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Best in country music 2007 as voted by CST readers

By Jeffrey B. Remz, January 2008

And the winners are:
  • Top Male Performer: Toby Keith
  • Top Female Performer: Miranda Lambert
  • Top Band: Sugarland Top CD: "Big Dog Daddy" by Toby Keith

Toby Keith has not enjoyed great success when it comes to winning country music awards, but he was the top dog for 2007 in the Country Standard Time reader's poll for best album with "Big Dog Daddy." Keith also was voted top male performer for 2007.

Texas country firebrand Miranda Lambert took the top female performer, while her album, "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" was second for top CD of 2007, though far behind Keith. Interestingly, Lambert opened many shows for Keith in 2007.

Sugarland, which had a big year in 2007 with lead singer Jennifer Nettles gaining much acclaim, won the top band vote from fans.

In the top male performer category, Brad Paisley was second, while Keith Urban and Kenny Chesney were third and fourth respectively just behind Paisley. George Strait was fifth.

On the female side, Carrie Underwood, who released her second disc this past fall, was second. Reba McEntire was third, Taylor Swift fourth and Alison Krauss fifth.

In the band category, Brooks & Dunn was second, but far behind Sugarland. Little Big Town was third, Rascal Flatts fourth and Flynnville Train, which released their debut on Keith's ShowDog Nashville label last year, was fifth.

As for the top CD, Paisley's "5th Gear" and Underwood's "Carnival Ride" tied for third, far behind Keith and Lambert. "Reba Duets" from Reba McEntire was fifth, just ahead of Dwight Yoakam's "Dwight Sings Buck" and Brooks & Dunn's "Cowboy Town."

Fans made their picks at the Country Standard Time web site. Voting ended January 6th.