The National Folk/Roots/Blues Top 20 of 2020



1 William Prince William Prince Can Con
Reliever - (Six Shooter Records)
https://www.williamprincemusic.com/ Band Website @WilliamPrince |

Winnipeggers have had the good fortune to see this coming for a while. From his debut, Earthly Days, and numerous live performances, it was no secret William Prince was on the verge of widespread acclaim and with the release of Reliever early in this tumultuous year the promise was fulfilled. A voice like a warm embrace and a storyteller of exceptional specificity, Prince and his songs proved an emotional balm for the universal pain we experienced at a time when human touch became hazardous. His livestreams to support the record demonstrated how much the world needed Reliever in their reception, and it was unsurprising but satisfying when the album got a Polaris Music Prize longlist nod. 

The pride of Peguis even followed it up with an album of gospel tunes to provide even more medicine for our souls to close out the year.

By Michael Elves

2

Sarah Harmer Sarah Harmer Can Con
Are You Gone - (Arts & Crafts)

http://www.sarahharmer.com/ Band Website @sarah_harmer

3

Kathleen Edwards Kathleen Edwards Can Con
Total Freedom - (Dualtone)

http://www.kathleenedwards.com/ Band Website @kittythefool

4

 Bloodshot Bill Bloodshot Bill Can Con
Get Loose Or Get Lost - (Goner)

https://www.bloodshotbill.com/ Band Website @BillyBloodshot

5

Pharis & Jason Romero Pharis & Jason Romero Can Con
Bet On Love - (Lula Records)

http://www.pharisandjason.com/ Band Website @PharisJason

6

Margo Price Margo Price
That's How Rumors Get Started - (Loma Vista)

http://margoprice.net/ Band Website @MissMargoPrice

7

Ayla Brook & The Sound Men Ayla Brook & The Sound Men Can Con
Desolation Sounds - (Fallen Tree Records)

https://aylabrook.bandcamp.com/ Band Website @aylabrook

8

 Fiver Fiver Can Con
You Wanted Country Vol. 1 - (You've Changed)

https://www.fiverfiverfiver.com/ Band Website @UhhFiver

9

Whitney Rose Whitney Rose Can Con
We Still Go To Rodeos - (MCG)

http://www.whitneyrosemusic.com/ Band Website @whitneyroseband

10

 100 Mile House 100 Mile House Can Con
Love And Leave You - (Fallen Tree Records)

http://www.100milehouse.co.uk/ Band Website @100milehousebnd

11

Sean Burns Sean Burns Can Con
It Takes Luck To Get The Best Of Me - (Self-Released)

@seanburns83

12

Sean Burns and Lost Country Sean Burns and Lost Country Can Con
We Gotta Lotta Truckin' To Do - (Stringbreakin')

http://seanburns.ca/ Band Website @seanburns83

13

Orville Peck Orville Peck Can Con
Show Pony - (Columbia)

https://www.orvillepeck.com/ Band Website @orvillepeck

14

Jennah Barry Jennah Barry Can Con
Holiday - (Forward Music Group)

http://www.iamjennahbarry.com/ Band Website

15

Laura Marling Laura Marling
Song For Our Daughter - (Chrysalis/Partisan)

https://www.lauramarling.com/ Band Website @lauramarlinghq

16

Joe Nolan Joe Nolan Can Con
Drifters - (Fallen Tree Records)

https://www.facebook.com/joenolanmusic Band Website @joenolansongs

17

Tami Neilson Tami Neilson Can Con
Chickaboom! - (Outside)

http://www.tamineilson.com/ Band Website @tamineilson

18

Sarah Jane Scouten Sarah Jane Scouten Can Con
Confessions - (Light Organ)

https://www.sarahjanescouten.com/ Band Website @sjscouten

19

 Elliott BROOD Elliott BROOD Can Con
Keeper - (Six Shooter)

http://www.elliottbrood.ca/ Band Website @ElliottBROOD

20

Sean Burns and Lost Country Sean Burns and Lost Country Can Con
A Bakersfield Half-Dozen - (Stringbreakin')

http://www.seanburns.ca/ Band Website @seanburns83