Top 10 Country Albums 2005 – 2021

These Top 10 country albums were selected by Frank McHugh on his radio program “That’s Country” which used to be on 98.9 North West FM until July 2021. It is now online at RadioPVS.com. Sundays 12 noon – 3 pm. Listen online

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Top Traditional Country Albums of 2021

  1. The Flatlanders – Treasure Of Love (Rack’em)
  2. East Nash Grass – East Nash Grass (James Alan Kee)
  3. Bill Jeffrey & John Tippett – Forever Young (Independent)
  4. Justin Trevino and Sharon Kenaston – We’ve Lived It Up (Heart Of Texas)
  5. Charlie Daniels – Duets (Blue Hat Records)
  6. Rory Feek – Gentle Man (Gaither Music Group)
  7. Junior & Tanya Rae Brown – His And Hers (Jamieson Brown)
  8. Asleep At The Wheel – Half a Hundred Years (Home)
  9. Ray Scott – Cover the Earth (Jethropolitan)
  10. Alan Jackson – Where Have You Gone (EMI)

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Top Traditional Country Albums of 2020

  1. Ronnie Dunn – Re-Dunn (Little Will-E)
  2. Dennis Stroughmatt – The Same Old Me (Heart Of Texas)
  3. Johnny Paycheck – American Portraits (Docklands)
  4. Various Artists – Sing Me Back Home: The Music Of Merle Haggard (Blackbird Production Partners)
  5. Ezra Lee – Cryin’ at the Wheel (Cat House Music)
  6. Jesse Daniel – Rollin’ On (Die True)
  7. Bret Raper – Texas Bound (No Label – Not For Sale)
  8. Amber Digby – Heroes, Mentors, and Friends: The Legends Project (Heart of Texas)
  9. Sturgill Simpson – Cuttin’ Grass – Vol. 1 (High Top Mountain)
  10. Randy Rogers & Wade Bowen – Hold My Beer, Vol. 2 (Lil’ Buddy Toons)

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Top Traditional Country Albums of 2019

  1. Dale Watson – Live Deluxe … Plus ( (Red River Entertainment)
  2. Tracy Byrd – Live at Billy Bob’s Texas (Smith Music Group)
  3. Travis Tritt – Homegrown (Post Oak Recordings)
  4. Dustin Sonnier – Between The Stones And Jones (Dustin Sonnier Entertainment)
  5. Lonnie Spiker – Five (Megalith)
  6. Dos Borrachos (Kevin Fowler & Roger Creager) – Dos Borrachos (Dos Borrachos)
  7. Kyle Shobe & The Walk ‘Em Boys – Long Overdue (Kyle Shobe)
  8. Dale Watson – Call Me Lucky (Red House)
  9. Randy Rogers & Wade Bowen – Watch This: Live From Dallas (Lil’ Buddy Toons)
  10. Ned LeDoux – Next in Line (Powder River)

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Top Traditional Country Albums of 2018

  1. Various Artists – King of the Road: A Tribute to Roger Miller (BMG)
  2. John Conlee – Black Label And White Lies (Orchard)
  3. Joni Harms – Lucky 13 (Harms Way) (Late Inclusion)
  4. Allan Caswell – Mexico (William Osland Consulting)
  5. Gary P. Nunn – Friends For Life Volume One (Campfire)
  6. Joe Ely – Full Circle, The Lubbock Tapes (Rack ‘em)
  7. Adam Harvey – The Nashville Tapes (Sony)
  8. Eleven Hundred Springs – The Finer Things In Life (Eleven Hundred Springs)
  9. Willie Nelson – Last Man Standing (Sony Legacy)
  10. Joshua Hedley – Mr. Jukebox (Third Man)

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Top Traditional Country Albums of 2017

  1. Aaron Watson – Vaquero (Big Label)
  2. Dennis Stroughmatt – Wrong Side Of The World (J&J)
  3. Lonesome River Band – Mayhayley’s House (Mountain Home Music Company)
  4. Donna Ulisse Breakin’ Easy (Mountain Home Music Company)
  5. Adam Harvey and Beccy Cole – The Great Country Songbook Volume II (Sony)
  6. Moonee Valley Drifters – Hill And Range Music (Independent)
  7. Bobby Bare – Things Change (BFD)
  8. Alison Krauss – Windy City (Capitol)
  9. Steve Earle & The Dukes – So You Wannabe an Outlaw (Deluxe Version) (Warners)
  10. Darin & Brooke Aldridge – Faster And Farther (Mountain Home Music Company)

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Top Traditional Country Albums of 2016

