The Top 10 Folk And Americana Albums Of 2013

Jason Isbell performs at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival. (Meagan Beauchemin for NPR)
Jason Isbell performs at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival. (Meagan Beauchemin for NPR)

It was a banner year for the acoustic guitar. NPR Music partner Folk Alley presents the best the genre had to offer.

The best folk music released in 2013 was, almost without exception, of the intensely personal variety. These remarkable albums struggled with addiction and death, coming of age, faith and the unstoppable rhythm of change. Three of these releases came from well-loved artists making music in ways that nobody saw coming. But all of the recordings listed below challenged us to open our minds and consider things differently, find beauty in small places and discover possibility in life's many challenges.

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Elephant Revival, These Changing Skies.

Elephant Revival, These Changing Skies.

Aoife O'Donovan, Fossils.

Aoife O'Donovan, Fossils.

The Milk Carton Kids, The Ash & Clay.

The Milk Carton Kids, The Ash & Clay.

Sarah Jarosz, Build Me Up From Bones.

Sarah Jarosz, Build Me Up From Bones.

Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer, Child Ballads.

Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer, Child Ballads.

Mandolin Orange, This Side Of Jordan.

Mandolin Orange, This Side Of Jordan.

Pharis & Jason Romero, Long Gone Out West Blues.

Pharis & Jason Romero, Long Gone Out West Blues.

Guy Clark, My Favorite Picture Of You.

Guy Clark, My Favorite Picture Of You.

Patty Griffin, American Kid.

Patty Griffin, American Kid.

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