Author: Leon Blair
I said it in a comment on this blog but I'll say it again. While our choice for “album of the year” will be pretty easy to choose, song of the year was anything but that. You see, complete bodies of work that we call albums were all pretty great this year, but if anything, it was the power of an individual song that triumphed in 2016.
That being said, while we did have eight candidates for this award, we even felt then that we were leaving off too many fantastic songs. Even now we feel as if just giving one song the top honor is unfair.
But those are the rules.
Author: Leon Blair
While many other blogs have already crowned their favorite song of the year, here I am just now announcing the candidates. I guess you can blame it on time, but no, I have not forgotten about this prestigious award. Admittedly, I'm more of an album guy, however this year is truly a great year to write about songs. Heck, trimming down my album of the year candidates was admittedly fairly easy, however when it came time to decide what my favorite songs were, I started with a huge list that I just had to keep trimming down. If anything, it's been an exceptional year for music, and the proof lies within the candidates that I present to you for Country Music Minds' first ever “Song Of The Year” award.
Please note, only songs that were released in 2016 are eligible to qualify here. If it was released as a single this year but came last year, it's not here. Sorry folks, that's just how I operate. The song HAS to come from this year whether as an album cut, a standalone release or some other way. Get it? Got it? Good.
Author: Zackary Kephart
It's rare that you see an independent country band gain popularity through a single song. Usually that said band has a breakthrough album that, even if unnoticed at first is eventually found by at least one critic as if they discovered a slew of buried treasure. Either way, whether through a song or an album, the discovery of a band leads to discussion amongst music fans, something this critic loves.
This brings us to Evan Webb and the Rural Route Ramblers. In January of this year when the Mississippi, Meramec, and Missouri (and many others) rivers flooded their respective states, the band released a video for the title track of their album, Dry Up Or Drown that accurately and disturbingly portrayed the flooded towns and the effects it had on them through real footage. Needless to say it's an excellent video and if you haven't seen it, check it out below. This isn't something that should be passed up.
I'm not just here to talk about the song though, because while the song itself is one of the best you'll hear this year, the album it stems from is of a high caliber of quality.