WHISKEY RIFF MADNESS: ’90s Country Elite Eight Voting Is OPEN

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Getting down to the wire.

It’s March Madness, so this year for our annual Whiskey Riff Madness tournament we decided to take it back to the ’90s. We paired up 64 all-time great ’90s country songs and let you, the readers, vote for your favorites. And we’re down to just eight songs left.

But as always, let’s take a look at how the Sweet Sixteen matchups went down.

Once again, the #1 seeds sailed through – although “Meet In The Middle” by Diamond Rio ended up giving Joe Diffie’s “John Deere Green” a run for its money. At the top of the bracket though, Toby Keith and “Should’ve Been A Cowboy” are looking pretty unstoppable, even against classics like “Time Marches On” by Tracy Lawrence.

But aside from the top seeds, it was anybody’s game.

Ultimately, “Fancy” fell to “Friends In Low Places” in a close matchup between two powerhouses, and “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)” gave King George and “Carrying Your Love With Me” all it could handle.

The closest matchup of the round, though, came from the battle between #3-seed “Strawberry Wine” and #2-seed “Straight Tequila Night.” After back-and-forth battle the past few days, John Anderson’s “Straight Tequila Night” ended up sneaking out a win over the Deana Carter classic “Strawberry Wine” and punching its ticket to the Elite Eight.

So now it’s time to vote once again.

Here’s the updated bracket.





That’s right: We’ve got all the #1 and #2 seeds left.

You have until 11:59 PM CDT on Tuesday, April 2 to get your votes in, and as always you can vote as many times as you want either down below or by clicking the link here.

If you have a favorite song you want to win, it’s probably a good idea to throw them a few extra votes. As we saw in the last round, every vote matters.

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