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Top 100 Albums of 2022


Friday Dec 30 2022, from 6am to 6pm MT, Grant Stovel, Baba, Dawn Pemberton, Brendan Cross, and Lisa Wilton shared the best music of 2022! Here are the most played albums of the year.

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    100. Charley Crockett: The Man From Waco (Thirty Tigers)
    99. Leyla McCalla: Breaking The Thermometer (ANTI-)
    98. Scone Cash Players: Brooklyn to Brooklin (Daptone)
    97. Sass Jordan: Bitches Blues (Stony Plain)
    96. Mary Gauthier: Dark Enough to See the Stars (Thirty Tigers)
    95. King Stingray: King Stingray (Cooking Vinyl)
    94. Amanda Shires: Take It Like A Man (ATO)
    93. Sarah Shook & the Disarmers: Nightroamer (Thirty Tigers)
    92. Lady Wray: Piece of Me (Big Crown)
    91. L’omelette: You Are Here (Independent)

On March 23, Lisa Wilton caught up with Sarah Shook, leader of the Disarmers, to share the news that their album, Nightroamer hit number one on the Top 30 Chart:

    90. Beatrice Deer: Shifting (Musique nomade)
    89. Ezra Collective: Where I’m Meant To Be (Partisan)
    88. The Slocan Ramblers: Up The Hill And Through The Fog (Independent)
    87. Khruangbin & Leon Bridges: Texas Moon (Dead Oceans)
    86. Bellegarde: Pastourelle (Independent)
    85. Kazdoura: Wain (EP) (Independent)
    84. The Frightnrs: Always (Daptone)
    83. Matt Andersen: House To House (Sonic / Warner)
    82. Hello Moth: Birds On Wires (Independent)
    81. Adrian Quesada: Boleros Psicodélicos (ATO)

Last July, CKUA’s Erin Ross caught up with guitarist Darryl Poulsen on Alberta Morning to talk about the Ramblers’ recent album Up The Hill and Through The Fog, as well as their upcoming performance at the Canmore Folk Music Festival.

On November 4,Dawn Pemberton talked with Leen and Johnny from Kazdoura. In this conversation they shared more about their culture, how they meet, and the instrumentation on the first track ‘Killo Birooh‘ from their EP, Wain.

    80. Valerie June: The Moon And Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers (Deluxe Edition) (Fantasy)
    79. David Myles: It’s Only A Little Loneliness (Little Tiny)
    78. Badge Époque Ensemble: Clouds Of Joy (Telephone Explosion)
    77. First Aid Kit: Palomino (Columbia)
    76. Ellen Froese: For Each Flower Growing (Victory Pool)
    75. Abigail Lapell: Stolen Time (Outside)
    74. Amanda Rheaume: The Spaces In Between (Ishkōdé)
    73. Katie Tupper: Towards The End (EP) (Arts & Crafts)
    72. Bonnie Raitt: Just Like That… (Redwing)
    71. Elle Celeste: Call On Me (Independent)

On Oct 21 Dawn Pemberton talked with Elle Celeste, about the freedom of going solo, the how the sound is different from her band Copperhead, and the impact COVID had on creating an album.

Juno Winner and CKUA Alumnio David Myles shares more about his 15th album… 15th!!! It’s Only A Little Loneliness David shares more about his artistic influences, his creative practice, and living with an open heart.

    70. Georgia Harmer: Stay In Touch (Arts & Crafts)
    69. Basia Bulat: The Garden (Secret City)
    68. Keith O’Rourke: Imperfect Perfectionist (Chronograph)
    67. Crystal Shawanda: Midnight Blues (True North)
    66. Pharis & Jason Romero: Tell ‘Em You Were Gold (Smithsonian Folkways)
    65. Reuben and the Dark: In Lieu of Light (Arts & Crafts)
    64. Angelique Francis: Long River (Independent)
    63. Ben Harper: Bloodline Maintenance (Chrysalis)
    62. Courtney Marie Andrews: Loose Future (Fat Possum)
    61. The California Honeydrops: Soft Spot (TubTone)

CKUA host Dawn Pemberton had the chance to chat with California Honeydrops member, lead vocalist, guitarist and trumpeter, Lech Wierzynski. They talk about being spontaneous and having fun in the studio, and being together playing music after COVID.

On October 14 Reuben Bullock spoke with Dawn Pemberton about how the landscape of Joshua Tree and Alberta influenced the songs on In Lieu of Light, as well as how his view of darkness has evolved, carrying pain and emotion, and transmuting it into art and hope.

    60. Suzie Vinnick: Fall Back Home (Independent)
    59. Aysanabee: Watin (Ishkode)
    58. Jesse Northey: Onion Knight (Victory Pool)
    57. Onna Lou: Diamante (Independent)
    56. The Bros. Landreth: Come Morning (Birthday Cake)
    55. Alvvays: Blue Rev (Polyvinyl)
    54. Zoon: Big Pharma (Paper Bag)
    53. North Mississippi Allstars: Set Sail (New West)
    52. iskwé & Tom Wilson: Mother Love (Independent)
    51. Lucius: Second Nature (Dine Alone)

On September 30, Dawn Pemberton spoke with Daniel Monkman aka Zoon, about the influences and instrumentation behind Big Pharma:

Jesse Northey dives in to all things, Onion Knight. What does the title mean, who worked on on it, who played on it, and why Jesse goes with the flow.

