40 Best Country and Americana Albums of 2017

Kip Moore flipped off the industry, Willie Nelson taunted mortality, and Margo Price questioned the American dream

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Lilly Hiatt, 'Trinity Lane'
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9. Lilly Hiatt, 'Trinity Lane'

She may be a Nashville gal, but Lilly Hiatt drops names like Springsteen and Prince into these 12 songs, one of which is called "The Night David Bowie Died." She's a rocker, writing lived-in autobiographical details about unhealthy habits, nagging obsessions and love gone bad (or worse). Like her father John, Hiatt has a way of finding the just-right lyrical detail: "Your mother loved driving to the B-52's," she tells a would-be paramour in "So Much You Don't Know." Her willingness to bare scars can seem alternately courageous, foolhardy and disarming – and, at her best, all of that at once. Plus she rocks throughout Trinity Lane with enough bona fide commitment to signify that she'll own her mistakes, by God. This is a record that portends even greater ones to come. D.M.

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