“Combine the voice of Natalie Merchant with a hint of Jewel’s yodel, and you have Stephanie Fagan. Stephanie Fagan’s record, “Heart Thief” slinks out like a stealthy cat, and pounces on you with her sensuous vocals.”
- Sloane Spencer, Country Fried Rock
Wow! In 2011, Country Fried Rock featured 50 roots musicians via in-depth interviews, highlighting their songwriting and musical influences. From those, we selected the 40 most-listened to programs, and let our listeners select their Top 10. Hundreds of listeners voted for the Country Fried Rock "Best of 2011" list, yielding a surprisingly clear Top 10.
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10. Renee Wahl, Cumberland Moonshine Free download "One More to Go"
9. Betsy Franck, Still Waiting
8. The Back Row Baptists (now called Some Dark Holler), Broken Hearts and Bad Decisions Free download "Purple Hearts" from the new Some Dark Holler EP
7. Dylan Sneed, Texodus Free Download of "No Worse for the Wear," Live on Dutch Radio
6. James Scott Bullard, The Rise & Fall of James Scott Bullard & The Late Night Sweethearts Free exclusive download, "Skin and Bones"
5. Driftwood, Wanderlust TWO exclusive, free downloads! Jeannie and the Giant and California's Burning.
4. The Mother Truckers, Van Tour
3. Kevin Kinney, A Good Country Mile (with the Golden Palominos) Free download of "In the Land (Of Things That Used to Be)" exclusively for Country Fried Rock listeners.
2. Abby Owens, Indiantown
1. Stephanie Fagan, Heart Thief Free download of "You Are the Devil," first available for our listeners