Best Of 2008

BEST COMPILATION CD: Cheatin’ Heart: Tales of Lies & Love

Bay Area Arts & Music Organization (BAAMO) brought together an eclectic lineup of local talent — alt-country (Have Gun, Will Travel; Will Quinlan) to alternative rock (The Beauvilles) to indie rock (Giddy-Up, Helicopter!) to nasty blues (Nervous Turkey) — to create the year’s best compilation. The album also includes a priceless, previously unreleased duet by Ronny Elliott and Rebekah Pulley, who lend their distinctive voices to the Hank Williams classic “Your Cheatin’ Heart.” Unlike most “various artist” endeavors, this disc gels thanks to the overall theme of infidelity as well as smart sequencing.