Rosanne Cash Tops 2014 Most-Played Americana Albums List
As 2014 winds to a close, plenty of year-end lists are being published -- including one detailing the 100 most-played Americana albums for the year.
Not surprisingly, Rosanne Cash comes in at No. 1 on the list. The songstress released her critically acclaimed 'The River & the Thread' album, which is an entire record about life in the South, at the start of the year.
"I love concept records," Cash tells The Boot about the project. "I always have, since I was a kid. Albums that had an overarching theme were always the ones that were the most interesting and fascinating to me. My whole life, I’ve wanted to make a concept record, my whole career."
Nickel Creek's 'A Dotted Line' came in second, followed by Rodney Crowell's 'Tarpaper Sky' in third, Hard Working Americans' self-titled record in fourth and Old Crow Medicine Show's 'Remedy' rounding out the Top 5.
Other albums landing in the Top 100 include Sturgill Simpson's 'Metamodern Sounds in Country Music,' 'Swimmin' Time' by Shovels and Rope, Willie Nelson's 'Band of Brothers,' 'Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone' by Lucinda Williams, 'Let It Go' by the Infamous Stringdusters, Johnny Cash's posthumous 'Out Among the Stars, Brandy Clark's '12 Stories,' Dolly Parton's 'Blue Smoke' and 'The Way I'm Livin' by Lee Ann Womack.
The list is based on records reported to the Americana Airplay Chart from Dec. 2, 2013, to Dec. 1, 2014, according to the Americana Music Association. See the Top 10 below, and click here for the Top 100.
Top 10 Most-Played Americana Albums in 2014
1. Rosanne Cash, 'The River & the Thread'
2. Nickel Creek, 'A Dotted Line'
3. Rodney Crowell, 'Tarpaper Sky'
4. Hard Working Americans, 'Hard Working Americans'
5. Old Crow Medicine Show, 'Remedy'
6. Nikki Lane, 'All or Nothin''
7. Lake Street Dive, 'Bad Self Portraits'
8. Shovels & Rope, 'Swimmin' Time'
9. John Hiatt, 'Terms of My Surrender'
10. Sturgill Simpson, 'Metamodern Sounds in Country Music'