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THE TWANGTRUST TOP 15 ALBUMS OF 2016
1 - POST SCRIPT
- If Not For You
2 - DAN STUART - Marlowe’s Revenge
3 - WUSSY - Forever Sounds
4 - LYDIA LOVELESS - Real
5 - SOUTHERN CULTURE ON THE SKIDS - The Electric Pinecones
6 - MARGO PRICE - Midwest Farmer’s Daughter
7 - MAYHEMINGWAYS - Hunter Street Blues
8 - THE SUMNER BROTHERS - The Hell In Your Mind
9 - JOHN K. SAMSON - Winter Wheat
10 - STURGILL SIMPSON - A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
11 - DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS - American Band
12 - C.R. AVERY - All The Angels Didn’t Scare Me
13 - CASE/LANG/VEIRS - case / lang / veirs
14 - TAMI NEILSON - Don’t Be Afraid
15 - THE FLAT FIVE - It's a World of Love and Hope

THE TWANGTRUST TOP 15 GIGS OF 2016
(chronological)
POST SCRIPT - @ The StuDome, May 28
MAYHEMINGWAYS - @ Sunset Saloon, June 25
RYAN ADAMS - @ Wpg Folk Fest, July 8
FORD MADOX FORD / 3 O’CLOCK TRAIN
- @ Times Change, July 19
STURGILL SIMPSON - @ The Jim Kale Theatre, August 11
MARGO PRICE - @ Interstellar Rodeo, August 13
WILCO - @ Interstellar Rodeo, August 14
CASE / LANG / VEIRS - @ Interstellar Rodeo, August 14
SUPERSUCKERS - @ The Pyramid, August 25
CHRIS ISAAK - @ The Jim Kale Theatre, August 27
DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS / LYDIA LOVELESS - Minneapolis, MN, First Avenue, September 24
THE SUMNER BROTHERS - @ Times Change, October 18
JOHN K. SAMSON - @ the WECC, November 5
THE MAVERICKS - @ Club Regent, November 9
C.R. AVERY - @ The StuDome, December 1

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THE TWANGTRUST TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2014
1 - Wussy
- Attica!
2 - Jimmer
- The Would-Be Plans
3 - Sun Kil Moon
- Benji
4 - Alvvays
- Alvvays
5 - Joe Nolan
- Tornado
6 - Ryan Adams
- Ryan Adams
7 - Chuck Prophet
- Night Surfer
8 - Del Barber
- Prairieography
9 - Bruce Springsteen
- High Hopes
10 - Dave & Phil Alvin
- Common Ground

Bubbling Under: The Afghan Whigs, Lucinda Williams, Matthew Ryan, Lydia Loveless

(Yes, Jimmer was also tied for #1 last year. The album was released in 2013 but only to fanboys like me over the net. It wasn't until 2014 that the world at large was able to hear it and since it's so much better than most anything else released this year, I'm letting it be elligible again this year. It's my world, after all.)

THE TWANGTRUST TOP 30 SONGS OF 2014
THE 24th STREET WAILERS - Chin Wagger
RYAN ADAMS - Feels Like Fire
THE AFGHAN WHIGS - Algiers
THE AFGHAN WHIGS - Lost in the Woods
DAVE & PHIL ALVIN - How You Want It Done
ALVVAYS - Archie, Marry Me
DEL BARBER - All That It Takes
JIM BRYSON - Half Price
DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS - Trying To Be The Boss On A Beaver Brown Diet
EASTON STAGGER PHILLIPS - Lucillia
JIMMER - The Far Laft Side of You
JIMMER - Molotov Moon
JIMMER - Satellite
LYDIA LOVELESS - Blind
LYDIA LOVELESS - Head
LYDIA LOVELESS - Mile High
THE MAVERICKS - Dr. Feelgood
JOE NOLAN - Autumn Sky
JOE NOLAN - Somebody Call The Cops
NQ ARBUCKLE - Life Boat (Song for Carolyn Mark)
NQ ARBUCKLE - Hospitals
CHUCK PROPHET - Ford Econoline
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - Frankie Fell In Love
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & PATTI SCIALFA - Linda Paloma
SUN KIL MOON - Carissa
SUN KIL MOON - Micheline
WUSSY - Halloween
WUSSY - North Sea Girls
WUSSY - To The Lightning
WUSSY - Teenage Wasteland

