Blake Boldt’s Year-End Lists

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1.  “In Color,” Jamey Johnson
2.  “Waitin’ on a Woman,” Brad Paisley
3.  “This Is Me You’re Talking To,” Trisha Yearwood
4.  “She Left Me for Jesus,” Hayes Carll
5.  “What I Cannot Change,” Leann Rimes
6.  “Last Call,” Lee Ann Womack
7.  “Anything Goes,” Randy Houser
8.  “Dig Two Graves,” Randy Travis
9.  “Please Read the Letter,” Alison Krauss & Robert Plant
10.  “Fine Line,” Little Big Town
11.  “Mockingbird,” Allison Moorer
12.  “Crazy Arms,” Patty Loveless
13.  “This Town Needs a Bar,” Jeremy McComb
14.   “Just Got Started Loving You,” James Otto
15.  “Takin’ off This Pain,” Ashton Shepherd
16.  “Gold,” Emmylou Harris
17.  “Every Other Weekend,” Reba McEntire & Skip Ewing
18.  “You Look Good In My Shirt,” Keith Urban
19.  “More Like Her,” Miranda Lambert
20.  “Love Don’t Live Here,” Lady Antebellum


1.  That Lonesome Song, Jamey Johnson
2.  Sleepless Nights, Patty Loveless
3.  Rattlin’ Bones, Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson
4.  A Place to Land, Little Big Town
5.  Call Me Crazy, Lee Ann Womack
6.  Trouble in Mind, Hayes Carll
7.  Dailey & Vincent, Dailey & Vincent
8.  Around the Bend, Randy Travis
9.  Coal, Kathy Mattea
10. Mockingbird, Allison Moorer


1.  “She Left Me for Jesus,” Hayes Carll
2.  “Waitin’ on a Woman,” Brad Paisley
3.  “Last Call,” Lee Ann Womack
4.  “Anything Goes,” Randy Houser
5.  “Just a Dream,” Carrie Underwood
6.  “Crazy Arms,” Patty Loveless
7.  “In Color,” Jamey Johnson
8. “More Like Her,” Miranda Lambert
9.  “Lookin’ for a Good Time,” Lady Antebellum
10a. ”Every Other Weekend,” Reba McEntire
10b.  “This Is Me You’re Talking To,” Trisha Yearwood


  1. I like a lot of your choices Blake, I think in a lot of ways we have similar taste as well. It’s especially gratifying that both you and Leeann put Patty’s Sleepless Nights so high in your top five.

    I finally heard the Jamey Johnson album, (My brother gave it to me for Christmas) and now I see what all the fuss is about. You folks were so right about this great record. He reminds me a lot of Kris Kristofferson, and Merle and Johnny Cash as well. A worthy heir to be sure. JJ’s album is both refreshingly fresh and richly reminiscent at the same time. No fiddle though, I guess that’s a stylistic choice, but some amazing steel work on this album. And I think his twang works just fine. Some great lyrics and memorable lines…Yeah, this album is like a movie.

    Now I have three of the five Grammy nominated albums. While I still strongly support Patty’s Sleepless Nights to win, if JJ’s “That Lonesome Song” or Trisha’s HH&TPOL win instead, I will certainly not consider it an outrage. But Go PL and SN!

    And I believe it was based on your recommendation that I asked for Coal for Christmas, and I got my wish! Same league as Mountain Soul, and almost as good. I love this album. I had some doubts about Kathy’s folk-sounding voice (as beautiful as it is) applied to Mountain music, but her WV roots really shine through. She more than pulls it off! And Kathy does a great job on “Harlan” as well, though I like Patty’s version better and feel it’s a lot more convincing. I think my favorites from “Coal” are Blue Diamond Mines and Coal Tattoo. I love Marty Stuart’s influence on this project…what a great and talented team!

    Thank you Blake, for all the great leads, and for your thoughtful and thought provoking lists and write-ups!

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