WHISKEY RIFF MADNESS 2022: Country Albums 2010 – Present Elite Eight is live

Up to the Elite Eight.

In this year’s round Whiskey Riff Madness, we’ve put 64 of the best albums from 2010 to present, from across the country music spectrum, against each other. And then we let you the readers vote to see which would come out on top.

And now we are in the top 8.


the Sweet Sixteen featured some HARD matchups. So before we get to the vote, let’s look at how we got here.



Texas + red earth






Into the Mainstream, Eric Church’s 2011 album Chief managed to bring down George Strait Honky Tonk Time Machine in a tight game. But in the tightest race of this round, Morgan Wallen Dangerous: the double album barely made it with just 52% of the vote after facing Jamey Johnson The guitar song.

I must say, Dangerous had a few nail biters throughout this tournament, but he just keeps getting better.

Then in the Texas/Red Dirt area we struggled a bit with Whiskey Myers’ fire water bring down Turnpike Troubadours’ Diamonds and gasoline with an impressive 63% of the votes. And in the Cody vs. Cody match, Jinks knocked out Johnson to advance to the next round.

The biggest margin of victory in the final round came in the Appalachia region, where Tyler Childers Purgatory knocked down Wheeler Walker Jr. redneck shit, ending Ol’ Wheler’s Cinderella run in the tournament. Childers has absolutely ROLLED throughout this tournament, so if there’s a favorite so far, it has to be Purgatory.

And in the other game in the Appalachian region, we had two heavyweights fighting, with Chris Stapleton Traveler winning 69% of the vote to beat Sturgill Simpson’s Metamodern sounds in country music.

Finally, we had the “Indie” region, where Zach Bryan’s DeAnn continued his good run and won his match against House of Billy Strings with nearly 80% of the vote, while Colter Wall emerged victorious in a close match with Blackberry Smoke to complete the Elite Eight.

And now it’s time to whittle it down to the Final Four.

Church against Wallen. Whiskey Myers versus Cody Jinks. Tyler Childers versus Chris Stapleton. And Zach Bryan against Colter Wall.

I’m glad I don’t have to decide these matchups.

It’s all up to you, and vote is open until 11:59 p.m. Central Time on Monday, March 28.

As always, you can vote as many times as you like – and be sure to follow us on instagramas we’ll be throwing some of the close matchups on our stories to give you a chance to vote there too.

Toya J. Bell