WHISKEY RIFF MADNESS 2022: Country Albums 2010 – Present Round Of 32 is live

The first weekend of March Madness is in the books – as is the first round of Whiskey Riff Madness 2022.

This year, we put 64 of the best albums from 2010 to present, from across the country music spectrum, against each other to see which would come out on top.

And just like in March Madness – we had blowouts, EXTREMELY close matchups and upsets in the first round. So before we get to the vote, let’s take a look at some of the results.

We’ll start with blowouts first. Eric Church, Turnpike Troubadours, Cody Jinks, Sturgill Simpson and Colter Wall all advanced to the next round, winning over 80% of the vote in their respective matchups.

But there were a few albums that actually managed to get over 90% of the votes. The biggest blowout of this round came courtesy of Tyler Childers, whose 2017 album Purgatory crushed Sundy Best City of Salvation. Close behind for the biggest margin of victory was Chris Stapleton Traveler, which shouldn’t really come as a surprise since it’s still one of the top albums on the iTunes charts almost 7 years after its release.

And finally, Morgan Wade’s incredible 2021 album Reckless came just a handful of votes away from reaching the 90% club, easily earning a spot in the next round.

So these were the eruptions. But now let’s look at some of the closest margins of victory – and there were quite a few.

A game that surprised me was that of Morgan Wallen Dangerous against Ashley McBryde Girl is not going anywhere. Unsurprisingly, this contest got more votes than any of the others. But in a tighter-than-expected race for the biggest album of 2021, Dangerous ended up winning by a handful of votes only to advance to the next round. Could one of the pre-tournament favorites be threatened with an early exit?

by Jon Pardi California sunrise also had a hell of a fight against Alan Jackson Where did you go, but the legend eventually picked up a win with just 52% of the vote. And Kip Moore and Miranda Lambert battled it out until the end, but Miranda managed to advance to the next round in one of the toughest matchups of the tournament.

The closest run, however, came in the game between Jason Isbell South East and The Highwomen’s self-titled album, a contest which Isbell managed to win with 51% of the vote.

Unfortunately, that means a lot of great albums had to come out early (much like Kentucky in the real tournament) – albums like our #1 album of 2021, Charles Wesley Godwin’s How the mighty fall, Kacey Musgrave’s Same trailer, different fleet and that of Koe Wetzel Noise complaint (who held on until a push from Whiskey Myers on Twitter led them to a comfortable victory).

* Just to be clear: we absolutely encourage all artist and fan campaigns.

So, with that, the first round is over and it’s off to the knockout stages.

The matchups will only get more complicated as you go, as this round features Luke Combs going up against his mentor and hero Eric Church, two legends of Alan Jackson and George Strait going head-to-head, and some of the biggest names in Texas. fighting each other to stay alive.

Oh yes, and we also have Wheeler Walker Jr. redneck shit confront Loretta Lynn. Find me another country site that will allow you to choose between these two.

Voting is now open for the Round of 16 and you can vote as many times as you want from here to 11:59 p.m. Central Time on Tuesday, March 22.

As always, you might want to vote a few more times if you have an album you really want to see move forward, as the last round was pretty unpredictable and just proves anything can happen.

Toya J. Bell