Willie Nelson named in Scene Magazine: Seventh Annual Country Music Critic’s Awards

http://www.scenemagazine.com/ posted their results:

For the Scene’s annual country music poll, over 80 critics from all over North America, from big-city newspapers and glossy mags, from alternative newsweeklies and self-published fanzines, voted on the best country acts and records of 2006. The voters disagreed on a lot, but what they could agree on was the importance of five artists who once ruled the country charts but who haven’t had a Top 20 country single in almost five years. Those artists—the Dixie Chicks, Rosanne Cash, Vince Gill, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash—dominated this year’s poll, with some help from Alan Jackson, The Wreckers and Neko Case. The poll results are below. Geoffrey Himes’ essay on what it all means follows on p. 17, along with selected comments from the voters.

BEST ALBUMS:
1. The Dixie Chicks: Taking the Long Way (Open Wide/Columbia)
2. Vince Gill: These Days (MCA Nashville)
3. Rosanne Cash: Black Cadillac (Capitol)
4. Alan Jackson: Like Red on a Rose (Arista)
5. Johnny Cash: American V: A Hundred Highways (American/Lost Highway)
6. Solomon Burke: Nashville (Shout Factory)
7. Willie Nelson: You Don’t Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker (Lost Highway)
8. Neko Case: Fox Confessor Brings the Flood (Anti-)
9. Bob Dylan: Modern Times (Columbia)
10. Julie Roberts: Men & Mascara (Mercury)
11. The Wreckers: Stand Still—Look Pretty (Maverick)
12. Kris Kristofferson: This Old Road (New West)
13. Josh Turner: Your Man (MCA Nashville)
14. Dierks Bentley: Long Trip Alone (Capitol)
15. Alan Jackson: Precious Memories (Arista)
16. Keith Urban: Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing (Capitol)
17. (tie) Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris: All the Roadrunning (Warner Bros./ Nonesuch)/Willie Nelson: Songbird (Lost Highway)
19. Ray Wylie Hubbard: Snake Farm (Sustain/Universal)
20. Jessi Colter: Out of the Ashes (Shout Factory)

BEST SINGLES:
1. The Dixie Chicks: “Not Ready To Make Nice” (Open Wide/Columbia)
2. Alan Jackson: “Like Red on a Rose” (Arista)
3. The Wreckers: “Leave the Pieces” (Maverick)
4. Johnny Cash: “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” (American/Lost Highway)
5. Carrie Underwood: “Before He Cheats” (Arista)
6. Rosanne Cash: “House on the Lake” (Capitol)
7. Julie Roberts: “Men & Mascara” (Mercury)
8. Josh Turner: “Would You Go With Me” (MCA Nashville)
9. Gary Allan: “Life Ain’t Always Beautiful” (MCA)
10. Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton: “When I Get Where I’m Going” (Arista)
11. George Strait: “Give It Away” (MCA)
12. Dierks Bentley: “Every Mile a Memory” (Capitol)
13. Radney Foster: “Half of My Mistakes” (Dualtone)
14. Ray Wylie Hubbard: “Snake Farm” (Sustain/Universal)
15. Jack Ingram: “Love You” (Big Machine)
16. Rodney Atkins: “If You’re Going Through Hell” (Curb)
17. Brooks & Dunn: “Believe” (Arista)
18. Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris: “This Is Us” (Warner Bros./Nonesuch)
19. Old Crow Medicine Show: “Down Home Girl” (Nettwerk)
20. Tim McGraw: “When Stars Go Blue” (Curb)

BEST REISSUES:
1. Waylon Jennings: Nashville Rebel (RCA/Legacy)
2. Johnny Cash: Live at San Quentin (Columbia/Legacy)
3. Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys: Legends of Country Music (Columbia/Legacy)
4. Willie Nelson: The Complete Atlantic Sessions (Rhino/Atlantic)
5. Dwight Yoakam: Guitars, Cadillacs (Rhino/Reprise)
6. (tie) Johnny Cash: Personal File (Columbia/Legacy)/Gram Parsons: The Complete Reprise Sessions (Reprise/Rhino)
8. Tony Joe White: Swamp Music (Rhino Handmade)
9. The Byrds: There Is a Season (Columbia/Legacy)
10. James Talley: Got No Bread (Cimarron)

BEST MALE VOCALISTS:
1. Alan Jackson
2. Vince Gill
3. Josh Turner
4. Dierks Bentley
5. Solomon Burke
6. Brad Paisley
7. Willie Nelson
8. George Strait
9. George Jones
10. Keith Urban

BEST FEMALE VOCALISTS:
1. Rosanne Cash
2. Julie Roberts
3. Carrie Underwood
4. Natalie Maines
5. Neko Case
6. Emmylou Harris
7. (tie) Martina McBride/Gretchen Wilson
9. Alison Krauss
10. (tie) Sunny Sweeney/Allison Moorer

BEST LIVE ACTS:
1. Kenny Chesney
2. The Dixie Chicks
3. Brad Paisley
4. Dierks Bentley
5. Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives
6. Vince Gill
7. Keith Urban
8. (tie) Big & Rich/Alison Krauss & Union Station
10. Rosanne Cash

BEST SONGWRITERS:
1. Vince Gill
2. Rosanne Cash
3. Guy Clark
4. Jim Lauderdale
5. Kris Kristofferson
6. Darrell Scott
7. Robert Castleman
8. (tie) Craig Wiseman/Jeffrey Steele
10. Bill Anderson

BEST GROUPS AND DUOS
:
1. The Dixie Chicks
2. Sugarland
3. The Wreckers
4. Little Big Town
5. Brooks & Dunn
6. Montgomery Gentry
7. Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives
8. (tie) The Drive-By Truckers/Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris
10. (tie) Zozo Sisters/The Duhks

BEST INSTRUMENTALISTS
:
1. Jerry Douglas
2. Vince Gill
3. Brad Paisley
4. Sam Bush
5. Chris Thile
6. Keith Urban
7. Stuart Duncan
8. Bryan Sutton
9. Buddy Miller
10. Emily Robison

BEST NEW ACTS:
1. The Wreckers
2. Eric Church
3. Carrie Underwood
4. Sunny Sweeney
5. Taylor Swift
6. Bradley Walker
7. (tie) Kellie Pickler/Chris Young
9. Old Crow Medicine Show
10. (tie) James Hand/Trent Tomlinson

BEST OVERALL
:
1. The Dixie Chicks
2. Alan Jackson
3. Vince Gill
4. Rosanne Cash
5. Dierks Bentley
6. George Strait
7. Brad Paisley
8. Keith Urban
9. (tie) Willie Nelson/Kenny Chesney/Carrie Underwood

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