Top 30 Bluegrass Albums of 2018

As Heard on KSON's Bluegrass Special with Wayne Rice

December 27, 2018
Best Bluegrass 2018

Wayne Rice


With so much great bluegrass music coming out every year, it's not an easy thing to choose the best.  But here goes.  The year 2018 gave us another incredible selection of bluegrass albums to choose from and the list below only represents the albums you were most likely to hear played on KSON's Bluegrass Special during the past year.  I'll continue playing them of course along with a few "oldies" mixed in and the best of the new as well. Thanks to all the incredibly talented musicians who keep making great music , all the record labels who make it available, and thanks to you for listening on Sunday nights!  


  1. Special Consensus "Rivers and Roads" (Compass)
  2. Various Artists “Come See About Me” (Mountain Home)
  3. Becky Buller “Crepe Paper Heart” (Dark Shadow)
  4. The Earls of Leicester “Live at the CMA Theatre in the Country Music Hall of Fame" (Rounder)\
  5. Balsam Range “Mountain Overture” (Mountain Home)
  6. Volume Five “Drifter" (Mountain Fever) 
  7. The Travelin’ McCourys “The Travelin' McCourys" (McCoury Music) 
  8. NewTown “Old World" (Crossroads) 
  9. Dave Adkins “Right or Wrong” (Mountain Fever)
  10. David Benedict “The Golden Angle" (Shelton) 
  11. Del McCoury Band “Del McCoury Still Sings Bluegrass" (McCoury Music) 
  12. High Fidelity “Hils and Home" (Rebel) 
  13. The Highland Travelers “The Highland Travelers" (Mountain Fever) 
  14. Hot Rize “Hot Rize's 40th Anniversary Bash" (Ten in Hand) 
  15. Jerry Salley “Front Porch Philosophy" (Billy Blue)
  16. Junior Sisk “Brand New Shade of Blue" (Mountain Fever) 
  17. The Steep Canyon Rangers “Out in the Open" (Ramseur) 
  18. Larry Cordle “Tales from East Kentucky" (Mighty Cord) 
  19. Love Canon “Cover Story" (Mountain Home) 
  20. Missy Raines “Royal Traveler" (Compass) 
  21. The Brombies “Running with the Herd” (no label)
  22. Peter Rowan “Carter Stanley's Eyes" (Rebel) 
  23. Sister Sadie “Sister Sadie II" (Pinecastle) 
  24. Wood and Wire “North of Despair" (Blue Corn) 
  25. Songs from the Road Band “Road to Nowhere" (Lucks Dumpy Toad) 
  26. Appalachian Road Show “Barry Abernathy and Darrell Webb present Appalachian Road Show" (Billy Blue) 
  27. Kristy Cox “Richochet" (Mountain Fever) 
  28. Various Artists “Epilogue: Tribute to John Duffy” (Smithsonian/Folkways) 
  29. The Hillbenders “The Hillbenders" (Compass) 
  30. Various Artists “Gonna Sing Gonna Shout” (Billy Blue)