Joel Okida's Ten + Bests of 2010


Effin’ Best Folk/World Music Recordings of 2010

(in no particular order)

1. Laura Marling- I Speak Because I Can:  Fearless!

2. Leslie Stevens and the Badgers- Roomful of Smoke:  Fertile!

3. Anaïs Mitchell- Hadestown:  Fiery!

4. David Greely- Sud du Sud (2008-09):  French!

5. Bassekou Kouyatè- I Speak Fula:  Ferocious!

6. Mike and Ruthy- Million to One:  Felicitous!

7. The Secret Sisters- The Secret Sisters:   Fresh-squeezed!

8. Crooked Still- Some Strange Country:  Far out!

9. Carolina Chocolate Drops- Genuine Negro Jig:  Fiddle-icious!

10. Sausage Grinder- Delicious Moments:  Fermented!


Best Live Shows

1. Justin Townes Earle, Amoeba Music, 2/11

2. Rosie Ledet, The Mint, 2/15

3. Bassekou Kouyatè, The Getty, 3/20

4, The Living Sisters, The Getty, 4/11

5. Chris Hillman. The Grammy Museum, 5/20

6. Maria McKee, Rhino Pop-Up Store, 5/26

7. Tom McDermott, house concert, 7/17

8. Roots Roadhouse, the Echo/Echoplex, 7/31

9. Crooked Still, McCabe’s, 8/22

10. Lucinda Williams, Queen Mary Events Park, 8/26

11. Andre Thierry, The Mint, 8/28

12. Dr. John and the Lower 911, Santa Monica Pier, 9/2

13. Fall Equinox Festival, Rancho Cordillera de Norte, Northridge, 9/12

14. VOCO, Freddy and Francine, Time Warp Guitars, 10/2

15. Yuval Ron Ensemble, Theatre Raymond Kabbaz, 10/9

16. Mike and Ruthy, California Traditional Music Society, 11/2

17. Anaïs Mitchell and the Hadestown Orchestra, McCabe’s, 12/10

Joel Okida is a struggling artist, struggling writer, and struggling musician. It occurs to him that life is all about the struggle. Fortunately, he did not take up acting. However, he's not half-bad as a zydeco dancer and the ability to make a mean gumbo and lovely walnut tortes has gotten him by.