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Americana Announces Top 10 and Top 100 Albums of 2011

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Alison Krauss & Union StationNashville, TN -- The Americana Music Association has announced its year-end Top 10 & Top 100 Albums of the Year. The Top 100 albums are based on those records reported to the Americana Airplay Chart during the period of November 16, 2010 through November 14, 2011.

The Americana Airplay Chart is managed by the Americana Music Association and represents the reported play of terrestrial radio stations, nationally syndicated shows, satellite radio and internet stations, which have agreed to submit weekly spin counts on Americana albums they've played during the previous week. The chart is an album-based chart for new releases and is not meant to reflect airplay on singles, recurrent plays or catalog albums.

This year's Top Ten most played albums are:

  1. Hayes Carll, KMAG YOYO / Lost Highway
  2. Lucinda Williams, Blessed / Lost Highway
  3. Steve Earle, I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive / New West
  4. Alison Krauss & Union Station, Paper Airplane / Rounder
  5. Emmylou Harris, Hard Bargain / Nonesuch
  6. Gregg Allman, Low Country Blues / Rounder
  7. Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, Here We Rest / Lightning Rod
  8. John Hiatt, Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns / New West
  9. Decemberists, The King Is Dead / Capitol
  10. Band of Heathens, Top Hat Crown & The Clapmaster's Son / BOH Records

To view the full 2010-2011 Top 100 Albums, visit (Note the link is to an Excel spreadsheet file.) The complete lists includes bluegrass artists Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, Steeldrivers, Sierra Hull, Alison Krauss & Union Station as well as other well known artists Sarah Jarosz, Gillian Welch, Abigail Washburn, Chris Thile & Michael Daves, Tony Furtado and more.

The Americana Music Association is a professional trade organization whose mission is to provide a forum for the advocacy of Americana music and to promote public awareness of the genre to support the creative and economic viability of professionals in this field. In short, we are a professional trade association dedicated to building and promoting the Americana genre and the individuals who participate in our industry.

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