THE TWANGTRUST TOP 10 GIGS OF 2014
1 - Jon Dee Graham & the Canadian Cocks

    June 19 @ RiverCity Social Club
2 - The Mavericks
    March 16 @ Jim Kale Theatre
3 - The Replacements
    Sept. 13 @ Midway Stadium, St. Paul, MN
4 - Mark Kozelek
    Nov. 11 @ W.E.C.C.
5 - Neil Young
    Jan. 16 @ Centennial Concert Hall
6 - Whitney Rose w/ guest Raul Malo
    March 17 @ The StuDome
7 - James McMurtry
    July 12 @ Winnipeg Folk Festival
8 - The 24th St. Wailers
    July 3 @ Times Change(d) H&L Club
9 - Shinyribs
    July @ Winnipeg Folk Festival
10 - Low
     October 18 @ W.E.C.C.

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THE TWANGTRUST TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2013
1 (TIE) - JIMMER - The Would Be Plans

1 (TIE) - JOHN MURRY - The Graceless Age
1 (TIE) - JULY TALK - July Talk
2 - JOSEPH ARTHUR - The Ballad of Boogie Christ
3 - WRECKLESS ERIC & AMY RIGBY - A Working Museum
4 - THE MAVERICKS - In Time
5 - DUSTIN BENTALL & THE SMOKES - You Are An Island
6 - FRANK TURNER - Tape Deck Heart
7 - LINDI ORTEGA - Tin Star
8 - LEE HARVEY OSMOND - Folk Sinner
9 - KURT VILE - Wakin On A Pretty Daze
10 - LEEROY STAGGER - Truth Be Sold

Bubbling Under:
BLUE RODEO - In Our Nature
DEER TICK - Negativity
ROBBIE FULKS - Gone Away Backward
JASON ISBELL - Southeastern
KELLY WILLIS & BRUCE ROBISON - Cheater's Game
JOHN MORELAND - In the Throes
WHITNEY ROSE - Whitney Rose
THE SADIES - Internal Sounds

THE TWANGTRUST TOP 30 SONGS OF 2013
ALABAMA SHAKES - Always Alright
JOSEPH ARTHUR - The Ballad of Boogie Christ
JOSEPH ARTHUR - Saint of Impossible Causes
DUSTIN BENTALL & THE SMOKES - Shine
DUSTIN BENTALL & THE SMOKES - Every Chord That Rings
THE DEL-LORDS - When The Drugs Kick In
THE FRONT BOTTOMS - Au Revoir (Adios)
GREG GODOVITZ - He Will Never Be Me
GREG MacPHERSON - Goes Like This
JIM JAMES - State of the Art (A-E-I-O-U)
JIMMER - Satellite
JIMMER - Molotov Moon
JULY TALK - Guns & Ammunition
JULY TALK - Let Her Know
JULY TALK - Paper Girl
KELLY WILLIS & BRUCE ROBISON - 9,999,999 Tears
LEEROY STAGGER - Mister
THE MAVERICKS - Come Unto Me
JOHN MURRY - Southern Sky
SCOTT NOLAN - Twister
THE PERPETRATORS - Smokes 'n' Chicken
PISTOL GEORGE WARREN - High School Blues
PISTOL GEORGE WARREN - No Love
WHITNEY ROSE - Chivalry is Dead
WHITNEY ROSE - Down at the Do-Si-Do
THE SADIES - Another Tomorrow Again
LEEROY STAGGER - Mister
FRANK TURNER - Recovery
WRECKLESS ERIC & AMY RIGBY - Genovese Bag
WRECKLESS ERIC & AMY RIGBY - Tropical Fish

THE TWANGTRUST TOP 11 COVER TUNES OF 2013
ELLIOTT BROOD - Gimme Sympathy (Metric)
PATTERSON HOOD & THE DOWNTOWN RUMBLERS - Hate This Town (Slim Dunlap)
LEE HARVEY OSMOND - Oh, Linda (Gordon Lightfoot)
NATALIE MAINES - Mother (Pink Floyd)
RUTH MOODY - Dancing in the Dark (Bruce Springsteen)
JOHN MURRY - Thorn Tree In The Garden (Derek & The Dominoes)
PISTOL GEORGE WARREN - Can You Get To That (Parliament Funkadelic)
THE REPLACEMENTS - I'm Not Sayin' (Gordon Lightfoot/Nico)
JIM WHITE - All Together Now (The Beatles)
KELLY WILLIS & BRUCE ROBISON - Border Radio (Dave Alvin)
JANELLE MONAE - I Want You Back (Jackson 5)

