Following is the list of Matt's personal choices for "top ten" favorite releases of 2009, in alphabetical order. The CDs were featured on the Folks Like Us program on November 29, 2009. Five additional CDs worth noting are also included.

1/ Beyond the Pale, Postcards (Borealis)

2/ Liz Carroll and John Doyle, Double Play (Compass Records)

3/ Kat Eggleston, Speak (Kat Eggleston)
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4/ Joel Mabus, No Worries Now (Fossil Records)
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5/ Dana and Susan Robinson, Big Mystery (Threshold Music)
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6/ Tom Russell, Blood and Candle Smoke (Shout Factory)

7/ Danny Schmidt, Instead the Forest Rose to Sing (Red House Records)

8/ Richard Shindell, Not Far Now (Signature Sounds)

9/ Martin Simpson, True Stories (Topic/Compass Records)

10/ Susan Werner, Classics (

Also worth noting...

Guy Clark, Somedays the Song Writes You (Dualtone)

Anne Hills, Points of View (Appleseed Recordings)

Dave Rawlings Machine, A Friend of a Friend (Acony)

Chris Smither, Time Stands Still (Signature Sounds)

Various Artists, Singing Through the Hard Times: A Tribute to Utah Phillips (Righteous Babe)


Unless otherwise noted, these should available from your favorite music store (Borders, Barnes & Noble,, etc.) or direct from the artist and/or label.