If 2007 didn't invite any gripping controversies, it was certainly filled with competitive comparisons -- between young and old, past and present, and among splintered factions -- and both surprising hits and disappointing misses. All in all, a dynamic and at times resurgent year for the broad scope of Americana.
PopMatters turns 20 years old this October and we're beginning to celebrate our history by taking you back in time a decade ago. Obama was in the White House and the musical times were very good indeed. Revisit 2009 through its best albums.
Jeff Tweedy Accompanies Woody Guthrie on a New Rendition of "I Don't Like The Way This World's A-Treatin' Me" (premiere)
Ahead of Record Store Day, a never-before-heard duet between Woody Guthrie and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy comes to light.
More than two decades later, Wilco's first two albums are remastered and reissued with an expanded track list. Together, they paint a picture of a new band struggling to find themselves only to do it in an exceptional manner.