Kazak’s Picks: Even Cowboys Sing the Blues 2021

Clockwise from top left: I Know I’m Funny haha by Faye Webster, Nothing’s Gonna Happen by The Staves (Good Woman album artwork by Sequoia Ziff), Entretanto by Aukai (artwork by Gregory Euclide), and Tehachapi by Margo Cilker (Pohorylle album artwork).

In addition to their musical similarities, many of the greatest songs that come from the genres of country, folk, blues, and Americana share a wistful melancholy that imbues them with an incredible beauty. This playlist documents the very best from these genres (as well as their various “alt-” subgenres) in 2021.

The format is simple: tracks from the the past month feature at the beginning of the playlist, before turning to highlights from the rest of the year (in no particular order). If you’d like to hear the genres’ most recent gems, check out the first five to ten tracks. If you want to explore the year as a whole, simply hit that shuffle button, sit back, and enjoy!

If there’s a track that you think is the pinnacle of country, folk, blues, and Americana this year but isn’t featured here, please don’t hesitate to let me know about it at thebayingofkazak@gmail.com.

WARNING: All tracks and their accompanying videos are completely uncensored. A number of them contain explicit language that is unsuitable for children, NSFW topics and images, discussions of potentially triggering subjects, and/or political commentary that may offend.

Apple Music


November’s Additions

Tracks listed in order they appear in playlists above.

Margo Cilker – Tehachapi

Bedouine – The Solitude

Leo Nocentelli – Thinking of the Day

Big Thief – Change

To listen to this playlist on Spotify or Apple Music please return to the top of the page

Further Listening – 2021 Tracks

The Baying of Kazak’s Favourite Songs of 2021

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