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The 10 Best Americana Albums of 2009

In 2009, a flood of plaid-shirted indie-roots bands built on the beardy throwbacks who gained country-rock traction in 2008. And while mainstream country music continued its evolution into '80s pop metal, plenty of roots acts turned the other direction with back-to-basics records.

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Patty Griffin: Downtown Church

One of the great songwriters in the business lays down the pen to go to church and rides off with a classic. Oh, she writes a couple of these, too, and wait'll you hear them.

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Harder Than Moving a Couch: An Interview With Buddy Miller

The Nashville legend has had a dramatic stretch (including a trip to the Grammys and another to the hospital). He tells PopMatters what's really a challenge.

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Buddy and Julie Miller: Written in Chalk

Since this is only Buddy and Julie Miller's second proper album together, the stage is set for a brilliant return. And the pair makes almost every move you'd want them to.

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Buddy Miller: The Best of the Hightone Years

A rather useful best-of for an artist who needs more exposure.


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