Beat Surrender – Best of 2012 – Folk

The nominees are.

Pharis & Jason Romero – A Passing Glimpse

Malcolm Holcombe – Down the River

Malcolm Holcombe Down The River 10 Trail O’ Money

Some Dark Holler – Hollow Chest

Shannon Stephens – Pull It Together

Ellen & The Escapades – All The Crooked Scenes

Cahalen Morrison & Eli West – Our Lady of the Tall Trees

Iris Dement – Sing the Delta

Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer – Seed of a Pine

Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou – La Ferme De Fontenaille

Coty Hogue – When We Get To Shore

Coty Hogue – Pretty Bird

Kites & Crows – More For The Mender

Ruth Moody – The Garden

Ruth Moody – The Garden

Anna Coogan & Daniele Fiaschi – The Nowhere, Rome Sessions

Melody Walker – Gold Rush Goddess

Madison Violet – The Good In Goodbye

Madison Violet- Stuck in A Love (live) from Adrian Vieni (Wood & Wires) on Vimeo.

Marissa Nadler – The Sister

Marissa Nadler – The Wrecking Ball Company (Official Video) from Ryan Walsh on Vimeo.

State Broadcasters – Ghosts We Must Carry

Beat Surrender – Best of 2012 – Rock

The nominees are.

Kasey Anderson & The Honkies – Let the Bloody Moon Rise

Lucero – Women & Work

The Dreaming Spires – Brothers In Brooklyn

Dropkick – Paper Trails

Scotty Alan – Wreck and the Mess

Richard Hawley – Standing at the Sky’s Edge

Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Psychedelic Pill

The Gaslight Anthem – Handwritten

Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball

Michael Rank and Stag – Kin

Delicate Cutters – Ring

Turn of Your Television – Humble Waves

Drew Nelson – Tilt-A-Whirl

Drew Nelson – 5th of September

Greg Fleming and The Trains – Edge Of The City

Greg Fleming and The Trains – Edge Of The City – Hi Fi Blues

The Dead Exs – Relovolution

Sharon van Etten – Tramp

The District Attorneys – Slowburner

Beat Surrender – Best of 2012 – Singer-songwriters

The nominees are:

Vanessa Peters – The Burn The Truth The Lies

Patterson Hood – Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance

Kelly Hogan – I Like To Keep Myself In Pain

Franz Nicolay – Do The Struggle

Michele Stodart – Wide-Eyed Crossing

Simone Felice – S/T

Craig Finn – Clear Heart Full Eyes

Matthew Ryan – In the Dusk of Everything

Justin Townes Earle – Nothings Going to Change the Way You Feel About Me Now

Nels Andrew – Scrimshaw

Wes Finch – Mayflower

Robert James Selby – Scrap Book Ballads Vol. 1

Robert James Selby – Song To Soho

The Great American Desert – Carson City

Lindsay Fuller – You, Anniversary

Quiet Loner – Greedy Magicians

Peter Bruntnell – Ringo Woz Ere

Neal Halstead – Palindrome Hunches

Beat Surrender – Best of 2012 – And the winner is .. .. .. ..

Not one to stick to a format for too long and just because ‘we’ can after a vote I decided to go for another way of doing the obligatory best of for 2012 having professed my love of labelling in the past I thought we’d go the genre route.

Ultimately the blog is about supporting and promoting music that I love, hopefully the posts and links persuade some folks to go out and buy the artists wares in one form or another – and therefore it would be remiss I think not to try and use this opportunity to back-track and celebrate some of the great music that has variously landed in my inbox or on my doorstep in one form another over the last twelve months (and besides which it eases the procrastination I’m suffering from doing this).

So over the next week or so I’ll be presenting you with a summary of the music that’s made an impression this year in the form of seven categories, the six genre based ones are endlessly arguable, one man’s alt-country is another mans Americana etc. so trash my ‘groupings’ if you like, but I’ve one way or another manipulated them into a neat set that suits the purpose, the seventh is reserved for EP’s as there’s being a batch of excellent ones this year.

So in essence I get to be self indulgent, avoid making some tough calls and roll out a summary of the last 12 months at Beat Surrender in a series of posts leading to a ‘the winner is’ final post for each category.

Before that may ‘we’ thank you to all the fine folks who have being supportive of Beat Surrender during 2012 – the majority of the music that’s covered here is on the periphery of the mainstream chart and radio play and relies on the hard work and commitment of the girls and boys of the labels, distribution and PR companies so thank you again for all the submissions and the kind words, thank you to all of the bloggers, radio presenters, podcasters, tweeters and FBFY contributors for continuing to unearth and share some great music and thank you most of all to the musicians who continue to educate, enrich and enlighten my life with their creative talent.

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