Daily Top Five: Favorite Tribute Albums

Steve Earle TownesSome of my favorite albums are tribute albums, because I enjoy hearing artists cover or reinterpret songs that I know and love. Country music artists have participated in a wide range of tribute albums and these are five of my very favorites. What are some of your favorites?

Here’s my list:

  1. Steve Earle, Townes
  2. Various Artists, Bob Wills Tribute
  3. Various Artists, Keith Whitley: A Tribute Album
  4. Various Artists, Common Thread: Songs of the Eagles
  5. Asleep at the Wheel & Various Artists, A Tribute to Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys


  1. 1. Amazing Grace – A Country Salute to Gospel (V. 1-2)
    2. Living For a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran, Jamey Johnson
    3. Timeless – Martina McBride
    4. Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, Asleep at the Wheel
    5. A tribute to the Best Damn Fiddle Player in the World: Or My Salute to Bob Wills, Merle Haggard
    (doubled up on the Bobs)

  2. I don’t have five, but I just have to say how much I love High Cotton: A Tribute to Alabama.

    It’s got Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, John Paul White, JD McPherson, Jason Boland, Turnpike Troubadours, Ray Benson and a bunch more awesome people, each doing an Alabama song (and transforming it into something good).

  3. 1. Various Artists, Stone Country: Country Artists Perform the Songs of the Rolling Stones

    2. Various Artists, Livin, Lovin, Losin: Songs of the Louvin Brothers

    3. Various Artists, Tammy Wynette: Remembered

    4. Alan Jackson, Under The Influence

    5. Patty Loveless, Sleepless Nights

    BONUS: Suzy Bogguss, Lucky
    Vince Gill & Paul Franklin, Bakersfield

  4. 1. Out Where The Bright Lights Are Glowing (Jim Reeves Tribute) – Ronnie Milsap
    2. I Remember Patsy – Loretta Lynn
    3. Just Because I’m A Woman: The Songs of Dolly Parton – Various
    4. Timeless – Hank Williams Tribute – Various
    5. Crystal Gayle Sings the Heart And Soul of Hoagy Carmichael

    Same Train, A Different Time – Merle Haggard (Jimmie Rodgers tribute)
    A tribute to the Best Damn Fiddle Player in the World – Merle Haggard (Bob Wills tribute)
    My Tribute To Ernest Tubb – Bob Browning
    Thanks A Lot – John England & The Western Swingers (Ernest Tubb tribute)

    There Stands The Glass – Carl Smith (although not labelled as a Webb Pierce tribute, every song on the album was a Webb Pierce hit)

    Buckin’ Around – Jann Browne (Buck Owens tribute)
    Tribute To Hank Williams – Stonewall Jackson

    Caught In The Webb (Webb Pierce tribute)
    Hungry Eyes (Merle Haggard tribute)
    Lovin’, Lovin’ Losin’ (Louvin Brothers tribute)

  6. This One’s For Him (Guy Clark tribute album)
    I Love: Tom T. Hall’s Songs of Fox Hollow
    Poet: A Tribute to Townes Van Zandt
    Undone (Robert Earl Kean tribute album)
    Return of the Grievous Angel (Gram Parsons tribute album)

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