The National Folk/Roots/Blues Top 20 of 2020

1 William Prince William Prince Can Con
Reliever - (Six Shooter Records) Band Website @WilliamPrince |

Winnipeggers have had the good fortune to see this coming for a while. From his debut, Earthly Days, and numerous live performances, it was no secret William Prince was on the verge of widespread acclaim and with the release of Reliever early in this tumultuous year the promise was fulfilled. A voice like a warm embrace and a storyteller of exceptional specificity, Prince and his songs proved an emotional balm for the universal pain we experienced at a time when human touch became hazardous. His livestreams to support the record demonstrated how much the world needed Reliever in their reception, and it was unsurprising but satisfying when the album got a Polaris Music Prize longlist nod. 

The pride of Peguis even followed it up with an album of gospel tunes to provide even more medicine for our souls to close out the year.

By Michael Elves


Sarah Harmer Sarah Harmer Can Con
Are You Gone - (Arts & Crafts) Band Website @sarah_harmer


Kathleen Edwards Kathleen Edwards Can Con
Total Freedom - (Dualtone) Band Website @kittythefool


 Bloodshot Bill Bloodshot Bill Can Con
Get Loose Or Get Lost - (Goner) Band Website @BillyBloodshot


Pharis & Jason Romero Pharis & Jason Romero Can Con
Bet On Love - (Lula Records) Band Website @PharisJason


Margo Price Margo Price
That's How Rumors Get Started - (Loma Vista) Band Website @MissMargoPrice


Ayla Brook & The Sound Men Ayla Brook & The Sound Men Can Con
Desolation Sounds - (Fallen Tree Records) Band Website @aylabrook


 Fiver Fiver Can Con
You Wanted Country Vol. 1 - (You've Changed) Band Website @UhhFiver


Whitney Rose Whitney Rose Can Con
We Still Go To Rodeos - (MCG) Band Website @whitneyroseband


 100 Mile House 100 Mile House Can Con
Love And Leave You - (Fallen Tree Records) Band Website @100milehousebnd


Sean Burns Sean Burns Can Con
It Takes Luck To Get The Best Of Me - (Self-Released)



Sean Burns and Lost Country Sean Burns and Lost Country Can Con
We Gotta Lotta Truckin' To Do - (Stringbreakin') Band Website @seanburns83


Orville Peck Orville Peck Can Con
Show Pony - (Columbia) Band Website @orvillepeck


Jennah Barry Jennah Barry Can Con
Holiday - (Forward Music Group) Band Website


Laura Marling Laura Marling
Song For Our Daughter - (Chrysalis/Partisan) Band Website @lauramarlinghq


Joe Nolan Joe Nolan Can Con
Drifters - (Fallen Tree Records) Band Website @joenolansongs


Tami Neilson Tami Neilson Can Con
Chickaboom! - (Outside) Band Website @tamineilson


Sarah Jane Scouten Sarah Jane Scouten Can Con
Confessions - (Light Organ) Band Website @sjscouten


 Elliott BROOD Elliott BROOD Can Con
Keeper - (Six Shooter) Band Website @ElliottBROOD


Sean Burns and Lost Country Sean Burns and Lost Country Can Con
A Bakersfield Half-Dozen - (Stringbreakin') Band Website @seanburns83