THE TWANGTRUST TOP 10 GIGS OF 2013
1 - FRANK TURNER - Garrick Centre
2 - JULY TALK - W.E.C.C. (2) & The Park Theatre
3 - ELLIOTT BROOD - Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club
4 - PAUL McCARTNEY - Investors Group Field
5 - GRAND CARIBOO OPRY - W.E.C.C.
6 - PISTOL GEORGE WARREN - Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club & The StuDome
7 - WRECKLESS ERIC & AMY RIGBY - The StuDome
8 - LINDI ORTEGA / DUSTIN BENTALL & THE SMOKES - The Park Theatre
9 - LUCERO / Shovels & Rope - The Park Theatre
9.5 - MARY GAUTHIER / Scott Nolan & Joanna Miller - The Park Theatre
10 - WHITEHORSE / Daniel Romano - The Jim Kale Theatre

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THE TWANGTRUST TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2012
1 (TIE) - Lindi Ortega - Cigarettes & Truckstops

1 (TIE) - John Moreland & The Dust Bowl Souls - Everything The Hard Way
2 - Kathleen Edwards - Voyageur
3 - Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball
4 - The Hobart Brothers & Lil Sis Hobart - At Least We Have Each Other
5 - Bob Dylan - Tempest
6 - Various Artists - Lawless (Soundtrack)
7 - Kelly Hogan - I Like To Keep Myself In Pain
8 - Del Barber - Headwaters
9 - Shovels and Rope - O' Be Joyful
10 - Graham Parker & the Rumour -Three Chords Good

Bubbling Under:
Rose Cousins - We Have Made A Spark
Jim White - Where It Hits You
Ian Hunter - When I'm President
Alejandro Escovedo - Big Station

THE TWANGTRUST TOP 10 GIGS OF 2012

1 - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
November 10 & 11, XL Energy Center, St. Paul, MN

2 - THE GOURDS / JAMES MCMURTRY
November 9, Cedar Cultural Centre, St. Paul, MN

3 - LINDI ORTEGA
April 24 @ StuDome

4 - KATHLEEN EDWARDS
Sept. 29 @ Garrick Centre
Oct. 4 @ Studio 222, Fargo, ND

5 - FRANK TURNER
April 22 @ Garrick Centre

6 - GILLIAN WELCH
July 23 @ Garrick Centre

7 - NQ ARBUCKLE
Feb. 3 @ The StuDome

8 - TWANGTRUST FUNDRIVE SPECTACULAR
Hatcher Briggs, Del Barber, Ridley Bent & J-Rod
February 15, Lo Pub

9 - DEER TICK
June 5 @ WECC

10 - THE MAVERICKS
August 29, MN State Fair, St. Paul, MN

=========== More Great Shows of 2011============

James Vincent McMorrow
August 9 @ WECC

Steve Earle
July 22 @ McPhillips Street Station

Mike Plume
June 20 @ Park Theatre

The Hold Steady
June 19 @ Jim Kale Theatre

Rose Cousins
March 28 @ WECC
November 7 @ WECC

Shane Koyczan
March 31 @ WECC

Bill Mallonee
May 24 @ Church

Elizabeth Cook
August 28 @ The Aquarium, Fargo, ND

Neil Young, Los Lobos, The Sadies
Nov. 16, MTS Centre

Ah, best of the year lists. Don't you love best of the year lists? The only problem with them is that you need to take the subjectivity factor into consideration. Not so with the TwangTrust Best Of The Year list. We here at the TwangTrust each year carefully compile a list of the actual best music released over the course of the year. This is not merely our opinion - it is fact. Your opinion may differ from our facts, and we don't hold that against you or think any legal action should be taken (usually) but if you find this is the case with your musical selections, please spend some time studying the list below and try thinking straight. Thank you.

