Best of 2019 – A few of our favourite things…

The end of the decade is upon us and inevitably thoughts turn to nostalgia. Looking back is great, you must know where you’ve been to know where you’re going, but we want to focus on a particular time frame for this recap: 2019.

What a year it’s been for Americana & Country music.

 
Of course, three days of celebration in the deer park immediately come to mind for us when thinking about what’s happened in 2019, but out in the wider world great things have been recorded, released, read, written and revered in our wonderful community.
 
We’d like to share with you a few of our favourite things from the last 12 months…

A FEW OF OUR FAVOURITE ALBUMS

 
‘Ode To Joy’ by Wilco
‘Walk Through Fire’ by Yola
‘Songs Of Our Native Daughters’ by Our Native Daughters
‘Everything’s Shifting’ by Madison Violet
‘Jade Bird’ by Jade Bird
‘Western Stars’ by Bruce Springsteen
‘The Imperial’ by The Delines
‘There Is No Other’ by Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi
‘The Highwomen’ by The Highwomen
‘Jaime’ by Brittany Howard
 
Listen to tracks from this list on our #NationalAlbumDay Spotify Playlist from earlier in the year
 

 

A FEW OF OUR FAVOURITE SONGS

 
‘Where The Action Is’ by The Waterboys
‘I Meant Every Word I Said’ by The Milk Carton Kids
‘Cabin’ by The Secret Sisters
‘Something You Have’ by Native Harrow
‘Moonshine Blue’ by Jack Broadbent
‘Amy’ by Roseanne Reid
‘Black Lung’ by The Dead South
‘Jingle & Go’ by Ryan Bingham
‘Sickness’ by Ferris & Sylvester
‘Special Announcement’ by The Felice Brothers
 
Listen to tracks from this list on our Black Deer 2020 Official Line-Up Playlist.
 

 

A FEW OF OUR FAVOURITE FILMS

 
‘Is There A Ghost?’ by Band Of Horses (at Black Deer Festival 2019, watch)
 
‘Wild Rose’ by Tom Harper (starring Jessie Buckley, watch trailer)
 
‘Country Music’ by Ken Burns (PBS/BBC)

 

A FEW OF OUR FAVOURITE EVENTS

 
AMA-UK AmericanaFest 2019.
“We never just want to book an artist, we want to understand them and get to know the person behind the music.”
 
Read our wrap-up of 2019’s gathering of the UK’s Americana community, here.
 
 
The Blues Kitchen at Black Deer Festival 2019.
With intimate, acoustic and exclusive performances backstage at Black Deer, The Blues Kitchen sessions were a big hit with artists and those who have enjoyed them on YouTube alike…

AMA AmericanaFest 2019.
 
“Each time we come to Nashville it feels like we’re entering a bubble that we never want to leave…”
 
Read our thoughts and memories of another wonderful trip to Nashville, here.
 
Time to take a deep sigh as we head into the new year and remind yourself just how good 2019 was for Americana & Country music. See you in the deer park in 2020…