Wondering where a certain record might land in KEXP’s countdown of the top albums of the last 40 years? You’re not the only one. KEXP reached out to some of our favorite Seattle music writers and asked them to predict what records they anticipated seeing in the voter final results. These aren’t personal Top Ten or Best Of lists, but “educated guesses” based on each individual’s expertise in a certain genre as well as his or her familiarity with the musical universe of KEXP.
Today we unveil the predictions in the Americana category. These were compiled by Kyla Fairchild, Publisher of No Depression, “serving the Americana, alt-country and roots music community since 1995.” Kyla reached out to the No Depression online community for predictions/suggestions and culled her list with their input.
- Bob Dylan, Blood on the Tracks (1975)
- Charles Bradley, No Time For Dreaming (2011)
- Drive By Truckers, Southern Rock Opera (2001)
- First Aid Kit, The Lion’s Roar (2012)
- Gillian Welch, Time (The Revelator) (2001)
- Johnny Cash, American IV: The Man Comes Around (2002)
- Lucinda Williams, Car Wheels On a Gravel Road (1998)
- Neko Case, Furnace Room Lullaby (2000)
- Uncle Tupelo, No Depression (1990)
- Whiskeytown, Faithless Street (1996)
Kyla hit a streak of spot-on predictions on Tuesday and early Wednesday: Neko Case’s Furnace Room Lullaby came in at #341, Gillian Welch’s Time (The Revalator) followed at #294, then Uncle Tupelo’s No Depression landed at #288, and Ryan Adams’ solo debut Heartbreaker reached #276. Stay tuned to the KEXP Fall Fundraising Drive to see if any of the other Americana predictions make the final tally.
Tomorrow we’ve got our final list of predictions: local music of the PNW as chosen by Nirvana/Jimi Hendrix/Heart biographer Charles R. Cross.