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Listener Poll - Favorite Music of 2012


Folk Alley Listener Poll - Top Folk Picks of 2012

Folk Alley listeners from all over the world voted for their favorite music heard on Folk Alley in 2012.

Below is the Top 50 Listener Poll results of the year!

Congrats to the artists and thanks for voting!

Click here to see last year's Listener Poll results.

Click here to see Folk Alley host and staff picks from 2011.

1Dave Carter & Tracy GrammerLittle Blue EggRed House
2Iris DementSing the DeltaFlariella Records
3Carolina Chocolate DropsLeaving EdenNonesuch
4Mumford and SonsBabelGlassnote Entertainment Group
5Bonnie RaittSlipstreamRedwing Records
6Mary Chapin CarpenterAshes and RosesZOE
7Lucy KaplanskyReunionRed House Records
8Bob DylanTempest
9Nanci GriffithIntersectionHell No Records
10The LumineersThe LumineersDualtone Music Group
11Old Crow Medicine ShowCarry Me BackATO Records
12The Stray BirdsThe Stray Birdsself
13Punch BrothersWho's Feeling Young Now?Nonesuch
14Brandi CarlileBear CreekColumbia Records
15Jerry DouglasTravelerRounder Records
16Tim O' Brien & Darrel Scott (Live)We're Usually A Lot Better Than ThisFull Light Records
17Robin & Linda WilliamsThese Dark Old HillsRed House Records
18Loudon Wainwright IIIOlder Than My Old Man Now
19Lyle LovettRelease MeCurb Records
20Shawn ColvinAll Fall DownNonesuch
21Chris SmitherHundred Dollar ValentineHomunculus Music/Mighty Albert
22The Tallest Man On EarthThere's No Leaving NowDead Oceans
23Darrell ScottLong Ride HomeFull Light Records
24Kathy MatteaCalling Me HomeSugar Hill
25Sara WatkinsSun Midnight SunNonesuch
26Anais MitchellYoung Man In AmericaWilderland Records
27The ChieftansVoice of Ages
28Mariel VandersteelHickory
29Antje DuvekotNew SiberiaPantjebare Publishing
30John FullbrightFrom the Ground UpBlue Dirt Records
31Black PrairieA Tear In the Eye Is A Wound In the HeartSugar Hill Records
32Kathleen EdwardsVoyageurZoe Records
33The Honey DewdropsSilver Lining
34Rayna GellertOld Light: Songs from My Childhood & Other Gone WorldsStorySound Records
35Le Vent Du NordTromper Le TempsBorealis
36DalaBest DayCompass Records
37Gretchen PetersHello Cruel WorldScarlet Letter Records
38Willie NelsonHeroesLegacy Recordings
39Tift MerrittTraveling AloneYep Roc Records
40June Tabor & OysterbandRagged KingdomTopic
41Cahalen Morrison & Eli WestOur Lady of the Tall Treesself
42Bill StainesBeneath Some Lucky Star"Red House Records, Inc."
43Jimmy LaFaveDepending On The DistanceMusic Road Records
44Caroline HerringCamillaSIGNATURE SOUNDS
45Mary Karr & Rodney CrowellKIN: Songs by Mary Karr & Rodney CrowellVanguard
46Loreena McKennitt TrioTroubadours On The RhineQuinlan Road Music LTD
47Rose CousinsWe Have Made a SparkOld Farm Pony Records
48Amos LeeAs the Crow Flies (EP)
49Steep Canyon RangersNobody Know You
50Tramples By TurtlesStars & Satellites

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Posted by John on May 31, 2017


Posted by John on May 31, 2017

Hey mavis

Posted by on December 16, 2013

Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, really? Folk? really?

Posted by on November 27, 2013

I would say MilkDrive's new album WAVES. It's definitely at the top of my list, these guys are awesome!

Posted by Sarah on December 12, 2012

Mariel Vandersteel's album "Hickory" is as wonderful as she is!

Posted by Bryan on December 12, 2012

Mariel Vandersteele's "Hickory" is a great album!

Posted by Doug Oines on December 11, 2012

Listen to Mariel Vandersteele's "Hickory". It is a great blend of Irish music, the fiddle style of Norway (she plays the Hardanger fiddle) and tunes from Appalachia. She creates a soulful and exciting palate of roots music, which is so very rich in texture.

Posted by shay on December 11, 2012

Cahalen Morrison & Eli West, it's my fave of the ones I've heard.

Posted by Guy Johnson on December 11, 2012

Speaking of up and comers. Everyone should check out Out With The Crow by The Haunted Windchimes. A great CD from beginning to end. Check 'em out here:

Posted by JR on December 11, 2012

Give Cahalen Morrison & Eli West, The James Low Western Front, and Peter Mulvey careful listens and tell me that any of these don't deserve inclusion in the top ten. It seems hard to have great small-scale lesser known acts competing with the Bonnie Raitt's of the world. I'd support some sort of "major artist" "up and comer" distinction.

Posted by Marc on December 11, 2012

Great list, some real gems in there. Glad to see Phoebe Hunt made the list, her recent CD is awesome, probably why it got there.

Posted by Phil on December 11, 2012

steve forbert!

Posted by ANNA on December 11, 2012

Another wonderful album not on the list is Emy Phelps' "Look Up Look Down." Her songwriting is wonderful, and she's got an amazing list of supporting musicians, including Darol Anger, Mike Block, and Brittany Haas.

Posted by Amy on December 11, 2012

The Stringdusters 'Silver Sky' is on the list, but it's last because we just added it last week...and our form won't let us sort it with the rest of the 'The' bands)....and yes, Goat Rodeo was last year.

Posted by Linda on December 11, 2012

Missing The Infamous Stingdusters - Silver Sky and The Goat Rodeo Sessions (maybe those were 2011...?)

Posted by JJ Cale on December 11, 2012

Hi GeeRose, John Fullbright 'From the Ground Up' is on the list. He's one of our faves here at Folk Alley too!

Posted by Linda on December 03, 2012

2 more of my favs not on the list yet--From the Ground Up, by John Fullbright & Where the Darkness Goes, by Awna Teixeira

Posted by GeeRose on December 03, 2012

Hard to vote here; too many great artists! Saw the Stray Birds in person this wk; they are stupendous!

Posted by bob cole on December 03, 2012

Hard to vote here; too many great artists! Saw the Stray Birds in person this wk; they are stupendous!

Posted by bob cole on December 03, 2012

Very handy list too, for picking Holiday gifts!

Posted by Monohair on December 02, 2012

So many good ones. Hard to narrow it down to just 10!

Posted by Jeff on December 01, 2012

A great list!

Posted by Chuck on November 30, 2012

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