Wayne Rice

Best Bluegrass of the Year as Heard on KSON's Bluegrass Special

January 7, 2018

One the common myths about bluegrass music is that it is "old." Nothing could be farther from the truth. On KSON's Bluegrass Special, you will hear fresh new bluegrass from some of the most talented young musicians on the planet. The future of bluegrass is in good hands with artists like Mile Twelve, Front Country, the Infamous Stringdusters, Flatt Lonesome and Billy Strings who are turning out some incredible new sounds. We're gettng new albums from established artists like Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers, the Lonesome River Band, Dailey and Vincent and the Grascals. And we are getting new music from egendary Hall of Famers like Bobby Osborne, Mac Wiseman and Doyle Lawson.

Here are my picks for the best of last year "as heard on the Bluegrass Special." The hard part of course is narrowing it down to 30. There were many other great albums released in 2017 as well. But these are the ones I played the most (and will continue to play). Thanks for listening to KSON's Bluegrass Special!

  1. BOBBY OSBORNE “ORIGINAL” (COMPASS)
  2. LONESOME RIVER BAND “MAYHAYLEY’S HOUSE” (MOUNTAIN HOME)
  3. FLATT LONESOME “SILENCE IN THESE WALLS” (MOUNTAIN HOME)
  4. MILE TWELVE “ONWARDS” (ROUNDER)
  5. DOYLE LAWSON “LIFE IS A STORY” (MOUNTAIN HOME)
  6. CHRIS JONES & THE NIGHT DRIVERS “MADE TO MOVE” (MOUNTAIN HOME)
  7. DARIN & BROOKE ALDRIDGE “FASTER AND FARTHER” (MOUNTAIN HOME)
  8. INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS “LAWS OF GRAVITY” (COMPASS)
  9. MAC WISEMAN “I SANG THE SONG” (MOUNTAIN FEVER)
  10. THE GIBSON BROTHERS “IN THE GROUND” (ROUNDER)
  11. DAILEY & VINCENT “PATRIOTS & POETS” (BFD)
  12. FRONT COUNTRY “OTHER LOVE SONGS” (ORGANIC)
  13. TIM 0’BRIEN “WHERE THE RIVER MEETS THE ROAD” (HOWDY SKIES)
  14. JOE MULLINS  & THE RADIO RAMBLERS “THE STORY WE TELL” (REBEL)
  15. DARRELL WEBB BAND “LOVER’S LEAP” (MOUNTAIN FEVER)
  16. JERRY SALLEY “FRONT PORCH PHILOSOPHY” (VERY JERRY)
  17. THE GRASCALS “BEFORE BREAKFAST” (MOUNTAIN HOME)
  18. DONNA ULISSE “BREAKIN’ EASY” (MOUNTAIN HOME)
  19. THE BANKESTERS “NIGHTBIRD” (COMPASS)
  20. STEVE MARTIN & THE STEEP CANYON RANGERS “THE LONG AWAITED ALBUM” (ROUNDER)
  21. SUMMER BROOKE & THE MOUNTAIN FAITH BAND “SMALL TOWN LIFE” (MOUNTAIN FEVER)
  22. BILLY DROZE “TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN” (RURAL RHYTHM)
  23. JUNIOR SISK & RAMBLERS CHOICE “THE MOUNTAINS ARE CALLING ME HOME” (MOUNTAIN FEVER)
  24. EDDY RAVEN “ALL GRASSED UP” (PINECASTLE)
  25. DALE ANN BRADLEY “DALE ANN BRADLEY” (MOUNTAIN FEVER)
  26. SHANNON SLAUGHTER “NEVER STANDING STILL” (ELITE CIRCUIT)
  27. TERRY BAUCOM’S DUKES OF DRIVE “FOURTH AND GOAL” (JOHN BOY AND BILLY)
  28. BILLY STRINGS “TURMOIL & TINFOIL” (APOSTOL RECORDING)
  29. THOMM JUTZ “CRAZY IF YOU LET IT” (MOUNTAIN FEVER)
  30. STEVE GULLEY & NEW PINNACLE “TIME WON’T WAIT” (RURAL RHYTHM)