THE TWANGTRUST TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2011
1 - FRANK TURNER - England Keep My Bones
(Epitaph)
2 - WUSSY - Strawberry (Shake It)
3 - FOSTER & LLOYD - It's Already Tomorrow (EffinEll Records)
4 - HAYES CARLL - KMAG YOYO (Lost Highway)
5 - THE WARPED 45s - Matador Sunset (self)
6 - TERRY ANDERSON & the OAK TEAM - More Smooth Jazz & Sweet Sweet Jams (Doublenaught)
7 - KEVN KINNEY - A Good Country Mile (self)
8 - SCOTT NOLAN - Montgomery Eldorado (Transistor 66)
9 - KURT VILE - Smoke Rings For My Halo (Matador)
10 - DEER TICK - Divine Providence (Partisan)

BUBBLING UNDER
Dave Alvin - Eleven Eleven
Nick Lowe - The Old Magic
Fred Eaglesmith - 6 Volt
Black Joe Lewis - Scandalous
The Smithereens - 2011
Elliott BROOD - Days Into Years
Steve Earle - I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive
Chris Isaak - Beyond The Sun
Social Distortion - Hard Times & Nursery Rhymes
Drive-By Truckers - Go-Go Boots
Tom Waits - Bad As Me
Romi Mayes - Lucky Tonight
Fountains Of Wayne - Sky Full Of Holes
Kasey Chambers - Storybook
John Doe & Jill Sobule - A Day At The Pass

TWANGTRUST TOP 10 COVER SONGS OF 2011
BUDDY MILLER
(w/ Chocolate Genius) - Dang Me (Roger Miller)
JC BROOKS & the UPTOWN SOUND - I Am Trying to Break Your Heart (Wilco)
NEKO CASE & NICK CAVE - She's Not There (The Zombies)
CHARLES BRADLEY & the Menahan Street Band - Stay Away (Nirvana)
DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS - Everybody Needs Love (Eddie Hinton)
CHRIS ISAAK - Miss Pearl (Jimmy Wages)
CIVIL WARS - Disarm (Smashing Pumpkins)
WILCO - I Love My Label (Nick Lowe)
THE ABRAMS BROTHERS - Thirteen (Big Star)
KURT VILE- Downbound Train
(Bruce Springsteen)

TOP TEN BEST LIVE SHOWS OF 2011

1 - PRINCE
December 8, MTS Centre

2 - FRANK TURNER
October 22, WECC

3 - BLACK JOE LEWIS & THE HONEYBEARS
May 20, Garrick Theatre

4 - LYLE LOVETT
August 9, Jim Kale Theatre

5 - ROBERT PLANT & THE BAND OF JOY
June 21, Concert Hall

6 - CHUCK PROPHET
July 11, StuDome

7 - JAMES McMURTRY
October 1, Park Theatre

8 - CHRIS ISAAK
August 13/14, State Theatre (MPLS)/Centennial Concert Hall

8.5 - JONATHAN RICHMAN
October 2, Pyramid Cabaret

9 - HATCHER-BRIGGS w/ Keri Latimer, Scott Nolan & Colin Bryce
Feb. 16, Lo Pub

10 - U2
May 29, Canad Inns Stadium

BUBBLING UNDER:
The Sadies, Marty Stuart, Scott Nolan, C.R. Avery, Greg MacPherson,
Warped 45s, Jim Bryson & the Weakerthans, Dawes

TWANG TRUST 2010 STATS

TOP 15 ALBUMS OF 2010
1 - JIM BRYSON & THE WEAKERTHANS - The Falcon Lake Incident
2 - LEEROY STAGGER - Little Victories
3 - THE MASTER PLAN - Maximum Respect
4 - BRIGHT LITTLE FIELD - Treatment Bound: A Ukelele Tribute To The Replacements
5 - IMELDA MAY - Mayhem
6 - HATCHER-BRIGGS - Getting There From Here
7 - JASON & THE SCORCHERS - Halcyon Times
8 - JON DEE GRAHAM - It's Not As Bad As It Looks
9 - GIRL IN A COMA - Adventures in Coverland
10 - JESSE MALIN & THE ST. MARKS SOCIAL - Love It To life
11 - SIT DOWN TRACY - Roaring Noon
12 - BOBBY BARE JR. - A Storm, A Tree, My Mother's Head
13 - SUSAN COWSILL - Lighthouse
14 - GIL SCOTT HERON - I'm New Here
15 - JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE - Harlem River Shuffle

