This story, as originally conceived, was supposed to be a compilation of the year's best box sets and other reissues. But then it hit us -- in today's shuffle-driven iPod world, with the pace of pop culture moving at breakneck speed, it's pointless to make such temporal distinctions. The past is ever present, and the present quickly becomes the past. So, instead of a list of old music released anew, we've come up with a list of timeless music, albums that came out this year that heed no prevailing trends and sound as if they could have been recorded any time between 1926 and 2006. Or 2106,... More >>>
James Hunter just might be the roots music story of the year.