BBT’s Best of Kentucky Music 2016

2016 was a fantastic year for Kentucky music. Below I’ve compiled a list of my favorite new music from Kentucky-based artists in 2016 (all in alphabetical order).

Warren Byrom & Fabled Canelands (Lexington) – “Heavy Makes You Happy”

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Johnny Conqueroo (Lexington) – “Washed Up”

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Nick Dittmeier & The Sawdusters (Louisville) – “Midwest Heart / Southern Blues”

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Daisy Helmuth (Lexington) – “Daisy Helmuth EP”

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Jim James (Louisville) – “Eternally Even”

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Nellie Pearl (Louisville) – “Lonesome No More!”

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Newtown (Lexington) – “Harlan Road”

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Restless Leg String Band (Lexington) – “Restless Leg String Band”

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Sturgill Simpson (Jackson, Lexington) – “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth”

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Ben Sollee (Elizabethtown, Lexington, Louisville) – “Infowars (feat. Jordon Ellis)”

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Vandaveer (Lexington, Louisville, D.C.) – “The Wild Mercury”

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Shannon Vetter (Paducah) – “Rapid Cycle”

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Site (Big Atomic)

Site (Gideon’s Rifle)

Site (Solid Rock’it Boosters)

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Kelsey Waldon (Monkeys Eyebrow) – “I’ve Got A Way”

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Justin Wells (Lexington) – “Dawn in the Distance”

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The Wooks (Lexington) – “Little Circles”

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Read more (via Kentucky Kernel, BBT) 1, 2, 3

The Baja Yetis (Lexington) – “Gone Planet”

Only a stream of the album’s single, “Gone Planet”, is available at this time.

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Let us know in the comments which albums from Kentucky artists you enjoyed most in this calendar year. Also be sure to check out Big Blue Tune’s song of the year for 2016.

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