BUBBLING UNDER (Alphabetical)
Del Barber, The Beauties, Ridley Bent, Kasey Chambers, Elizabeth Cook, Luke Doucet, Drive-By Truckers,
Imaginary Cities, Freedy Johnston, Jesse Malin, Carolyn Mark & Tolan McNeil, Robert Plant, The Sadies, Peter Wolf,
The Wilderness of Manitoba, Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby

TOP 20ish SONGS OF 2010
1 - LEEROY STAGGER - Everyone's On Drugs
2 - ELIZABETH COOK - El Camino
3 - THE MASTER PLAN - Suburban Soul Man
4 - HATCHER-BRIGGS - The Last Ones
5 - ROBERT PLANT - Angel Dance
6 - ALICIA KEYES - Empire State of Mind (Pt. 2)
6.5 - JESSE MALIN - All The Way From Moscow
7 - RODNEY DECROO - You Ain't No One
8 - JON DEE GRAHAM - Beautifully Broken
9 - FREEDY JOHNSTON - Don't Fall In Love With A Lonely Girl
10 - JASON & THE SCORCHERS - Twang Town Blues
11 - SIT DOWN TRACY - Always When You're Not Wanted
12 - CHRISTINA MARTIN - Daisy
13 - BOBBY BARE JR. - The Summer of '93
14 - FRAZEY FORD - Blue Streak Mama
15 - JIM BRYSON & THE WEAKERTHANS - Up All Night
16 - KASEY CHAMBERS - Train Wreck
17 - THE DEL-LORDS - When The Drugs Kick In
18 - GIL SCOTT HERON - Me & the Devil
19 - THE FABULOUS GINN SISTERS - Hey Doll
20 - JACKPINE - Ed

TOP FIFTEEN BEST LIVE SHOWS OF 2010
1 - C.R. AVERY (w/ his String Quartet)
February 15, W.E.C.C.

2 - NQ ARBUCKLE
July 22, Times Change(d) H&L Club

3 - THE BOTTLE & THE TRUTH (Ridley Bent, Dustin Bentall, Cameron Latimer)
June 16, Times Change H&L Club

4 - C.R. AVERY & THE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP
November 3, Park Theatre

5 - WUSSY
March 27, Sauce, Minneapolis, MN

6 - ARCADE FIRE
September 23, MTS Centre

7 - JOHN K. SAMSON
Haiti Relief Fundraiser, W.E.C.C.

8 - HATCHER-BRIGGS w/ JIM HAWKINS MEMORIAL R&B BAND
November 12 & 13, Pyramid Cabaret

9 - CHUCK PROPHET
October 19, Turf Club, St. Paul, MN

10 - THE WARPED 45s
November 19, Stu Dome

11 - GIRL IN A COMA / THE WEDDING PRESENT
April, 400 Club, Minneapolis, MN

12 - JOSH RITTER
October 28, W.E.C.C.

13 - TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS
June 19, MTS Centre

14 - MIKE PLUME
November 28, StuDome

15 - RIDLEY BENT w/ KERI LATIMER
October 9, Park Theatre

TWANG TRUST 2009 STATS
Well, our computer crashed in the summer, and much of the '09 playlist archives were lost forever. Thus, official Most-Played stats are unavailable this year. We play the same damn crap every year though, so you're not missing out on much. I'm pretty sure that "Down Down Down" by Southside Johnny was the most played song of the year, despite being a 2008 release. Anyway, we still have...

TwangTrust Faves of 2009

TOP TEN ALBUMS OF 2009
1 - TINTED WINDOWS - Tinted Windows
2 - C.R. AVERY - The Great Canadian Novel
3 - THE WHEAT POOL - Hauntario
4 - LEEROY STAGGER - Everything Is Real
5 - MIRANDA LAMBERT - Revolution
5.5 - DAN MANGAN - Nice, Nice, Very Nice
6 - LUCERO - 1372 Overton Park
7 - DRIVIN' N' CRYIN' - Whatever Happened To The Great American Bubble Factory
8 - CAROLYN MARK & NQ ARBUCKLE - Let's Just Stay Here
9 - WENDY BIRD - Natural Wonder
9.3 - JOSHUA COCKERILL - The Trick With Your Heart I'm Learning To Do
9.5 - WUSSY - Wussy
9.7 - THE WARPED 45s - 10 Day Poem For Saskatchewan
10 - LEE HARVEY OSMOND - A Quiet Evil

