Countdown Predictions: Americana

Charles Bradley at Bumbershoot 2011
photo by Matthew Thompson

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.

  1. Bob Dylan, Blood on the Tracks (1975)
  2. Charles Bradley, No Time For Dreaming (2011)
  3. Drive By Truckers, Southern Rock Opera (2001)
  4. First Aid Kit, The Lion’s Roar (2012)
  5. Gillian Welch, Time (The Revelator) (2001)
  6. Johnny Cash, American IV: The Man Comes Around (2002)
  7. Lucinda Williams, Car Wheels On a Gravel Road (1998)
  8. Neko Case, Furnace Room Lullaby (2000)
  9. Uncle Tupelo, No Depression (1990)
  10. 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.

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One Comment

  1. bruce
    Posted October 5, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    KCMU’s top 90.3 songs of the 80’s by comparison. Taken from a cassette tape I dug out of an old shoe box here are the top 20. Some of the songs are lost to time.

    1. Kerosene – Big Black
    2. Twilight – U2
    3. Radio Fee Europe – REM
    4. Pink Turns to Blue – Husker Du
    5. ?
    6. Police On My Back – The Clash
    7. Death Valley 69 – Sonic Youth
    8. Holiday in Cambodia – Dead Kennedys
    9. Cruiser’s Creek – The Fall

    Notable quotes from the countdown dj “don’t you really hate the smiths? They started out really good, but then the power wine from morrissey became really overwhelming” complete with sound effects.

    11. Debaser – The Pixies
    12. Johnny Hit and Run Paulene – X
    14. Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Devision
    15. Let’s Go To Bed – The Cure
    16. Take the Skinheads Bowling – Camper Van Beethoven
    17. How Soon Is Now – The Smiths
    18. Moving To Florida – The Buthole Surfers
    19. something with made up words – The Cocteau Twins from Heaven or Las Vegas
    20. I Want You – Elvis Costello

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