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Music My Mother Would Not Like

Best of 2021

WPKN 89.5 FM, Bridgeport, CT (Through July 30, 2021)

WRFR 93.3 FM, Rockland, ME (Presented as Blue Highways Radio January 2014 to Present)

WSFM 103.3 FM, Asheville, NC (June 2021 to Present)


Bruce Swan: Music My Mother Would Not Like


Artist: Album (label)


1   Dar Williams: I'll Meet You Here (Renew Records)

2   James McMurtry: The Horses and the Hounds (New West Records)

3   Jesse Terry: When We Wander (Wander Recordings)

4   Annie Sumi: Solastalgia (Annie Sumi)

5   Charlie Parr: Last of the Better Days Ahead (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings)

6   Allison Russell: Outside Child (Fantasy Records)

7   Martyn Joseph: 1960 (Pipe Records Ltd)

8   Abby Posner: Kisbee Ring (Abby Posner)

9   Mark Perry: Northwest (Mark Perry)

10 Grace Pettis: Working Woman (M Press Records)


11 Abigail Dowd: Beautiful Day (Abigail Dowd)

12 Crys Matthews: Change Makers (Crys Matthews)

13 Jenner Fox: Planet I'm From (The Thumb Records)

14 Erin Ivey: Solace in the Wild (Erin Ivey)

15 Son Volt: Electro Melodier (Transmit Sound)

16 Shawna Caspi: Hurricane Coming (Shawna Caspi)

17 Bedouine: Waysides (Bedouine Music)

18 Dori Freeman: Ten Thousand Roses (Blue Hens Music)

19 Katherine Priddy: The Eternal Rocks Beneath (Proper Music Publishing LTD)

20 Tre' Burt: You, Yeah, You (Oh Boy Records)

Top Records for this calendar year as heard on my radio shows. There are interviews with many of these singer songwriters. 

Top 10 Albums 2020

1. Lynne Hanson                    JUST WORDS

2. Patty Larkin                       BIRD IN A CAGE

3. Pharis & Jason Romero    BET ON LOVE

4. Margo Price                       THAT'S HOW RUMORS GET STARTED

5. Willie Nile                          NEW YORK AT NIGHT

6. Rod Picott                          WOOD STEEL DUST & DREAMS 

7. Rose Cousins                     BRAVADO                    

8. Kathleen Edwards            TOTAL FREEDOM

9. Kris Delmhorst                 LONG DAY IN THE MILKY WAY

10. South for Winter             LUXUMBRA

Honorable Mentions (Alphabetical Order)

Alright Alright - Crucible

Bob Dylan - Rough & Rowdy Ways

Bruce Springsteen - Letter to You

Chris Smither - More from the Levee

Jason Isbell - Reunions

The Jayhawks - Xoxo

Kim Richey - Rise

Martyn Joseph - Days of Decision: A Tribute to Phil Ochs

Mary Chapin Carpenter - Asking for a friend

Neil Young - Homegrown

Steep Canyon Rangers - Arm in Arm

Steve Earle - West Virginia

“Music My Mother Would Not Like”

Top 10 Albums 2019*


  1. Dave Gunning:                Up Against The Sky                           (Wee House of Music, 2019)

  2. Martyn Joseph:               Here Come The Young                       (Pipe Records, LTD., 2019)

  3. Ordinary Elephant:          Honest                                                (Ordinary Elephant, 2019)

  4. Peter Mulvey:                  There Is Another World                      (Righteous Babe Records, 2019)

  5. Danny Schmidt:              Standard Deviation                             (Live Once Records, 2019)

  6. Catherine MacLellan:      Coyote                                                (Catherine MacLellan, 2019)

  7. Anna Tivel:                      The Question                                       (Anna Tivel, 2019)

  8. Charlie Parr:                    Charlie Parr                                         (Red House Records, 2019)

  9. Rod Picott:                      Tell The Truth & Shame The Devil       (Welding Rod Records, 2019)

  10. River Driver:                    Big Oak Road                                     (River Driver, 2019)

* *Not Alphabetical

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