It’s been a while since we’ve done one of these, distracted as we’ve been by decade-end madness, but now seems like an appropriate day to jump back in, with a diverse bevy of MP3 albums being offered at Amazon for 5 bucks or better. As always, click on the box to listen to clips or to reach the album’s download page.
First up is the Daily Deal, the Avett Brothers’ excellent 2007 set Emotionalism, going today for $1.99. This group kind of defies genre classification, but they have enough of an earthy quality to their music to make them appeal to all lovers of traditional music. They’re building quite a following, too.
Available for $4.99:
Trace Adkins‘ Dangerous Man, featuring the well-liked “I Wanna Feel Something” and the divisive “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk.”
Taylor Swift‘s self-titled debut, featuring “Our Song”, “Teardrops on My Guitar”, and all that. This version includes the tracks that were added for the “ultimate” or “platinum” edition or whatever, including the infectiously sweet-natured pop-rocker “I’m Only Me When I’m With You.”
Kris Kristofferson‘s latest, Closer to the Bone. A great, intimate album which has already landed on a few best-of-2009 lists, including that of site compadre C.M. Wilcox.
Sebastopol, the debut solo offering from Jay Farrar of Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt fame. Not gonna lie – I haven’t heard the album. But if it’s like Farrar’s work in those two groups, it’s gotta be pretty good alt-country.
Rosanne Cash‘s Rules of Travel, featuring one of our Top 20 singles of the decade, “September When It Comes.”
Deer Tick‘s Born on Flag Day. Another left-field entry I haven’t heard, but which has drawn some acclaim from the alt-country crowd, such as those who contributed to the inaugural Bird List.
Willie Nelson‘s 20th Century Masters Christmas Collection. Featuring his classic original “Pretty Paper,” plus his interpretations of Christmas standards.
Toby Keith’s American Ride, featuring that special title track and prettier current single “Cryin’ For Me (Wayman’s Song).”
And finally, A Christmas Together, by John Denver & The Muppets. You know you love it.