The Freelance Mentalists.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
  14th Annual Nashville Scene Poll: Ballot of a Thin Man
(Hon. Mentions etc. after official ballot categories)
TOP TEN COUNTRY ALBUMS OF 2013:
(just in order that they come to mind)
1. Natalie Maines:  Mother (Columbia)
2. Various Artists:  Divided & United: Songs of the Civil War (ATO)
3. Willie Nelson and Family:  Let's Face The Music and Dance (Sony Legacy)
4. Willie Nelson:  To All The Girls… (Sony Legacy)
5. Mavericks:  In Time  (Valory)
6. LeAnn Rimes:  Spitfire (Curb)
7. Pistol Annies:  Hell On Heels (Sony Nashville)
8. Patty Griffin: American Kid (New West)
9. Jason Isbell: Southeastern (Southeastern/Relativity)
10. Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell:  Old Yellow Moon (Nonesuch)
TOP TEN COUNTRY SINGLES OF 2013:
1. Guy Clark:  "My Favorite Picture of You" (Dualtone)
2. Bob Dylan:  "Pretty Saro" (Columbia)
3. Gary Allan:  "It Ain't The Whiskey" (MCA Nashville)
4. Toby Keith:  "Drinks After Work" (Show Dog/Universal)
5. Marshall Chapman:  "I Don't Want Nobody" (Tallgirl)
6. Electro Shine (ft. Big Kenny, Chebacca, Megan Mullins and Dave Stewart):  "Electro Country Shine" (Glotown)
7. Big & Rich (ft. Bon Jovi):  "Born Again" (Electro Shine remix) (Warner Bros)
8. Maggie Rose: "Better" (RPM Entertainment)
9. Luke Bryan: "That's My Kind of Night" (Capitol Nashville)
10. Lee Brice: "Parking Lot Party" (Curb)
TOP FIVE COUNTRY REISSUES OF 2013:
1. Buck Owens: Buck 'Em! The Music of Buck Owens (1955--1967) (Omnivore/Universal)
2. Townes Van Zandt: The Late Great Townes Van Zandt (Omnivore/Universal)
3. Townes Van Zandt: Sunshine Boy: The Unheard Studio Sessions & Demos 1971-1972 (Omnivore/Universal)
4. Shaver: Shaver's Jewels (The Best of Shaver) (New West)
5. Wanda Jackson: The Best of The Capitol Classic Singles (Omnivore/Universal)
COUNTRY MUSIC'S THREE BEST MALE VOCALISTS OF 2013:
1. Willie Nelson
2. Toby Keith
3. Gary Allan


COUNTRY MUSIC'S THREE BEST FEMALE VOCALISTS OF 2013:
1. Natalie Maines
2. LeAnn Rimes
3. Patty Griffin
COUNTRY MUSIC'S THREE BEST DUOS, TRIOS OR GROUPS OF 2013:
1. Mavericks
2. Willie Nelson & Family
3. Pistol Annies
COUNTRY MUSIC'S THREE BEST NEW ACTS OF 2013:
1. Maggie Rose
2. Kacey Musgraves
3. Brandy Clark
COUNTRY MUSIC'S THREE BEST OVERALL ACTS OF 2013:
1. Willie Nelson
2. Natalie Maines
3. Mavericks


Albums---Hon. Mentions:
Guy Clark: My Favorite Picture of You (Dualtone), Toby Keith: Drinks After Work (Deluxe Edition)(Show Dog/Uni), Patty Griffin: Silver Bell (A&M/Universal), Hot Club of Cowtown: Rendezvous In Rhythm (Gold Strike),  Marshall Chapman: Blaze of Glory (Tallgirl), Todd Snider: Time As We Know It: The Songs of Jerry Jeff Walker (Aimless), Holly Williams: The Highway (Georgiana), Susan Werner: Hayseed (Sleeve Dog), Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison: Cheater's Game (Premium), Steve Earle & The Dukes (& Duchesses): The Low Highway (New West), Cyndi Boste: Nowadays (WMP),  Gary Allan: Set You Free (MCA Nashville), Courtyard Hounds: Amelita (Columbia), Maggie Rose: Cut To Impress (RPM Entertainment), Kandia Crazy Horse: Stampede (Bluebilly), Bryan & The Haggards ft. Dr. Eugene Chadbourne: Merles Just Want To Have Fun (Northern Spy). Carrie Rodriguez: Give Me All You Got (Ninth Street Opus), Brandy Clark: 12 Stories (Slate Creek), Kacey Musgraves: Same Trailer Different Park (Mercury Nashville),  Wayne Hancock, Ride (Bloodshot), Ashley Monroe: Like A Rose (Warner Bros),
Albums---other (about half good)
Tim McGraw:  Two Lanes of Freedom (Accelerated Deluxe Edition) (Big Machine), Sheryl Crow: Feels Like Home  (Warner Music Nashville), The Band Perry: Pioneer (Republic Nashville), Alan Jackson: The Bluegrass Album (Universal Nashville), Kellie Pickler: The Woman I Am (Black River Entertainment), Wayne Hancock: Ride (Bloodshot), James King: Three Chords And The Truth (Rounder)
Singles---Hon. Mentions:
Electro Shine ft. Big Kenny, Chebacca, and Chessboxer: "Dance Upon The Solid Ground" (Glotown), Electro Shine ft. Big Kenny, Chebacca, Ky-mani & KJ Marley: "Hope Chant"(Glotown), Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton: "You Can't Make Old Friends" (Warner Bros/Elektra/Atlantic), Avicii ft. Dan Tyminski: "Hey Brother" (Island)
Reissues---other (about half good) The Buckaroos: The Buckaroos Play Buck and Merle (Omnivore/Universal)




 
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