The Americana Airplay Chart Rundown [August 24]

Jason Isbell Something More Than Free

This is The Americana Airplay Chart Rundown. Every week I’ll post the top 40 from the Americana Airplay chart, which is obtained from From the site: “The Americana Airplay chart represents the reported play of terrestrial radio stations, nationally syndicated radio shows, satellite radio and internet stations who have agreed to submit weekly spin counts. For more information please visit”

The goal of this feature is to track and monitor the current most popular music in the Americana realm, as I believe it’s starting to take on a bigger importance in the world of music, especially concerning the current state of country music. In addition it will bring some new names to the site that haven’t been covered here before and could lead to more Americana coverage. It’s also a place to discuss anything going on in the Americana genre at this moment. Be sure to weigh in on the chart in the comments below.

  1. Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free (Grade: 10/10)
  2. Kacey Musgraves – Pageant Material (Grade: 9/10)
  3. Richard Thompson – Still 
  4. Watkins Family Hour – Watkins Family Hour [Up 1]
  5. Amy Helm – Didn’t It Rain [Up 2]
  6. Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell – The Traveling Kind (Grade: 9/10) [Down 2]
  7. Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard – Django and Jimmie (Grade: 9/10) [Down 1]
  8. Kasey Chambers – Bittersweet 
  9. Dale Watson – Call Me Insane (Grade: 8.5/10) [Up 2]
  10. Warren Haynes (feat. Railroad Earth) – Ashes & Dust [Up 2]
  11. Ashley Monroe – The Blade (Grade: 7/10) [Up 7]
  12. Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams – Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams [Down 3]
  13. Chris Stapleton – Traveller (Grade: 10/10) [Down 3]
  14. Uncle Lucius – The Light [Up 3]
  15. Sonny Landreth – Bound By The Blues [Down 2]
  16. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color [Down 2]
  17. Rhett Miller – The Traveler [Down 2]
  18. Statesboro Revue – Jukehouse Revival [Up 7]
  19. Eilen Jewell – Sundown Over Ghost Town 
  20. The Deslondes – The Deslondes (Grade: 8.5/10)
  21. Dwight Yoakam – Second Hand Heart (Grade: 10/10)
  22. Jonathan Tyler – Holy Smokes (Grade: 10/10) 
  23. Daniel Romano – If I’ve Only One Time Askin’ [Up 1]
  24. Ray Wylie Hubbard – The Ruffian’s Misfortune [Down 8]
  25. Langhorne Slim – The Spirit Moves [Up 2]
  26. Sam Outlaw – Angeleno (Grade: 10/10) [Down 3]
  27. Waifs – Beautiful You [Up 9]
  28. Jackie Greene – Back To Birth [Up 12]
  29. The Grahams – Glory Bound [Up 6]
  30. Steeldrivers – The Muscle Shoals Sessions [Down 4]
  31. Sugarcane Jane – Dirt Road’s End [Down 2]
  32. Jimmy LaFave – The Night Tribe [Up 1]
  33. Whitey Morgan & The 78s – Sonic Ranch (Grade: 10/10) [Up 4]
  34. Leon Bridges – Coming Home [Down 2]
  35. Samantha Crain – Under Branch & Thorn & Tree [Down 5]
  36. Dar Williams – Emerald [Down 5]
  37. Milk Carton Kids – Monterey [Down 3]
  38. The Mike & Ruthy Band – Bright As You Can [Up 1] 
  39. Bellfuries – Workingman’s Bellfuries [New]
  40. Honey Honey – [Down 12]

5 thoughts on “The Americana Airplay Chart Rundown [August 24]

  1. Lisandro Berry-Gaviria August 25, 2015 / 1:52 pm

    It’ll be interesting to see how long it takes “Pageant Material” to unseat “Something More Than Free” as the #1 album, if it does at all. It’s still way behind it in spins.


    • Josh Schott August 25, 2015 / 1:57 pm

      It’s going to take a while. But I think eventually it’ll get to #1. It isn’t easy unseating the Americana king and one of the most critically acclaimed albums of the year. Then again this is a nice problem to have and a problem I wish the country chart could have.

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      • Megan Conley August 25, 2015 / 4:05 pm

        Yeah, it’s the same thing on the Texas charts. Wade Bowen has been on top for four weeks now and has only just started to lose spins for “Sun Shines on a Dreamer.” I like that you pointed out we should have this problem in country music too, because I was thinking that the other day and how it seems like nothing is good enough to stay at the top of the country airplay chart on its own merit anymore. It speaks to the quality of the music and the validity of the charts that both the Americana and Texas charts are seeing people with staying power at the top while Billboard Country Airplay replaces one mediocre and/or terrible song after another at the top almost each week.

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  2. Pickle August 26, 2015 / 9:27 pm

    What a strange world we live in. REAL traditional contry is now americana and country is now pop. I feel like i should start telling people i like americana instead of country


    • Josh Schott August 27, 2015 / 12:30 am

      It sure is. And I don’t blame you!


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