  1. The Time Jumpers – Kid Sister (17 Track Deluxe Exclusive) (Concord)
  2. Steve Griggs – Fort Worth to Bakersfield (Independent Artist)
  3. Dolly, Emmylou & Linda – The Complete Trio Collection (Rhino)
  4. Robert Mizzell – Travelling Shoes (Cajun)
  5. Don Williams – In Ireland The Gentle Giant in Concert (Country House)
  6. Curtis Wright – Curtis Wright (Voxhall)
  7. Doug Bruce – Unsung, A Tribute To The Songs Of Buddy Bruce (Doug Bruce)
  8. Irene Kelley – These Hills (Mountain Fever)
  9. John Prine – For Better, Or Worse (Oh Boy)
  10. Warren H Williams & Dani Young – Desert Water (ABC)

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Top Traditional Country Albums of 2015

  1. Randy Rogers & Wade Bowen – Hold My Beer, Vol. 1 (+180)
  2. Adam Harvey – Harvey’s Bar-The Backyard Sessions (Sony)
  3. Thom Shepherd – 12 Pack (Twang Thang Music)
  4. Don Henley – Cass County (Deluxe) (Capitol)
  5. Brennan’s Bounty – Goin’ For Broke (Brennans’ Bounty)
  6. Waymore’s Outlaws – Keeping The Spirit Alive (Waymore 4)
  7. Kevin Moon – Throwback (Dirt Road)
  8. Lee Kernaghan – Spirit Of The Anzacs (Universal)
  9. Allan Caswell – My Version Of The Truth (Shoestring)
  10. Billy Bridge – Stories Through Time (Independent)

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Top Traditional Country Albums of 2014

  1. Working Man’s Poet: A Tribute To Merle Haggard – Various Artists (Broken Bow)
  2. Bitin’ at the Bit – Clay McClinton (Red Chili)
  3. Saturday Night, Sunday Morning – Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives
  4. Band of Brothers – Willie Nelson (Legacy)
  5. Heart On My Dirty Sleeve – Arty Hill (Highlandtown Music)
  6. Free State Serenade – Chuck Mead (Plowboy)
  7. Only Me – Rhonda Vincent (Upper Management)
  8. If These Old Bones Could Talk – Matt Hillyer (Run Up Tree)
  9. I’ll Give You Something To Drink About – Artie Rodriguez (Artie Rodriguez)
  10. Trouble Follows Me – Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice (Rebel)

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Top Traditional Country Albums of 2013

  1. The Comeback Album – Eric Brace & Peter Cooper
  2. Country Junkie – Gord Bamford
  3. Live A Little More – Tejas Brothers
  4. Drinks After Work – Toby Keith
  5. In Time – The Mavericks
  6. Only One George Jones – Billy Yates
  7. The Bluegrass Album – Alan Jackson
  8. Old Yellow Moon – Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
  9. Foolproof – Ron Williams
  10. Crazy Again – Jackson Taylor & The Sinners

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Top Traditional Country Albums of 2012

  1. Is It Friday Yet? – Gord Bamford (Sony Canada)
  2. One Way Or Another – Gary P. Nunn (Campfire)
  3. Turn Back Time – Will Banister (Clovisite)
  4. Goin’ Down Rockin’ (The Last Recordings) – Waylon Jennings (Saguaro Road)
  5. Pourin’ Whiskey On Pain – Tim Culpepper (Honkytone)
  6. Midway – Eleven Hundred Springs (Eleven Hundred Springs)
  7. Restless – Sweethearts of the Rodeo (Good Trade)
  8. His and Hers – Joey + Rory (Sugar Hill)
  9. Darker Than Light – Bobby Bare (Plowboy)
  10. Alive at Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary – Mark Collie (Wilbanks Entertainment)

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Top Traditional Country Albums of 2011

  1. Clancy’s Tavern (Deluxe Edition) – Toby Keith (Show Dog)
  2. Craig Campbell (Deluxe Edition) – Craig Campbell (Bigger Picture)
  3. Falling Into Place – Adam Harvey (Sony Australia)
  4. People Like Me – Justin Haigh (Apache Ranch)
  5. Children Of The Mountain – Volume Five (Mountain Fever)
  6. Concrete – Sunny Sweeney (Republic Nashville)
  7. Josh Slone & Coaltown – Josh Slone & Coaltown (Rural Rhythm)
  8. Big Bang Boogie – Scooter Lee (Scootway)
  9. Texas Songbook – Gary Nicholson (Bismeaux Records)
  10. A Farmhouse Christmas – Joey + Rory (Sugar Hill)

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Top Traditional Country Albums of 2010

