Year In Review: 12 Songs That Made 2011 A Special Year For Country Music

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kenny Chesney[/lastfm] featuring [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Grace Potter[/lastfm] – “You And Tequila” (BNA/Sony)

Although “You And Tequila” is indeed a killer track from Kenny’s Hemingway’s Whiskey project, it’s what the song represents that lands it on this list.

Used to be when a Pop/Rock star appeared on a Country artist’s record, the Country artist was seen as the one expanding their fan base by venturing into the larger Pop Culture.

But this is 2011. And the tables have turned.

Grace Potter fronts a Waitsfield, VT – based rock band called The Nocturnals.

Her recent “hit”, “Paris” (Ooh La La), incorporates elements from three different decades of Rock history into a sexy delight…

The Nocturnals are critically acclaimed, but their fan base is small. Their music has been featured in a number of TV shows and movies, but Grace’s appearance on “You And Tequila” may well give her greater exposure than everything that’s come before.

Chalk it up…again…to the power of a great Country song.

Speaking of which…[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Natasha Bedingfield[/lastfm], who has seen a good deal of Pop success - but lately has stumbled - is currently having her greatest success in three years (an eternity in Pop), as Rascal Flatts’ duet partner on “Easy“.

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