For some reason, the only thing witty in my head right now is "nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina in....the twelfth year of two thousaaaand." Does it have the same ring as the original? No, but you know what? It's true goddammit. Our home-state boys and girls have really raised the proverbial bar, by releasing so many good albums this year, we literally came to fisticuffs trying to whittle this list down to the you see before you. Enjoy, and if you/your band didn't make the list, we promise, a black eye or busted lip was likely obtained defending your honor.
Red Collar - Welcome Home
JKutchma & the Five Fifths - Pastoral
Bowerbirds - The Clearing
The Avett Brothers - The Carpenter
Gross Ghost - Brer Rabbit
Lost in the Trees - A Church That Fits Our Needs
T0W3RS - Wyatt