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    50. Status / Non-Status: Surely Travel (You’ve Changed)
    49. Ghost Woman: Ghost Woman (Victory Pool)
    48. Big Thief: Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You (4AD)
    47. Fantastic Negrito: White Jesus Black Problems (Storefront)
    46. Colleen Brown: Winging It (Flatcar)
    45. Spoon: Lucifer on the Sofa (Matador)
    44. Vieux Farka Touré & Khruangbin: Ali (Dead Oceans)
    43. Bedouin Soundclash: We Will Meet In A Hurricane (Dine Alone)
    42. Valerie June: Under Cover (Fantasy)
    41. Carter Felker: Even The Happy Ones Are Sad (Independent)

On February 23rd 2022, Lisa Wilton had a chance to really surprise CKUA favourite Valerie June with the announcement that the Deluxe Edition of The Moon And Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers hit #1 that week:

On November 4th Colleen Brown, reached #1 with Winging It. Dawn Pemberton spoke with Colleen about her CD release tour, performing the music of Joni Mitchell, and the new music she’s listen to for inspiration.

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    40. Hurray for the Riff Raff: Life On Earth (Nonesuch)
    39. Miko Marks & The Resurrectors: Feel Like Going Home (Redtone)
    38. Sammy Volkov: Be Alright! (Independent)
    37. Peter & The Wolves: Forget About It (Independent)
    36. Te Kaahu: Te Kaahu O Rangi (Independent)
    35. Julianna Riolino: All Blue (You’ve Changed)
    34. Steve Dawson: Gone, Long Gone (Black Hen)
    33. Altameda: Born Losers (Cadence/Missing Piece)
    32. Bonny Light Horseman: Rolling Golden Holy (37d03d)
    31. Michael Rault: Michael Rault (Majesticsilk)

In this extensive conversation, Dawn Pemberton chats with Julianna Riolino about her new album, All Blue. They talk about the definition of cosmic country and much more.

Way back in March of 2022, Lisa Wilton caught up with Pete Cormier, from Peter & The Wolves to share the news that their album hat hit Number One:

    30. Corb Lund: Songs My Friends Wrote (Warner)
    29. Danielle Ponder: Some Of Us Are Brave (Future Classic)
    28. Ann Vriend: Everybody Matters (Independent)
    27. Ben Sures: The Story That Lived Here (Independent)
    26. Cynthia Hamar: Joint & Marrow (Neon Moon)
    25. Skinny Dyck: Palace Waiting (Sound Asleep)
    24. Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio: Cold As Weiss (Colemine)
    23. Samantha Savage Smith: Fake Nice (Independent)
    22. The Sadies: Colder Streams (Dine Alone)
    21. Mavis Staples & Levon Helm: Carry Me Home (ANTI-)

On October 21, Dawn Pemberton spoke with Skinny Dyck, about the meaning of ‘Palace Waiting’, what country music means to him, his musical influences, and what the future holds.

On May 11, 2022 Lisa Wilton caught up with Samantha Savage Smith while on tour in the UK:

    20. Kokoroko: Could We Be More (Brownswood)
    19. Calexico: El Mirador (ANTI-)
    18. Lisa LeBlanc: Chiac Disco (Bonsound)
    17. Lydia Persaud: Moody31 (Next Door)
    16. Pierre Kwenders: José Louis and the Paradox of Love (Arts & Crafts)
    15. Nuela Charles: Nuela Charles (Independent)
    14. Harrison Kennedy: Thanks For Tomorrow (Electro-Fi)
    13. Blackie And The Rodeo Kings: O Glory (Warner)
    12. Sister Ray: Communion (Royal Mountain)
    11. King of Foxes: Twilight of the Empire (Crystal Baby)

On September 30, CKUA’s Dawn Pemberton spoke with, Olivia Street of King Of Foxes about reaching the top of the chart:

On November 18th, Dawn Pemberton spoke with Nuela Charles about hitting #1, they talk about her 6th album, and why it’s self-titled.

    10. Ben l’Oncle Soul: Red Mango (Enchante)
    9. Kobo Town: Carnival of the Ghosts (Stonetree)
    8. Julian Taylor: Beyond The Reservoir (Howling Turtle)
    7. Digging Roots: Zhawenim (Ishkode)
    6. Tami Neilson: Kingmaker (Outside)
    5. Mitch Davis: The Haunt (Arbutus)
    4. Blue Moon Marquee: Scream, Holler & Howl (Independent)
    3. Tanika Charles: Papillon de Nuit (Record Kicks)
    2. Ghostkeeper: Multidimensional Culture (Victory Pool)
    1. Mariel Buckley: Everywhere I Used To Be (Birthday Cake)

On August 24 Mariel Buckley hit the number #1 spot for the first time in 2022. She remained in the top spot 3 more weeks throughout the summer and fall, with 8 weeks in the Top 5. Since it’s release in August, Everywhere I Used To Be has held a spot within the Top 30 Chart for every week remaining in 2022.

Lisa Wilton spoke with Mariel Buckley when she first hit the #1 spot in late August. Here’s their conversation: