2010 was a wonderful year for music, so it has been very hard to pick out THE (read: "MY") Top 10...there might actually have been too much good music to fully digest, and I'm afraid that I have fallen victim to the circumstance. But, alas, it is my duty to pick ten, so here we go, in no particular order (which probably defeats the point of a "top ten", but everyone else has their top lists and ranked albums, so mine will now be known as a rough, working list that is subject to change at a moment's notice. Besides, there are technically a couple more weeks in 2010...)
Against Me! - White Crosses – You know that old cliché about punk rock with pop sensibility? Yeah. Here’s a textbook example.
American Bang - (self titled) – Nashville boys finally getting some national exposure after signing with major label. Good rocking album for a party or driving around your small town in.
Gaslight Anthem - American Slang – See definition of cliché of punk rock with pop sensibility, too, along with Against Me!.
Jamey Johnson - The Guitar Song – The only guy making old school sounding country music on a national scale and making headway with it…and he’s the only one that is believable singing the songs he’s singing. More importantly, he’s writing them himself (mostly).
Roger Alan Wade - Deguello Motel - A Chattanooga native and kin to Johnny Knoxville, Roger Alan Wade has written some big songs for some big artists like Bocephus and Cash. This is his new album. Check him out and give him a shot. He's just a good ol' boy that writes songs and plays them every night for a living.
The Band Perry – (self titled) – Just got this the other day, and I don’t do a whole lot of new “commercial country music”, but the harmonies and the vocals of Kimberly Perry and her brothers (all are from just up the road in Greeneville, Tennessee) are amazing. Songs aren’t bad either. And she’s easy on the ol’ eyes too. “If I Die Young” just hit #1 on Billboard Country- not bad for more talented East Tennesseans hitting it big in country.