BUBBLING UNDER
Dave Alvin & the Guilty Women, Buddy & Julie Miller, Sarah Borges & the Broken Singles,
Wilco, Imelda May, The Western States, Mike Plume Band, Steve Earle, Chuck Prophet

TOP TEN BEST LIVE SHOWS OF 2009
1 - KASEY CHAMBERS & SHANE NICHOLSON w/ JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE - June 18, Fargo Moorhead Community Theater, Fargo, ND
2 - C. R. AVERY - July 10-12, Winnipeg Folk Festival
3 - HEY ROSETTA! w/ DAN MANGAN - April 9, Shannon's Irish Pub
4 - THE TRAGICALLY HIP - September 10, Centennial Concert Hall
5 - ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTERS - July 8, Winnipeg Folk Festival
6 - LEE HARVEY OSMOND - October 21, W.E.C.C.
7 - LEEROY STAGGER & THE WILDFLOWERS - September 21 @ StuDome / September 23 @ Royal Albert
7.5 - PAT DINIZIO - February 7 @ The StuDome / February 8 @ Times Changed
8 - GUY CLARK w/ SLAID CLEAVES - April 5, Crescent Ft. Rouge United Church
9 - JOHN PRINE w/SARA WATKINS - October 23, Playhouse Theatre
10 - TOM WILSON - House Concert

Here are the official scientifically tabulated stats for the most played artists and songs of 2008 on the TwangTrust. (Number of actual yearly plays in brackets.)

MOST PLAYED ARTISTS OF 2008
1 - C. R. Avery (31)
2 - Bruce Springsteen (29)
3 - Roger Miller (28)
4 - The Hatcher Brothers (27) includes The Fuse, The Six, The Big Beat
5 - Paul Kelly (26)
6 - Elliott BROOD (25)
7 - Fred Eaglesmith (19)
8 - Ridley Bent (18)
9 - Kathleen Edwards (16)
10-Steve Earle, Neil Young, Chris Goertzen & the Hazy Pilgrims (15 each)

MOST PLAYED/FAVOURITE SONGS OF 2008
1 - Drunk On Election Night - DAN KELLY
2 - My Baby - NQ ARBUCKLE
3 - Miss You Now - ELLIOTT BROOD
4 - Nine Inch Nails - RIDLEY BENT
5 - God Told Me To - PAUL KELLY
6 - Sequestered In Memphis - THE HOLD STEADY
7 - Stop & Think It Over - SARAH BORGES & THE BROKEN SINGLES
8 - Down Down Down - SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY
9 - Lonesome, Wild & Blue - CHRIS GOERTZEN & THE HAZY PILGRIMS
10-Arlington - RIDLEY BENT

TWANG TRUST BEST OF 2008

2008 TOP TEN ALBUMS OF THE YEAR
1 – ELLIOTT BROOD – Mountain Meadows (Six Shooter)
2
– PAUL KELLY – Stolen Apples (Capitol Australia)
3
– SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY – Grapefruit Moon: The Songs of Tom Waits (Leroy)
4
– NQ ARBUCKLE – X OK (Six Shooter)
5
– CHRIS GOERTZEN & THE HAZY PILGRIMS – The Devil’s Rawking Chair (Self)
6
– THE HOLD STEADY – Stay Positive (Universal)
7
– JESSE MALIN – On My Sleeve (One Little Indian)
8
– ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO – Real Animal (Back Porch)
9
– C.R. AVERY & THE BOOMCHASERS – Midnight Goldmining (self)
10
-KASEY CHAMBERS & SHANE NICHOLSON - Rattlin’ Bones (Sugar Hill)

BUBBLING UNDER
Fred Eaglesmith, Jim White, Drive-By Truckers, Paul Westerberg,
Lucinda Williams, The Baseball Project, James McMurtry, Imus Ranch Record

