The Indie Acoustic Project is proud to announce the finalists for the IAP’s “Best CDs of 2019” Awards.  The 3 finalists in each of 10 categories were selected from the multitudes of CDs that were considered for the awards.  As always, the quality of the CDs submitted was terrific, and this has lead to the only major problem we faced: because there were far more than 30 excellent CDs (and only 30 finalist slots), many deserving recordings could not be included.  We would also like to announce the winners of the Songs of Note (Other Great Songs from 2019).

For those of you who submitted recordings for the awards, thank you for your excellent work.  It is our hope that these awards will help all indie artists by generating increased awareness of independently produced music from around the world.

The list of finalists and Songs of Note Winners can also be found on our website at

Group Title Record Company (SP = Self-Produced)

Acoustic Ensemble

Humbird Pharmakon SP
Korjen Sabur Indies Scope
The Levins Caravan of Dawn The Levins Music

RJ Cowdery What If This Is All There Is SP
Titus Haug River Eyes SP
Matt Harlan Best Beasts SP
Miguel Espinoza Turtle Dreams SP
Lynn Patrick Strawberry Boat Dakota Ridge
Rhizome Double Capture SP
Duo Violao Hostoria do Choro SP
Jeff Pifher Alternate Futures/Past Realities SP
Triple T The Tunnel Triple Tea
Modern Roots/Revival
Wally Barnick Wally Barnick Sustainable Tunes
Gossamer Strings Due to Darkness SP
Lula Wiles What Will We Do Smithsonian Folkways

Multi-Genre Fusion
Che Apalache Rearrange My Heart Free Dirt
Lakou Mizik HatiaNola Cumbancha
Spooky Ride Spooked SP
Progressive Edge
Big Little Lions Inside Voice SP
The Get Ahead Deepest Light Julian
Safe As Houses Lucky Lucky SP
Heavy Diamond Ring Heavy Diamond Ring SP
Ockhamsrazor Songs from Potter’s Field SP
Slow Caves Falling SP
Abigail Lapelle Getaway Coax
Bedouine Bird Songs of a Killjoy Spacebomb
Annie Gallup Bookish SP
World Music
Baye Magatte Kaye Kaye Brambus
Gaizca Project Gaizca Project Homerecords
Women Warriors of Afro-Peruvian Music Just Play Peru Just Play

Songs of Note (Other Great Songs from 2019)
Artist Song Album Label
Jay Brown Revelry Empathy & Comedy SP
The Exes and Jome No Ocean Nothing’s Out to Get You SP
The Exes and Jome Parachute Nothing’s Out to Get You SP
Rosier Vie Penible Rosier SP
Rosier You Behind Rosier SP
Sack of Lions White Lightning Callin for Rain SP
Kat Vokes Ballad to Follow Clockwork Ropeadope
Scott Wolfson Run and Hide Flying Backwards SP