My Top Ten list of the year has very little, if any connection, with what people who still pay attention to the hipster music scene and read the Billboard charts would consider the best records of the year. And to be honest, I don't give a crap.
Nashville has become a hub of Americana, the amorphous category recently called "the coolest music scene today." At this past weekend's Americana Music Festival, more than 100 acts converged to demonstrate the sound's broad range of styles and influences.
The two Whites have already gone through a divorce only to form a band, and this time they are calling it quits for real. Though the band has been de facto broken up since they toured in support of their last record in 2007.