October 21, 2008
The next category on this year’s Country Ballot is a wide open race this year. Usually, the award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals goes to the Dixie Chicks or Alison Krauss & Union Station. However, for the second consecutive year, neither act is eligible.
That probably means the award will go to last year’s victor, The Eagles, assuming that enough people heard their “Do Something” to get it past the first round. In a field with such weak name recognition, it might get through either way, especially given the tepid submissions by higher-profile acts like Big & Rich and Montgomery Gentry.
My five picks are an eclectic bunch, though I will confess that I haven’t heard a good half of this ballot. Maybe my choices would change if I knew what to seek out, so I look forward to reading everyone’s picks. I’ve narrowed it down to:
- Cadillac Sky, “Baby Don’t Cry”
- Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson, “Rattlin’ Bones”
- Eli Young Band, “When it Rains”
- Joey & Rory, “Cheater Cheater”
- Sugarland, “Stay”
What do you think of the submissions in this category? What five nominees would you choose?