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The best country and roots music of 2016

William Bell, This is Where I Live (Stax): One of the greats from Stax's glory days delivers an exquisite set of new material wrapped in vintage soul.

Check out our picks for the best country and roots albums of 2016. Click on the links to take a listen, and tell us in the comments if you have any top picks to add.

William Bell, This is Where I Live (Stax): One of the greats from Stax's glory days delivers an exquisite set of new material wrapped in vintage soul.

Paul Burch, Meridian Rising (Plowboy): The Americana veteran brings Jimmie Rodgers, the Father of Country Music, to vivid life on this audaciously inspired set.

Brandy Clark, Big Day in a Small Town (Warner Bros.): The bright young country star showcases her sharp songwriting skills on a second album that is even better than her debut.

Jesse Dayton, The Revealer (Blue Elan): The Texas country-rocker, who has never gotten the attention he deserves, again shows himself to be the true heir to Waylon Jennings on this chip-kicker of a set.

Miranda Lambert, The Weight of These Wings (Sony): The country superstar gambles on a two-disc set and it pays off with songs that unflinchingly face up to hurt and loss.

Parker Millsap, The Very Last Day (Okrahoma): On his second album, the young Oklahoma troubadour offers another striking collection of acoustic, bluesy songs suffused with religious imagery and delivered with rock-and-roll intensity.

Clint Morgan, Scofflaw (Lost Cause): The piano-playing lawyer looks back on some of the memorable outlaws of American history to create this sprawling, out-of-left-field Americana masterpiece.

Margo Price, Midwest Farmer's Daughter (Third Man): Like the coal miner's daughter, Loretta Lynn, Price pulls no punches on this feisty debut.

Sturgill Simpson, A Sailor's Guide to Earth (Atlantic): The iconoclastic singer-songwriter flirts with pretentiousness on his third album but winds up moving and engrossing.

Time Jumpers, Kid Sister (Rounder): The Nashville ensemble of musicians' musicians, featuring Vince Gill, alternates infectious takes on vintage country sounds with numbers that mourn the loss of a founding member, singer Dawn Sears.

Honorable mentions

The Mavericks, All Night Live (Mono Mundo); John Prine, For Better, Or Worse (Oh Boy); Todd Snider, Eastside Bulldog (Aimless); Garry Tallent, Break Time (D'Ville); Tommy Womack, Namaste (self-released).