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George Graham's Best of 2011 Albums List

These albums were selected by Mixed host George Graham from the over 500 CDs featured during the year on the New Releases segments presented daily on Mixed Bag. The Mixed Bag musical styles include rock, folk, blues, reggae, world music, Celtic, electronic, and other varieties presented on the program. The emphasis is on records that received little or no attention in the commercial media. Selection criteria include originality, uniqueness of sound, and quality of musicianship.

The list is arranged chronologically.

* designates Homegrown Music Artists.


Artist

Album Title

Label

Add Date

David Wilcox

Reverie

What Are Records

01/04/11

various artists

Afrocubism

World Circuit

01/06/11

Tracorum

The Lesson

independent

01/06/11

Kate Jacobs

Home Game

independent

01/10/11

Hot Club of Cowtown

What Makes Bob Holler

Proper American

01/10/11

Tony Furtado

Golden

Funzalo

01/11/11

Roomful of Blues

Hook Line and Sinker

Alligator

01/12/11

Shaun Cromwell

Folk-Worn Prose

independent

01/13/11

Damon Fowler

Devil Got His Way

Blind Pig

01/14/11

John Popper

John Popper and the Duskray Troubadours

429 Records

01/18/11

Edie Brickell

Edie Brickell

Racecarlotta

01/18/11

Amos Lee

Mission Bell

Blue Note

01/19/11

Sarah Donner *

Typing Is Dangerous

Cat Lady

01/21/11

Vusi Mahlasela

Say Africa

ATO

01/26/11

Lori McKenna

Lorraine

independent

02/01/11

Michael J. Miles

Collage

milesmusic.org

02/03/11

Vinicius Cantuaria and Bill Frisell

Lagrimas Mexicanas

E One

02/04/11

Sterling Koch *

Slide Ruler

Full Force

02/08/11

Epigene

A Wall Street Odyssey

independent

02/09/11

Susan Werner

Kicking the Beehive

independent

02/10/11

Tom Campbell

Tonight I Ride

Roundhole

02/10/11

Ari and Mia

Unruly Heart

independent

02/14/11

My Sweet Patootie

Patootified

independent

02/15/11

Scott Chasolen *

Fracture

independent

02/16/11

Adele

21

XL/Columbia

02/18/11

Carlo DeLorenzi

Four Seasons in One Season

independent

02/22/11

Rachel Goodrich

Rachel Goodrich

independent

02/23/11

Jeff Beck

Rock 'n' Roll Party Honoring Les Paul

Atco

02/28/11

Buddy Miller

The Majestic Silver Strings

New West

03/02/11

Jambalaya Brass Band

It's a Jungle Out There

independent

03/03/11

Brooke Fraser

Flags

Wood and Bone

03/07/11

Beady Eye

Different Gear, Still Speeding

Dangerbird

03/09/11

Strunz and Farah

Journey Around the Sun

Selva

03/11/11

Scala and Kolacny Brothers

Scala and Kolacny Brothers

Atco

03/16/11

Hot Tuna

Steady as She Goes

Red House

03/24/11

Steve Miller Band

Let Your Hair Down

Roadrunner

03/24/11

Dino Valenti

Get Together

It's About Music

03/24/11

Marcia Ball

Roadside Attractions

Alligator

03/25/11

Dolorean

The Unfazed

Partisan

03/28/11

Steve Earle

I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive

New West

03/28/11

Paul Simon

So Beautiful So What

Hear Music

03/31/11

Jazz Pistols

Superstring

Cherrytown

03/31/11

Eliane Amherd

Now and from Now On

independent

03/31/11

Al DiMeola

Pursuit of the Radical Rhapsody

Telarc

04/01/11

Smithereens

2011

E-One

04/05/11

Blame Sally

Speeding Ticket and a Valentine

independent

04/05/11

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Songs from a Zulu Farm

Listen 2

04/06/11

Joe Bonamassa

Dust Bowl

independent

04/07/11

Los Lonely Boys

Rockpango

Playing in Traffic

04/08/11

Ben Waters

Boogie 4 Stu

Eagle

04/08/11

Jon Pousette-Dart *

Anti Gravity

independent

04/12/11

Marcus Miller

A Night in Monte-Carlo

Concord

04/12/11

Abbie Gardner

Hope

independent

04/14/11

Colin Hay

Gathering Mercury

Compass

04/15/11

Howe Gelb *

Alegrias

Fire

04/18/11

Belle Brigade

The Belle Brigade

Reprise

04/18/11

Tracy Nelson

Victim of the Blues

Delta Groove

04/19/11

The Unthanks

Last

Rough Trade

04/19/11

Jeffrey Foucault

Horse Latitudes

Signature Sounds

04/20/11

Katchafire

On the Road Again

Ohana

04/20/11

Fleet Foxes

Helplessness Blues

Sub Pop

04/21/11

Ben Sollee

Inclusions

Tin Ear

04/21/11

Waifs

Temptation

Compass

04/21/11

Runa

Stretched on Your Grave

independent

04/22/11

Glorie

Glorie

independent

04/26/11

Gina Sicilia

Can't Control Myself

Vizztone

04/26/11

Alexi Murdoch

Towards the Sun

Zero Summer

04/27/11

Life in a Blender *

Homewrecker Spoon

Fang

04/29/11

Gaddabounts

The Gaddabouts

Racecarlotta

05/02/11

Van Wagner *

Lost in the Mountains

independent

05/02/11

Rorie Kelly *

Wish Upon a Bottle Cap

independent

05/03/11

Burning Bridget Cleary

Totes for Goats

independent

05/04/11

Jubal's Kin

Jubal's Kin

independent

05/05/11

Roys

Lonesome Whistle

Rural Rhythm

05/05/11

Raphael Saadiq

Stone Rollin'

Columbia

05/09/11

Bella Ruse *

Kuhzoo

independent

05/10/11

Christopher Cross

Doctor Faith

Eagle

05/11/11

Brandi Carlile

Live at Benaroya Hall

Columbia

05/11/11

Leftover Cuties

Places to Go

independent

05/12/11

Buxter Hootin'

Buxter Hootin'

