The Roots Music Report's
Top Contemporary Folk Album Chart
for the Year of 2023

Album Title Band/Artist Name Label
1You're the OneRhiannon GiddensNonesuch
2Wilderness Within YouParker MillsapOkrahoma
3HomeEliza GilkysonSelf-Release
4You Never Can TellDiane Hubka & The Sun Canyon BandSelf-Release
5Sticks and StonesLukas Nelson & Promise of the Real6 Ace
6CelebrantsNickel CreekThirty Tigers
71988Lori McKennaThirty Tigers
8SanctuaryRebecca FolsomSunshine Productions
9ResilienceJosie BelloGuitar One
10Flesh and BoneCynthia MarchantSelf-Release
11Larry Robbins: the SinglesLarry RobbinsMazelations
12Cup of SugarTim O'BrienHowdy Skies
13The ReturnerAllison RussellBirds of Chicago
14I Only See the MoonThe Milk Carton KidsFar Cry
15Traveling WildfireDom FlemonsSmithsonian Folkways
16North Georgia RounderPony BradshawBlack Mountain
17Beautiful ThingPeach & QuietSelf-Release
18Anarchist GospelSunny WarNew West
19Lover's GameThe War and TreatyMercury
20You Only Get a FewUpstateRoyal Potato Family
21FilamentBuddy MondlockSelf-Release
22TapePatty GriffinPGM
23Bits & PiecesMalcolm HolcombeSingular
24Meat Bird in BeigevilleJudy NazemetzSmokey Lady
25Upstate CrossroadsTim BallIrelandville
26Sanctity of SilenceNoah DerksenSelf-Release
27Cover to CoverThe Brother BrothersCompass
28CosmosDarling WestJansen
29World RecordNeil YoungThe Other Shoe
30So Many WowsLucie Blue TremblaySelf-Release
31The LiarJohn FullbrightBlue Dirt
32FolkocracyRufus WainwrightBMG
33A Few Stars ApartLukas Nelson & Promise of the RealFantasy
34Moving Through AmericaSteve ForbertBlue Rose
35Appaloosa BonesGregory Alan IsakovDualtone
36The Little In-BetweenTim GrimmVault
37The Price We Pay for LoveJulie ChristensenWierbird
38Book of LifeBrian BlakeSelf-Release
39The Ballad of Aesop FinBarrett DavisSelf-Release
40Sweet BeginningsKathryn Severing FoxSelf-Release
411977Michelle MaloneBFD
42Common Nation of SorrowRachel BaimanSignature Sounds
43Ever-ChangingThe Ruta BeggarsSelf-Release
4455Ellis PaulRosella
45From Where I StandWyatt EasterlingSelf-Release
46HysteriaBilly JeterShine Eye
47Hold That SpiritRaye ZaragozaRebel River
48Close Enough to HearMile TwelveSelf-Release
49York's Lament & Other StoriesReggie GarrettWonderDog
50Songs from the River WindEliza GilkysonHowlin' Dog
51The Resonant RoguesThe Resonant RoguesSassafrass Sounds
52Time Will Finally ComeWolf JettHill House
53Center of the UniverseSofia TalvikMakaki
54The Waiting RoomAlex MabeySelf-Release
55I Draw SlowI Draw SlowCompass
56All the Eye Can SeeJoe HenryWorksong
57In These Silent DaysBrandi CarlileLow Country Sound
58Time is Funny That WayNina GerberGoatscape
59WatchhouseWatchhouseThirty Tigers
60Brady StreetDead HorsesVos & Wolff
61Tired of TryingJoe HoltSelf-Release
62Passages and PartingsApril VerchSlab Town
63The New FaithJake BlountSmithsonian Folkways
64Sisters of White ChapelAnnie BartholomewMuskeg Collective
65In the SummertimeTattletale SaintsSelf-Release
66Uranium MaidenKate MacLeodSelf-Release
67Roscoe's DreamMapacheInnovative Leisure
68LandmarksHelene CroninSelf-Release
69Nine Apples of GoldKaran CaseyCrow Valley
70Tiny Beautiful ThingsMay ErlewineTone City Music
71The More I GivePaula StandingSelf-Release
72ReimaginingClaudia SchmidtSelf-Release
73Another End of a YearConnor GarveySelf-Release
74ReckoningsEric KilburnSelf-Release
75Last Days of SummerLucy KaplanskySelf-Release
76Pizza TicketsTaylor AshtonSignature Sounds
