Best Songs of 2012

Well I broke just about every rule I had for this year's list. The first DJ to put together an Americana show on KRVM set out a rule template for year end lists that I used to follow. I liked the rules and they made sense: ones like "no covers", "no multiple songs from the same musician", "no songs from albums that are on my Best Albums list."

I decided this year that the songs I loved, the ones I most wanted to play and share with others, broke the rules, so, accordingly I through the rules out.

What follows is a rule-less version of my favorite Americana songs of 2012...

#1 If My Heart Don't Fail Me - Efren

#2 Opelika - Lee Baines III & The Glory Fires

#3 Moving - John Fullbright

#4 Build A Home - Jeffrey Martin

#5 Northern Air - Elliott Brood

#6 Red Dirt Night - Jimmy LaFave

#7 Levi - Old Crow Medicine Show

#8 You Must Have Loved Me - The Doc Marshalls

#9 In The Dark - Mike + Ruthy

#10 Brown Eyed Handsome Man - Lyle Lovett

#11 Levee - Amy Cook

#12 Ham & Eggs - Woody Pines

#13 All the Time in the World - John Fullbright

#14 Yuma - Jessie Baylin

#15 Caney Fork Tennessee - Chelle Rose

#16 Beloved '37 - Mike Surber

#17  Nowhere, Massachusetts - Black Prairie

#18 Wake Up Mama - Marley's Ghost

#19 Well, You Can Do It Without Me - Father John Misty


#20 Down For The Ride - New Riders of the Purple Sage

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