The Roots Music Report's
Top Contemporary Folk Album Chart
for the Year of 2021

Album Title Band/Artist Name Label
1A Few Stars ApartLukas Nelson & Promise of the RealFantasy
2SeekerBrigitte DeMeyerSelf-Release
3Calla LilyThe Brother BrothersCompass
4They're Calling Me HomeRhiannon GiddensNonesuch
5Have Purpose Live LongJosie BelloSelf-Release
6You Get It AllHayes CarllDualtone
7He Walked onTim O'BrienHowdy Skies
8The River FlowsJohn Hurlbut & Jorma KaukonenCulture Factory
9Raise the RoofRobert Plant & Allison KrausRounder
10Just Beyond the ShinePeach & QuietSelf-Release
11Outside ChildAllison RussellFantasy
12World on the GroundSarah JaroszRounder
13In These Silent DaysBrandi CarlileLow Country Sound
14Woman in ColorRaye ZaragozaArt Menius
15Come AroundRob LutesLucky Bear
16Vivian Leva & Riley CalcagnoVivian Leva & Riley CalcagnoFree Dirt
17Calico JimPony BradshawBlack Mountain
18What a ShowKerry Patrick ClarkStudio 234
19Until NowCarrie NewcomerAvailable Light
20Hearts TownThe War and TreatyRounder
21WatchhouseWatchhouseThirty Tigers
22Song to a RefugeeDiana JonesSelf-Release
23Ghost TattooKristen Grainger & True NorthSelf-Release
24A Field Guide to LonelinessJamestown RevivalThirty Tigers
25Over That Road I'm BoundJoachim CooderNonesuch
26The Remains of SundayAlec Lytle & Them RoundersFour Acre
27Desert GhostsJaspar LepakSelf-Release
28All This Time RunningCraig CardiffTrue North
29Flyover CountryChicago FarmerSelf-Release
30Last of the Better Days AheadCharlie ParrSmithsonian Folkways
31Another SkyKelly's LotSelf-Release
32Shame and SeditionLula WilesSmithsonian Folkways
33AnnamaniaAnna Elizabeth LaubeAhh...Pockets!
34The River Flows, Vol. 2John Hurlbut & Jorma KaukonenFur Peace Ranch
35Joyful Banner BlazingMaria DunnDistant Whisper
36Funeral for My PastLiz LongleyTone Tree
37All About the TimingRoland RobertsHappy Life
38PoetsLiz SimmonsSelf-Release
39Love & RageCarsie BlantonSo Ferocious
40No SummerCinder WellFree Dirt
41There Used to Be Horses HereAmy SpeaceWindbone
42CoversMo Kenneyturtlemusik
43The Midnight BroadcastPeter CaseBandaloop
44We'll Never Know Unless We TryDarling WestJansen
45Between Here and ThereSarah MorrisAW
46Maybe Key Lime PieThorNton CreekSelf-Release
47Nowhere Sounds LovelyCristina VaneRed Parlor
48BravadoRose CousinsOutside Music
49Queen of the in BetweenK.C. JonesSelf-Release
50Do, Baby.Eric SelbySelf-Release
51The Martin Gilmore TrioThe Martin Gilmore TrioSelf-Release
52Hands and KneesTwo Bird StoneWondermore
53Hubble Space ParadeGiriffin SwankInfirst
55Only HumanLuke LeBlanc145 Entertainment LLC
56I'm Still HereTravis LinvilleBlack Mesa
57This StormTara MacLean & Catherine MacLellanSelf-Release
58Where the Heart Wants to GoBuffalo Gals BandSelf-Release
59The RidgeJulian TaylorHowling Turtle
60See the World DeluxeBrett DennenMick
61Last BirdsLast BirdsSelf-Release
62Live at the Hotel CafeKris AngelisSelf-Release
63Where You Born At?Eric SelbySelf-Release
64Is It You, is It MeThe Dustbowl RevivalThirty Tigers
65Ledgers and StonesThomas HineTHM
66Without PeopleDonovan WoodsMeant Well
67Xo, 1945Ryland MoranzTonic
68Mike O'BrienMike O'BrienChouchou
69Chasing EchoesPhil HenryBoard By Board
70Kitchen DaysBraden GatesBorealis
71Voyageur in SongDavid LeaskSelf-Release
72True to LifeGracious MeSelf-Release
