If you’re an Americana music fan looking for a place to blow some of that Christmas money you got, Amazon.com has got you covered. Their “Fuel Your Kindle Fire” promotion, which launched on Christmas Day, has 1000 mp3 albums available for download for $5 and some of the best Americana albums of 2011 and past years are among the 1000. Here are the best Americana albums on offer for $5, through the end of January:
Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues
This album of Folk Pop with an Americana tinge has popped up on virtually every “Best of 2011” album listing.
Various Artists The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams
This compilation album of modern interpretations from notebooks full of lyrics by the legendary Hank Williams includes songs by Jack White, Bob Dylan, Levon Helm, and Lucinda Williams.
The Decemberists Hazards of Love
While their 2011 album The King is Dead has gotten all of the praise, this excellent 2009 album by the Decemberists has a lot to recommend in itself.
John Hiatt Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns
John Hiatt is an Americana icon and his new album Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns has gotten a lot of critical and fan praise.
Amos Lee Mission Bell
Amos Lee has come on strong in 2011 with one of Americana’s most popular albums. This one is showing up in virtually every “Best of” list by Americana publications.
The Avett Brothers Emotionalism and Four Thieves Gone
No Americana act has exploded in 2011 the way The Avett Brothers have. With a reputation built on strong live performances, the group went from playing small theaters to arenas over the course of the last year. These two albums show the group’s evolution.
Sarah Jarosz Follow Me Down
The sophmore effort by Sarah Jarosz is one of our two favorite albums of the year. Following up her excellent Song Up in Her Head, Jarosz maintains that level of virtuosic musicianship with a set of lyrics that are more mature and wistful.
Trampled by Turtles Duluth
A favorite on the festival circuit, this 2010 collection from Trampled by Turtles shows why the band has such a strong reputation as one of the best in the Progressive Bluegrass genre.
Drive by Trucker The Dirty South
Alt-Country pioneers Drive by Truckers cemented their legacy with this 2004 release.
The Old 97’s The Grand Theatre Volume 1
One of last year’s most played Americana albums, 2010’s The Grand Theatre brought The Old 97’s a new generation of fans.
Deep Dark Woods The Place I Left Behind
Deep Dark Woods generated a ton of buzz with their performance at Americanafest 2011, with some calling it one of the best of the entire festival.
Jill Andrews The Mirror
After years spent with The Everybodyfields and then teasing us with a solo EP, Jill Andrews finally brings out her first full-length album and it met every expectation.
You can see the full list of 1000 Amazon MP3 albums for $5.00 here.