  1. The Gravy Train – Kenny Joe Blake (Independent) (from Rye, Victoria, Australia)
  2. Taking Texas To The Country – Gary P. Nunn (Campfire Records)
  3. Carryin’ On – Dale Watson (E1 Entertainment)
  4. Album Number 2 – Joey & Rory (Sugar Hill)
  5. A Good Place – Doug Bruce (WJO/Independent) (from Bendigo, Victoria, Australia)
  6. Nashville Songbook Vol. 1 – Gary Nicholson (Fearless Records)
  7. DAC’s Back – David Allan Coe (1618 Virtual)
  8. Whitey Morgan and The 78’s – Whitey Morgan and The 78’s (Bloodshot)
  9. Butcher Holler – Eilen Jewell (Signature Sounds)
  10. High In The Rockies – Jason Boland & The Stragglers (Thirty Tigers)

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Top Traditional Country Albums of 2009

  1. American Junkyard – Brian Burns (Presidio)
  2. Bigger Hands – John Anderson (Country Crossing)
  3. In The Wind – Heather Myles (Me And My Americana/CRS)
  4. Ring The Bell – The Gibson Brothers (Compass)
  5. Both Sides Now – Adam Harvey (Sony)
  6. El Nino Loco – Rodney Carrington (Capitol)
  7. Old Soul – Davin James (Bullnettle)
  8. Mister Purified Country – Shane Worley (Country Discovery)
  9. I’ll Take The Fifth – Dallas Wayne (Smith Entertainment)
  10. Cloud Of Dust – Chris Jones & The Night Drivers (GSM)

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Top Traditional Country Albums of 2008

  1. Doin’ OK – Billy Bridge (Tosh Entertainment)
  2. Good Time – Alan Jackson – (Arista)
  3. Rollin’ With The Flow – Mark Chesnutt (Lofton Creek)
  4. Country Jam – Eleven Hundred Springs (Palo Duro)
  5. That Lonesome Song – Jamey Johnson (Mercury)
  6. Tejas Brothers – Tejas Brothers (Smith Entertainment)
  7. Arizona Motel – Hacienda Brothers (Proper)
  8. The Life Of A Song – Joey & Rory (Vanguard/Sugar Hill)
  9. This Is Our Time – Frizzell & Friends (Nashville America)
  10. Comal County Blue – Jason Boland & The Stragglers (Thirty Tigers)

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Top Traditional Country Albums of 2007

  1. Honkytonks And Heartaches – Gord Bamford (Royalty)
  2. Masquerade Of A Fool – Danni Leigh (AGR)
  3. One Of The Boys – Gretchen Wilson (Sony/BMG)
  4. 5th Gear – Brad Paisley (Arista)
  5. Hard Face To Face – Randy Brown (Randy Brown)
  6. Flynnville Train – Flynnville Train (Show Dog Nashville)
  7. Kings Of The Texas Swing – Asleep At The Wheel (Goldenlane)
  8. Dark Days – Jackson Taylor (Smith Entertainment)
  9. Ride Me Down Easy – Danny Mack (Danny Mack)
  10. We’ll Meet Again – Bluegrass Diamonds (Plages)

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Top Traditional Country Albums of 2006

  1. These Days – Vince Gill (MCA)
  2. Too Far Gone – Catherine Britt (ABC Country)
  3. The Bourbon Legend – Jason Boland (Sustain)
  4. Startin’ With Me – Jake Owen (Arista)
  5. Live From Austin Tx – Asleep At The Wheel (New West)
  6. Sinners Like Me – Eric Church (Capitol)
  7. Doug Moreland – Doug Moreland (Big Hat)
  8. You Don’t Know Me (The Songs Of Cindy Walker) – Willie Nelson (Lost Highway)
  9. Good Times – The Wolverines (ACMEC)
  10. Horseshoes & Hand Grenades – Trent Summar & The New Row Mob – (Palo Duro)

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Top Traditional Country Albums of 2005

  1. Adam Harvey – Can’t Settle For Less (Australia)
  2. Delbert McClinton – Cost Of Living (USA)
  3. Ray Scott – My Kind Of Music (USA)
  4. Gretchen Wilson – All Jacked Up (USA)
  5. Dale Watson – Heeah!! (aka Whiskey Or God) (USA)
  6. Billy Joe Shaver – The Real Deal (USA)
  7. Chris Hillman – The Other Side (USA)
  8. Jason Meadows – Jason Meadows (USA)
  9. Travis Sinclair – Rush (Australia)
  10. Paul Wookey – I Wish It Would Rain (Australia)

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