Eric Church and Jamey Johnson dominated the 13th annual Country Music Critics’ Poll, revealed in the latest issue of Nashville Scene. Determined by votes from 93 writers from across the country, Eric was named Artist of the Year, Singles Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. Jamey’s Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran was voted the year’s Best Album.
Little Big Town was voted in as best group while their Tornado album was named to No. 5 in the Best Album category. They also picked up the No. 2 Single of the Year. Miranda Lambert, last year’s big winner, was voted Best Female Vocalist and picked up the No. 5 and No. 9 best singles. Jason Aldean was voted Best Live Act and was No. 4 on the Artist of the Year list.
Taylor Swift, the No. 3 Artist of the Year, was heavily discussed among the voter’s panel and in the Nashville Scene’s editorial piece. Johnny Cash had the No. 1 and No. 8 Best Reissues while Kacey Musgraves was named the Best New Act.
The voters included writers from the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times as well as smaller dailies such as the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Green Bay Press-Gazette and Lincoln Journal Star. Voters also wrote for Rolling Stone, Spin and Playboy and for music websites such as Engine145.com, Pitchfork.com, CountryUniverse.net and PopMatters.com.