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So, 2005: The year folk music kicked your ass across the continents. While the big and little Kennies dominating folk's exurban cousin country channeled ELO, Sgt. Pepper's, Stone Temple Pilots, Spoon River Anthology, Hoagy Carmichael, and Bob Marley, and talked a lot about mangoes, though (unlike M.I.A.) not whether theirs get salted and peppered. Not to mention other delicacies: "Not too tart and not too sweet/My baby loves to watch me eat her . . . [pause here] . . . key lime pie." Cool drink of water, such a sweet surprise. Put the lime in the coconut, drink it all up.


AVARUS
Ruskeatimantti
(Tumult Finnish "free folk collective" double album)
Stream "One" (M3U)
Stream "Two" (M3U)
Stream "Three" (M3U)

Wetter than the Dixie Chicks
Wetter than the Dixie Chicks


BIG KENNY
Live a Little
(Hollywood '90s Caribbean-lilted strawberry-fielded pinkie-in-the-air baroque country-bubblegrunge singer-songwriter reissue)
Stream "Candy Colored Glasses" (Real)
Stream "Under the Sun" (Real)
Stream "Cheater's Lament" (Real)


KENNY CHESNEY
Be as You Are (Songs From an Old Blue Chair)
(BNA island-lilting lite-country afternoon-rock singer-songwriter concept album about coastal populations)
Stream "Old Blue Chair" (Real)
Stream "Be as You Are" (Real)
Stream "Guitars and Tiki Bars" (Real)


CONJUNTO PRIMAVERA
Hoy Como Ayer
(Fonovisa Mexican polka album plus DVD single)
Stream "Hoy Como Ayer" (Real)
Stream "No Hay Nada Completo" (Real)
Stream "Moño Negro" (Real)


THE DUHKS
The Duhks
(Sugar Hill Caribbean-lilted Renaissance-faire-reeling death-blues bluegrass album)
Stream "Death Came a Knockin'" (Real)
Stream "Mists of Down Below" (Real)
Stream "Four Blue Walls" (Real)


MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO.
Trials & Errors
(Secretly Canadian live psychedelic folk-rock album)
Download "The Dark Don't Hide It" (MP3)
Download "Leave the City" (MP3)


THE MAYBELLES
White Trash Jenny
(Little Red Hen jazz-tinged Celtic-and-Appalachian-style country-folk album)
Stream "Entire Album" (M3U)


TRISH MURPHY
Girls Get in Free
(Raven/Valley Entertainment soft-rockabillifiedcountry album)
Preview "All I Want" (MP3)
Preview "Cowboy Man" (MP3)
Preview "Crying as Fast as I Can" (MP3)


RANDY ROGERS BAND
Rollercoaster
(Smith Entertainment country-rock album)


RITUAL
Ritual
(SPV/Tempus Fugit Swedish ethno-prog "power folk" album)
Download "The Way Of Things" (MP3)
Download "Typhoons Decide" (MP3)
Download "Solitary Man" (MP3)


VAN ZANT
"Help Somebody"
(Columbia country-rock single)
Stream "Help Somebody" (WMA)


WARSAW VILLAGE BAND
Uprooting
(World Village Polish "hardcore folk music" plus polka reels with hip-hop scratching album)
Stream "In The Forest" (WMA)
Stream "Woman In Hell" (WMA)

 
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