The Ninth Annual Nashville Scene Country Music Critics Poll: The Results 

1. Jamey Johnson: That Lonesome Song (Mercury)
2. Hayes Carll: Trouble in Mind (Lost Highway)
3. Lee Ann Womack: Call Me Crazy (MCA Nashville)
4. Sugarland: Love on the Inside (Mercury)
5. Patty Loveless: Sleepless Nights (Saguaro Road) 2
6. Lucinda Williams: Little Honey (Lost Highway)
7. Taylor Swift: Fearless (Big Machine)
8. George Strait: Troubadour (MCA Nashville)
9. Alan Jackson: Good Time (Arista Nashville)
10. Kathy Mattea: Coal (Captain Potato)
11. Rodney Crowell: Sex & Gasoline (Work Song/Yep Roc)
12. Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson: Rattlin' Bones (Sugar Hill)
13. Brad Paisley: Play: The Guitar Album (Arista Nashville)
14. The SteelDrivers: The SteelDrivers (Rounder)
15. Randy Travis: Around the Bend (Warner Bros.)
16. James McMurtry: Just Us Kids (Lightning Rod)
17. Emmylou Harris: All I Intended To Be (Nonesuch)
18. Dolly Parton: Backwoods Barbie (Dolly)
19. Ashton Shepherd: Sounds So Good (MCA Nashville)
20. Charlie Haden Family & Friends: Rambling Boy (Decca)
21. Willie Nelson: Moment of Forever (Lost Highway)
22. Glen Campbell: Meet Glen Campbell (Capitol)
23. Shelby Lynne: Just a Little Lovin' (Lost Highway)
24. Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis: Two Men With the Blues (Blue Note)
25. Carlene Carter: Stronger (Yep Roc)
26. The Drive-By Truckers: Brighter Than Creation's Dark (New West)
27. Mudcrutch: Mudcrutch (Reprise)
28. Darius Rucker: Learn to Live (Capitol Nashville)
29. Robert Plant/Alison Krauss: Raising Sand (Rounder)
30. Justin Townes Earle: The Good Life (Bloodshot)

1. Jamey Johnson: "In Color"
2. Lee Ann Womack: "Last Call"
3. Miranda Lambert: "Gunpowder and Lead"
4. Hayes Carll: "She Left Me for Jesus"
5. George Strait: "Troubadour"
6. Trisha Yearwood: "This is Me You're Talking To"
7. Carrie Underwood: "Just a Dream"
8. Darius Rucker: "Don't Think I Don't Think About It"
9. Ashton Shepherd: "Sounds So Good"
10. Randy Travis: "Dig Two Graves"
11. Trace Adkins: "You're Gonna Miss This"
12. Kid Rock: "All Summer Long"
13. James Otto: "Just Started Loving You"
14. The SteelDrivers: "Blue Side of the Mountain"
15. Little Big Town: "Fine Line"

1. Hank Williams: The Unreleased Recordings (Time-Life)
2. Johnny Cash: At Folsom Prison: Legacy Edition (Legacy/Columbia)
3. Willie Nelson: One Hell of a Ride (Legacy)
4. Roy Orbison: The Soul of Rock and Roll (Monument/Orbison/Legacy)
5. Bob Dylan: Tell Tale Signs (Columbia/Legacy)
6. Toby Keith: 35 Biggest Hits (Show Dog)
7. Reba McEntire: 50 Greatest Hits (MCA Nashville)
8. Ernest V. Stoneman: Ernest V. Stoneman: The Unsung Father of Country Music 1925-1934 (5 String)
9. George Jones: Burn Your Playhouse Down: The Unreleased Duets (Bandit)
10. Various artists: More Dirty Laundry: The Soul of Black Country (Trikont)

Male Vocalists:
1. Jamey Johnson
2. Alan Jackson
3. Brad Paisley
4. George Strait
5. Randy Travis
6. Trace Adkins
7. Hayes Carll
8. Keith Urban
9. Willie Nelson
10. Toby Keith

Female Vocalists:
1. Lee Ann Womack
2. Patty Loveless
3. Miranda Lambert
4. Alison Krauss
5. Trisha Yearwood
6. Taylor Swift
7. Emmylou Harris
8. Jennifer Nettles
9. Kathy Mattea
10. Lucinda Williams

Live Acts:
1. Robert Plant/Alison Krauss
2. Brad Paisley
3. Miranda Lambert
4. Sugarland
5. Keith Urban
6. Kenny Chesney
7. Lyle Lovett
8. Willie Nelson
9. Cherryholmes
10. Little Big Town

Duos and Groups:
1. Sugarland
2. Robert Plant/Alison Krauss
3. The SteelDrivers
4. Little Big Town
5. Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson
6. Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis
7. Lady Antebellum
8. Montgomery Gentry
9. Dailey & Vincent
10. Joey & Rory

