Best of 2011: Fred Rudofsky’s Top 20 Albums

20. Jimmy Vaughan (with Lou Ann Barton): “Plays More Blues, Ballads and Favorites”
19. Nick Lowe’s “The Old Magic”
18. Emmylou Harris’ “Hard Bargain”
17. The Jim Jones Revue’s “Burning Your House Down”
16. Amy LaVere’s “Stranger Me”
15. Imelda May’s Mayhem”
14. The Doornails’ “Back Porch Daze”
13. Shelby Lynne’s “Revelation Road”
12. Eilen Jewell’s “Queen of the Minor Key”
11. Dave Alvin’s “Eleven Eleven”
10. Candye Kane’s “Sister Vagabond”
9. Joe Ely’s “Satisfied at Last”
8. Shannon McNally’s “Western Ballad”
7. Duke Robillard’s “Lowdown and Tore Up”
6. Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears’ “Scandalous”
5. Ry Cooder’s “Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down”
4. Willie Nile’s “The Innocent Ones”
3. Tom Waits’ “Bad as Me”
2. Barrence Whitfield and the Savages’ “Savage Kings”
1. The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s “Live at Winterland”

by Fred Rudofsky, Nippertown contributor


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