77Coming Home: a Collection of SongsDrew Holcomb & Ellie HolcombMagnolia
78Moon CalendarTravis McNamaraSelf-Release
79Long Day's Journey into LightPayson LyonEarwig
80Time out Session #2The AccidentalsSelf-Release
81With You in My LifeSheila K. CameronGlalell
82AvalancheJenny Owen YoungsYep Roc
83Party LinesRomen Buffalo and The Loyal OrderSelf-Release
84Let All Who WillChris PierceFriends at Work
85Family TiesCharles Wesley GodwinBig Loud
86ConstellationsMeredith MoonTrue North
87BarnNeil YoungThe Other Shoe
88Do, Baby.Eric SelbySelf-Release
89Better Days AheadKate WeekesSelf-Release
90Timeless SpaceThe Heart CollectorsSelf-Release
91See the World DeluxeBrett DennenMick
92Rain in the DesertLisa MoralesSelf-Release
93OnlinessJosienne ClarkeSelf-Release
94Gently As I GoCaroline CotterSelf-Release
95Ever OnwardBob and Sarah AmosSelf-Relese
96Dear Day Dear DarlingGood Morning BedlamGood Morning Bedlam
97Only This FarThe Rough & TumbleSelf-Release
98So Much Time, So Much LoveShelton & WilliamsGrass Tank Music
99CeremonyTiny RuinsMarathon Artists
100Seven StonesKatie DahlLeaky Boat
101A Great Wild MercyCarrie NewcomerAvailable Light
102Fugue StateLuke LeBlancSelf-Release
103SpellboundJudy CollinsCleopatra
104BloomSprig of ThatSelf-Release
105River Fools & Mountain SaintsIan NoeLock 13
106LilaMarketa IrglovaOvercoat
107Highway IslandsStrangebyrdsGulch Groove
108RiverwoodsSalt HouseHudson
109The Local HoneysThe Local HoneysLa Honda
110The Other SideRachael SageMPress
111Life on EarthHurray for the Riff RaffNonesuch
112The Coming of the YearsJoe JencksTurtle Bear
113So Said LifeDoug KolmarSelf-Release
114Bigger Than in BetweenSam RobbinsSelf-Release
115Leave the Light onTerry KleinSelf-Release
116BravadoRose CousinsOutside Music
117Safe in SoundFrances Luke AccordTwo-Dale
118New LightClaire CouplandSelf-Release
119Cover CropAmber RubarthCambium
120All the Time in the WorldThe Nocturnal Adoration SocietyJimmy Ryan
121Second HandJames KeelaghanBorealis
122At the End of the DaySylvia TysonStony Plain
123(self-titled)Marcus MumfordCapitol
124Don't You Dare Make Me JadedOlive KlugNettwerk
125Modern CowboyTwo RunnerSelf-Release
126CoyoteLaney Lou and the Bird DogsBig Slippery
127Golden LoamLaurel PremoSelf-Release
128Hold Our GroundTom ChapinSundance
129The Legend of Sam DavisAaron Smith & The Coal BitersBrown Corolla
130MacguffinPhil HenrySelf-Release
131VignettesWesley SchultzDualtone
132Get TogetherFrank SwiftSelf-Release
133Brand New DistanceCimarron 615Blue Elan
134All Those Days of Drinking DustTiffany WilliamsBlue Redbird Music
135Over That Road I'm BoundJoachim CooderNonesuch
136The Beauty of It AllBrian KalinecBerkalin Wood
137Horizon LineDan NavarroRed Hen
138SoloGordon LightfootWarner
139GritKeller WilliamsSelf-Release
140Woman on the MoonGiulia MillantaUgly Cat
141Charlie StevensCharlie StevensCharlie Stevens
142Phone OrphansLaura VeirsRaven Marching Band
143At First There Was NothingAnthony D'AmatoSelf-Release
144TarwaterColin CutlerSelf-Release
145Xo, 1945Ryland MoranzTonic
146DanSandoLuísa SobralLocomotiva Azul
147The Ties That Bind UsAdler & HearneHowlin' Dog
148Water Tower Live @ Skip the RecordWater TowerSelf-Release
149Desires ShapeStoll VaughanCommonwealth Artist
150Loose FutureCourtney Marie AndrewsFat Possum
151Some See the FlowersSuzie BrownMule Kick
152CeruleanKen YatesSoundly
153Summertime BluesZach BryanBelting Bronco

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