independent

05/13/11

Eric Bibb

Troubadours Live

Telarc

05/13/11

Fairport Convention

Ebbets Field 1974

It's About Music

05/16/11

Booker T. Jones

The Road from Memphis

Anti-

05/16/11

Tiger Darrow *

You Know Who You Are

independent

05/18/11

Spuyten Duyvil

New Amsterdam

independent

05/19/11

Warren Haynes

Man in Motion

Stax

05/19/11

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones

Rocket Science

E One

05/19/11

Ray Manzarek and Roy Rogers

Translucent Blues

Blind Pig

05/20/11

Gaucho

Pearl

Porto Franco

05/20/11

Ziggy Marley

Wild and Free

Tuff Gong

05/24/11

Build

Place

New Amsterdam

05/25/11

Legendary Rhythm and Blues Revue

Live

Alligator

05/26/11

Elvin Bishop

Raisin' Hell Revue

Delta Groove

05/26/11

Priscilla Ahn

When You Grow Up

Blue Note

05/30/11

Chris Thile and Michael Daves

Sleep with One Eye Open

Nonesuch

05/31/11

Playing for Change 2

Songs Around the World

Hear Music

06/02/11

Ellen Cherry

(New) Years

independent

06/03/11

J.D. Souther

Natural History

E One

06/06/11

Tedeschi-Trucks Band

Revelator

Sony Masterworks

06/06/11

Eilen Jewell

Queen of the Minor Key

Signature Sounds

06/07/11

Paul Brady

Hooba Dooba

Proper American

06/07/11

Greg Brown

Freak Flag

Yep Roc

06/08/11

Seun Anikulapo Kuti and Egypt 80

From Adrica with Fury: Rise

Knitting Factory

06/10/11

Gabe Dixon

One Spark

Fantasy

06/14/11

Youssou N'Dour

Dakar-Kingston

Emarcy

06/15/11

Pat Metheny

What It's All About

Nonesuch

06/16/11

Marianne Faithfull

Horses and High Heels

Naïve

06/17/11

Dave Alvin

Eleven Eleven

Yep Roc

06/17/11

Matt Schofield

Anything But Time

Nugene

06/21/11

Barnaby Bright

Gravity

Mishara

06/23/11

Gillian Welch

The Harrow and the Harvest

Acony

06/23/11

Red Button

As Far as Yesterday Goes

independent

06/27/11

Lipbone Redding *

Unbroken

Bepop

06/27/11

Rod Piazza and the All Mighty Flyers

Almighty Dollar

Delta Groove

06/29/11

Ricky Skaggs

Country Hits Bluegrass Style

Skaggs Family

06/30/11

Bobby

Bobby

Partisan

06/30/11

John Hiatt

Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns

New West

07/07/11

He Said, She Said

Duets for Two Voices

Vocoloco

07/07/11

Carbon Leaf

How the West Was Vol. One

independent

07/08/11

Vieux Farka Toure

The Secret

Six Degrees

07/11/11

Peter Bradley Adams

Between Us

Mishara

07/12/11

Battlefield Band

Line-Up

Temple

07/13/11

Marc Berger *

Ride

independent

07/14/11

Ocote Soul Sounds

Taurus

ESL

07/14/11

Femi Kuti

Africa for Africa

Knitting Factory

07/15/11

Edwin McCain

Mercy Bound

429 Records

07/18/11

Atlanta Rhythm Section

With All Due Respect

Fuel

07/19/11

Burlap to Cashmere

Burlap to Cashmere

Jive

07/22/11

Sloan Wainwright

Upside Down and Under My Heart

independent

07/25/11

Ollabelle

Neon Blue Bird

Thirty Tigers

07/25/11

Rebecca Pidgeon

Slingshot

independent

07/26/11

Gregory Douglass

Lucid

independent

07/27/11

Arnold McCuller

Soon as I Get Paid

independent

08/01/11

They Might Be Giants

Join Us

Idlewild

08/01/11

Funk Ark

From the Rooftops

ESL

08/02/11

Thievery Corporation

Culture of Fear

ESL

08/03/11

Rosi Golan

Lead Balloon

independent

08/08/11

Ana Popovic

Unconditional

Eclecto Groove

08/09/11

Trombone Shorty

For True

Verve Forecast

08/10/11

Zee Avi

Ghostbird

Brushfire

08/11/11

Liz Tormes

Limelight

independent

08/11/11

Jeff Bridges

Jeff Bridges

Blue Note

08/17/11

Dave Nachmanoff

Step Up

independent

08/18/11

High Fiddelity

