Nashville Scene’s Country Critics’ Poll

 

The results of the Nashville Scene’s Annual Country Critics’ Poll hit this week. Thanks to Geoffrey Himes for all the work of inviting/organizing/tabulating/writing/publishing. Participants have been sharing their ballots. Here’s a chunk of mine.
TOP TEN COUNTRY ALBUMS OF 2018:
 
Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour
Pistol Annies – Interstate Gospel 
Ashley McBryde – Girl Going Nowhere
Ashley Monroe – Sparrow
Amy Rigby – The Old Guys 
Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore – Downey To Lubbock
Doug Paisley – Starter Home 
Lori McKenna – The Tree 
Amanda Shires – To The Sunset 
Becky Warren – Undesirable
TOP TEN COUNTRY SINGLES:
 
1. Pistol Annies – Got My Name Changed Back
2. Ruston Kelly – Dying Star
3. Kacey Musgraves – Space Cowboy
4. Jason Aldean – Memory Drowns the Whiskey 
5. Midland – Burn Out 
6. Cam – Diane 
7. Joshua Headey – Mr Jukebox 
8.  Morgan Wallen – Up Down 
9.  Ashley McBryde – A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega
10. Kane Brown – Lose It 
 
COUNTRY MUSIC’S THREE BEST MALE VOCALISTS:
 
1.  Eric Church
2.  Kane Brown 
3. Sturgill Simpson 
 
COUNTRY MUSIC’S THREE BEST FEMALE VOCALISTS:
 
1. Ashley McBryde
2. Miranda Lambert 
3. Margo Price 
 
COUNTRY MUSIC’S THREE BEST LIVE ACTS:
 
1.  Ashley McBryde
2.  Sturgill Simpson 
3. Margo Price 
 
COUNTRY MUSIC’S THREE BEST SONGWRITERS:
 
1.  Ashley McBride
2.  Kacey Musgraves
3.  Lori McKenna 

 

The last quarter of the year was dedicated to letting ‘Interstate Gospel’ pump through the earbuds while heading home from work on the F train to Brooklyn. Harried is as harried does, and but as isolated phrases like “recreational percocet,” “break him in good tonight” or “fool enough to lose the crown,” got visually pasted on my fellow straphangers, the textures of the songs (and their sentiments) became more and more red-blooded. Disappointment is always lurking in the trio’s stuff, and ultimately, if Pistol Annies reminds me of any other act, it’s the Flatlanders. Wonderfully viable on her own, each Annie has a POV that likes to keep a hankie ready for tears even when she’s whooping it up. When they join forces (like Ely/Gilmore/Hancock), that POV gets extrapolated and the emotions in play become more and more palpable. From “Got My Name Changed Back” to “When I Was His Wife” I liked the fact that I couldn’t figure out whether to laugh to keep from crying or cry to keep from laughing – praying all the while that kind of emotional turmoil never comes my way. 

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