73AutonomyStephanie LambringTone Tree
74The BalladeerLori McKennaThirty Tigers
75Ashes in the MorningKen DunnTrespass Music
76Blue on BlueSylvie SimmonsCompass
77GoneTim GrimmSelf-Release
78Let Love Be Your GuideDan + Claudia ZanesSmithsonian Folkways
79Local ValleyJose GonzalezMute
80The Skies We Look toKris AngelisSelf-Release
81Calm in the Eye of the StormKen WhiteleyBorealis
82AwakeMala OreenSelf-Release
83An Honest EffortMatt PatershukBlack Hen
84BecalmyoungloversBowerbirdsPsychic Hotline
85When We WanderJesse TerrySelf-Release
86ElisabethZach BryanWarner
87I Can Still Hear YouSuzzy Roche & Lucy Wainwright RocheStorySound
88Look LongIndigo GirlsRounder
89No Time for Love SongsThe MastersonsCompass
90The More I GivePaula StandingSelf-Release
91Ghost TownSuzi RagsdaleSelf-Release
92Last SummerJohn BatdorfSelf-Release
93Light & DarkChris RonaldBorealis
94Blue Heron SuiteSarah JaroszRounder
95Golden LoamLaurel PremoSelf-Release
96Red, White & I Love You TooThe MastersonsRed House
972020Eliza GilkysonRed House
98Sober AgainJackson GrimmVault
99At the Edge of the WorldMike McKenna Jr.Self-Release
100Wolf JettWolf JettSelf-Release
102SlowerJules ShearFunzalo
103Two SaviorsBuck MeekKeeled Scales
104Scatter & GatherShay Martin LovetteSelf-Release
105Why Wait!Kate TaylorRed House
106Ballad of a Bad GirlKate McDonnellSelf-Release
107One SkyPhilip Scott PoliTrespass Music
108Quiet TalkersKen YatesTone Tree
109The Ghost and the WallJoshua RadinNettwerk
110Long HaulJohn Wort HannamBlack Hen
111Chinook WaltzOver the MoonBorealis
112Happy AgainBill and the BellesDitty Boom
113TimberBryan RahijaThirty Tigers
114All MineSarah MorrisAW
115Strange FlightThe WantedSelf-Release
116Soaking WetRiver KittensCreate
117Motivational SpeakingOld Sea BrigadeNettwerk
118Afraid of LoveBeta RadioNettwerk
119Impossible WorldFront CountryAntiFragile
120Under the Pepper TreeSara WatkinsNew West
121After the Great StormAne BrunBalloon Ranger
122The RomanticTaylor AshtonSignature Sounds
123Technicolour BlueArrica Rose & the ...'sSelf-Release
124Through the SmokeLaney Lou and the Bird DogsSelf-Release
125UppityLaura LoveOctoroon Biography
126SomewhereMcKain LakeySelf-Release
127Pass It on DownLinda SussmanSelf-Release
128CharacterRachael SageMPress
129Into the GroundBeth WhitneyTone Tree
130Some See the FlowersSuzie BrownMule Kick
131Blue WorldAnna TivelFluff & Gravy
132Spell Songs II: Let the Light inThe Lost Words: Spell SongsQuercus/Thirty Tigers
133VignettesWesley SchultzDualtone
134Desires ShapeStoll VaughanCommonwealth Artist
135Love and Leave You100 Mile HouseFallen Tree
136Open HouseThe FretlessBirthday Cake
137BarnNeil YoungThe Other Shoe
138HomegrownNeil YoungSilver Bow
139This Too Shall PassChris WilhelmSelf-Release
140Shadow WorkRorie KellySelf-Release
141The Desert Trilogy, Vol. 1: the Burning HeartDean OwensSelf-Release
143Long Time Passing: Kronos Quartet & Friends Celebrate Pete SeegerKronos QuartetSmithsonian Folkways
144Screaming into the VoidEllaHarpSilver Harp
145Motivational SpeakeasyJordan TicePadiddle
146ArrivalsDeclan O'RourkeMaiesta Musix
147SettlerMalcolm MacWattSingular
148Frontiers WomanAngela AutumnCacti Omen
149Kisbee RingAbby PosnerSelf-Release

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