2007 Albums of the Year
1 - Danny & Dusty – Cast Iron Soul (Blue Rose)
2 - Steve Earle – Washington Square Serenade (New West)
3 - Patty Griffin – Children Running Through (ATO)
4 - Ian Hunter – Shrunken Heads (New West)
5 - Chuck Prophet – Soap and Water (New West)
6 - Ridley Bent – Buckles and Boots (Maple Music)
7 - Wussy – Left For Dead (Shake It)
8 - Nathan – Key Principles (Nettwerk)
9 - C.R. Avery – Magic Hour Sailor Songs (Bongo Beat)
10 - Tommy Womack - There, I Said It (Cedar Creek)


Top 5 Gigs of 2007

1 ) C. R. AVERY
Sept. 22 @ Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club

2 ) JOHN FOGERTY
July 26 @ MTS Centre

3 ) BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
October 6 @ Wachovia Center, Philidelphia, PA

4 ) CROWDED HOUSE
Sept. 8 @ Centennial Concert Hall

5 ) ELLIOTT BROOD
Oct. 27 @ WECC

MOST PLAYED ARTISTS OF 2007
1 - Bruce Springsteen (42)
2 - Nathan (23)
3 - Roger Miller (20)
4 - Steve Earle (19)
5 - Chuck Prophet (18)
6 - The Hatcher Brothers (16) includes The Fuse, The Six, The Big Beat
7 - Ridley Bent (15)
8 - Oh Susanna (15)
9 - Danny & Dusty (14)
10- Johnny Cash (14)

MOST PLAYED SONGS OF 2007
1 - Nine Inch Nails - RIDLEY BENT (6)
2 - I Am What I Hated When I Was Young - IAN HUNTER (5)
2 - Crash Hard - DUSTIN BENTALL (4)

TWANG TRUST BEST OF 2006

2006 TOP TEN ALBUMS OF THE YEAR
1 - Bob Delevante
– Columbus and the Colossal Mistake (Relay)
2 - The Twilight Singers
– Powder Burns (One Little Indian)
3 - Joan Jett – Sinner (Blackheart)
4 - The Be Good Tanyas – Hello Love (Nettwerk)
5 - Neko Case – Fox Confessor Brings The Flood (Mint)
6 - Bruce Springsteen – The Seeger Sessions (Columbia)
7 - Romi Mayes – Sweet Somethin’ Steady (Indie)
8 - Leeroy Stagger – Depression River (Boompa)
9 - The Hold Steady – Boys and Girls in America (Vagrant)
10 – Jeffrey Dean Foster – Million Star Hotel (Angel Skull)

RUNNERS UP
Willard Grant Conspiracy & Telefunk - In The Fishtank 8
Ox - American Lo-Fi
Kevn Kinney's S.T.A.R. - Comin' Round Again
Barney Bentall – Gift Horse (True North)
The Drams - Jubilee Drive (New West)
The Yayhoos - Put The Hammer Down (Lakeside Lounge)
Drive-By Truckers - A Blessing and a Curse (New West)
The Dixie Chicks - Taking The Long Way (Columbia)
Ronnie Spector - Last of the Rock Stars

MOST PLAYED ARTISTS OF 2006
1 - Bruce Springsteen (35)
2 - Billy Cowsill (27) Includes Blue Northern votes
3 - Roger Miller (24)
4 - Romi Mayes (22)
5 - The Hatcher Brothers (18) includes The Fuse, The Six, The Big Beat
6 - Johnny Cash (14)
7 - The Blue Shadows (13)
7 - Elliott BROOD (13)
7 - The Hazy Pilgrims (13)
10- Amy Rigby (11)

TOP 33 SONGS OF 2006 In No Particular Order
Dan Kelly & the Alpha Males - Drunk On Election Night
Bob Delevante - Blitzkrieg Bop
The Dixie Chicks - Lullaby
Bob Delevante - Circles Around Me
Jeffrey Dean Foster - The Summer of the Son of Sam
Allison Moorer - Fairweather
Kevn Kinney - Thought By Now
The Twilight Singers - Bonnie Brae
Joan Jett - Riddles
Joan Jett - A.C.D.C.
Neko Case - John Saw That Number
The Little Willies - Lou Reed
Be Good Tanyas - For The Turnstiles
Romi Mayes - Bible
Ox - Surrender
The Drams - Hummalong
The Drams - Unhinged
Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs - Different Drum
Tommy Keene - Warren In The '60's
Bruce Springsteen - How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live
Neko Case w. The Sadies - Jason Fleming
Willard Grant Conspiracy & Telefunk - Dig a Hole In The Meadow
Paul Kelly - They Thought I Was Asleep
Danny Michel - Midnight Train
New York Dolls - Dance Like A Monkey
Bruce Springsteen - Buffalo Gals
Tortoise & Bonnie Prince Billy - Thunder Road
Steve Earle - Rednecks
Jerry Lee Lewis - Rock'n'Roll
The Shalitas - Shalitas Chant
Tom Waits - Danny Says
Dustin Bentall - Crash Hard
The Hazy Pilgrims - High and Angry (demo)

