Waco Brothers - Waco Express
Album of the year by some distance, other lists be damned. Jon Langford's country punk ensemble were never really defined by their recorded output, and I can only assume that this finally captures the ragged glory of the live show. Without a substantial amount of travelling this'll be the closest I'll get to seeing them live, and it's a hell of a lot of fun.
Highlights: Death Of Country Music, Nothing At All
Drive-By Truckers - Brighter Than Creation's Dark
This seems to have come in for a fair amount of flack from the established fans, but whilst there's a bit of filler I think it's probably their most consistent record since the truly magnificent Decoration Day. The promotion of Shonna Tucker to songwriter and vocalist lends a little more variety to the set.