
by: Gerald Smith

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Label: Melody Roundup
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All for Money
by: Greensky Bluegrass

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Label: Big Blue Zoo
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Crooked Tree
by: Molly Tuttle

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Label: Nonesuch
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Something You Didn't Count on
by: Jaelee Roberts

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Label: Mountain Home
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If You Can't Stand the Heat
by: Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

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Label: Compass
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Walkin' the Blues
by: Lori King & Junction 63

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Label: Turnberry
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Long Way from Home
by: The Burnett Sisters Band

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Label: Bee Hive
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Starry Southern Nights
by: Rock Hearts

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Get Yourself Outside
by: Yonder Mountain String Band

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Label: Frog Pad
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On Time
by: Colebrook Road

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Label: Eisenbise
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Rise Sun
by: The Infamous Stringdusters

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Label: Tape Time
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The Way I View the World
by: Chris Luquette

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Label: Self-Release
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Black Banjo
by: Tray Wellington

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Label: Mountain Home
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Mountains, Mamas and Memories
by: Big Country Bluegrass

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Label: Rebel
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The Hard Way
by: Dale Ann Bradley

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Label: Pinecastle
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Shades of Blue
by: Kristy Cox

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Label: Billy Blue
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From the Ground Up
by: Jim Hurst

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