TOP 5 LIVE SHOWS
1 - THE SADIES w/ GREG KEELOR, Times Changed High & Lonesome Club, Oct. 18
2 - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, XCL Energy Center, Minneapolis, June 11
3 - THE DIXIE CHICKS, MTS Centre, August 19
4 - DANNY MICHEL, West End Cultural Centre, September 14
5 - ELLIOTT BROOD, Times Change High & Lonesome Club

TWANG TRUST BEST OF 2005

2005 TOP TEN ALBUMS OF THE YEAR
1 - Elliott Brood – Ambassador (Six Shooter Records)
2 - James McMurtry – Childish Things (Compadre)
3 - NQ Arbuckle - The Last Supper In A Cheap Town (Six Shooter Records)
4 - Marty Stuart – Souls’ Chapel (Superlatone)
5 - Bruce Springsteen – Devils and Dust (Columbia)
6 - Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning (Saddle Creek)
7 - Son Volt – Okemah and the Melody of Riot
8 - Ridley Bent – Blam (Maple Music)
9 - Carolyn Mark – Just Married (Mint)
10-Romi Mayes and the Temporarily Employed – Living Room Sessions

RUNNERS UP
Wussy -
Funeral Dress
The Hold Steady - Separation Sunday
Paul Kelly – Foggy Highway (True North)
Marah – If You Didn’t Laugh You’d Cry
Various Artists – Big Sweet Life: The Songs of Jon Dee Graham
Kathleen Edwards : Back To Me (Rounder)
Loudon Wainwright III – Here Come The Choppers
Ryan Adams – Jacksonville City Nights
Amy Rigby - Little Fugitive

BEST SONGS of 2005
Amy Rigby – Dancing With Joey Ramone
James McMurtry – We Can’t Make It Here
Bruce Springsteen – Devils and Dust
The Hold Steady - Your Little Hoodrat Friend
Kathleen Edwards – Back To Me
Kathleen Edwards and Jim Bryson – Somewhere Else
NQ Arbuckle – Cheap Town
Ridley Bent – Fruitpickers
Ridley Bent – Suicidewinder
Sharon Jones – This Land Is Your Land
A Band of Bees – Chicken Payback
Agriculture Club - Johnny To Your June
Robbie Fulks - Fountains of Wayne Hotline
Mary Gauthier - Wheel Inside The Wheel

TOP 5 LOCAL LIVE SHOWS
1 - Elliott Brood – Times Changed, Nov. 23
2 - Heavy Trash/The Sadies/The Fiftymen – Pyramid, Nov. 5
3 - Emmylou Harris – Winnipeg Folk Festival, July 10
4 - Sharon Jones & the DAP Kings - Jazz Winnipeg Festival, June 23/24
5 - Evan Dando – W.E.C.C., July 23

BEST OUT-OF-TOWN LIVE SHOWS
Bruce Springsteen – Northrop Aud., Minneapolis, Oct. 12
Son Volt – First Avenue, Minneapolis, Oct. 13

BEST DEBUT ALBUM
1 - Elliott Brood – Ambassador (Six Shooter Records)
2 - Ridley Bent – Blam (Maple Music)
3 – Scott H. Biram - The Dirty Old One Man Band (Bloodshot)

BEST VARIOUS ARTISTS/TRIBUTE ALBUM
1 Big Sweet Life: The Songs of Jon Dee Graham
2 Guess Who’s Home

BEST REISSUE/HISTORIC ALBUM
1 Green On Red – Here Come The Snakes (Belle Sound)
2 June Carter – Keep On The Sunny Side: Her Life In Music (Sony)
3 The Morells – Anthology Live (Almeron Records)
4 The Smithereens – Mega Box Set (self)