We’re approaching the halfway point of 2020 and as always, we like to take a minute pause and reflect on all the great music that we’ve been given this year.
Some of these records might be your favorites, some might be brand new to you, and some will fall somewhere in between, but no matter where they fall on the spectrum, they all have one thing in common… they’re phenomenal records.
Will they all make the year end list? Maybe, maybe not. But one thing is for sure, these 16 records are some of the best we’ve seen this year. And one final note: I don’t care to differentiate between “country,” alt-country,” “Americana,” or any of the other sub-genres for purposes of this list… all of these records fall somewhere under the over-arching “country” umbrella.
So without further ado, the best country records of 2020… so far.
In no particular order…
Kip Moore – Wild World
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – Reunions
Brandy Clark – Your Life Is a Record
Ingrid Andress – Lady Like
Hailey Whitters – The Dream
American Aquarium – Lamentations
John Moreland – LP5
Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen – Hold My Beer, Vol. 2
Gabe Lee – Honky Tonk Hell
Zach Bryan – Elisabeth
The Panhandlers – The Panhandlers
Ashley McBryde – Never Will
Jessi Alexander – Decatur County Red
Lilly Hiatt – Walking Proof
John Anderson – Years
Hot Country Knights – The K Is Silent
Whiskey Riff is the most entertaining country site…ever.