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10 Best Country Albums of 2013

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Sam Baker, 'Say Grace'
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5. Sam Baker, 'Say Grace'

Austin's Sam Baker isn't the only grizzled outlier to make a wise, sly, and excellent set of country-folk this year; see Terry Allen's Bottom Of The World and Guy Clark's My Favorite Picture of You. But he's the only one who wrote "Ditch," a song about a pipe-layer with a "crazy-ass wife and a baby on the way" which is hilarious, tragic, and by any worthwhile standards, one of the best country songs of the year.

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