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Best of Nashville Folk/Americana Acts: Taylor Alexander and Aaron Lee Tasjan

Best of Nashville Folk/Americana Acts: Taylor Alexander and Aaron Lee Tasjan

 Our Best of Nashville 2017 poll began last week with the Folk/Americana category and, after you-the-people cast your vote, we have the results to share with you!

Overall Poll winner (Jurors vote + Readers' vote): Aaron Lee Tasjan

Readers' Poll Winner (Readers' Vote only): Taylor Alexander

This year's Folk/Americana poll winners represent a genre looking back on the past and forward to the future. Aaron Lee Tasjan's new record perfectly captures the new direction of alternative country while Taylor Alexander harkens back to the genre's classic roots. 

Aaron Lee Tasjan's new record, Silver Tears takes a progressive political stance: "There's a redneck bummer in an H2 Hummer / And he sure does hate the queers / I guess some life choices are cries for help / That nobody ever hears," Tasjan sings on "Hard Life." The genius of Tasjan's songwriting takes the form of a Trojan Horse. He uses the vehicle of roots country to challenge often destructive established southern cultural norms. Songwriting ability isn't the only creative muscle Tasjan flexes on the latest record either. There's a wide variety of instrumentation and production that keeps things interesting. From pedal steel and reverb soaked slide guitar-based rockers to saloon style piano blues numbers, Silver Tears has something to offer country fans of all stripes. 

Taylor Alexander makes the kind of music you'd be surprised to know still thrives in certain niches. Alexander's retro style is decidedly Nashvillian. With numbers you'd expect to square dance to, the songs occupy a unique space in the city's country scene and serve as a refreshing reminder of country music's founding influences. With a country accent and deep cowboy-voice remiscent of George Strait, Alexander tactfully crafts everything from cheerful dance numbers to melancholy narratives about past experiences. 

Honorable mentions go to George Shingleton (second in the overall chart) and Whiskey Wolves of the West (second in the Reader's poll). The full list of nominees can be found under the streaming tracks.


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Here is the list of all the finalists in the Nashville Folk/Americana category and their readers' poll results: 

 Aaron Lee Tasjan
  8%   6 votes
 Alyssa Bonagura
  1%   1 vote
 Christ Stapleton
  1%   1 vote
 David Newbould
  0%   0 votes
 George Shingleton
  2%   2 votes
 Margo Price
  1%   1 vote
  0%   0 votes
 Sturgill Simpson
  4%   3 votes
 Taylor Alexander
  57%   40 votes
 Whiskey Wolves of the West
  18%   13 votes
 William Tyler
  2%   2 votes


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