So what should this year's Single nominees be at the CMA awards? To be eligible, the song must have been released between July 1, 2007 and June 30, 2008. This category's a bit of a free-for-all, don't ya think? Regardless, I have five favorites, and I can't wait to hear yours!
Trace Adkins, “You're Gonna Miss This”
In a year that was light on big hits, Adkins connected with this one, giving himself a massive hit that removed the unpleasant aftertaste of “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” that many people still had. I'm not one of those people, mind you, and I liked that song more than this one, but this guy's way overdue for some acknowledgment.
Alan Jackson, “Small Town Southern Man”
I love a good autobiographical h
it, particularly one about parents. Alan Jackson's tribute to his father is soft-spoken in its reverence, making it fully believable and in turn, quietly powerful.
Miranda Lambert, “Gunpowder & Lead”
Her best and biggest single to date, I still can't believe it was her top ten breakthrough. The message to the industry: just release the best songs and trust the audience to respond. (See also: Sugarland, “Stay”)
Brad Paisley, “Letter to Me”
I think it's the most sincere thing he's ever written, and it features his best vocal performance in recent memory. They love nominating him for fluff, but this was one of the best singles of the past year and it deserves recognition.
What turned their second album into a smash was this stripped-down ballad, and it's already been honored by the ACM in this category. It's a career record and worthy of the nod. Hopefully, they'll be back again in 2009 for “Very Last Country Song.”