Tell Me

independent

08/18/11

Sena Ehrhardt Band

Leave the Light On

Blind Pig

08/18/11

Grace Jones

Hurricane

PIAS

08/18/11

Gabriel Kahane

Where Are the Arms

2nd Story

08/22/11

Asa

Beautiful Imperfection

Naïve

08/25/11

Mariachi El Bronx

Mariachi El Bronx

ATO

08/26/11

Hugh Laurie

Let Them Talk

Warner Bros.

08/29/11

Ry Cooder

Pull Up some Dirt and Sit Down

Nonesuch

09/05/11

Moody Bluegrass

Two Much Love

Bunny Rose

09/06/11

Melissa Ferrick

Still Right Here

Mpress

09/07/11

Farley *

A Good Problem to Have

independent

09/08/11

Bill Frisell

All We Are Saying

Savoy

09/13/11

Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton

Playing the Blues Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center

Reprise

09/14/11

Kenny Vaughan

Kenny Vaughan

Sugar Hill

09/14/11

Umphrey's McGee

Death by Stereo

ATO

09/15/11

Jayhawks

Mockingbird Time

Rounder

09/20/11

Halloween, Alaska

All Night the Calls Come In

Amble Down

09/21/11

Wilco

The Whole Love

dBprm/Anti-

09/28/11

Big Tree

This New Year

independent

09/29/11

Crooked Still

Friends of Fall

Signature Sounds

10/03/11

Ryan Adams

Ashes & Fire

Capitol

10/03/11

Leslie West

Unusual Suspects

Provogue

10/05/11

Joe Henry

Reverie

Anti-

10/10/11

Peter Gabriel

New Blood

RealWorld

10/11/11

Johnny Winter

Roots

Megaforce

10/12/11

Cash Box Kings

Holler and Stone

Blind Pig

10/12/11

Red Molly

Light in the Sky

independent

10/13/11

My Brightest Diamond

All Things Will Unwind

Asthmatic Kitty

10/13/11

Joe Cocker

Hard Knocks

429 Records

10/18/11

MiZ *

East Hope Avenue

independent

10/19/11

Rob Lutes and Rob MacDonald

Live

independent

10/20/11

Cosy Sheridan

The Horse King

Waterbug

10/21/11

Laurie Lewis

Steppin' and Flyin'

independent

10/21/11

Tori Amos

Night of Hunters

Deutche Grammophon

10/24/11

Gojogo

28,000 Days

Porto Franco

10/25/11

9 Tomorrows

Gravity in Love

independent

10/25/11

Chris Joss

No Play No Work

ESL

10/28/11

Tom Waits

Bad As Me

Anti-

10/31/11

Zoe Boekbinder

Darling Specimens

independent

10/31/11

Lili Anel

Every Second In Between

independent

11/01/11

John McCutcheon

This Land: Woody Guthrie's America

Appalsongs

11/04/11

Connor Garvey

Where Ocean Meets Land

Mishara

11/08/11

Infamous Stringdusters

We'll Do It Live

High Country

11/09/11

Jonathan Coulton

Artificial Heart

independent

11/09/11

Etta James

The Dreamer

Verve Forecast

11/10/11

Andy Statman

Old Brooklyn

independent

11/11/11

One Alternative *

Air Sculptures

independent

11/11/11

Yo-Yo Mo, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile

The Goat Rodeo Sessions

Sony

11/14/11

Puppini Sisters

Hollywood

Verve Forecast

11/15/11

Dina Hall *

Logic and the Heart

independent

11/17/11

Jason O *

In My Bones

independent

11/21/11

My Glorious Mess

My Glorious Mess

independent

11/28/11

Joe Caro

Home Alone

independent

11/28/11

David Bromberg

Use Me

Appleseed

11/30/11

Garrett J. Brown

Priorities

independent

11/30/11

Johnny J. Blair

I Like the Street

Wampus

12/01/11

Little Willies

For the Good Times

EMI

12/02/11

Tim Husty

A Step Back

independent

12/05/11

Warren Haynes

Presents the Benefit Concert Vol. 4

Evil Twin

12/07/11

Angela Sheik

Songs from the Red Box

independent

12/08/11

Charles Havira *

Dulcet

independent

12/12/11

Trio Tritticali

Issue #1

independent

12/14/11

Lelica

Without a Warning

independent

12/14/11


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