BLITZEN TRAPPER - Furr (Sub Pop)
"Blitzen Trapper are no longer talented jacks-of-all-trades, but a master of one, and Furr is proof that this already-great band gets even better as they define themselves more specifically."
Rebecca Raber, Pitchfork
ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO - Real Animal (Back Porch)
"Each song sounds like a new chapter in a larger story and Real Animal like a new installment in an ongoing epic."
Stephen Deusner, Paste
PATTY LOVELESS - Sleepless Nights (Saguaro)
"Loveless treats these songs without even a trace of nostalgia, but as the living embodiment of stories that not only transfer emotion, but reveal the hidden truths of love, life, sadness, grief, and wisdom gained by experience."
Thom Jurek, AllMusic
KASEY CHAMBERS & SHANE NICHOLSON - Rattlin' Bones (Sugar Hill)
"Chambers and Nicholson have brilliantly joined their talents to produce an extraordinarily well crafted project that is worthy to someday be counted in the pantheon of classic country music albums."
Leeann Ward, Country Universe
DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS - Brighter Than Creation's Dark (New West)
"With their trademark of talented musicianship, beautiful story-telling and unique brand of rock and roll, Drive-By Truckers are unmatched in every sense of the word. This is a remarkable album and one that is downright near perfect."