Raves And "Best Of's" For Rosebud Artists' 2012 Releases

2012 CD releases from Rosebud artists were praised by a wide variety of U.S. and international media outlets. The Village Voice's Pazz & Jop Poll, an annual compilation of "Best Of's" from hundreds of year-end reviews, featured many Rosebud artists' albums among the best releases of the year.

Rosebud artists' releases ranked in Pazz and Jop's albums category were:

Older Than My Old Man Now, Loudon Wainwright III ranked #33 of over a thousand albums (also recognized in the singles category for "In C" and "The Days That We Die")
Thankful N' Thoughtful, Bettye LaVette (also recognized in the singles category for "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere")
Radio Salone, Sierra Leone's Refugee All-Stars
Pour Une Ame Souveraine, Meshell Ndegeocello
Let It Burn, Ruthie Foster
Enfants Terribles: Live at the Blue Note, Bill Frisell
Buddy & Jim, Jim Lauderdale (also recognized twice in the singles category for "Little Vampire" and "The Wobble")

Others recognized on the list were:

★Carnivale Electricos by Galactic featuring Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews
★"Doom and Gloom" and "One More Shot" by The Rolling Stones (Rolling Stone Charlie Watts is a Rosebud artist for his Jazz group bookings)
★Slipstream by Bonnie Raitt featuring "You Can't Fail Me Now" co-written by Loudon Wainwright III as well as Bill Frisell playing on several tracks.

For the complete Pazz and Jop list, see

Aside from the Pazz and Jop Poll, some other significant Best of 2012 listings featuring Rosebud artists came from The New York Times, NPR, Billboard Magazine, CMT, OffBeat Magazine, Paste Magazine, Autralia's Rhythms Magazine, and The Boston Globe.

The Dirty Dozen's Twenty Dozen was ranked by OffBeat Magazine in its Top 50 Louisiana Albums of 2012. Ranking third on that same list was Jon Cleary's Occapella, which was also ranked third on Keith Spera's (of The Times Picayune) Favorite Local CDs of 2012.

Loudon Wainwright III was featured in American Songwriter's Top 50 Albums of 2012 as well as on two separate Best of 2012 lists by NPR staff. NPR also scored Sierra Leone's Refugee All-Stars in the Top 10 World Music Albums for their album Radio Salone. The Boston Globe's Siddhartha Mitter ranked Radio Salone on his Best Albums of 2012 and the CD also ranked in the top two World Music Albums of the Year in Rhythms Magazine's Readers Poll.

Also featured in Rhythms Magazine's year-end lists were Jim Lauderdale and Trombone Shorty in the Top 10 Albums of the Year Polls by Rhythms' writers Emma Swift and Al Hensley, respectively. Lauderdale was further honored by Swift by her choosing his October performance in San Francisco in support of Elvis Costello as one of the Best Gigs of 2012. Other publications that praised Lauderdale for his work in 2012 were CMT, Roots Music Report, Twangville and Pop Matters.

Pieta Brown's Mercury was ranked by Roots Music Report (RMR) as the #1 most played Folk album of 2012. RMR also ranked several other albums that feature Rosebud artists on its 2012 most played year-end charts. Among the albums were: Bonnie Raitt's Slipstream (ranked in the top five Roots Rock Albums of 2012) which features Bill Frisell as well as a song co-written by Loudon Wainwright III, Lou Pallo's Thank You Les which features Johnny A., Paul Thorn's What the Hell Is Going On? which features Elvin Bishop who also wrote the album's title track, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band's St. Peter & 57th St. which features Trombone Shorty.

Trombone Shorty was ranked #2 by Billboard Magazine for both Contemporary Jazz Artist and Contemporary Jazz Album. Rod Stewart's "Red-Suited Superman" featuring Shorty was selected by Elle Magazine as one of The Top Ten Holiday Songs of 2012.

Duke Robillard's Wobble Walkin' was proclaimed by The Patriot Ledger as one of the 12 Best Jazz Albums of 2012. Bettye LaVette's Thankful N' Thoughtful was ranked in Jon Pareles' (of The New York Times) Top 10 Albums of 2012 and also garnered praise from both Paste Magazine and Twangville. Also among Twangville's Favorite Albums of 2012 is Ruthie Foster's 2013 GRAMMY-nominated album, Let It Burn. Let It Burn was also ranked in the top ten most played Blues Albums of 2012 by Roots Music Report.

Also among the most played Blues Albums of 2012 by Roots Music Report was Live At The Checkerboard Lounge featuring The Rolling Stones and Muddy Waters (a Rosebud artist until his passing). Live At The Checkerboard Lounge was also selected by Rhythms Magazine Writers Poll for Best DVD of 2012.

A Rosebud Artist until his retirement, the late Captain Beefheart was listed on Comcast's Top 25 Albums of All-Time for his album, Trout Mask Replica.

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