Introducing The 9513’s 1st Annual Country Music Awards

Staff | January 13th, 2009

The 9513 1st Annual Country Music Awards

Between the CMAs, the ACMs, the Americana Music Association Awards, the International Bluegrass Music Association awards and the Folk Alliance Awards, there’s a lot of hardware being handed out to honor the best music from across the spectrum of musical styles which makes up what we here at The 9513 call country.

But none of the above bring all of those various styles together, under one big “country music” tent where they belong. That’s where we come in.

The CMAs and the ACMs are radio-based awards that honor only mainstream country, while the others exclude quality mainstream music and even quality traditional and neotraditional country.

We cover country music in all of its forms, so it only makes sense that we’ve designed awards that allow the best music from all corners of country to be honored side by side.

And the best part is that you get to help determine the winners.


The 9513’s 1st Annual Country Music Awards recognizes the best country music released between Nov. 1, 2007, and Nov. 1, 2008, as nominated and unanimously agreed upon by our editorial staff.

  • The eligibility period and the nomination methodology utilized here are different than those used to produce our Top Albums and Best Songs lists, which are meant as a broad representation of our staff’s top picks for the year. Because of this, nominees for “Best Album” (for example) may or may not overlap directly with those which appear on our year end list.
  • Nominees are selected based on artistic merit, not commercial success or viability.
  • Nominees may include artists and music classified as Country, Americana, Red Dirt, Bluegrass, Folk, or any other genre label, so long as that artist or music is unanimously deemed “country” by The 9513’s editorial staff.


We’ve selected the nominees, but it’s your job to help us pick the winners. The 9513’s 1st Annual Country Music Awards is unique because voting is a partnership between our staff and readers.

  • 50% of the final results will be based on public voting
  • 50% of the final results will be based on The 9513 staff votes
  • Readers who have left 50 or more comments within the eligibility period will have their votes mathematically weighted (i.e. their votes will have slightly more leverage when the final numbers are calculated).
  • Voting is public—and we’ve even provided a form to send the voting page to your friends.
  • You must use a valid email address to vote. You will be asked to confirm your ballot.
  • You may only vote once. We’ve taken a number of measures to this end, and any votes which compromise the integrity of the awards will be dismissed.
  • Voting is open from January 13 to January 27.



Country Artist of the Year:
Hayes Carll
Eleven Hundred Springs
Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson
Patty Loveless
Willie Nelson

Album of the Year:
The Good Life, Justin Townes Earle
Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love, Trisha Yearwood
The Life of a Song, Joey + Rory
Rattlin’ Bones, Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson
Trouble in Mind, Hayes Carll

Bluegrass Album of the Year:

Dailey & Vincent, Dailey & Vincent
The Infamous Stringdusters, The Infamous Stringdusters
Irons & Diamonds, The Gibson Brothers
The SteelDrivers, The SteelDrivers
Tennessee Pusher, Old Crow Medicine Show

New Artist of the Year:
Dailey & Vincent
Justin Townes Earle
Joey + Rory
Crystal Shawanda
Ashton Shepherd

Texas Artist of the Year:
Jason Boland
Hayes Carll
Eleven Hundred Springs
Reckless Kelly
Bruce Robison

Group of the Year:
Dailey & Vincent
Eleven Hundred Springs
Joey + Rory
Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson
Old Crow Medicine Show

Best Album Cover:

Bulletproof, Reckless Kelly
Burn Your Playhouse Down, George Jones
Country Jam, Eleven Hundred Springs
Meet Glen Campbell, Glen Campbell
Trouble in Mind, Hayes Carll

Song of the Year:
“By The Mark,” Dailey & Vincent
“Dreaming Fields,” Trisha Yearwood
“Hunstville,” Rodney Hayden
“Rattlin’ Bones,” Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson
“Very Last Country Song,” Sugarland

Record Label of the Year:
Compadre Records
Lost Highway Records
Palo Duro Records
Rounder Records
Sugarhill Records

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  1. Leeann Ward
    January 13, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Sweet! My ballot should weigh a lot!:)

  2. Chris N.
    January 13, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    I like to think my ballot would weigh about the same as the money I would have earned from the work I could have done if I weren’t so busy commenting.

