About the list: These albums doesn't really fit the bill (dedicated gothic country), but have an unmistakable gothic streak on them. The albums are not particularly gothic, but indispensable.

  

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 Cover Album Artist

Notes

 

 

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Time (The Revelator)

(2001)

 

 

Gillian Welch

You just need to hear the first three guitar chords to realize the greatness of the album. All songs were written by Gillian Welch together with David Rawlings. Third album from Welch and first album produced by Rawlings. There is hope for Nashville, TN.

 

 

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The Trinity Sessions

(1998)

 

 

Cowboy Junkies

Recorded in Toronto at Church of the Holy Trinity on 27 November 1987, with the band circled around a single microphone. A new set of recordings was released in 2007 to commemorate the 20th anniversary (Trinity Revisited). 

 

 

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Wrecking Ball

(1995)

 

 

 

Emmylou Harris

Produced by Daniel Lanois. Guest appearances by no less than Steve Earle, Larry Mullen, Jr., Lucinda Williams and Neil Young. The cover songs "All My Tears" and "Goin' Back to Harlan" stand out. In fact, far better than the original versions. 

 

 

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 Car Wheels on a Gravel Road

(1998)

 

 

 

 Lucinda Williams

Williams' fifth studio album which features guest appearances by Steve Earle and Emmylou Harris. The album won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album, and was Willams' first album to go gold. Of course, this is Lucinda Williams' best album.

 

 

5

 

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Curtains

(1997)

 

 

Tindersticks

Great music from Great Britain. Creative force Stuart Staples takes Tindersticks in a slightly different direction on this album. The songs "Another Night In", "Let's Pretend" and "Buried Bones" stand out. Bleak chamber music from Nottingham, UK.

  

 

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Chinatown

(2003)

 

 

 

The Be Good Tanyas

The second album from the alt-folk trio from Vancouver, Canada. The songs is about savoring life's sweet moments and facing its tougher challenges head-on. They also breathe life into a handful of traditional folk songs. 

 

  

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 The Pirate's Gospel

(2006)

 

 

 

Alela Diane

 

The songs for the album were written on a trip to Europe. They were recorded in her father’s studio and were initially self-released on CD-R in 2004, in paper and lace sleeves with hand lettering and rereleased in 2006. Spooky acid-folk.

 

 

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A Friend of a Friend

(2009)

 

 

Dave Rawlings Machine

David Rawlings is the musical partner of Gillian Welch. On this album the roles are reversed. She is backing him. David Rawlings is acknowledged for his exquisite guitar playing. The song "Method Acting/Cortez the Killer" stand out.

 

 

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March 16-20, 1992

(1992)

 

 

Uncle Tupelo

The title refers to the five-day span during which the album was recorded. An almost entirely acoustic recording, the album features original songs and covers of traditional folk songs in near equal number. Uncle Tupelo later split into Wilco and Son Volt.

 

 

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Devil's Road

(1996)

 

 

 The Walkabouts

Despite 13 studio albums this is a rather unknown band from Seattle, WA. The core members are vocalist Carla Torgerson and vocalist and songwriter Chris Eckman. The song "The Light Will Stay On" stand out. Long after we are gone.