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Poll – Grammy For Best Country Collaboration With Vocals

grammy1This is the category I completely forgot about, so I apologize for cramming so many polls in this week, but I promise, I have a plan. Remember, if you haven’t voted for the Duo/Group poll, please do so here! The results of these polls will be used very soon for a special purpose, so make sure you vote!

First of all, since 3 of these tracks are more obscure, here are links so you can listen to them:

“Killing The Blues”
“House Of Cash”
“Let The Wind Chase You”

I’m sorry, for the Yearwood/Urban track, it wasn’t on, so I had to use a youtube fan video for Law & Order SVU. (On a completely unrelated note, SVU is such a great show, I just finished watching an amazing episode.)

Make sure to post why you voted for who you did: I love to see the reasoning behind the choices people make!

This is another tough category for me, with many of my favorite artists all working together, but there are still some of my not-favorite artists. Each track has at least one artist that I love if not more, but I have to pick one song, unfortunately.

“Shiftwork” is not worthy in any way. It was funny the first few times, but a novelty song doesn’t deserve a Grammy. It really just ended up as boring and further illustrates Chesney’s current “artistic” rut; Strait should have known better.

Krauss and Plant are great, but their song isn’t quite special enough to win the Grammy, in my opinion. I still need to get their album, and I wish them the best of luck in the other categories, but I don’t think they should get this one. I have a feeling they might win this category, but I just didn’t love this song.

I love George and Patty Loveless, but “House Of Cash” just isn’t enough for me. Some of the lyrics are a little weird (Like the casserole mention?) and ultimately, I just don’t care all that much about the physical Cash house to give it a Grammy. It’s an entertaining song, but also not Grammy worthy, in my opinion.

Moving on to “Life In A Northern Town”, I love this song. The sublime harmonies and great performances involved make it amazing, but it is nowhere near country. As much as I love it, I think this award should go to the best country song…

Namely, “Let The Wind Chase You”. It seems that whenever Keith Urban provides harmony vocals to a female vocalist’s track, the song turns out amazing. Need Proof? Check out Martina McBride’s “Tryin’ To Find A Reason” or Lee Ann Womack’s “The Bees”. I think the latter deserves a Grammy next year, since it’s eligible.

Even without Urban, “Let The Wind Chase You” features Trisha giving an amazing performance on a gorgeous song. The song is just the epitome of gorgeous, and it surely deserves the award.

Do you agree? Or not?

11 responses to “Poll – Grammy For Best Country Collaboration With Vocals

  1. Blake Boldt February 4, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    “Let the Wind Chase You” is my favorite of the five, but Urban’s harmony is hardly worthy of the “collaboration” tag, beautiful though it may be. Next in line is “House of Cash.”

    The “casseroles” line is interesting. It’s meant to represent how people gathered round to see the remains and the “death” of the house. Of course, the usual procedure when a death occurs is the gathering of people and the making of pies and casseroles for the mourning family. I feel the song is a bit biting in its portrayal of the whole scene; it’s mourning the “deceased” residence, but it’s also a reflection on how so many people took (stole?) ownership of the occasion. You can read it as an homage to how beloved the Cashes were, or you can read it as a critique of our nosy society. Strait and Loveless (and the writers) seem like they see it as a blessing that the whole place burned down, as if it were appropriate that no one else could claim a piece of it ever again. Sorry for the long response.

  2. Chris D. February 4, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    Thanks Blake, I feel like I understand the song better. The casserole line actually makes sense now! It kind of reminds me of the whole “Johnny Cash Remix” album that just seems like a cash in, or John Rich saying that Cash would support McCain, people profiting off of him like that, right?

    I agree that the Urban harmonies aren’t really a collaboration, but it’s such a great song that I didn’t really mind.

  3. Razor X February 4, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    I didn’t like the Alison Krauss and Robert Plant album at all, but I think they will probably win in this category. I’d like to see “House of Cash” get the award (why hasn’t that been released as a single?) .

    “Let The Wind Chase You” is a wonderful track, but I agree with Blake that it shouldn’t qualify as a collaboration.

    “Shiftwork” — what were they thinking in giving this one a nomination??

  4. Blake Boldt February 4, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    “Let the Wind Chase You” would be a cool addition to radio, but it will never happen (unfortunately).

    “House” is pretty chilling stuff if you dig really deep into it, and no one, no matter how well-intentioned, probably deserved to put down roots on that piece of property. It’s eerily fitting how it all went down.

  5. Chris D. February 4, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Oddly enough, on the wikipedia page for Trisha’s album, it says “Let The Wind Chase You” might be the 4th single, but since there’s no source mentioned or quoted, it’s probably a fake. I think last week it said “Dreaming Fields” would be the next single. xD

    Hopefully the rumor might end up being true, but most likely not.

  6. Razor X February 5, 2009 at 12:02 am

    I don’t think they will release any more singles from Trisha’s album, since none of the previous ones really caught on at radio.

  7. Rainbow February 5, 2009 at 9:05 am

    The Krauss and Plant track is actually my favorite track of the lot.

    “Shi(f)twork” is abysmal.

  8. Occasional Hope February 5, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    I think House of Cash is the best song and performance, but the Plant/Krauss song will win.

  9. Mike K February 5, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    I could see Let the Wind Chase You winning a la the Faith Hill and Tim McGraw “collaboration” that won a couple of years ago. Also, it’s hard to bet against Allison Krauss on Grammy night and the unusual pair seem like the type of thing some grammy voters go for. I like House of Cash a lot particularly because I think that you can hear the reverence in the voices of Strait and Lovelace. George gets plenty of press, but the more recognition for Patty Lovelace, the better

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  11. gloria February 6, 2009 at 9:02 am

    I don’t understand why you guys don’t thing Keith Urban should garner collaboration credits….he sang on it and I can hear his vocals in it! He also did vocals with Rhonda Vincent on The RIVER IS WIDE….it was BEAUTIFUL! Also with pop singer Nelly Furtado in IN GOD”S HANDS…awesome. I still can’t believe that stupid song Shift work is in there and it is the most ridiculous song EVER! It’s an insult to the other songs in that category!

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