  3. Rick
    January 13, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Hey, that was fun! Where’s Jamey Johnson! (just kidding – thought I’d get that one out of the way quickly). And still no Jypsi! Aarrgghh!

  4. Matt B.
    January 13, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Glen Cambel? is that anything like Glen Camel?

  5. CF
    January 13, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    I know a fair amount of those choices, but in all honestly, I wish I knew them all, so I could truly give a fair vote to each category. For example, I didn’t get any bluegrass albums this year, and none of those, will I like what I heard from the Steel Drivers, so I chose them.

    This is very cool.

  6. Marc
    January 13, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Good times, votes sent!

  7. Bluegrass Fan
    January 13, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    What about Melonie Cannon?

  8. Nashville4U
    January 13, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Where is Taylor Swift at on this ballot?

  9. Sam G.
    January 13, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    “Where is Taylor Swift at on this ballot?”

    Exactly where she should be.

  10. Drew
    January 13, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Good job guys. I’m a little surprised Lee Ann Womack didn’t make the cut, but I remember reading that y’all weren’t crazy about her album, so I guess it makes sense.

  11. Paul
    January 13, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Very well said Sam.

  12. Troy
    January 13, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    I think this a good idea but u said “We cover country music in all of its forms, so it only makes sense that we’ve designed awards that allow the best music from all corners of country to be honored side by side.”

    i think the corner of pop-country was left out

  13. Troy
    January 13, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Taylor cd didn’t come out in the right time anyway it was released November 11 2008.

  14. Nashville4U
    January 13, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Haha the Taylor Swift thing was a joke guys. One of my writers does seem to like her and there is always a story about her so its easy to cover here but I know how much everyone hates her here.

    Ashton Shepherd will be getting my vote for best new artist closely followed by Joey + Rory.

  15. Chris D.
    January 13, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Hmmm… the album and song categories were especially difficult for me. Song was especially unfair because 3 of my favorites were all nominees, so I had to pick, of course.

  16. ALJID
    January 13, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    “Where is Taylor Swift at on this ballot?”

    She’s in the trash can actually…

  17. Drew
    January 14, 2009 at 2:40 am

    Also would’ve liked to have seen Trent Willmon up for Best Texas Artist… especially after he gave an exclusive interview/performance for the podcast.

  18. Chris D.
    January 14, 2009 at 4:25 am

    Wait, no Lee Ann Womack at all? I just noticed that. xD


  19. Jim Malec
    January 14, 2009 at 8:13 am

    I think the editorial staff was torn over LAW and Call Me Crazy–I thought the record was great, but it wasn’t something we could all agree on.

  20. Leeann Ward
    January 14, 2009 at 11:25 am

    What I liked about these nominees, as opposed to regular awards shows, is that there wasn’t always a clear choice of who I should vote for. I enjoyed having to think about it and having to really think about why I chose a particular nominee before voting. Refreshing!

  21. Chris D.
    January 15, 2009 at 4:34 am

    I could definitely see that about Call Me Crazy Jim, although I loved it too. I think “Last Call” at least deserved some love as best song though. xD

    I completely agree Leeann. Whereas in the CMA’s there’s a bunch of artists that don’t deserve the award and maybe one who does, this was much better to be able to pick.

  22. bernadette przybyl
    January 21, 2009 at 8:59 am

    astsit of the year joey an rory and album and awilsie nelson

  23. veronica
    April 9, 2009 at 7:53 am

    Dear Chris Thomas
    Thank you for the great music
    Your website is wonderful,
    Thank a lot for presenting these many Artists,

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