The National Folk/Roots/Blues Top 20 of 2019

The National Folk/Roots/Blues Top 20 of 2019

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1 The Small Glories The Small Glories Can Con
Assiniboine & The Red - (Compass/Red House) Band Website @thesmallglories |

The Small Glories are Cara Luft & JD Edwards. Luft (formerly of the Wailin’ Jennys) is Calgary-born and plays banjo, and JD Edwards was born in Oshawa and plays the guitar. Together they play melodic Americana with tight vocal harmonies and first-rate instrumentation. Luft and Edwards came together in Winnipeg in 2016 for a one-time collaboration that just .. continued.

The Small Glories’ second album, Assiniboine & The Red, celebrates the Canadian Prairies. The title references the confluence of two great rivers, the Assiniboine and the Red, which come together in Winnipeg. Many of the songs on the album were inspired by prairie places, from the opening bars of Alberta (co-written by Calgary singer-songwriter James Keelaghan) to the album-closer Winnipeg, with its irreverent lyrics about mosquitoes, musicians, winters, and hockey. 

Collaborators and guests include Shane Hayes, Steve Dawson, Mark Mariash, Coco Stevenson, Gilles Fournier, Neil Osborne, Fiachra Hayes, Trent Freeman, Aodán Coyne, Wayne Livesey, Lloyd Peterson, and Keri Latimer.

By Catherine Fisher

2 The Dead South The Dead South Can Con
Sugar and Joy - (Six Shooter Records) Band Website @TheDeadSouth4
3 Colin Fowlie Colin Fowlie Can Con
Party Music - (Self-Released) Band Website @ColinFowlieNB
4  Leaf Rapids Leaf Rapids Can Con
Citizen Alien - (Coax) Band Website @leafrapidsmusic
5 Abigail Lapell Abigail Lapell Can Con
Getaway - (Coax) Band Website @AbigailLapell
6  Our Native Daughters Our Native Daughters
Songs of Our Native Daughters - (Smithsonian Folkways) Band Website
Mohawk - (Latent) Band Website @leeharveyosmond
8  Tomato Tomato Tomato Tomato Can Con
Canary In A Coal Mine - (Self-Released)
9 Matt Andersen Matt Andersen Can Con
Halfway Home By Morning - (True North) Band Website @matt_andersen
10 Jeremie Albino Jeremie Albino Can Con
Hard Time - (Sleepless) Band Website
11  Kacy & Clayton Kacy & Clayton Can Con
Carrying On - (New West) Band Website @kacyandclayton
12 Orville Peck Orville Peck Can Con
Pony - (Royal Mountain) Band Website @orvillepeck
13 Bruce Cockburn Bruce Cockburn Can Con
Crowing Ignites - (True North) Band Website
14 Sunday Wilde & The 1 Eyed Jacks Sunday Wilde & The 1 Eyed Jacks Can Con
Sunday Wilde & The 1 Eyed Jacks - (Self-Released)
15  Ian & Sylvia Ian & Sylvia Can Con
The Lost Tapes - (Stony Plain)

16 The Bros. Landreth The Bros. Landreth Can Con
'87 - (Birthday Cake) Band Website @thebroslandreth
17 Big Dave McLean Big Dave McLean Can Con
Pocket Full Of Nothin' - (Black Hen)

18  Old Man Luedecke Old Man Luedecke
Easy Money - (True North) Band Website @OldManLuedecke
19 Daniel Romano Daniel Romano Can Con
Finally Free - (You've Changed) Band Website @thedanielromano
20 Christine Fellows Christine Fellows Can Con
Roses on the Vine - (Vivat Virtute) Band Website