Indispensable Albums

I’ve been thinking about bands and albums to which I keep returning, no matter how long since I first heard them.

Here’s my list, in the order they came to mind, more or less.

Josh Ritter, Animal Years
Jeffrey Foucault, Ghost Repeater
Vigilantes of Love, VoL; Blister Soul; Slow Dark Train
Sixteen Horsepower, Secret South
Wovenhand, Wovenhand; Consider the Birds
Norma Jean, Redeemer
The Chariot, The Fiancee
Adam Again, Dig; Perfecta
As Cities Burn, Hell or High Water
Aunt Betty’s, Aunt Betty’s
Bob Dylan, Blood on the Tracks; Blonde on Blonde; Time Out of Mind
Bruce Cockburn, The Charity of Night
Over the Rhine, Eve; Good Dog Bad Dog; Films for Radio; Ohio
David Ramirez, Apologies; The Rooster EP
Harrod and Funck, Harrod and Funck
Iron and Wine, The Shepherd’s Dog
The Innocence Mission, Birds of My Neighborhood
Jason Isbell, Southeastern; Something More Than Free
Listener, Return to Struggleville, Wooden Heart
mewithoutYou, Brother, Sister; Catch for us the Foxes
The National, High Violet; Trouble Will Find Me
Pedro the Lion, Control
Peter Mulvey, Kitchen Radio
Richard Shindell, Courier
Steve Taylor, Now the Truth Can Be Told
Van Morrison, Hymns to the Silence
The White Buffalo, Shadows, Greys, and Evil Ways
Aimee Mann, Lost in Space
The Choir, Love Songs and Prayers
Counting Crows, This Desert LifeAugust and Everything After
twothirtyeight, You Should Be Living
Tom Petty, The Last DJ
Nodes of Ranvier, Nodes of Ranvier
Matthew and the Atlas, To the NorthKingdom of Your OwnOther Rivers
Anais Mitchell, Young Man in America
Sam Williams, Omnipop (It’s Only a Flesh Wound Lambchop)
(so far…)