1. Jamey Johnson
2. Hayes Carll
3. Rodney Crowell
4. James McMurtry
5. Brad Paisley
6. Taylor Swift
7. Dolly Parton
8. Bruce Robison
9. Miranda Lambert
10. Alan Jackson

New Acts:
1. Ashton Shepherd
2. Lady Antebellum
3. The SteelDrivers
4. Jamey Johnson
5. Darius Rucker
6. The Zac Brown Band
7. Justin Townes Earle
8. Hayes Carll
9. Randy Houser
10. Joey & Rory

Artists of the Year:
1. Jamey Johnson
2. Sugarland
3. Robert Plant/Alison Krauss
4. Brad Paisley<
5. Alan Jackson
6. Taylor Swift
7. Lee Ann Womack
8. George Strait
9. Miranda Lambert
10. Kenny Chesney

2008 Country Music Critics Poll Voters:

Tom Alesia, Don Allred, Brian T. Atkinson, Jim Bessman, Stephen Betts, Alison Bonaguro, Bliss Bowen, Jon Bream, David Cantwell, Jon Caramanica, Howard Cohen, John Conquest, Randy Cordova, Kevin Coyne, Greg Crawford, John T. Davis, Kelly Dearmore, Stephen M. Deusner, Kerry Dexter, Dan Durchholz, Anthony Easton, Chuck Eddy, Dan Ferguson, Chet Flippo, Vic Garbarini, Tom Geddie, Holly George-Warren, Gary Graff, Joey Guerra, Dave Heaton, Will Hermes, Geoffrey Himes, Jewly Hight, Thomas Inskeep, Preston Jones, Jonathan Keefe, Hunter Kelly, Thomas Kintner, Frank Kogan, Tom Lane, Randy Lewis, Alan Light, Jim Malec, Lynne Margolis, Michaelangelo Matos, Barry Mazor, Michael McCall, Barry McCloud, Fred Mills, Rick Mitchell, Stuart Munro, Chris Neal, Ralph Novak, Scott Nygaard, Meredith Ochs, Rob O'Connor, George Paul, Rick Petreycik, Bobby Reed, David Royko, Lloyd Sachs, John Schacht, Whitney Self, Pam Shane, Craig Shelburne, Sylvie Simmons, Hazel Smith, David Sokol, Ellis Widner, Chris Willman, Kent Wolgamott, Mikael Wood, Gregory Yost.

Our voters wrote for the following outlets in 2008: ABC News, Acoustic Guitar, Air America,, American Counterculture, American Legacy, American Profile, American Songwriter, American Way, AOL Music, Arizona Republic, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Asheville Xpress, Atlanta Sunday Paper, Austin Monthly, Austin American-Statesman, Autograph, Backstreets, Baltimore City Paper, Baltimore Magazine, Best in Texas, Billboard, Blender, Bluegrass Unlimited, Blurt, Boot, Bootheel, Boston Globe, Boston Phoenix, Buddy, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Classic Rock, CMA Close Up,, Country Music,, Country Standard Time, Country Universe, Country Weekly, Creative Loafing, Denver Westword, Detroit Free Press, Detroit Metro Times, Dirty Linen, Down Beat,, Entertainment Weekly,, Fade In, Fairfield County Weekly, Folkwax, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fort Worth Weekly, The Freelance Mentalists, Fretboard Journal,, Georgia Music, Goldmine, Guitar Edge, Guitar World, Hagerstown Magazine, Harp, Hartford Courant, Houston Chronicle, Houston Press,, ILX, Independent Weekly, Inland Empire Weekly, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Ireland and the Americas, JazzTimes, Journal of Country Music, Las Vegas Weekly, Left Hip, Lincoln Journal Star,, Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Magnet, Maverick, Memphis Flyer, Metro Pulse, Miami Herald, Minneapolis City Pages, Minneapolis Star Tribune,, Mojo, More, Motif,, Music Blog, Music Road, Nashville Scene, National Public Radio, New York Times, NME, No Depression, North County Times, Nylon, Oakland Press, OffBeat, Orange County Register, Oxford American, Paper Thin Walls, Pasadena Weekly, Paste, Patuxent Newspapers, People, Performing Songwriter,,, Poptimist, Red Flag Media, Relix, Revolver, Road King, Rolling Stone, SA Magazine, St. Louis Beacon, St. Louis Magazine, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, San Bernardino County Sun, Seattle Metropolitan, Series of Tubes, SF Weekly, Shuffle, Sing Out, Sirius, Slant,, Sound & Vision, Spin, Stomp & Stammer, Stereophile, The Stranger, Strings, Texas Highways, Texas Music Magazine, 3rd Coast Music, Time Out New York, University of Texas Press, UPI, Village Voice, Wall Street Journal, Wandering Educators, Washington Post, Wisconsin State Journal, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, XL,


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