1. If I Could Only Fly Merle Haggard
Leave it to a rock label to give Merle his creative freedom.
His writing and vocals are still on the money and the title
cut sits well beside the live version from Blaze Foley.

2. Get A. Load Of This Dave Stuckey and the Rhythm Gang
These guys are a great example of the young respecting their
elders. This album is proof that folks under 40 are studying
the likes of Bob Will's and Adolph Hoffner with some
swinging originals for good measure.

3. Seven Decades Hank Thompson
I'm one of these folks who can put Hank Thompson on a higher
plain then Hank Williams. At age 74 he has an album of material
that's not his old hits but his voice holds well on tunes from
the likes of Cindy Walker, Vernon Delhart, Jimmie Rodgers and Tex Willaims

4 American Recordings 3 Solitary Man Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash may not sound as good vocally as some folks his
age but we are glad he still believes in his music. I predict
another grammy nod for 2002.

5. One Endless Night Jimmy Dale Gilmore

6. Big Thinkin Dallas Wayne My newcomer of the year. Here is a strong baritone voice
stating "you can kissmy Ozarc a** if that ain't country"
and a Co-write with fellow rebel Dale Watson "Old 45's
Can Kill You like a Bullet to the Brain"

7. A Stagecoach Named Desire Cornell Hurd Band
These guys continue to amaze me. There are no storys as were
on the previous studio releases but 22 cuts of originals and covers from everyone in
the band. The 3 Doug Sahm numbers are a memorial to the
fact that Doug was to contribute to this album.

8 Frisco Mable Joy Revisited Tribute to Mickey Newbury
Leave it to the co-editor of No Depresson to find folks
worthy of redoing an early 70's album.
The American Trilogy lives on.

9 Wires and Wood Johnny Staats Project

For my bluegrass pick, I choose a WV UPS driver who can melt
down a mandelin.

10 Snake Ranch Marti Brom
While waiting to release her classy hillbilly EP Marti
cut another Rockabilly gem including the piano work of
20 year old T Jarrod Bonita.